GASE Egypt

EDDIE GOLD

GENERAL AVIATION SUPPORT EGYPT

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www.gasupportegypt.com  Facebook Page

Who are and what is G.A.S.E.?

Egypt: Land of the Pharaoh’s; cradle of civilization; over 5,000 years of history; the mighty Sahara desert and the dazzling Red Sea. These are just a few of the reasons why this enigmatic land attracts over 10 million tourists a year. Add to this the newer attractions of ‘Shopping Tourism’, ‘Therapeutic Tourism’ and ‘Sports Tourism’ and you may start to wonder why Egypt and especially Cairo seem to be a destination forgotten by the General Aviation pilot.

Norman Surplus at the Pyramids

Norman Surplus updates his flight diary at the Giza Pyramids

Maybe flying to another continent may be daunting for some flyers. Maybe the lack of knowledge of aviation in Egypt has some bearing on the lack of G A visitors. It could be that in the past some pilots have had a bad and or expensive experience when travelling here. These reasons and more may deter pilots of light aircraft from even considering Egypt as a destination. But we at G.A.S.E.hope to dispel some of these concerns and foster the idea in pilot’s heads that Egypt can be a destination to add to their list of ‘must go to’ places. After all, Egypt is as close to Southern Europe as France is to Ireland.

G.A.S.E. is a new concept in Egyptian aviation, it has been created by and is run by enthusiasts, all volunteers, many of whom who are aviation professionals. We are aiming to try and cultivate General Aviation in Egypt by collecting together people of the same mind, with a love of aviation, and offering our shared knowledge and expertise to the visiting pilot in the hope of encouraging more private aviators to come to Egypt.

G-BUXD on the ramp at HEOC

Plenty of ramp room in Egypt

We realised, back in April 2010; when a group of friends volunteered to be the ground support team for Norman Surplus (who is flying an Autogyro around the World); that something like G.A.S.E. was desperately needed in Egypt. A lack of empathy towards to the GA pilot hampered our efforts at every turn. It was a suggestion from Peter Kelsey from FerryAir that created the seed of an idea that we should create an organisation or society where we could offer assistance to other pilots considering flying to Egypt and following some early trials are now able to offer a range of services that would be of help to the GA pilot.

Roxy at October

Eddie and Ahmed at the very start of G.A.S.E. assisting Norman Surplus

To explain who and what G.A.S.E. is can be simplified to one small statement…‘We are a group of enthusiasts who want to foster General Aviation in Egypt by offering assistance and services to visiting/transiting pilots of light aircraft’. This may be an over-simplification of what we are but it does lie at the core of our organisation.

G.A.S.E. came into being following the successful handling, hosting and support for Norman Surplus, the Autogyro circumnavigator, when he passed through Egypt on his amazing adventure. A few friends got together and were able to help Norman cope with the bureaucracy and special needs that flying in Egypt can throw at you. He was very grateful for the help received from us and praised us to fellow pilots. One of these pilots, Peter Kelsey from FerryAir then contacted us and suggested that we create a ‘company’ to offer similar services to other pilots heading this way.

95 octane!

Our first refuelling job – supplying Norman with 95 octane Mogas for the autogyro

This seemed like a great idea and two of us set about creating G.A.S.E., with the sole objective of being able to offer the best services and assistance that we could. The main difference between us and other agencies in Egypt is that we are volunteers and do this for the love of aviation and the hope that we can coax more pilots to come to this great country.

Although created and run by two people, G.A.S.E. is a much bigger organisation than that statement suggests. We have a considerable collection of contacts from the world of aviation throughout Egypt as well as many enthusiastic volunteers who all give their time and expertise free of charge. We also use a number of agents where necessary, who will offer their services at a much reduced rate.

