End of my time flying in the North of Thailand

Two months ago, Yves, the owner of Ban Thi - San Kamphaeng Airport (Nok) told Ed that I had been saying things about the airfield and that he was prepared to ban me from the airfield.
There was confusion when he believed he had to leave a dinner appointment early in favour of myself and Walter when he saw a picture on Facebook of us having dinner at the same place. We in fact left early to make room for him! This was a question of status, did he have to make room for me? No, in fact I made room for him.

Then, because I had to go to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand [CAAT] office on other business, he thought I had been discussing his business, saying he did not trust me to be a negotiator, and that I cost him a lot of money.
Again untrue. I was asked by the club president to go to the CAAT and sign for the Type Certificate for another person's aeroplane, a Bolkow Junior, and to ask about the five year permits for a couple of aircraft. The owners of these aircraft were really happy with what I had done for them.
Yves own aircraft, the Super Cub had to have its Type Certificate presented to the CAAT with a request that it be approved, and this certificate I had found, and had provided to the club president.
At the time, both Yves' Super Cub and the Twin Comanche had not received their Certificates of Airworthiness after nine months of waiting; this is a typical problem here in Thailand.
The club president was on the point of asking me to do for the Super Cub what I had done for the Bolkow Junior, that is to sign the application for the approval of the Type Certificate by the CAAT, in their office which is only four kilometres down the road from where I am writing this.
Yves does not want me to conduct business on his behalf, and I will not conduct business for anyone without being asked to do so. I have done no negotiation with the CAAT with respect to his aircraft whatsoever.

Last week I was again accused of gossiping about the business of the airfield, and of publishing information about it.
I have not spoken about the airfield to anyone outside the community on that airfield, and then nothing derogatory to the "management of the airfield".
I actually do not know much about what is going on, and really beyond what might affect my own flying in the Cessna 172G I have no need to be involved in the 'politics' happening there.
I shy away from trouble between people on the airfield, I do not like conflict, I prefer friendship, and to enjoy my flying.

Until now I have published nothing on here, on Facebook, or anywhere else in reference to the airfield and its management and so I am confused as to where these accusations are coming from. Besides I spent twenty days away from Thailand recently (in Canada), and since the accusations of two months ago I have not visited the airfield.
I have no argument with anyone at the airfield, so I am upset and confused as to why this has happened to me. I have been told that I am unwelcome on the airfield or any of Pierre-Yves Vandermeersch's properties. And so ends my flying with Nok Flying Club.

In Thailand defamation is a criminal act, and the emails I received were defamatory, (shared with others in the airfield community), aimed at discrediting me, and perhaps setting me up to be some sort of scapegoat, or using me as an example of what the airfield owner is prepared to do to others on the airfield.

Enough written about this here.

What's new: I went to the Motor Show courtesy of the Harley Davidson Dealership in Chiang Mai.

Thailand Retrospective

Khun Pao was the loveliest woman I ever met in Canada, and she introduced me to Thailand
We took an Auster 6 across Canada and two states of the Union to Hamilton Ontario

First flying I did in Thailand was in this CAP10C at Bang Phra in 2004; six days flying with Tom Claytor
Aerobatics in this aeroplane were lovely
(This picture taken later)

When I returned to Thailand in 2005 my relationship with Khun Pao was terminated, (shattered heart), I went north, and I joined Chiang Mai Flying Club
I flew the Cessna 172 on a checkout and then rented the Cessna 150 in preference. In December I returned and test flew the two Katanas.

Students in 2007
I worked in China in 2006 with trips both to Chiang Mai and to Chiba in Japan to do some flying
After leaving China I spent six months at Chiang Mai Flying Club and assisted these chaps in gaining their Thai PPLs

We had the Cessna 150 and a 152, and Ed bought a Tecnam P92JS which he still has today.

Cessna 152

Unfortunately there was a crash of a Cessna 172F which tried to depart overloaded and with the full, forty degrees, flaps deployed!
This was an illegal flight and ended with people in hospital. This accident precipitated the demise of the CMFC.
We had an opportunity to show that foreigners could fly with safety and discipline, and that we could teach people to fly in the same way.
Too many accidents, in Thailand, with both Farangs (foreigners) and Thais.

Chiang Mai Flying Club moved to Lanna Airpark as it slowly declined after the disasterous accident.
All of us had to go through taking exams to be allowed to fly in Thailand again.
Sadly, as you might have seen on this site, the Cessna 150 is now tied to a platform besides the River Kwai.

Ban Thi - San Kamphaeng (Nok) VTCY

Back in 2005 there was a dispute within a group operating Lanna Airport between them. This is an Air Park where you can build a house and taxy your aeroplane to it.
This dispute lead to one of the partners splitting with the rest, buying adjoining land, and creating a new airfield: Nok.
There was considerable animosity and so hangars were built under the approach path to runway 27 at Lanna, and a tower was erected within yards of the threshold and in line with 27.
This of course was a serious safety problem for aircraft operating in and out of Lanna, but the judge in court soon told the owner of Nok to take it down.
At the time I was happily flying from Chiang Mai Flying Club at Lamphun Airfield and I had no desire to be involved in the conflict. I do not like such things.

I flew with a few people in this Tiger Moth

With the demise of Chiang Mai Flying Club I joined Nok Flying Club. By this time the conflict between the owners of two airfields had calmed somewhat.
It was fun flying at Nok, I flew the Super Cub, I towed the T21 glider with it, and later I did my sixtieth birthday flight in it. 'Loved flying the Super Cub.

Yves daughter Julie was a great student, we flew a lot together in the Katana and in the Super Cub.
Julie did her tailwheel solo at Lampang where there was plenty of runway width.
Later I was preparing to send her solo on the narrow Nok runway when the engine dropped a valve!

The second tailwheel solo on the narrow runway at at Nok had to wait until later when I made a special journey from Bangkok to complete this task
when I was on my way to Boston from Vancouver via Bangkok and London.

Tit for tat, Yves had provided me with the ability to continue flying in Northern Thailand and so whenever I could I would go out of my way to repay him for this.

Preparation for the PPL test in Thailand, and preliminaries for the CPL in the USA

This would be the last flight in the Tiger Moth, three circuits with Yves before I caught my flight back to Vancouver via Hong Kong

I am reminded that even unpaid, I can not instruct here in Thailand and so I will cease to do so from now on.
For me this is difficult as I see the accidents here, and I can not do my bit to try to keep people safe, competent, and confident.

Occasionally I would fly the Cessna 182 RG

I flew the Zenair 601 to Loei to spend New Year's Day with Naruk

There was a concern about an apparent imbalance between propellers so I rode along to give my opinion
This Twin Comanche is in excellent condition. Yves had flown it to Thailand from the USA

Cream on the cake was flying this RV9A for its first flights, and then cross country to many parts of Thailand. Very enjoyable.
Picture by Daren Rose, Aircraft Constructor

It is a great shame that my days flying at Nok had to end in the way it has, but I still have good memories that will not be erased.

Private flying in Thailand suffers from the delays of bureaucracy, and sometimes through the animosity between its participants.

We should really try to get along for our common good.

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