Happenings of interest to pilots in Asia

Indonesia rolls out the red carpet for foreign private pilots

Padang air show

The previous air show in Padang, Sumatra drew several planes from Malaysia and Singapore.

March 1, 2015 – Indonesia is having a host of aviation events this year and is welcoming foreign participation.

It is reaching out to owners of General Aviation aircraft to fly in and take part in the static displays, and in some cases, perform in aerial events.

The series is called the Indonesia International Air Show 2015 and is organized by FASI and the International Air Show 2015 Committee.

This year’s calendar will open with the 10th Jogja Airshow 2015. It will take place from March 13 to 15 at Parang Tritis Beach, Yogyakarta.

This will be followed by the North Sumatera Airshow in Medan, from April 23 to 26.

The next item will be the Sriwijaya International Airshow and International Paramotor Competation in Palembang from April 30 To May 3.

The last item is the West Sumatera Airshow 2015 at Padang in September 2015.

Pipistrel’s Panthera hits a roadblock

Pipistrel's Panthera

The Panthera will appeal to pilots who like low-wing, fast, yet economical planes.

March 15, 2014 – One of the hottest newcomers to the General Aviation world, the Pipistrel Panthera, needs to go back to the drawing board, delaying its launch.

The company said this was because the engine it had built the plane around, the four-cylinder Lycoming IO-390, has not been approved for auto fuel use by Lycoming. The use of auto gas would have been a major selling point as Aviation Gas is under threat.

The company will now work with the heavier, longer six-cylinder Lycoming IO-540V.

The Panthera made waves when announced because of its sleek shape, and proposed 200 knots speed and fuel burn of 10 gallons per hour. The retractable undercarriage and three doors for a four-seater also were plus points.

It will be the first single engine airplane with a retractable undercarriage under Part 23 certification in decades.

The plane will also be equipped with the Garmin GTN 750/G500.

Pipistrel’s original target date for certification was in 2015.

Its website lists the starting price as Euro 385,000.

Pipistrel Panthera

Three doors make for easy access to the cabin while the retractable undercarriage adds to the sleek look when the Panthera gets airborne.

Read more here.

Chinese buy another airplane manufacturer

A Chinese mining company in Sichuan has taken a 75 percent stake in Lisa Airplanes for US$20 million. Lisa, a French company, makes the Akoya, a two-seat sports seaplane. The new owner, Leshan Heima Mining Company, has plans to move the production line to China. Read more.

Pioneering Thai aviator Sawaetwong dies in crash

Jan 15, 2013 – The creator of the Pattaya Airpark, Nawaporn Sawaetwong, died after his microlight aircraft crashed in a field last Saturday evening.

Captain Nawaporn Sawaetwong

The late Captain Nawaporn Sawaetwong lived his dream of becoming a pilot and helping others enjoy flying. Image from his Pattaya Airpark website.

Captain Sawaetwong, 55, also known as “Neil” to aviators in the region, was alone in his Kestrel Hawk at the time. An experienced pilot with over 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 landings under his belt, he was a great supporter of recreational flying.

A silver jewelry exporter with a factory in Nonthaburi, he gave up the 20-year-old business, in his own words “to pursue a dream”. That dream was to fly. Having obtained his Private Pilot’s Licence in 1991, he threw himself wholeheartedly into the world of aviation. His subsequent achievements included helping draft the Air law for Ultralights (Kor Bor Ror 43) in 1996,

In 2003, he leased some land to build the Pattaya Airpark, eventually purchasing the approximately 50 acres to create a haven in the area for pilots.

He leaves behind his wife, Potjamarn or “Pao”, and a daughter, Chompoonut, Alexandra, better known to MTV Thailand fans as VJ Alex. Alexandra played a role in the Thai movie “First Flight” about the country’s fledgeling air force.

Merawan extends condolences to his family.

For more on the mishap, read the Pattaya103.com report.
For more on Captain Sawaetwong and his Pattaya Airpark, read this

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One Response to Happenings of interest to pilots in Asia

  1. Terrence chaw says:

    Ubin island can be a haven for pilots if developed into an airfield like the one at Nusajaya. Food for thought.

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