Norman Surplus established the B9 Energy Group with his brother David in 1992 to pioneer the development of  wind energy sites in Ireland. He went on to take central roles in the development of the B9 Energy O&M business. Following a too-close-for-comfort experience with cancer Norman has taken a tangential route to further developing the low carbon future. 

Norman’s adventurous spirit was not sufficiently satisfied by his position as 2nd coxswain on the RNLI Larne Trent Class Lifeboat so he decided (like you do) to undertake a round-the-world flight in a fuel efficient flying machine called an Autogyro. First flown in 1923, this unique aircraft type has been largely overshadowed by the rotary protégé it spawned, the Helicopter. However in recent years the humble Autogyro is now once more in the ascendancy to meet the growing needs of a much more fuel conserving 21st Century. Functions such as Observational Surveillance, aerial infrastructure surveys, SAF (search and find) missions and many types of environmental monitoring are all roles that have traditionally been in the domain of the Gas Guzzling Helicopter. The Autogyro delivers similar performance in these roles at a fraction of the environmental and economic costs. 

Norman’s RNLI experience has informed his thinking. On a Search and Rescue ‘shout’, many fuel-thirsty vessels might get called in to action to search an extensive area in the attempt to locate a casualty. Deploying fuel efficient aerial search aircraft to assist in for example sweeping a coastline, or performing a creeping line ahead, expanding box or sector search in the area where a casualty or craft is reported missing or in trouble could save much time and money on burning fuel in the attendant lifeboat(s) and other surface vessels, shortening the overall search time and thus increasing the chance of a successful outcome. Environmental surveillance, police observational work, aerial photography - these, and many more functions could be undertaken by a “Gyro” whilst seeing up to an 80% reduction in the carbon footprint when compared to a medium sized helicopter which is often deployed to carry out such work.

So Norman thought: what better way to demonstrate the robustness, capability and adaptability of these “new generation” Autogyros than by flying one round the world, a feat that rather surprisingly has never been completed in the Gyro’s almost 90 years of flight history . 

Follow his FAI ratified Official World Record Attempt here. 

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Norman Surplus established the B9 Energy Group with his brother David in 1992 to pioneer the development of  wind energy sites in Ireland. He went on to take central roles in the development of the B9 Energy O&M business. Following a too-close-for-comfort experience with cancer Norman has taken a tangential route to further developing the low carbon future. 

Norman’s adventurous spirit was not sufficiently satisfied by his position as 2nd coxswain on the RNLI Larne Trent Class Lifeboat so he decided (like you do) to undertake a round-the-world flight in a fuel efficient flying machine called an Autogyro. First flown in 1923, this unique aircraft type has been largely overshadowed by the rotary protégé it spawned, the Helicopter. However in recent years the humble Autogyro is now once more in the ascendancy to meet the growing needs of a much more fuel conserving 21st Century. Functions such as Observational Surveillance, aerial infrastructure surveys, SAF (search and find) missions and many types of environmental monitoring are all roles that have traditionally been in the domain of the Gas Guzzling Helicopter. The Autogyro delivers similar performance in these roles at a fraction of the environmental and economic costs. 

Norman’s RNLI experience has informed his thinking. On a Search and Rescue ‘shout’, many fuel-thirsty vessels might get called in to action to search an extensive area in the attempt to locate a casualty. Deploying fuel efficient aerial search aircraft to assist in for example sweeping a coastline, or performing a creeping line ahead, expanding box or sector search in the area where a casualty or craft is reported missing or in trouble could save much time and money on burning fuel in the attendant lifeboat(s) and other surface vessels, shortening the overall search time and thus increasing the chance of a successful outcome. Environmental surveillance, police observational work, aerial photography - these, and many more functions could be undertaken by a “Gyro” whilst seeing up to an 80% reduction in the carbon footprint when compared to a medium sized helicopter which is often deployed to carry out such work.

So Norman thought: what better way to demonstrate the robustness, capability and adaptability of these “new generation” Autogyros than by flying one round the world, a feat that rather surprisingly has never been completed in the Gyro’s almost 90 years of flight history . 

Follow his FAI ratified Official World Record Attempt here. 

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