CarolAnn's presentation

The G.A.S.E. crew, volunteers and followers at CarolAnn Garratt’s presentation

Our army of contacts/experts/enthusiasts consists of commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, flight dispatchers, ground handlers, doctors, airline caterers, drivers, photographers, media people and most importantly…enthusiasts, all more than willing to help us help you, the GA pilot, make the most of your flying in Egypt.

Who are the G.A.S.E. main men?

Eddie Gold

Eddie is a British ex-pat living in spitting distance of Cairo International Airport. He has had a lifelong love of aviation and started working with aircraft after leaving school in 1970. His first job saw him maintaining a fleet of PA-28’s at Keenair Services/Liverpool Flying School. A number of other aviation related posts came along through the years and he also had time to fit in a bit of glider and microlight flying. Always a keen aviation photographer, this hobby would find him at airfields around Europe following his love of aircraft whenever he got the chance.

Eddie Gold

Eddie Gold

A member of the P.F.A. for many years would see him at fly-ins and rally’s chewing the fat with pilots and enthusiasts from around the world. Moving to precision engineering at the start of the millennium also saw health problems finally dictate a move to warmer climes. His love of aviation has never waned and is stronger than ever.

Ahmed Hassan Mohamed

Ahmed is Egyptian born and bred and also has a lifelong love of aviation. He is a graduate of the Egyptian Aviation Academy: Flight Dispatcher Course and also a graduate from Ain Shams University: Faculty of Arts, Tourist Guidance Department, English section. He is fluent in English and has acted as our translator on a number of occasions.

Ahmed Hassan Mohamed

Ahmed Hassan Mohamed

He has worked for a number of Middle Eastern airlines as a flight dispatcher and is currently employed full-time in that position. He also runs a number of online communities based around aviation hobbies. A powerhouse in the Egyptian aviation community, his love of aircraft is obvious to anyone who knows him.

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 Well readers, that is G.A.S.E. in a nutshell, simplified to be be an introduction to the many stories and adventures we have experienced and hopefully there will be many more in the future.

G.A.S.E. is a story of intercontinental friendships that came about because of a joint lifelong love of all things aviation and grew into a dream that one day we will live to see the opening up of general aviation and aviation hobbies to everyone in Egypt.

I would also like to take this chance to thank JR for allowing me to have a dedicated page on his blog for G.A.S.E.  – and I hope to be a regular provider of stories to entertain his many readers.

Please feel free to comment on any of my posts and ask questions freely. I will write about anything you would like to know about – GASE, Aviation, Egypt or even myself. So get those questions coming, and remember that I have already written some entries in other pages in this site.

Eddie

Peter and Vans RV6 at HEOC

Handling Vans RV6, G-RVIB at October Airport – December 2011

He is fluent in English and has acted as our translator on a number of occasions.

Always a keen aviation photographer, this hobby would find him at airfields around Europe following his love of aircraft whenever he got the chance.

A member of the P.F.A. for many years would see him at fly-ins and rally’s chewing the fat with pilots and enthusiasts from around the world.

Moving to precision engineering at the start of the millennium also saw health problems finally dictate a move to warmer climes. His love of aviation has never waned and is songer than ever.

Table of Contents

G.A.S.E – NEWS, STORIES AND PILOTS

AN AVIATION ENTHUSIAST IN EGYPT

‘I AM NOT A SPY, HONEST’ – MEMOIRS OF AN AIRCRAFT SPOTTER

21 Responses to GASE Egypt

  1. Eddie Gold says:

    Sorry about any formatting problems but like JR, I am new to this 😉
    Eddie

  2. Great Job Eddie, we are so happy to have you back! Thanks for a wonderful return. We are so excited to see you starting to utilize you own pages dedicated to you and GASE Egypt. You have as many pages as you want and it can be as deep as you like. We can also communicate by email regarding the offshoots and branches to your pages and sub pages etc.
    Great job my friend. 🙂 We will soon have a commercial Pilot from the Philippines blogging here as well. and a retired Russian military aviation historian will be writing for us coming soon.
    Glad you’re back pal… JR

