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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 »

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.

Using Mogas in Malaysia

In Knowledge, Navigation, Ownership on June 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Petronas Fuel Truck at Senai Airport

After my post on aircraft choices, which touched on the subject of fuel availability in South East Asia, I got a few questions whether it is possible to convert an Avgas CofA aircraft to Mogas.

Common wisdom in the Malaysian GA community is that the DCA of Malaysia does not permit Mogas for CoA aircraft. There is an Airworthiness Notice No 42 dated 1 April 1987, which does not seem to close the door to the use of Mogas altogether, but sends the message that any attempt to get this approved for an aircraft on the Malaysian register will cost more than what you can ever hope to save by switching to the cheaper fuel.

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Buying an Airplane – Part I

In Equipment, Ownership, Private Pilot License on December 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Diamond DA40 Test

I have decided to buy an aircraft. Whether that is a wise decision is questionable, but for me it is the right one.

To be honest, there is no business case for this. Renting is likely the cheaper option even if I am going to fly a lot. With renting I would have no maintenance headaches, no unexpected costs, zero cost when I am not flying and so forth.

So the question is, whether the extra hassle and money would be worth it. For me the answer is ‘Yes” for these reasons:

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