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9MDRJ Repatriation

In Equipment, Flight Log, Gear, Knowledge, Ownership on April 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again. ~William Shakespeare

Her ladyship, 9M-DRJ, will be repatriated and become a US citizen once again.  The new owner decided to move her back to the N-register.  There are many advantages of doing that.  The maintenance is more straight forward and keeping a FAA pilot license current is easier too.  The biggest advantage is probably that getting an IR rating on a FAA PPL can be done, which would be fun with this plane, because it is fully equipped for IFR flight. Read the rest of this entry »

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)

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.

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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Young Eagles Day, 7 September 2013 – Subang Airport

In Flight Log, Social Life on September 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

More than 60 children became Young Eagles this weekend.

Much has been written about the lifelong passion that many pilots have for aviation and how this passion was ignited by this one flight when the pilot was still a small child.  Even more has been written about the need and the pleasure to give back to the community what we have received from aviation over the years.  The Young Eagles Day organized by the Malaysian chapter of the EAA (Captain Siva and his crew) was a rare occasion at which we could do both.  The EAA invited children from Community Children Homes and anybody who wanted to come along.  The response was overwhelming and while I didn’t count, I am sure we had close to 70 kids.  (see picture gallery here) Read the rest of this entry »

Malacca with Ian

In Aircraft, Flight Log on August 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Ian in Johor

Update 130901: We left the hotel in Malacca at 9:15 and touched down in Seletar at 11 am.  I had a brief chat with the very friendly immigration officer.  She told me that Malacca immigration services are available everyday from 9 am to 5 pm.  Next time, I won’t stop in Johor on the way to Malacca to get my passport stamped. The airport security desk charged me a landing fee of Ringgit 10.69 and a parking fee of Ringgit 6.27.  All very reasonable.

The weather was nice between Malacca and Batu Pahat, but then the cloud base came down to just a bit over 1000 feet around Benut.  Another aircraft, coming from Simpang Renggam was scheduled to arrive at Kulai at the same time as I, which required some coordination over the radio and old-fashioned VFR look out.

Paya Lebar Approach asked me to climb 2500 feet to join downwind 03 left at Seletar, which was odd.  Seletar then corrected to 2000, but even then I had the usual difficulties to loose height fast enough when I finally got clearance to descent for final.  I have to find a better method – maybe slowing down to flap speed earlier without descending and yank out the flaps to full even before turning to base.

Finally, here is my flight plan and the flight log to Malacca:

(FPL-9MDRJ-VG
-P28A/L-SF/C
-WMKM0200
-N0100A020 WMKM MUAR BATUPAHAT BENUT WMKJ EJBT POINTXRAY WSSL
-WSSL0105 WMKJ
-DOF/130901 EET/MUAR0013 BPAHA0027 BENUT0040 WMKJ0053 EJBT0100 WSSL0105 OPR/INGO NOKA
-E/0400 P/1 R/V S/ J/ A/WHITE AND DARK GREEN C/NOKA I +65 81275812)

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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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