My One Day With You

This week you guys are going to get serious image blast! This post will feature the most image compared to any other previous post. So I hope you guys enjoy what you are seeing.

This week I wanted to share with you guys my one day at the Hangar as detailed as possible. I think that this would be a great way to share with you guys and perhaps provide an insight of what a pilot does in his training ^^,

Ok first let me show you the area we are going to operate. Our operating areas are North of Langkawi as you can see in the picture below.

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There are 3 training area that we can go to. But at my current level I can only go to 2 which is called Datai and Langgun. Cincin is reserved for those big boys/girls flying the twin engines aircraft. The Langkawi airport is located on the Western side of the island(right next to the glare). Normally we will fly to the training area via Simpang Gunung Raya which is actually a valley(its somewhere in the center of the island) or alternatively you can track to your training area via Kuah which is Langkawi’s town on the South East side of the island(although I never tried this route before)

Then you might wonder, what does a cadet do when he is not flying? Well, mostly we sit near the Dispatch room and listen to the communications between the tower and aircrafts to improve on our radio telephony skills or simply sit and talk bullshit or we read our manuals or we go makan breakfast or we read National Geographic. LOL.

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This is a pretty interesting book. Why? See below ^^,

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Ok what if I am flying? My day can begin as early as 5.20 am if I have a briefing. The briefing is meant to brief us on what we are going to do and learn for the day. And sometimes we are briefed on the day before, so if that happens, I can afford to sleep later and wake up at 6.00 am.

I will usually take the 6.45am van to the hangar after my breakfast and the moment I reach the hangar, I will need to fill up some forms, which is the Authorization sheet where the instructor must sign and an Flight Training Record (FTR) form. The FTR is like the result sheet of our flight. So by looking at this FTR, you can gauge your performance.

This is the early morning view at the hangar and its amazing.

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So after filling in the appropriate forms, I will proceed to take my life jacket, headsets and then ask dispatch of the aircraft I am going to fly today. For today, the flight details are as follows :

Aircraft Type : Socata TB-10

Aircraft Registration : 9M-HMH

Sortie Information : Straight & Level 1 & 2

Flight time : 0730 – 0900

So after I got to know which aircraft I am going to fly, I went to my aircraft and start doing my checks. We will start with the internal checks. Seen here below, I am testing my Advisory Panel (this panel is something like the panel in our car. If you put on parking brake, a light will illuminate. Something like that) lights to make sure all lights are working. And you can see I am also referring to my checklists.

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Over here, I think I am turning the fuel selector on. For this aircraft, the fuel tanks are in the wings but it cannot drain fuel from both tanks. Only 1 tank can be used at any one time, so while flying we need to constantly change between tanks every 30 minutes to avoid fuel imbalance.

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Ok its time to fly, so its also time to push the aircraft out onto the bay. My aircraft is the one with its door closed.

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After pushing my aircraft out, I begin doing the external checks(normally we do both internal and external checks at the bay, but since I came early today, I did the internal checks inside the hangar). This is to make sure there is no damaged surfaces, no missing rivets, correct fuel is in the tanks, no water contamination in fuel, oil level is correct, tyres and shock absorbers are in good condition and the lists goes on.

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Ok, I forgot what I am doing here. If I am not wrong, I just finished doing my checks so I am putting my checklists into the airplane.

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So now I am doing is walk around the aricraft to check again and wait for my instructor to come. 5 minutes to go before startup.

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So with the 5 minutes to go, we start snapping pictures.

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Ok my instructor is on the right seat and I am on my left. In this picture below, the engines has already started but before we can go, we must get the ATIS(Automatic Terminal Information Service) which is actually a pre-recorded audio which provide you the airport information such as the weather, temperature, dew point, humidity, visibility, sky condition, altimeter settings (as our altimeter operates based on pressure setting, this is where we get the pressure values for the particular time frame). So you can see below I am changing the radio frequency into the ATIS frequency to listen to it.

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So after the ATIS, we called the tower for taxy instructions. Today we are cleared to holding point Charlie for Runway 21. So time to taxy ^^,

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This is at the holding point. This is where we do our power checks (to make sure our engines runs properly). Notice, we position our aircraft slightly slanted – this is to prevent our slipstream from hitting the aircraft behind us. The power checks is done with the parking brakes on (notice the red light on my advisory panel) and engines revved to 2000 RPM. With this power setting you can feel the aircraft trying to move forward but the parking brakes hold it firm on the ground, just like a mad dog on a leash!

