11. SELETAR, WSSL, (Singapore) -3.07.08 - 521NM - 4:15
Phuket VTSP to Singapore WSSL
Relaxing 3 days at the island of Phuket at the airpark passed all to
quickly, the longest break so far, with Note, Lam Yai and their son Mig,
and the last day with Robert Suchard, the owner and host, we needed to
move on south.
This break was very much needed by us two, after all the long hours of
The people at the airpark were perfect hosts and spoiled us in any way
they could during our stay there.
Robert Suchard a Thai – German the owner is quite a character, perfect
host. We had a really good time at Phuket. We were taken around the
island, dined out, shown through the airpark and Robert’s other
interests, like his new hotel under construction in the vicinity of
We finally got away on Wednesday the 3rd of July just before noon.
After going through all the paperwork, and had to catch up on the no
paperwork when we arrive, we had to pay extra parking for an extra day’s
stay at the Island.
Robert and Rolf at the Flight office
The weather forecast was rather good for our destination Singapore. Our
plan was for the GA airport Seletar WSSL, just north of the major
International Singapore airport Changi, and just over the border from
Robert's airpark at Phuket as we flew past
The flight started out first in perfect weather conditions, but as the
afternoon wore on and closer to Singapore, our storm scope showed an
increasing number of thunderstorms ahead on our route.
The first class air traffic controllers diverted us around the large
build ups, and radar vectored us perfectly across the Malaysian border
into Seletar airport.
We landed safely and contacted the people at Hawker Pacific for the next
days planned 50 hour service on our Comanche. We had some fun, thinking
that we could just taxi across the field to the eastern side, but apron
control put us right on the spot, as we first had to clear customs and
immigration, before we could undertake anything. After quite some
problems finding the air terminal we finished the arrival formalities
and were met by Antu Finan, a Tongan national and director of
Maintenance at Hawker Pacific corporation.
Maintenance work at Hawker Pacific
After arranging the details of the needed maintenance, we
The following day we cached up with our paperwork and then went
shopping. Rolf was interested in computers, while Manfred went hunting
for spare batteries for his new camera.