OK, so we’ve just filed our flightplan to Taipei. We leave Phuket at 11pm local time, 1600Z (18h00 in SA). Weather again a bit dodgy, especially at the start, and then over the Vietnam peninsula. Oh well, Vietnam wouldn’t allow us through their airspace except in the day anyhow, so we’re going the long way round which has us in Singapore airspace, avoiding Vietnam and also its weather!
If all goes according to plan then we’ll land in Taiwan some time around 6pm local time there, 19 hours later, or about 1200Z (14h00 SA time) tomorrow.
We’ve serviced the plane, filled up with 480 liters of gas (a good 22 hours), packed everything and now we’re ready to go. We’re going to eat a good meal, head up to the briefing office and then try get a bit of quiet time before heading out onto the tarmac. Although we’ve had a good rest we actually both suddenly feel a bit weary. The permissions issue is quite energy sapping and then one also sometimes feels more tired after a good sleep than before!
Quite apart from the great food and accommodation provided by the Phuket Air Park, this morning Robert took me for a ride in his Zenair 701. This place is quite a paradise. Check out the photos below and eat your heart out!
Next report Taipei!
CheersJ and J