Around the world in Cessna 182

June 05, 2004
Bangkok, Thailand (VTBD) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (WMKK)

Today's a long day. I will try to complete two very long legs. While the time difference between the U.S. Mountain and central Asian time zones works in my favor during the work week, it does not during the weekends. So, today I will be flying in the dark.

At 20:00 local time, I got my Cessna ready, got the VFR clearance and took off towards the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (heading 175). The suggested altitude for this flight was 11,500 which sounded reasonable to me, so that is what I set the auto pilot to. Most of the flight was over the Gulf of Thailand, and the South China Sea which means that the autopilot was very busy and I was not. The last part took me over the Malay Peninsula where Kuala Lumpur is located.

Some 20 nm from the airport, I have requested the landing clearance from the tower and strangely enough I got it. As the weather got bad (thunderstorms), I did not think that the airport would allow VFR landings, but... Interestingly, my route took me directly over the city and only few blocks from the Petronas towers. I was wondering if I would be able to even see them in the dark, so this was a nice surprise.

While on the final, I almost decided to cancel landing as I was not able to keep the plane straight at all, due to very strong wind. Just as I was about to call the tower, it got a bit better, and I was able to land. Interestingly, the actual landing was a perfect one (I will admit I did not have too many of those). No bouncing whatsoever.

I will take a quick break here and continue towards Indonesia shortly.

Pre flight check at the Bangkok International airport

Final check and the takeoff

Bangkok at night

Approaching Kuala Lumpur

Petronas towers in the dark

It was dark and stormy night...

On final to Kuala Lumpur international airport (major cross wind)

Short break, then continue towards the Indonesia...
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