Johor Flying Club answers call for help from Malacca air carnival organisers
By Paul Jansen
More pilots from neighbouring countries participate in annual affair by the state tourism authority
An appeal from the Malacca state tourism authority to the Johor Flying Club resulted in the club’s leadership assisting in the recruitment of more participants for the state’s annual air show from July 13-15, 2012.
The event, to promote tourism and also showcase the new airport, needed planes for the static display and also for joyrides for visitors.
JFC president William Lee and some members pointed the organisers to other potential participants and quietly encouraged these to join KAUM, as the Malacca air carnival is officially known. Though the notice period was very short, these efforts helped boost the aircraft tally by a significant 7. These included Piper Warriors, Piper Archers, and Diamond DA40s.
Heavy rainfall marred the ride into the airport on the first day and also affected ticket sales. But there were enough periods of sunshine over the next two days to draw a small crowd. Overall, though there were more planes than in previous shows, bad weather did reduce the number of joyrides that could be made.
On the last day, Johor Flying Club’s Piper Archer 9M-JFX, piloted by Roger Lee, and 9M-PRJ, a Piper Warrior owned and piloted by Paul Jansen, did a low formation fly past.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister for Transport and the state’s chief minister. All clubs which participated received a plaque and certificate of appreciation. Oddly, Johor Flying Club was left out in this roll call.
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