Hours go by and the tension grows, for a moment it feels like they will be able to do it, the next moment, when things turn out slightly worse, it seems like it cannot be done… The audience grows and grows; people are watching the crew and cheering for them. The owner of the aircraft – the Team Hungary pilot is calm, he trusts the Pipistrel crew to finish repairing the plane so that he can continue the race.
“Time goes by really fast,” Janos continues his story. “It’s already 11 AM and we’ve said goodbye to the cold of the morning. Our two mechanics are already working in their T-shirts. Finally, at 11:15 they say the words I’ve been waiting for: Janos, get in and start the engine!
I can’t believe it! The engine starts right away, the propeller is not shaking, and all the avionics are working properly. We’ve done it!!!”
The pilot Krisztián is overjoyed. He runs to get permission for a test-flight. Everything goes well, he gets the permission, the flight goes well, everything is done! The championship can continue!
The Pipistel Hungary crew fills-in the necessary documents for the repairs, packs their tools and heads to the airport’s restaurant for a well-deserved lunch.
“The biggest question now is: should we stay here and have some sleep or should we head home,” says Janos.
“We were really exhausted but we decided to go home nevertheless. The next day was a national holiday, so we had fireworks waiting for us! There were just those 880 kilometers between us and our beds…
The third night seems the longest of them all. We can’t take it much longer; the drivers exchange every hour now. The kilometers seem to crawl by ever slower. We arrive home at three in the morning, utterly exhausted but happy! ”
The next day Janos only gets to his office at noon. It’s a national holiday, so everything is quiet now… but not for long. Sándor and Géza arrive, still contemplating what happened in Poland.
“Is everything alright? How is “our” pilot doing in the race? Is the plane working fine?” they are asking.
From what is known, the last two days were used mostly for complaining about the scores by many other teams, who tried to use the opportunity to win the race on the ground by complaining to the judges, instead of in the air…But the final results were fantastic nevertheless: Team Hungary claimed the first place with a significant advantage! Krisztián is the new European champion!