  3. Frank Thomas says:

    Eddie can you tell me how tough is life there in Egypt on foreigners? Do you ever fear for your life? What are the complications in living there? Do you have any sacrifices in of amenities from where you are from in the UK and moving to Egypt other than some friendoms? Are you free to come and go as you please or is it a security state there? Life must me hard there in soome respects. Is Anthea an Egyptian? When you come to the USA make sure you let us know and perhaps we can all meet you. Maybe you will come to Georgia too.
    Frank and Tonie Winder Georgia USA

  4. Eddie Gold says:

    Hi Frank,
    thank you for your questions. It would be very wrong of me to answer your queries with simplistic answers like..yes or no, as there is no definite reply I could give without a detailed explanation. Luckily, part of the new ‘page’ here on JR’s blogsite will be about Egypt and life here. I am working on a number of categories, based around what questions I have received from readers in the past and it certainly does seem that life in Egypt is something that quite a lot of people would want to know about.
    One thing I can say, is never take what the news shows as a general assumption of that is the way things are. Obviously a news provider would be out of business if they didn’t concentrate on the more newsworthy or dramatic goings on in a country; after all, “life is normal”, is not a catchy title for the front page of any newspaper 😉
    Saying that, of course there are problems and when these problems reach boiling point you can rest assured the world’s media will be there to catch the results in glorious technicolor. The trouble with understanding what is going on is that the reporters catch a milisecond of time in a microcosm of life in a very isolated area of the whole and then this is replayed over and over again and this is what people get to know as the reality, even if it is not quite as bad as it shows.
    Being a foreigner living in a completely different kind of country than the usual ex-pat destination, can be whatever you make of it. I have seen other expats turn and run after a few months as they could never get used to the massive change in lifestyle. I have also seen other expats create a little bit of home (UK-USA-Australia etc) in the heart of Cairo! These are usually expats clubs where everything feels like back home with home cooking and other expats to socialise with. This is OK but you never become integrated enough to enjoy the real Egypt.
    Then there are the expats who have fully integrated into Egyptian life. Eating local food, going to local shops instead of the major foreign outlets, socialising with Egyptians and as can be seen with G.A.S.E., working with Egyptians for the benefit of the country.
    But…I am still a foreigner in a foreign country and this does mean that there are problems. I will talk about these in my page about living in Egypt, but lets just say that these problems will either get you down or you learn to live with them…and grumble under your breath, lol.
    As for fearing for my life…yeah…everytime I try to cross the roads here, or go for a crazy taxi ride in the unbelievable nightmare that is Cairo traffic. But in general (revolutions apart) I feel safer here, walking the local streets at night, than I ever did back in the UK where I used to live! There is a story to illustrate that, but I will leave that for the Egypt page.
    Freedoms?
    What can I say? G.A.S.E. was formed to hopefully create freedoms denied for many years to Egyptians who want to partake in aviation hobbies as well as breaking down the restrictive walls that keep GA pilots from visiting here. The freedom to take a photo of a plane, or for Egyptians, to learn to fly privately and not through a government agency, the freedom to travel around the country visiting airfields or for Egyptians, to travel abroad to visit air shows and airfields. These freedoms can be found, but not easily and usually via a large payment or knowing someone in a high position in the government. The older you get the more freedom you have here, mainly because you will have done your turn in the military (conscription is mandatory) and there is no reason for you to skip service, which is what worries the military if a young guy wants to go abroad before he is due to go into the army, then they worry he may not come back to do his service.
    But, we have had a revolution, these laws (bunched under something called the ’emergency laws’ that have been in place for 30+ years) will be thrown out and new freedoms will appear…well, that is what we are hoping for, but it all depends on who gets into power, if the military ever relinquish control 😉
    Sacrifices?
    Not really, except maybe some food and drinks you can’t get here, but the new quisine certainly makes up for losing out on Fish and Chips 😉 I think any sacrifice was worth it just to be able to say that I know live a new adventure everyday I wake up. Not many people can say that when they reach my age.
    But as I say…all will be revealed on the new page about life in Egypt, coming very soon 🙂
    Final question I can answer…Anthea is actually British born and bred and comes from Warwick, but moved to Egypt 30 years ago!
    P.S. If I ever come to Georgia or thereabouts I will certainly look you up 🙂

