An active busy three weeks
I understand that in Thailand a brewer has to make a minimum amount of beer to be allowed to operate, or there's some sort of similar rule. This to maintain the monopoly of the big brewing companies. But small brewerys are beginning to emerge to make British style beers rather than the cold lagers.
Car tax and Insurance
Every thing runs out on
the 29th May, the insurance on both the Ford here in
Thailand and the Mazda in Canada, and my visa to stay in
18th May, Test flight
static with a homebuilt aeroplane, improvements are made
and things are tweaked to eventually end up with a near
Trip Two; going south
The radio work was
fairly simple on this flight as we contacted Chiang Mai
Approach on the way out.
We orbited west of
the airport until a gap in the Airbus traffic allowed us
to zoom in and land on 21R.
The first objective
after arrival at Don Muang was to go to the Tango - Royal
Thai Air Force Museum.
'Should be B J 2, which I think means WWII when the Royal Thai Air Force attacked the French at Siem Reap in Cambodia.
The other Chipmunk.
21st May, drove down to Pattaya and flew with Paul in the Allegro for 53 minutes. I wanted to check Pattaya Air Park out and did 2 touch and goes 0n 28, and one on 10.
I stayed at Alasdair and Gill's house in Jomtien.
We flew the Allegro to Bang Phra but nothing was happening there, and so routed back via Nong Khor for a touch and go between parachute drops.
Up with Alasdair in the Eurofox; we explored the different methods of doing forced landings for practice.
19th May, Nok - Bangkok
Takeoff was at 09:14 to climb to 2,500 feet initially and then progress higher as we headed south to Bangkok.
The approach to Don
Muang was via Ayutthaya at 2,000 feet, descending to
1,500 feet then over Patumthani at 1,000 feet, and to
five miles west.
I know Khun Kraisi
who works for MJets and so we had a very good deal for
their handling charges, but we still had to pay the
standard rates for landing and parking fees.
Another taxi took us to the Royal Thai Air Force Museum which has a collection of interesting aeroplanes of which I show a small sample here.
The Thais had 18 Canadian and 48 British built Chipmunks, there are two on display here and 1 is on display at Chiang Mai.
One of these Curtiss Hawk fighters managed to shoot down an American B29 during the war.
I met up with David in Bangkok on Monday and we whiled away some time, before taking the skytrain to Taksin Bridge for the boat ride back to the Anantara Riverside Hotel Resort.
Bangkok to U Tapao
The Bangkok controller asked me if I was familiar with the west side reporting points and I replied negative, and then she let me off the hook by saying "Okay, I'll give you vectors".
We were routed over Best Ocean and then along the long sea crossing to Pattaya, and from there into U Tapao where we landed at 11:37 after 52 minutes in the air.
26th May: Up in the Allegro again with Paul for one flight, and then two flights with Andy in the CTLS, HS BON, to do some review exercises and PFLs.
planned to go via all the familiar waypoints along the
VFR route to the east of Bangkok and down to U Tapao...
MJets were there to greet us and see us through the terminal. They also provided a van to take us to Pattaya, and later to bring us back again. Very good service.
There were a lot of
C17s at U Tapao, perhaps due to Obama's visit to Vietnam.
On Sukhumvit Road in Jomtien there's an "American Camping Store" with an odd assortment on Fan Trainers and other aircraft, shelves of aircraft radios, instruments, generators, and spare parts, old cars etc... Worth a visit and coffee in the cafe with a CT4 trainer inside..
I stayed one night at Alasdair and Gill's, and two nights at the Hilton in Pattaya.
U Tapao to Hua Hin
Khun Draft enjoyed her flight though she felt a little queesy at the end.
From Bang Phra we
were in contact with Bangkok Approach on 125.80 who asked
us to cross the water at low level... I was able to get
1,500 feet which gave us a little more comfort.
have to dress the part here in Thailand and so I wear a
pilot shirt every time I fly.
Depature from U
Tapao was at 12:29 and we carried on up over Bang Phra.
CATC is a busy school with a fleet of DA40s, both Thielert diesel and Lycoming powered, and DA42 diesel twins.
We took a taxi to the nearby resort... But I can't do the beach holiday, my visa was to run out and so I had to leave Thailand and then return. I chose to go and visit April in Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, Vietnam.
I went into town,
printed off the visa application form and had some
Hua Hin is home to the Civil Aviaition Training College.
They were eating
snails in the restaurant, and this was all they had on
There are a lot of
small cafes, shops, and bars in odd buildings, seemingly
hidden, but ready to be discovered.
Monday morning I
caught a taxi outside the apartment building among the
sea of motorcycles bearing people to their jobs.
The 777 taxied to
maintenance and we had to take a bus back to the
Saturday morning I took a 250 Baht taxy ride to the Hua
Hin bus station, bought a 269 Baht bus ticket to
Suvarnabhumi, and caught the 10:30 bus.
Airways 777 was late to the gate, but still arrived on
time at Saigon Airport.
I slept comfortably in April's spare room and in the morning I was dropped off outside the English language school where April works.
I went for a walk,
through a park and around to Ben Tanh Market where I was
accosted a couple of times, and a shoe polisher did me
for too much money.
I stopped for a coffee in a nice coffee shop, Avanti, and tried Vietnamese coffee.
I met April after
her morning teaching session and we rode the Super Cub
through the traffic to the Bitexco Tower where a good
lunch was had while taking in aerial views of the city.
After paying the 85 Baht landing fee we decided to go no further as the weather deteriorate rapidly and the high ground on our route disappeared.
Hua Hin to Surat Thani
Takeoff was at 11:48, we were directed to do an early left turn to 090 degrees then told to interecpt the 110 degree radial and fly it for 6 nautical miles before proceeding enroute. This to keep you well clear of the Royal Palace.
procedure was followed by a scenic flight along the
coast, passing Prachuap, then Chumpon, and then a run
into Surat Thani to land at 13:44.
So we departed eastbound to Khanom and then south bound to Nakhon Si Thammarat, and then through a mountain pass towards Krabi and into Phuket Air Park.
After passing Krabi
we saw showers ahead, and Phuket Approach told us to
descend to 1,000 feet to cross the water to Phuket Air
They also gave us a pick up truck.
I may have got my laundry done, but the monsoon rain soaked it as it was put out on the veranda to dry, while Daren and I went out to play pool.
1st June, Surat Thani to Phuket
Ed called to say
that Phuket was gin clear this morning, and so we topped
up the fuel from 50 litre cans supplied by the airport.
Maybe later, I will update this site again with more detailed information on this trip, but this has taken me more than 12 hours to do, it's too much.
Present position, Anantara Layan - Phuket Resort while the monsoon goes on
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