Flying Homebuilt Aeroplanes
not easy to find an instructor to teach a PPL student in
something as incongruous as a Searey, but I did.
pleased to report that Matt passed his PPL flight test in
the Cessna 150 last weekend.
Wednesday I flew with James in the Cessna 150 that has
had a noselegectomy and now sits on its tail.
packed my bags, took the car to Boundary Bay, and left it
in the hangar.
I was surprised to be served Yorkshire water on a flight to Asia
Perhaps Cathay is in collaboration with Yorkshire Airlines?
In the morning I
had a good walk around the locality and onto the old Kai
Tak Airport ground... Not much to see as the place is a
hive of construction activity.
After checking out of the hotel I walked to the next main street and got on a bus to the Star Ferry terminal... I have an Octopus Card which is a do everything card, public transport through shopping, just load it with some money and away you go, just like a native.
I wended my way to the MTR and took the underground train, changed once, and then caught an airport express train. It's easy to get around Hong Kong/Kowloon, just like London.
[Cathay Dragon] was
on time into Chiang Mai Airport, I was surprised that
Immigration was quiet and so I was through in no time.
I took a taxi to Kois' house, picked up the Ford Aspire, and drove to Nine's Kitchen for a bite before heading home to Pada mansion.
On Friday night
I took a taxi from Kowloon station to the Bridal Tea
House Hotel which is next to the old Kai Tak Airport and
opposite the Hong Kong Aviation Club.
I visited the Hong
Kong Aviation Club and was shown around by Kit.
On my way back to
the hotel I met a Hong Kong Air Cadet... We've had cadets
from here come to Canada for training in the Diamonds.
Back at Boundary r a friend
On Friday NaRuk
waited patiently at the airfield while we worked on the
NaRuk returned to Bangkok on Sunday evening and so it was back to the proper purpose for my trip here to Thailand.
Monday afternoon we
took the RV9A for another local flight tocheck for snags.
My first week
back was spent helping out with the modifications and
rework on the RV9A to correct the snags.
The temperature varied between a cool +39 degrees and a hot 42 degrees... You lose a lot of body fluids especially inside the cockpit and in around the rudder pedals!
NaRuk arrived on Thursday evening to brighten my days even more. I can't stop smiling.
We had a dinner
appointment on Saturday evening at the Shangri-La Hotel,
so we went dress shopping... I introduced NaRuk to the
red dress... I always think black is a cop-out! She
looked stunning in red.
We recently lost
our friend Aor to lung cancer. (We met at Aor's wedding
After my previous
experiences I had prepared Estimated Enroute Times for
places along the route as ATC always ask for them.
11th May VTUD to VTUK
flightplanned to depart at 05:30 zulu... Yes that's UTC!
time to Khon Kaen was precisely thirty minutes and so the
total flying time so far was 2 hours 27 minutes. 79
litres of 100LL was added = 32 litres an hour or just
over 8 gph (US).
As the engine runs in I have managed to reduce the fuel consumption. Climbing at 90 to 100 KIAS with richer than ideal mixture settings also helps.
at Khon Kaen to see two of Thailand's flying schools in
I went to the terminal to pay the 85 Baht landing fee, and then I filed a second flight plan with the same cheerful lady I spoke to earlier.
Udon Thani 10th May
Now it was
time to test the RV9A in the purpose for which it was
built: Cross Country Flying.
Arrival at Udon was
delayed as we were told to slow down for a Boeing 739 on
30 mile final... We orbited a bit on the downwind leg and
then followed the 737 in, above its approach path, and a
respectable time behind.
We stayed at the Centara Grand Hotel in Udon Thani, ate at the local farang restaurant, and then played pool into the evening.
In the morning I tried to file a flight plan from Udon to Khon Kaen for a fuel stop, then on to Nakhon Phanom but this proved to be too complicated. I opted to file a flight plan to Khon Kaen, and then file another one from Khon Kaen to Nakhon Phanom while the aeroplane was refueled.
The flight to
Nakhon Phanom took 59 minutes.
VTUK to VTUW
from Khon Kaen was delayed due to an Airbus 320 that
started after us being given priority.
On arrival at the
hotel I was confused by my watch, I showed 18:00, then
19:00, and the second hand was spinning.
My room in the Fortune River View Hotel looked straight across the Mekong River to Laos.
I took a walk in the evening along the river and back.
Tai Oratai Journey
I've seen this temple (Wat) in a Tai Oratai video and so I wanted to spot it as we flew along the Mekong.
12th May VTUW to VTUU Ubon Ratchathani
Today's flight plan was from Nakhon Phanom along the Mekong then down to Sirindhorn Lake before heading back to Ubon Ratchathani.
Along the first
part of our route communication was with Sakhon Nakhon
Approach on 123.35, but this was fading as I gave
Savannakhet Airport in Laos a courtesy call as their
runway is aligned for traffic to cross the river.
Ratchathani Airport I was told to turn onto 090 as
traffic was departing northeastbound... I turned, the
controller realised his mistake and said turn on to 270
Up to the airport office, paid for landing and parking, and signed the airport log...
Took a taxi to the
Sunee Grand Hotel where I had an embarrassingly big room
with a spa bath etc. The bed wasn't so comfortable
13th May VTUU to VTUQ Nakhon Ratchasima
We landed at Nakhon Ratchasima at 12:25.
The airport is in
the middle of a forest, and a long drive from the city.
It rained heavily into the night.
Staff at Thai
airports all seem to be friendly and helpful.
I filed 3,000 feet
to Nakhon Ratchasima...
Following the rain
the air was clear as we left Nakhon Ratchasima to climb
to 4,500 feet for the northwest flight to Nok.
While there was
heavy rain in Isaan, the Northwest of Thailand has not
seen rain for months.
We landed at Nok at 13:45 after 2 hours 23 minutes in the air.
14th May VTUQ to VTCY
There's an abandoned Antonov at Phetchabun Airport
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