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This photo below is taken from my friend to give you a picture of a power check – how the aircraft is positioned.

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After the power checks, pre-take off checks and pre-take off briefing ( I briefed my instructor on how I am going to do the take-off), we request for Air Traffic Clearance and Take Off clearance. Today we are cleared for training area Datai via Simpang Gunung Raya, Operations 3000 feet and below, Right turn-out, taking off at runway 21.

Aligned with the runway. Time to add full power!

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1 – 2 – 3 – Full Power and rolling! Check temperature and pressure all normal. Airspeed increasing! All normal! 40 knots. . . . 50 knots . . . . 60 knots . . . . 65 knots, Rotate! I start pulling up on the stick and up we go!

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At 300 feet, Flaps set to 0, Landing light off, Temperature and pressure is all normal! At 500 feet, I commence my right turn and fly parallel to the runway before flying towards Simpang Gunung Raya. As you can see below, the visibility is pretty bad.

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Again this picture is taken from my friend, showing you Simpang Gunung Raya! Over here we should be at about 1000 feet.

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Still climbing enroute to our training area. We are currently passing 3000 feet. Its kinda cloudy today and since we are flying the Visual Flight Rules(VFR), we have to turn here and there to avoid getting into the clouds.

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At 3400 feet and clear of the clouds. Starting to level off with a slight right turn to position ourself into the training area.

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The view is really PRICELESS!

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This kind of view melts me everytime! Its so peaceful (of course we are ignoring the buzzing engine noise) and beautiful up there.

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Me again >.< Maintaining about 3400 feet with the sun coming up!

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The cockpit view! This is the best seat in the aircraft! Heading towards the sun!

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Great view isn’t it!

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The visibility is quite poor but if I am not wrong, the island there belongs to Thailand! So we have to exercise extreme caution during training not to wander into Thai airspace!

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NOTE : The following pictures are parasited from my friends – to show you guys what it looks like from above on a clear day!

——————————–BEGINNING PARASITING——————————–

This below is training area Datai! There is a hotel somewhere down there which is very very exclusive and very very expensive! While flying in this area, we have to be careful not to fly below 1500ft. Flying below this and if the hotel guest gets angry from all the buzzing noise we make early in the morning, they can just activate their personal anti-aircraft system via a push of a button in their room and *KABOOM* we are blown into pieces! >.<

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This below is Langgun training area. Here also they have very exclusive hotel. In fact they have 2 here if I am not wrong. So excercise extreme caution if you do not want to be blown into pieces!

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I can’t make out where this is >.< but I am guessing its Langgun. The view is pretty amazing right!

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This should be Gunung Raya >.< LOL.

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———————————ENDING PARASITING———————————-

Well after about 50 minutes in the training area, its time to come back! So we request over the radio for rejoin instructions, but my instructor want to do something extra today. So instead of requesting for full stop landing, we requested for touch and go instead! He wants us to improve our approach and landing.

The tower cleared us to join the circuit (a circuit is a pattern flown around an airport to ensure smooth and orderly traffic flow) for runway 03 via Telaga at 1500 feet.

This is the cement plant in Langkawi. One of the largest if I am not wrong. This is the first point we flew over when exiting the training area. If you remember we came to the training area via a valley. Exiting is also the same but through a different valley. The cement factory is somewhere at the beginning of the valley. At the end is a harbour. Telaga Harbour. This is where you can see Datuk Ashar Mansor’s boat. You can see the harbour here

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This is the quarry just next to the cement plant. From here we start our descend to 1500ft flying towards at Telaga. At Telaga we report our position and the tower cleared us to descent to circuit altitude which is 1000 feet.

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We joined the circuit and begin doing checks to prepare for our approach. We check our Temperature and Pressure to see that all is normal. Then we turn on the landing lights, the fuel pump, set flaps to 10 degrees and reduce the throttle to slow down.

Then after all this, we turn final and lower the flaps to the landing position, take a glance at the Temperature and Pressure again to make sure all is normal. Then continue our approach!

This is one of my approach for a touch and go. See the 2 white and 2 red light beside the runway on both sides? 2 whites and 2 reds means that I am on the correct glide path for the appraoch. if there are more red, it means we are too low, if there are more white, it means we are too high!