  5. Jasmine says:

    waw eddie am so proud thumbs up 🙂

  6. JRHafer says:

    Eddie, Natasha Hill a friend of the blog will be contacting you. Read her blog on this blog, under Blog discussion page under “Women of aviation” I asked her to contact you, 🙂
    JR

  7. JRHafer says:

    Oh by the way, here is something you may want to see…
    Elk River is known for it’s unique landing pattern and approach

    (Click to watch the briefing to pilots)

  8. Tommy says:

    Whatever happen to Carol ann? where is she on her trip? Can you tell us more about her Eddie?
    Thanks you
    Tommy

  9. Eddie Gold says:

    Hi Tommy,
    I am happy to report that CarolAnn made it around the world and arrived home in Florida a couple of weeks ago, just in time for Sun n Fun where she has been giving presentations and talks about her flights. Our very own JR has bee to Sun n Fun and met up with her ther and this is mentioned on the Sun n Fun page in the Open Blog section.
    After she left us last November she flew down East Africa to Madagascar and then north to Oman. Then eastwards to Pakistan, India and Thailand before heading to Malaysia where she saw the New Year in in Kuala Lumpur. Then it was on to Indonesia and Australia where she spent sometime flying across the continent taking in the many sights including Ayer’s Rock.
    A long flight across the Tasman sea took her to New Zealand where she spent two weeks enjoying local flights all over the country.
    Then came the long flight to Hawaii, heading north over the Pacific, searching out tiny islands in the massive ocean to stop and refuel. But arriving in Hawaii she was happy to be back on American soil and more importantly back in US flight rules. She then flew to California and across the states, dropping in on friends in California and Texas before arriving home at Gainsville Florida on the 12th March to an enthusiastic welcome and a well earned rest. Her book of the adventure and DVD will be out later this year and you can read her full log of the flight at http://alsworldflight.als.net/FlightLog.aspx
    Hope this has answered your query Tommy

    Eddie

    • Eddie and readers, CarolAnn provided me with her books for me to review and the reviews will be on our book review page as soon as I get them done, so look for the reviews as soon as I can get them read and written! Tks, JR

      • Eddie Gold says:

        That’s great news JR. I am so glad you got to meet CarolAnn and fantastic that you get to review her books…I guess that will be all of her books from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd circumnavigations? I am looking forward to your critique and especially of her time in Egypt this time comparted to her time in Egypt back in 2003 😉
        Remember to give me a nod when the reviews come online 🙂
        Eddie

  10. Phyllis says:

    CaolAnn is my hero and I am excited to read her book. I have followed her through this blog and through your’s Eddie since you two teamed up. This website is awesome.
    Eddie, i wish you would write a detail story biography about you and your life up til now. you are a very interesting man.
    Your most ardent follower Phyllis

