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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.

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.

Come Fly With Me – 28/29 September

In Announcement on September 25, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Note the meticulous attention to modesty and safety (in that order), we pilots are known for. Anthony, the pilot, looks like he is in haven and the expression of Lenora, the passenger, is simply priceless. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Miss Rivero was delighted with flight but disappointed they didn’t fly higher.

I haven’t decided where I am going to next weekend, but I will definitely fly.  Pulau Tioman seems a nice destination and I could use the short-field landing practice.  If anybody is interested to join me, let me know.  I have one seat available (and a second for a light person).  Use the “Contact me …” link at the top right of this page if you want to send me a message.

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Aviation Day for Children

In Announcement, Social Life on September 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Picture taken at LIMA 2013 – Kids sitting in the shadow under the stabilator of 9MDRJ

EAA Malaysia is organizing an aviation day for underprivileged children at Subang Airport on Saturday, 7 September 2013. I will fly to Subang on Friday morning to help out. The main attraction of the day for the kids will be the flight with one of the participating aircraft.  The event will go from 0900 am to 1800.  The young pilots will get a certificate and I believe there will also be an opportunity to visit the control tower and fly an airplane in a simulator.

I thought it would be nice to take pictures of the kids in the airplane and share it with them later. If anybody wants to join me to help with the pictures and the safety around the airplane, let me know. You would need to be at Seletar on Friday morning around 9 am.  I am coming back on Sunday morning.

Ingo and his Piper Archer III

Come Fly With Me

In Announcement on August 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Note the meticulous attention to modesty and safety (in that order), we pilots are known for. Anthony, the pilot, looks like he is in haven and the expression of Lenora, the passenger, is simply priceless. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Miss Rivero was delighted with flight but disappointed they didn’t fly higher.

I have been asked a couple of times whether I prefer to fly alone, because I have done most of my long cross-country flights without co-pilot or passengers. There are two answers to that question.  Firstly, I don’t really prefer to fly alone, but I do enjoy the challenge and the freedom to make my own decisions.  Secondly, I absolutely love to show people the beauty of flight or share the workload with a fellow pilot. Read the rest of this entry »

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


Come fly with me …

In Announcement, Navigation, Uncategorized on September 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

Ready to Fly in the Morning

It is some time now since our last flight around Malaysia. This is not a good state of affairs! The VFR lanes of Malaysia are deserted and the air traffic controllers haven’t heard a fumbling low time PPL for too long. Let’s go and change that. I am organizing a flight safari from the 13th To the 16th of October and look for company. Whether you are a licensed pilot or not does not matter, everybody is welcome.

We can go either East or West. If we go West, we would fly to Malacca, Subang, Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi. on the East coast we would visit Tioman, Kerteh, Terengganu, Pulau Redang and Kota Bahru. From Kota Bahru we could also go to Thailand and spend a day there.

It would certainly be easier to go West, especially if you are concerned about returning at a particular time. There are more bus and commercial flight connections if we are stuck because of bad weather. It will also be easier to get fuel.

Please have a look at the flight program and message me if you are interested in joining.

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Piper PA-34-200 Landing Gear Issues in Tioman

In Announcement on September 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I was told at the club on Saturday, that a Malaysian registered (9M-BAI) twin-engine Piper Seneca II PA-34-200T had problems with the landing gear when landing in Tioman on Friday, the 7th September 2012.  It was said that the nose gear collapsed on touch down, but this is not confirmed.

The media speaks of technical problems with the nose gear, which could mean there was something wrong with the nose gear even before touch down.  Pictures of the plane on the runway in Tioman show that the nose wheel  and the right main gear have either not been deployed or collapsed on touch down or during the movement of the airplane on the tarmac.

According to media reports, the pilot and the passenger are unhurt.

Piper Seneca II 9M-BAI – Picture taken in October 2006 at Seletar airport Singapore (copyright by George Trussell)

AT4 Light Sport Aircraft Crash near Pontian, Malaysia

In Announcement on July 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

An AT4 light sport aircraft (two seats) of FRAS flying club with one pilot on board crashed during a routine training flight near Pontian in the afternoon of the 29th of July.  Some media incorrectly reported that a “single seat Cessna” or even a copter was involved. The student pilot, Samuel Ling Shi Min, died at the scene of the crash.  This is very sad news.  I would like to express my condolences to the pilot’s family and friends.

The crashed aircraft was registered as 9M-EYM.