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June 5, 2012

From Emirates to Italy – In flight between two continents in one week with Blackshape Prime

Blackshape just concluded a cross country trip in which the Blackshape Prime flew from the Middle East to Mediterranean Europe, taking the Blackshape Prime from Abu Dhabi to Brindisi.

Blackshape just concluded a cross country trip in which the Blackshape Prime flew from the Middle East to Mediterranean Europe, taking the Blackshape Prime from Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Brindisi (ITALY).

The voyage lasted 4 days and was done in a total of 8 stages, about 6000 kilometers flown and 23 hours of total flight time. The crossing was designed to expose the Prime to two air shows, one in Abu Dhabi and the second in Cannes; two general aviation events in which the Blackshape Prime was the absolute protagonist.

“The plane handled fantastically” said the commander, Elio Rullo, upon landing at Cannes, “despite having flown against about 25 knots of steady headwind, I kept a 248 km/h average”.
The Prime arrived in Abu Dhabi thanks to a C17 transport operated by the UAE Army and returned to Brindisi in flight, in around 8 stops. The trip exposed the Blackshape Prime to the harshness of the desert for the first time, with commander Rullo describing the experience as “exciting, I flew over the desert without interruption for nearly 2,400 km, watching camel caravans pass underneath and I reflected on the progress of technology, but how wonderful it is to maintain a dimension of adventure and the need to challenge oneself every day”.


View From Emirates to Italy on Google Maps

TOTAL TRIP SUMMARY
STEP 1 – Departure 01 June, 2012 

from Abu Dhabi (Omad) leaving Batheen Executive Airport at 09:21 hours arriving in Riyadh King Khaled airport in Saudi Arabia at 13:26
Hours in flight: 04.05
Km travelled: 1000

STEP 2 - 02 June, 2012

Takeoff from Riyadh King Khaled airport in Saudi Arabia at 08:36 hours arriving in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 12:30
Hours in flight: 03:54
Km travelled: 986

STEP 3 – 02 June,2012

Takeoff from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (OEJN) at 14:12, arriving at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (HESH) at 18:00
Hours in flight: 03:48
Km travelled: 902

STEP 4 - 03 June, 2012

Takeoff from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt at 07:01, arriving at Paphos, Cyprus (lcph) at 11.05
Hours in flight: 04:01
Km travelled: 980

STEP 5 - 03 June, 2012

Take off from Pafhos, Cyprus at 12:00 am, arriving in Rhodes, Greece (LGRD) at 14.12
Hours in flight: 02:12
Km travelled: 530
Takeoff from Rhodes at 15:50, arriving in Corfu (LGKR) at 20.00
Hours in flight: 04:10
Km travelled: 986

Total flight hours in step 5: 06:22
Total km in step 5: 1519

STEP 6 - 04 June, 2012

Take-off from Corfu, Greece at 08.30, arriving in Brindisi, Italy at 09.20
Hours in flight: 00:50
Km travelled: 210

TOTAL TRIP SUMMARY

Total flight hours: 24 hours
Total kilometers flown: 5784

Acknowledgments

Blackshape S.p.A  would like to thank all those who contributed to this effort: Sheikh Hussain Al Moalla and the whole team of Emirates Sky at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2012. His Royal Highness Prince Ahmad Al Saudairi and his diplomatic support in Saudi Arabia, our friends and distributors at Phoenix Aircraft for their ground support at the fair in Cannes. A special thanks to our mechanics, technicians, avionics, electronic and logistics departments that made this feat possible.  A very special thanks to our Commander Elio Rullo and all the thousands of “followers” who follow us on the internet.