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Offline Mike Wood

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #15 on: 23, March 2017, 12:58:31 PM »
You make a good point Ken.

If someone makes the commitment to go, then they are very likely to be doing more than they perhaps
normally would and may present a great opportunity for them to get experience with less pressure of expectations
and surprise everyone!

Mike
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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #16 on: 12, September 2017, 01:12:35 PM »
The saga so far
We leave on the 26th October 2017 and arrive in Argentina on the 27th flying British Airways to Buenos Aires and then a four & half hour drive to Villa Gesell
The big  issue of getting the models on the plane is SORTED!!! . [size=78%] [/size]
It turns out that most airlines have set a limit on what you can now take on a flight with no exceptions not even sporting goods.
This size being 190 x 75 x 65 cm and a weight limit of 32Kg. If you want to take anything bigger you need to book it in a cargo with different companies, this is however an expensive nightmare, and after chasing my tail got nowhere.
We booked though Thomas Cook, so that they would smooth the path and sort the cargo out. Only to find that after booking they, told me I needed to contact Airmot Cargo direct. Who turned out to be one help and would not take the boxes.
I therefore contacted BA direct and was given IAS Cargo ( BA cargo company) this again was very frustrating, being run around on automatic phone systems, never speaking to a person, and just getting the press 1 for this, then listening to more options before being cut off. The bottom line being you needed a company account and I needed to be a limited company to proceed.
[/size]After what seemed like a thousand emails, different contacts from people within BA, looking at FedEx, DHL to name a couple, we always receiving costs of around two thousand pounds and no guarantee of the models coming back, I even emailed BA’s CEO.  I looked at shipping, with the cost of Van hire in Argentina being around two to three thousand, I wondered if getting a van with the models in it would save money and be the answer, but again it simple shipping one way, but not back again and the models needed to be there weeks in advance. [size=78%]
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the legend and my friend Adrian Harrison for trying to help with his contacts, at BA but again they could not widen the limits ( A Big thank you Adrian for trying)
The team were about to throw the towel in and admit defeat, with high costs and it looking like the models would not get to Argentina, when Steve Underwood heard that the America team had to remove there tail planes and to the reduce the box size to get there models on the plane.
 [/size]We decided that that was also the best option for us (or Steve did to be more precise) . The team (Garry Peacock) agreed and said it could be done ( to his and my aircraft . [size=78%]
[/size]At this time I also had a phone call from BA Customer Relations saying the CEO had read my email and wanted him to help me, although he could not deviate from the size and weight limit, he could waiver the fee and wish as the best of luck in the championships. He also put this in writing, so we should get on the plane. [size=78%]
So with the flights, Hotel and transport are now booked, it looks like we are going
At present they are busy practicing and finally looking forward to the World Championships 2017,


 I will aim to carry on this blog when i'm in Argentina, but hope for now this gives you all a bit of good news and hope you are all getting exited.
Regards
Eugene




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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #17 on: 12, September 2017, 01:25:11 PM »
Well done Eugene, it sounds a nightmare to arrange and I sincerely hope that all goes well with the shipping. Looking forward to your reports and good luck to the team.

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #18 on: 12, September 2017, 03:01:11 PM »
Well done Eugene, nothing like a baptism by fire!

Keith

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #19 on: 12, September 2017, 06:06:48 PM »
Well done Eugene.  You deserve a reward for that!  Why not celebrate by coming up to Sculthorpe to fly in the new Comp on 1st Oct!   :)

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #20 on: 24, October 2017, 08:40:01 PM »
My very best wishes to the team.
Am I right in thinking this would be the first W/C where we've not fielded a full team?  If so, it comes as no surprise when one considers the commitment and serious expense involved not to mention the complexity of the schedules (certainly compared with those I flew back in the 90's)
My respect goes out to Garry, Steve and Eugene.

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #21 on: 24, October 2017, 11:10:59 PM »
Yes, very best of luck to all of you.

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #22 on: 24, October 2017, 11:20:48 PM »
To Steve Garry and Eugene


Very best of luck with your adventure in Argentina.  We will all look forward to reading Eugene's blog.


