Ingo Noka

Weekend Flying Summary

In Knowledge, Navigation, Social Life, Weather on August 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Flying around the clouds at 4000 feet

I had a nice dinner with the Extreme Midlife Aerobatics team at a restaurant call Berliner’s , named after the city in Germany I am coming from.  It was great to catch up with people who are as passionate about flying as I.

Graham told me that despite all problems they may have had, Bernam River Airfield is open for business.  This will be one of my next flying destinations.  Bernam River Airfield lies half way between Subang and Ipoh (it is included in my VFR reporting points list) and should be an excellent starting point for excursions into Pangkor, Penang or even Langkawi.  I believe they  have a few cabins for overnight stay.  Given that Subang has become rather inconvenient for overnight stays, this little airfield is becoming attractive for weekend flyers.

In the morning I had to wait for about an hour for the haze to clear and a couple of rain showers and low hanging clouds to get out-of-the-way before I took off from Ipoh at around 10:30 am.  (BTW: I learned that the Immigration office is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.  They say that you can request immigration services outside office hours, but I didn’t  get the form or fax number.  I’ll ask for it next time I am passing though Ipoh.)

I was tempted to try my luck and continue to SIngapore without refuel at Subang, but decided against it.  Accidents usually happen because airplanes run out of fuel or pilots fly into bad weather.  So, I landed in Subang and squeezed my little piper between two jets for refueling at Skypark Bay 40.  Petronas arrived with 15 minutes.  They provide really good service in Johor, Subang and Penang.  I didn’t go for lunch, because a couple of rather dark clouds were brewing South of Subang.  And, I was so lucky, because I was  the last small aircraft that was able to get out (or in) for some time. The South end of the runway was under heavy rain and ATC cleared me for take off on runway 33, i.e. to the North.  Literally the moment my plane got off the ground, ATC declared the airport to be in IMC, which left a few aircraft flying over Port Kluang stranded. The rest of the flight was uneventful (albeit with strong headwind) and I landed in Seletar twenty minutes past two in the afternoon.

Helpful Information

This weekend, I only used the EuroFPL service to file my flight plan.  The fax numbers in Subang didn’t work anymore with eFax and  the AFTN communication system is more reliable anyway.  The EuroFPL service allows exporting and importing in the FPL AFTN  message format.  If you would like to use my flight plans as a template for your own plans, you can copy the FPL messages below (everything including the starting and ending brackets) and paste them into the FPL Import/Export field.  Once you press the import button, the FPL form should be populated with the information.  Don’t forget to change the aircraft sign, type, capabilities, speed, altitude etc.

The FPL message need to be pasted into the text field at the bottom (of the Flight Plan Builder screen).

Singapore to Subang Inland Route (Flight Log)

(FPL-9MDRJ-VG
-P28A/L-SF/C
-WSSL0200
-N0100A020 WSSL PXRAY EJBT WMKJ SIMPANGRENGGAM YONGPENG PAGOH TANGKAK TAMPIN SEREMBAN MANTIN KAJAN WMKF PJ WMSA
-WMSA0139 WMKJ WMKM
-DOF/130824 EET/WMKJ0010 PAGOH0045 TAMPI0107 MANTI0123 PJ0136 WMSA0139 OPR/INGO NOKA
-E/0500 P/1 R/V S/ J/ A/WHITE DARK GREEN C/NOKA I +65 XXXXXXX)

Subang to Ipoh (Flight Log)

(FPL-9MDRJ-VG
-P28A/L-SF/C
-WMSA0630
-N0100A030 WMSA RAWANG SLIMR KAMPAR WMKI
-WMKI0055 WMPA WMKP
-DOF/130824 EET/RAWAN0010 SLIMR0028 KAMPA0045 WMKI0055 OPR/INGO NOKA
-E/0500 P/1 R/V S/ J/ A/WHITE DARK GREEN C/NOKA I +65 XXXXXXX)

Ipoh to Subang

(FPL-9MDRJ-VG
-P28A/L-SF/C
-WMKI0130
-N0100A015 WMKI KAMPAR SLIMR RAWANG WMSA
-WMSA0055 WMPA WMKP
-DOF/130825 EET/KAMPA0009 SLIMR000026 RAWAN0044 WMSA0055 OPR/INGO NOKA
-E/0400 P/1 R/V S/ J/ A/WHITE DARK GREEN C/NOKA I +65 XXXXXXX)

Subang to Singapore Coastal Route (Flight Log)

(FPL-9MDRJ-VG
-P28A/L-SF/C
-WMSA0330
-N0100A020 WMSA PORTKLUANG MORIB CAPERICARDO MUAR BATUPAHAT WMKJ EJBT WSSL
-WSSL0150 WMKJ WMKM
-DOF/130825 EET/MORIB0015 CRICA0033 MUAR0058 BPAHA0111 WMKJ0138 WSSL0150 OPR/INGO NOKA
-E/0500 P/1 R/V S/ J/ A/WHITE DARK GREEN C/NOKA I +65 XXXXXXX)

EuroFPL is trying to guess the correct AFTN addresses, but doesn’t get it right all the time.  I am sending the flight plan messages to the departure airport, the arrival airport and the country FIR address:

Route Addresses
WSSL/WMKJ WSJCZQZX WSSLYOYX WMFCZQZX WMKJZTZX
WSSL/WMSA WSJCZQZX WSSLYOYX WMFCZQZX WMSAZTZX
WMSA/WMKI WMFCZQZX WMSAZTZX WMKIZTZX
WSSL/WMKP WSJCZQZX WSSLYOYX WMFCZQZX WMKPZTZX
WMKP/WMKL WMFCZQZX WMKPZTZX WMKLZTZX
WMSA/WMKP WMFCZQZX WMSAZTZX WMKPZTZX

(NOTE: Strictly speaking the plan only need to be sent to WSJCZQZX for inbound flights into Seletar.

 

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