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From Cape to Cape
Mike Blyth is flying dangerously low over the Sudanese desert, but he cannot see the ground. He and his trike microlight are enveloped in a sandstorm, man and machine almost choking on red-brown dust. Worse, he cannot see his companion, Swiss Microlighter Oliver Aubert. Their aircraft could be kilometres or only meters apart.

"Mike? Do you have me visual?" Aubert's voice crackles through the two way radio mounted on the front of Blyth's microlight. "I am 194.5 kilometres from Port Sudan and I'm 6.4 kilometres right of track. Where are you?" Aubert says.

Blyth's position is only 600 meters away. He radios Aubert: "How high are you?"

"I'm at 213 meters. You're still not visual," says Aubert. "Ok, keep flying straight," says Blyth, blindly trying to guide Aubert through the turbulent, burning sand. I'm going to turn off right. I'll try to see you coming past me." Blyth makes a slow circle to the right, steering clear of Aubert's track. If they collide or clip wings the expedition will be over.

The sandstorm was just one of the dangers SA microlighting champion Blyth, 41, and Aubert, 38, overcame during an epic 23,000-kilometer flight from the southernmost city in Africa, Cape Town, to the northernmost village, North Cape in Norway,

Read about their trip online.