Peter

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #23 on: 25, October 2017, 08:30:16 AM »

Eugene, Garry, Steve.


Good luck and I hope you have received my email wishing you every success, enjoy.


Best wishes


Ashley

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #24 on: 26, October 2017, 01:49:32 PM »
Well here we go - tonight (21-45) we fly to Argentina, fingers crossed I fill Ashley's shoes and all goes well, thank you all for the help getting so this far and for the good wishes
I wish luck to Garry and Steve and hope they fly amazingly  and make themselves proud and enjoy it.

[/size][size=78%]I aim to write a blog and send pictures if I can,  But for now I have one hour before leaving for the airport, so off to get the last bits ready. [/size]


Eugene

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #25 on: 26, October 2017, 07:32:38 PM »
Hi Eugene, Garry & Steve,

hope you have a smooth journey and a great World Championship - all the best and enjoy!

Best wishes,
Gerhard

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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #26 on: 26, October 2017, 10:39:47 PM »

Just watched our teams aircraft take off on Radar 24. (40 minutes late).


Sincerely hope all is well on board.  Wish I was there!


Ashley
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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #27 on: 27, October 2017, 10:10:37 AM »
Well done Eugene, Steve and Garry
1st major hurdle behind you
Bon Voyage
Have a really good championships and remember all of GBRCAA is rooting for you.


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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #28 on: 28, October 2017, 11:20:44 AM »
Day Two


Yes we arrived at the airport and went to book in around 5.0 clock pm (uk time), all started well. My cases went in. Next Steve who's suitcase was over weight and an excess had to be pay, after that seeing his model box he refused to that it, lucky with my letter from BA's customer relations officer he would persuaded take the models but wanted everything in total including suitcases below the 32kg, the model boxes were near that on there only. Manager called,  I explained about emailing the CEO of BA and what we were doing, showed him the letter and after a few minutes we were all go. So a word to the wise, email the airline before hand.


After a long 14 hour flight we landed at buenos Aires, into customs who knew we were coming paperwork had to be sent a few days ago after a frantic emails from the BMFA last Friday. Argentina wanted a full list of what we were taking down to nuts and bolts. Marcelo Saporito (FAA President) was there to meet us and make sure we got through customs


Then the problems start, I had tried for months to hire a van to no joy. We had therefore end up hiring 2 Chrysler 7 seater spins. We meet Eurocar rep about 12 o clock (uk) 8 am Argentina time and had to wait for the cars until 12 ([size=78%]Local) and was not happy the about the model boxes going in his cars but told us to wait until 12 to see if they fitted. [/size]
We spent the time seeing if all the other car companies had anything more suitable, all said no. One company wanted us to go on a bus for six hours to see if they had a car there.
So nothing for it but to waited until 12 (local time) 4pm uk, at which time the Eurocar rep came out seeing the two boxes together said no your not putting them in my car and went.


Luckily  a porter at the airport arranged two taxis to take us to buenos Aires to try to hire something.
Was this a con, we were not sure but had to go with it. Steve a box in one taxi, me and Garry plus box it the other. A tight squeeze after about a hour driving we wondered if this was good to end well, but finally they stopped outside Hertz.
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Hertz had a pick up but after some calls said no. so with local taxis driver knowage they took us to a local place and bingo a Mercedes vitro minibus. The people were willing to remove the middle seats to get the models in and to be honest could not have been more helpful thanks to the taxis drivers ( credit card out and all paid) more money


After a 4.5 hour driving through amazing flat countryside we reached the apartment around 8pm local time (12 and clock uk) to meet finally meet Pedro the owner


We unloaded the car and went to bed


This morning we are going to unpack the models, sort the batteries and relax, we are here.


PS we have heard other countries are also having problems with hiring cars, it sounds like everybody has hired the spins and then getting refused at the airport. Luck we got in first














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Re: F3A World Championship 2017 - Argentina 3rd to 12th November 2017
« Reply #29 on: 28, October 2017, 12:16:24 PM »
wow, what a stressful start to your adventure - glad it all worked out in the end. Well done to the Team Manager!


Hope everything goes a lot smoother from now on.


Keep the updates coming :)


Steve