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I Wish you a Peaceful Christmas

In Announcement on December 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm

View from my home in Berlin

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy time with your families.

My own family has come together to celebrate Christmas at our home in Beerlin.

Snow covers the the city and it is unusually peaceful and quiet.

And now I am looking forward to our traditional Christmas meal (goose, red cabbage, potato dumplings, brussels sprouts).

Our Christmas Tree


Buying an Airplane – Part I

In Equipment, Ownership, Private Pilot License on December 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Diamond DA40 Test

I have decided to buy an aircraft. Whether that is a wise decision is questionable, but for me it is the right one.

To be honest, there is no business case for this. Renting is likely the cheaper option even if I am going to fly a lot. With renting I would have no maintenance headaches, no unexpected costs, zero cost when I am not flying and so forth.

So the question is, whether the extra hassle and money would be worth it. For me the answer is ‘Yes” for these reasons:

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West coast weekend flying

In Flight Log, Navigation on December 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm
Sunset over Pulau Paya

Sunset over Pulau Paya

Flight Summary
Engine Time 14h 43m
Landings 8
Fuel total 94 Gallons
Fuel per hour approx. 7 Gallons (26.5 Liters)
Hotel cost approx. RM 700 (SGD 280)
Pictures Click here

The trip from Johor to Langkawi presented most of its challenges while we were on the ground than being in the air.  In Johor the fuel bowser was broken, in Subang we arrived at an unfortunate time (lunch) and in Penang the fuel truck wouldn’t start.  Thankfully the weather was on our side and we made it to Langkawi despite all the delays.  For our troubles, mother nature rewarded us with a gorgeous sunset over Langkawi. With the last rays of sunshine we just about made into Langkawi airport around 19:00.

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