  11. Eddie Gold says:

    Thank you Phyllis, not only for being my most ardent follower but for having the innocence of mind to wish to hear about my life, lol. I must say that to write my autobiography would be a task and a half and probably boring for most people. Although my main love in life has been aviation my actual ‘life-episodes’ have covered many other topics. From being a travelling hippy, to a long haired biker, a rock DeeJay and leader of a motorcycle club as well as having more jobs than I can remember. Some in the aviation field or engineering but others that just seemed to come along. Factory worker and delivery rider, door to door salesman and furniture shop owner to writing on a local newspaper as well as a profilic Ebayer and bookseller!
    I could write about my home but seeing that I am now on my 22nd permanent address (one where my name is on the rentbook – I don’t count all the other places I have lain my hat) I can confess to not really having any roots. I do have a million memories of great times and great people in all kinds of places and I wouldn’t swap my life for anything. Regrets? Of course, but I am philosophical about bad choices…they happen and there’s no use thinking ‘what if’…always best to head forward, turning corners as often as you can…to see what is there and travel lightly…the only baggage should be the suitcase marked ‘memories’, and everything you do should add to that suitcase…and hopefully have a long list of people who you have shared these memories with.
    I am sure quite a few of these memories will pop up during my posts on my various pages and because JR has whetted my appetitie for blogging, an old friend of mine suggested we write a blog together about our time during the 70’s when we were young and crazy. That I am sure will be an eye opener, lol.
    I could actually write a large book about my short time in Egypt so I have no idea how big an autobiography would be…look out ‘War and Peace’ we need plenty of room on that bookshelf 😉
    Maybe one day…
    Thank you anyway Phyllis, I will keep your request in mind
    Best wishes
    Eddie

  12. JR Hafer says:

    Eddie Thank you for your support, we haven’t seen a post and I was thinking about your injury. I hope you and Anthea are doing okay now. We hav not heard from you by email either. How are things? Keep in touch.

    • Eddie Gold says:

      Hi JR,
      thank you for your concern and my sincerest apologies for the lack of articles these past weeks. I am fine and in fact it was Anthea who broke her arm/shoulder 3 weeks ago which has left her incapable of doing most things and has created a new job for me…nurse/housekeeper/cook, which I am doing to the best of my abilities 😉
      But my main problem has been bureacratic and this problem could have a long lasting effect on G.A.S.E. and my time in Egypt. I will email you with the details and we have our fingers crossed for a good outcome.
      I can say that I will be adding some new content in the near future…I have started part 3 of the G.A.S.E. Potted History and will be updating Norman Surplus’ story as he prepares to resume the circumnavigation next month.
      I hope everyone can bear with me as I sort out the problems that only living in Egypt seem to throw at you.
      Best wishes
      Eddie

  13. Hello Eddie, How are things going?

  14. Eddie Gold says:

    Hi JR,
    Things are going slowly here in sunny Cairo. I have given you some prior information as to the reasons I have been absent from these pages recently but I reckon it is time to pass on the news concerning me and G.A.S.E.
    First of all, what has been happening with G.A.S.E and our visitors….a simple answer would be ‘what visitors’. Yes, we have had no arrivals at our local airfield (October Airport – HEOC) since December and only a handfull of transiting aircraft. At the start of the year our books were full of expected arrivals from all over the world but one by one they have cancelled or deferred to a later date!
    The reasons may be multi-faceted but I guess the ongoing troubles in Egypt and the surrounding region will go a long way in the decision making processes of any pilot intending to fly in this direction. Nothing we can say can make the situation here look better when the outside world is fed close-up videos of violence via 24 hour news media.
    Of course, there may be many other reasons too…a pilot who has been planning a long distance journey for a number of years may well put it on hold until the present worldwide financial crisis gets better and add to that a number of draconian rules being introduced in certain European countries concerning GA aircraft and Europe is our gateway for visiting aircraft.
    We have had a couple of visiting aircraft since January but all of them have kept well away from Cairo (except our first Biz jet client), using Luxor as their stop in Egypt before continuing south or east. This has kept us busy, as routeplanning, pemits and visa allocations are still a main part of our mandate…and of course the pilots who have used us have been pleasantly surprised by our services and the amount of cash we have saved them.
    The future isn’t too rosy either. We have one definite arrival, but not until later in the year, and we can’t guarantee this one either as they are still finding sponsorship for their circumnavigation.

    On a more positive note…Norman Surplus is about to restart his circumanvigation in his Autogyro as he returns to Japan this month to fire up ‘Roxy’ again and head off to Vladivostok to fly across Siberia to the Bering Straits and then across to Alaska in June. I will of course be resuming my part in his journey as social media officer and will be keeping his blog updated daily. In fact I may be able to get to Larne in Northern Ireland to greet him on his return later in the summer…which brings me to my news.