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In total we did 4 touch and go’s before landing. So in total 5 landings. My instructor showed me once how to do it and the other one he helped me. The other 3 I did it on my own. ^^,

After landing, we vacate the runway via Charlie and I started doing the after landing check list here from memory. ^^,

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Back to bay 1, we shut her down and I got my de-briefing in the aircraft.

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Not a bad day for flying! In total clocked 1 hours and 30 minutes for this flight! More experienced gained! I am happy and satisfied with the flight!

And all the experience is going to be logged in this blue book! Thinking of this it makes me proud. We are actually flying and logging hours already! Although we still have a long way to go but I am really happy at the moment!

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Oh I forgot to mention, during one of the touch and go’s there is an eagle beside the runway. That crazy fella suddenly flew towards us as I was increasing the throttle to take off power. Both my instructor and I shouted SHIT, cut power and apply brakes! Lucky that fella missed the propeller just by an inch! If not, I dare not imagine what would happen. One of the instructor actually hit an eagle and have to abort his take off. It is sad that such a graceful creature got killed.

Anyway thats all for today, I hope you guys enjoyed the flight ^^,

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9 Responses to “My One Day With You”


  1. 1 Yen Mei November 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Nice view..Like it very much…Hey,keep on upload the pic you taken on the plane k..

  2. 2 nicki November 17, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Reading this entry of yours, I feel like I’m reading the blog of a stranger. It’s like watching a video in YouTube and the person talking is some random stranger in this big big world.

    I guess the reality never really did sink in until now. You are a real pilot now (going to be real soon anyway). You are flying actual REAL planes!

    The style of writing is still you but you are not who you used to be three years ago. You have become so distant and yet still so familiar.

    Man.. this ‘tham chiak bin’ is evolving so damn fast!

  3. 3 JayLin November 18, 2008 at 1:53 am

    omfg!!! looks like soo much fun xDD

    Man glad that you’re living your dreams ; ) aiseh…imagine your dreams include WHOLE BUNCH of sizzling hot air stewardess ( maybe some older aunties too) surrounding you where ever you go hahahahahaha

    ok ok chuan calm down now xP LOL!! nway keep it up buddy! you’ll make an awesome pilot, captain chuan! LOL or or what’s that nick again…oh ya…CAPTAIN BEAVER!!!

    see you when i see you!

  4. 4 クリンソン ドリーム November 19, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Yen Mei : I am almost reaching my first solo flight already. So i guess there wont be much picture left until my nav flight. I will be flying back to Penang.

    nicki : LOL. I dont blame you. You know the feeling of actually flying is really amazing. It felt very very different when you are at the helm.

    How things have changed me this past few years. Thinking back all those time when I was traveling here and there uncertain of my future. Hoping, praying and constantly holding on to my phone waiting for a call, till when I finally came here, touched an airplane, look at it real close and my first time sitting in the cockpit. Till the moment I do my first take off and landing. It all felt so unreal. Everything seems to have happened so fast. I have 6 more flights to go before my first solo, which means next week I will be doing my first solo. The time when you are all alone in the plane. Making your own decision.

    Thinking of all this, sometimes it makes me feel scared of the uncertain future but looking back and seeing how far I have come, I am determined to push forth!

    i am evolving but I will never forget those ppl who mattered to me!

    Jay Lin : LOL sizzling hot stewardess. I wish. But so far thats not gonna happen. LOL. I am training very hard to make sure I am a good pilot. The responsibility! And seriously I have nearly forgotten of that nick! Grrrrr.!!! LOL ^^, Sadly for this year I will be stuck here training. So i guess this year, we wont have our annual christmas party anymore T.T

  5. 5 Yen Mei November 19, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    When will you flying to Penang???

  6. 6 クリンソン ドリーム November 23, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I am not sure myself. LOL

  7. 7 Yen Mei November 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Hehe..Take ur time la…Bt you make sure if u in Penang must inform me la…

  8. 8 JayLin November 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Muahahahahah! The PARTEY is still going on without you, mister! xPP worry not! we’ll capture all those awesome moments and super nice food and send it to you! let you drooOOoool xDDD LOL! but sigh..yeah its gonna be different : S better!! (LOL kidding)

    Boy, you have fun there! we’ll see you soon! : D
    Signing out! ^^

  9. 9 クリンソン ドリーム November 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Grrrrr!!! Partying without me! How could you!! LOL.
    Enjoy yourself ya! Keke


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