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Piper Archer III (PA28-181) – 9MDRJ For Sale

In Announcement, Ownership on October 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

9M-DRJ For Sale

As some of you have picked up from my earlier post, my somewhat sudden move to Dubai requires me to sell my Piper Archer.  This is not an easy step for me, but I don’t want her to be on the ground for too long.  Aircraft that don’t fly much, don’t last long.

To make this as fair and transparent as possible, I have put all the information about the airplane into this post.  Thankfully, the previous owner of 9MDRJ was extremely helpful and open, but before that, when I was still looking for a plane to buy, I was a bit frustrated by the lack of information and I was generally surprised how little effort the sellers put into making the process easy for prospective buyers.  I hope that won’t be a problem in my case.

I am available for test flights on 8/9 and 15/16 November.  Having gone through the process of buying an aircraft recently, I can assist with the necessary paperwork (i.e. certificate of registration, insurance, maintenance organization etc).  The airplane can be handed over with immediate effect.  If the insurance company is agreeable, I may be able to add the new owner to my insurance cover, so that the new owner can start flying while sorting out the paper work.

If you are interested in buying this airplane, please use the contact function on or send me a message  on Facebook.

9MDRJ – Panel

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A New Beginning

In Announcement on October 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I am leaving

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things. — Rear Admiral Grace Murray Brewster Hopper.

This year, Asia was teasing me with a glimpse of aviation heaven – I bought my first airplane and I have been in the air for more than 100 hours over six months.  But now the harsh realities of life caught up with me. After putting up with me for 12 years in Singapore, my company is now sending me to Dubai.  The new job is great and a logical next step in my career, but rising up into the skies every weekend and go wherever the fancy takes me is likely  a thing of the past.

Nevertheless, as the saying goes, “To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.”, and so I am not actually leaving.  I am just going to use a different part of my home.

My strategy in life has been to do first what is necessary to fulfill your obligations to your family and other people and to do the best with what you got.  So far that has served me well.  What sometimes looked like the end of the road for me turned out to be the beginning of something better.

And so, I decided to use the time between jobs and get a commercial pilot license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.  I have already paid my deposit with Florida Flyers in St. Augustine and bought the Gleim materials to prepare for the theory exams.

I didn’t find anything useful  about GA flying and aircraft ownership in the UAE on the Internet. It frankly feels in bit like South East Asia four years ago.  In other words, a perfect starting point for my next blog “flyinthemiddleeast”.

Taking my Piper Archer to Dubai is not completely out of the question. She has served me very well and turned out to be a beautiful and rock-solid personal plane for a low time PPL holder.  I have an inkling, however, that a N-registered aircraft may have better utility in the UAE, which means I will try selling the Piper in Singapore and buy a new plane in Dubai.  If you are interested, look out for a blog post on that subject.

My Record-Breaking Mini-Stopover in Singapore

In Flight Log, Knowledge, Navigation on October 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Short Final Runway 21 Seletar Airport Singapore

I wonder what the shortest stop-over in Singapore might have been so far.  I mean a stop-over with immigration and customs clearance both ways, not just changing flights at Changi.  I don’t know the answer, but I think I might have come close to breaking the record for the shortest stop over yesterday.  I spend a grand total of 2 minutes in Singapore in between entry and exit clearances.  Thankfully Seletar doesn’t have that many passengers passing through, so I hope the always very helpful officers at the checkpoint didn’t mind too much.

You might ask why I was doing this.  Well, it wasn’t because I want to get into the Guinness Book of World Records, even so the thought briefly crossed my mind.  No, I had to go through immigration because I wanted to show Michael Dent how to fly in and out of Singapore and instead of the planned touch and go, ATC told me that I had to do a full stop and go to the Apron office.  The upside of this was that I could take Michael through a crash course of CIQ procedures as well.

Fo those who haven missed my post about procedures at Seletar, you might want to click here to have this information handy in case you are planning to fly into Singapore one day.


Do you speak English?

In Knowledge, Private Pilot License on October 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Better write down what ATC is saying. I am not that young anymore.

So you think you speak English?  You are even born in a country that has English as the mother tongue?  Interesting, but DCA Malaysia wants to make sure.  And that means every pilot and air traffic controller has to do an English proficiency test.  The test will tell whether you have a pre-elementary knowledge of English (the lowest score) or whether you are an expert (the highest score).  If you fail the test (score 1 to 3) you are not a pilot anymore, no matter what your license says. And, unless you are an expert, you have to repeat the proficiency test every three years (score 4) or six years (score 5).  Only experts can forget about this for the rest of their Malaysian pilot career. (BTW: The English test has not been invented in Malaysia.  This is an ICAO requirement and has been implemented in one form or other by most countries in the world.)

My last score was a 4 and the three years will expire tomorrow.  So, I went on a Firefly flight to Subang this morning and reported at APFT (one of the approved test centers in Malaysia) to take my test.  I was secretly hoping for a six rating, but I got a five.  Not a bad result.  I won’t need to do that again for six years.  The best part of this is that I was able to take the results to DCA in Putrajaya right away and they updated my license on the spot.  Free skies of Asia – I am back in business. Off to Medan tomorrow.

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Off to Malacca

In Flight Log, Navigation, Private Pilot License on October 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

Beautiful clouds between Senai and Malacca, West coast Malaysia

On my way back from Pulau Tioman on 5 October 13

Evening at Senai Airport, Malaysia

Happy as I can be. Flying my little Piper for a coffee to Malacca before heading back to Singapore

By Ingo Noka.  Update: The weather was simply beautiful, just a bit bumpy below the cloud base.  I flew to Malacca as planned and went through Immigration there.  If it wasn’t for the 1 hour flight time, this is a more convenient place to complete the usual formalities.

Most of the flight time I spent at about 4000 feet altitude – nice and cool.  Seletar was very busy with four aircraft in the circuit (there is only a right hand circuit!).  I joined overhead at 2000 feet and joint downwind as number three.  Everything is very tight at Seletar, so I was rather close to the aircraft in front of me and my landing clearance didn’t come through until I was almost at the threshold, because the aircraft in front of me had to taxi some way to get off the runway.  The controller was on the ball and did a great job keeping everybody flying safely in such a confined airspace – thanks!

I didn’t make the 300 hours mark.  There are still a few minutes missing.  I am sure next weekend will be the day and coincidentally I will reach 100 hours of flying my own aircraft.

(Previous text: I need a bit over 3 hours to hit 300 hours total flying time in Single Engine Propeller aircraft.  Let’s see whether I can draw out a flight to Malacca this afternoon long enough to make it.  The plan is to stop in Malacca for CIQ (i.e. get a stamp in my passport) and then return direct to Singapore.)

I am off flying

In Announcement on October 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Beautiful weather over Malaysia

After this morning’s heavy thunderstorms, the weather has improved remarkably, so I cannot do anything else bu pack my stuff and go flying.  If the weather holds, I will fly to Pulau Tioman and return to Johor for an overnight stay.