    As anyone who has followed my musings on here, or in other sites, will know, I have lived in Cairo, Egypt for 4 years with my girlfriend Anthea. Four times a year I have to go and renew my residents visa and because we are not married I have to have a “residents visa for touristic purposes’. So a few weeks ago I went to the government offices in Tarhir Square to renew my visa but was told ‘no’. Apparently I can’t be a tourist for 4 years! They did allow me one extra month to find a reason to extend my stay…
    One way I could stay would be if I run a business here! So me and my colleague at G.A.S.E. Ahmed, decided that we should register it as a business and this would allow me to stay…but…
    we went to see a business lawyer and what we were told was unbelievable. Mainly because of the rules allowing a foreigner (me) to run a business in Egypt were so over the top we decided that we could not set G.A.S.E. up as a business within the month allocated to me.
    So friends and readers, your favourite correspondent from Cairo will soon be winging his way back to his homeland, ready to restart the whole process of gaining resident status over again by the end of the summer.
    This is a double edged sword. I will of course miss Anthea and my friends in Cairo and I will be worrying about G.A.S.E., although most of what we do is done online and seeing we have no arrivals who need hosting until the autumn, then things should carry on as normal.
    On the other hand there will be a number of bonuses via my enforced departure from Egypt.
    I will be back in the UK for the airshow season! This will give me a chance to network on behalf of GASE as well as covering the airshows for this blog with hopefully some great photos to illustrate the scene.
    I will also get the chance to catch up with some old friends and family who I haven’t seen for over 4 years, so that will be good too.
    The biggest news though is that one thing I will be sorting out in England when I arrive back will be a date for me and Anthea’s wedding! Yes, we are going to tie the knot, hopefully some time this summer 🙂
    So some really good bonuses courtesy of a miserable Egyptian bureaucratic system.

    I will be in England for at least a month before Anthea joins me, so I will have time to get my blog posts uploaded, so I hope you all bear with me as I enter this new stage of my life and prepare for the next chapter.
    Thank you all for your patience 🙂

    Eddie Gold

  15. haferaviation says:

    Eddie, How are things in Egypt now, we are really eager to hear from you.
    Let us have a report soon Pal!

  16. Eddie Gold says:

    Hi JR,
    I would prefer not to comment on the political situation here as I would not know who would be reading and it could be dangerous for me to make a statement or pick sides. Enough to say that G.A.S.E. has warned pilots to keep away from some Egyptian airports and to not leave airports to travel through cities in Egypt. We did have an airshow over Cairo today with massed formations of F-16’s and many other types too. It was a great light relief in these tense times. Clashes are still happening and the military and police are doing their best to restore order but are being watched closely by the foreign media, most of whom have had a very biased view to what is going on.
    Decent people in Egypt are hoping that the new transitional government with the protection of the military will turn Egypt around after a year of disastrous management by the ousted regime. But to have a secular government you first have to appease the islamist who want the country run according to Sharia or Islamic law. A tricky road for the politicians and a dangerous one for the population. The main problem is that Jihadist groups are taking advantage of the turmoil and instigating terror campaigns, mainly in the Sinai but also in the cities. The peaceful pro-morsi supporters are being goaded on by these extremeists and the peaceful anti-Morsi revolutionaries are being made to fight back to protect their country. It is a mess and all we can do is hope that common sense will prevail.
    I just wish that the foreign media would show the things that foreign governments don’t want their countries to see. For an independant up to the minute view of what is REALLY happening here check out https://www.facebook.com/Egypt.Independent?fref=ts where we get our information from.

