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Give me some space

In Flight Bag, Knowledge, Navigation on April 8, 2014 at 2:23 am

Airspace around KL International Airport in Malaysia

Have you, like me, looked with green envy at the navigation apps that are available to pilots in the US and Europe? The richness and accuracy of data and the functionality of these new applications is incredible.  Unfortunately, literally none of this can be had for South East Asia.

As the readers of my blog will know, I have tried to rectify the lack of proper aviation charts for Malaysia with reporting point data and some self-created charts. The availability of  applications on the iPhone or iPad with rudimentary support for Malaysian maps has improved the situation as well.  But so far there is no application I am aware off that provides airspace information.

With this post I am giving you a little bit of the aviation chart heaven that our brethren in other countries have been flying in. Read the rest of this entry »

VFR Reporting Points Update

In Flight Bag, Knowledge, Navigation on April 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I think I need glasses.

Singapore recently changed the reporting points between Seletar and Senai.  The old “East of JB Town” is not in use anymore.  Instead there is now an almost direct route via two new reporting points by the name of Tebrau City Mall and Felda Ulu Tebrau.  Since East of JB Town is still the end point for VFR lane Delta, I left the waypoint in the file and added the new Waypoints with IDs XTEBR and XFELD.

VFR Reporting Points – Malaysia / Thailand / Indonesia – Version 140405
AirNavPro Download Can be loaded into AirNavPro through the web server interface or into google Maps through the “My Places” interface
MotionX by Name Download Can be loaded into MotionX by sending the file in an e-mail or put it into Dropbox and use the “Open with …” function
MotionX by ID Download dito
For Print sorted by Name Download
For Print sorted by ID Download

 

This picture below gives you an impression of the new routing, which is closer to the prohibited airspace WMP 228 (the one to the west that overlays NDB JB).

Routing from Seletar to Senai via new reporting points. (AirNav Pro screenshot)

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.

 

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.)

VFR Reporting Points – Update

In Flight Bag, Knowledge, Navigation, Uncategorized on September 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

So, where should I go next?

I have updated the VFR reporting point file.  So far I have collected 137 points from the AIP (for example the VFR lanes or some of the special use airspace definitions) or by noting which points ATC would recognize.

If you come across any reporting points that are not included in my collection, please drop me an e-mail.

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Breakfast in Batam – How to fly to Batam, Indonesia

In Flight Log, Navigation, Social Life on September 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Rolling on runway 4 – Batam, Hang Hadim Airport

The Indonesian island of Batam is barely 10 nautical miles away from Singapore, but practically nobody ever flies there.  I think there are three reasons for that.  Firstly, the city of Singapore and the busy airspace of Changi Airport create a barrier between Seletar or Senai and Nadim Airport on Batam.  Secondly, it is somewhat inconvenient to get a flight permit from the Indonesian DCA and thirdly, parking, landing and ground handling fees at Nadim Airport are rumored to be excessive.

My mission this weekend was to find out what it is really like to fly to Batam from Seletar Airport. (I had help from KC Lim, who occasionally flies with me while he is waiting for the DCA Malaysia to issue his SPL so that he can start his training.) (Please click here for more pictures)

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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.

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Weekend Flying

In Aircraft, Navigation, Social Life on August 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Subang Airpark is going to be closed for small airplanes

It was good to be back in the air today. For the first time I took the inland route from Singapore to Subang.  That route shaves off about 10 minutes from the flight time.  If everything goes according to plan, it is possible to fly from Singapore to Subang (block on/off) in about one hour and fifty minutes.  In most cases it will be an honest two hours however. You have to watch you altitude however.  There are some hills on the way that reach more than 1,500 feet.  In my flight route some of the hills stand right in my flight path. (Download the flight log and AFTN Flight Plan here.) Read the rest of this entry »

Thailand Flight – July 2013, Summary

In Flight Log, Navigation on August 12, 2013 at 1:02 am
Flight Summary
Dates 27 July 2013 – 31 July 2013
Engine Time 13h 10m
Landings 7
Airports WSSL, WMKP, VTSS, VTSW, WMKI, WMSA
Countries Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
Distance approx. 1400 nm
Fuel total 115 Gallons
Fuel per hour approx. 8.8 Gallons
Picture Gallery Click Here

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Thailand Flight – Day 3 and 4 / 30 and 31 July 2013

In Aircraft, Flight Log, Gear, Navigation on August 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Back in Singapore after 14 hours of flight, 1,500 nm and three countries in four days.

I spent Monday evening in Ipoh, which is apparently famous for the local food.  I tried one noodle dish, which was indeed delicious.  Normally I am not a big friend of chicken feet in the Chinese cuisine, but this one tasted great. Read the rest of this entry »