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Round Malaysia live Updates

In Flight Log, Navigation on April 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

Round Malaysia GPS Track

Live Updates posted during a Round Malaysia trip from 12 to 15 April 2012

Aircraft: Piper Warrior II, PA 28-161, 9M-FRR
PIC: Ingo
Co-pilot: Capt. Ridzuan
Logbook PIC hours: 16.4
Airports and airfields: 14
Landings: 16

Thursday, 12 April 2012

  • Arrived at the club at 8 am
    Visibility below 2 km, tower does not allow us to take off
  • plan is to wait until 10:30 am
  • looks like 10:30 is not going to happen either
    Weather is closing in from the south-west
  • we are going to give it a try
    along the coast the weather seems ok ( at least in the radar)
  • 13:00 – We made it to Subang.
    Flight time was about 2 hours and 10 minutes. (2:25 pilot time). The weather is good with the occasional patch of rain and the usual haze in the Klang valley. We did one touch down in Malacca. Now we have lunch at the food court in the sky park terminal building. Petronas said they will have time for refueling our aircraft at 1:45 pm.
  • 16:40 – arrived in Penang and refueled
    We did three landings in Pangkor. I was pretty short but not very gentle with my touch down. I think I have to read up on that flare thing again.

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  • 18:35 – arrived in Langkawi
    Perfect weather and near perfect landing.

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  • 19:15 – we are at the Malibest Resort.
    This hotel is a low budget hotel directly at the water. The rooms are good enough for one night. And the location is very central in Pantai Cenang, about 15 minutes from the airport by taxi.

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  • 20:00 – We settled down for dinner at the beach.
    I am posting a few pictures, So that you can properly envy me.

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Friday, 13 April 2012

  • 8:00 – On the way to the airport.
    Weather looks good, but some low clouds hanging around the island. Over night the sea was impressively illuminated by heavy thunderstorms.

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  • 8:00 – Tower visit to find out about reporting points for round the island flights. I will post the points when I get home.
    There are two ladies working at the tower. They are friendly and professional and handle four aircraft in the circuit with an eerie calm and precision while they still find time talking to us. Flight plans can be brought up to the tower if you didn’t get to fax them earlier.
  • 8:35 – Take off into a beautiful morning sky with low scattered clouds and gorgeous visibility. We can see Penang clearly.
  • 8:25 – Touch down at Alor Setar Airport. This a nice little airport. To get out you have to go to the luggage handling area and there is an exit with a guard to the left.

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  • 12:00 – Touch down in Penang for refueling.

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  • 14:20 – Arrival in Kota Bahru. The flight over the mountains was spectacular. We started off with 8000 feet (nice and cool), but had to go down so low that I could count the trees on the mountain tops. We just barely squeezed through between mountains and cloud base. All in all a great experience.

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  • 16:00 – It is only a short flight along the coast from Kota Bahru to Terengganu. But I am tired after two days of constant flying and was happy to leave the trip to Redang island for tomorrow.
    Kota Bahru hadn’t received our flight plan. Thankfully we managed to file a plan over the radio.
    Over night we stay at a small inn that had the feel if a Malaysian kampung, with free ranging chickens and all. The best thing about this place is its location right along the runway, that is most appropriate for a tired pilot who like to wake up in the morning to the noise of starting and landing aircraft.

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

  • 9:00 – We are on our way to the airport. Our plan is to go to Pulau Redang first and then return to Terengganu for refuel before we proceed to Kerteh and Johor.
  • 10:45 – We are back from Redang. Landing was good with runway to spare. Now we refuel in Terengganu and should be on our way to Kerteh in 15 minutes.
  • 10:50 – Touch down in Kerteh

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  • 15:50 – Touch down in Malacca. Yes, you read correctly. The weather in Johor was nothing short of frightening. Heavy thunderstorm with winds up to 35 knots and the clouds scrapping the ground. We dared to go to Bukit Tinggi, but had to divert to Batu Pahat. We barely managed to skirt the outer edges of the weather. Thankfully the good training at the FRAS flying club paid off and I was able to come up with a makeshift nav log. My estimated arrival times were quite good. This was also the first time I really had to watch the fuel endurance. We are now left with 18 gallons. Probably not enough to go back to Johor and there is no avgas available in Malacca. Interesting situation. One thing is now clear to me however. If I ever buy an aircraft, endurance will be one of the most important criteria.

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  • 17:30 – The decision has been made. We stay in Malacca and wait for emergency fuel supply to arrive by car from Johor.
  • 18:45 – After a lot of phone calls and Internet searching we managed to find a reasonable hotel, with sea view, no less. Very friendly reception, clean rooms and a very nice bathroom. The name of the hotel is Angsana Hotel Melaka. One room with king size bed is 100 Ringgit all inclusive. The rooms even have free WiFi.

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

  • 8:00 – Having breakfast at one of the roadside stalls opposite the hotel. I eat the usual Nasi Lemak.
    In Malacca we have clear skies and good visibility, but Johor does not seem to want us back. The visibility in Senai is below 1 kilometer.
  • 10:00 – Now we have at least enough fuel to get back (the fuel came in the red cabs by car). Hisham the new club technician and Fitri his son were so kind to bring fuel and help with the handling at the airport.
    The lack if avgas refueling capacity is one of the major problems for GA flying in Malaysia.
    Now we only need a bit more visibility in Johor before the afternoon thunderstorms come in.

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  • 12:00 – It’s done. We are safely back in Johor. 16.4 logbook hours 14 airports and airfields and 16 landings in 3 and a half days. I am tired.

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  1. Hallo Ingo, tolle Bilder, viel Spaß noch und allzeit GUTE Landungen! Anja

  2. Great to get your updates in real time! Have a great trip.

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