    Otherwise you will be glad to know that I am compiling the second chapter of the Jack Wiegand story and should have it posted very soon (situation allowing) so keep watching 🙂

    Best wishes

    Eddie

  17. haferaviation says:

    Eddie, I hope you and your wife are okay. We here outside of Egypt, especially in the western world are hearing the worst and are plenty worried about you and your wife, our friends. Please let us know about your welfare and health in the middle of upheaval. Please know our positive thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep us in the loop Pal. JR and all your fans around the world at 20th Century Aviation Magazine.com

  18. Eddie Gold says:

    Hi JR,
    yes, it is very scary here at the moment. We have been in a similar situation to what we went through during the 2011 revolution and that is a state of siege in our apartment…the big difference is that last time it lasted 2 weeks, we are now on our 8th week of locking ourselves in and being very wary of everything going on outside.
    It is true to say that as I look out the window now (3pm, Thursday afternoon) you would think that everything is OK in the country, but this is because the vast majority are trying to get on with their lives and try and build a better future for themselves and the country inspite of the terror being inflicted by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their terrorist allies.
    So why are we still under siege? One of the tactics of the MB is to call for jihad (holy war) against all infidels, their leaders have actually, during the so called peaceful protests, called upon their followers to go out and kill Christians, Liberal, Secularists and Aetheists…in fact anyone who isn’t one of them. They have been doing this, targetting churches and monasteries as well as using a the nasty tactic of riding around on motorbikes as normal citizens then when they see an ‘infidel’ they will ride up to them, pull out an automatic weapon and riddle them with bullets. Many Christian priests have died this way and they are attacking anyone who fits the bill…and being a westerner I and Anthea would certainly be a likely target, hence our reluctance to venture outside.
    We have been outside a few times in the last 7 weeks…using our driver to pick us up at the door, take us to a shop, and then straight home, but it’s not the same as being able to walk safely down the street in your own neighbourhood.
    Of course, it is affecting the operations at G.A.S.E. It is true to say that 90% of our work is done online or via email and phone calls, so we can actually do this work anywhere in the world as long as we have connections to phones and the internet. But our other main claim to fame is our magnificent hosting package here in Cairo as well as our superb aviation services throughout Egypt, as can be seen in our blog posts on here. Well, these are a thing of the past at the moment as we could not in all honestly condone bringing a pilot here or to any place in Egypt.
    In fact we have had to re-route half a dozen flights around Egypt, mainly sending them via Jordan, and this has kept us busy but sad we never got to meet the crews and show them a good time here. In some cases we have allowed an arrival at an airport (Ports Said-HEPS and Aswan-HESN) for refueling but insisted that they don’t leave the airport or enter any city. Most airports are safe to be at but the danger starts as you leave the airport and head into town.
    We have a number of flights set for the future, flights that want to come to Cairo and use October Airport but we can only hope that the situation improves enough for this to happen. The closest arrival is in October which is not that far off but things happen quickly here and the main problems have been dismantled and the rest will follow soon…touch wood. But we will always monitor the situation and will always make the safest choice on whether to allow pilots to come here or re-route them. Their safety always comes first.
    Our health is fine, which is amazing seeing the anxieties we have had to face recently and continuously and to make matters worse, our air conditioner packed up working just as this new revolution started and we can’t get hold of the landlord to get it fixed and we can’t do it ourselves as repair men won’t come out at this time, so we have been in continuous temperatures over 30C (86f) with night time temperatures never dropping below 30. One good thing is that I have lost 24 pounds in weight since June the 30th!
    I am always wary of what I report as any outright condemnation of one side or the other could be dangerous for me…but it has now reached a point where it doesn’t matter what I say, I am a target for the MB.
    I must say though that G.A.S.E. is always non-political and will stay that way. Our only aim is to further the goals of peaceful aviation and the ability to fly in or through Egyptian skies in safety and with an affordable and pleasurable outcome.
    Many thanks to you and all your readers who have expressed their care for us here. It is very much appreciated and as things lighten up I hope to be able to bring some more great stories to these pages
    Best wishes
    Eddie Gold

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