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Microlighting in Pattaya

During my first year in Pattaya I decided it was too easy to get into the bar scene groove and spend all night drinking and all day in bed so I did a bit of rooting around and found Eastern Flying Club about 11 kilometres east of the city - ( see Google Maps - 12.902404,100.933199 )

I started to take lessons and soon after returned to the UK where I sourced a 20 year old Pegasus Q and had it shipped to Thailand. The Q being quite old was very cramped but luckily the lessons were in a Pegasus Quantum (far more leg room) so that was a pleasure and eventually I passed the exams and gained my Flex Wing Ultra-light licence.

The Q turned out to be nothing but trouble. She was a bitch to fire up due to the timing always drifting, there was no electric start so it was by manual pull cord only and by the time we did get it going, everyone was cream crackered. I did however have a good three hour flight down to Trat and a flight across to Koh Chang Island where we enjoyed buzzing White Sands Beach, but the journey back the next day had the engine miss firing all the way. After the initial fright I figured that if I flew from clearing to clearing, at a height I could glide in from if it cut out, I could probably make it back to Pattaya. I decided to carry on but the climb up over the mountains was a heart in the mouth job as the engine by now, missing big style and banging away like a good un!

That was the decider. On my return I accepted I had had a result getting back but felt continuing on with an old plane was tempting providence. It went up for sale, it found a new owner, and its still flying as far as I know (but not with me in it).

A year or so later I did buy another plane, just 3 years old, but at that time, the officials in the DCA in Bangkok (Department of Aviation), were being as awkward as they could in processing our paperwork (apparently someone from our airfield had upset them sometime in the past and it was their way of getting revenge). After a nearly year of obstructive bureaucracy, which affected us all, I decided it wasn't worth the effort and sold it on.

I can still go flying anytime I wish but to be honest, that and some trumped up charges for illegal flying against my mates left such a bad taste in my mouth that I have stayed well away. Micro-light flying is possible in Thailand but its not exactly made as easy as it is in the West.

For those that are still interested, take a look at the pics below and enjoy the video Gerry & Dao Boyle posted up on You Tube

 

Gerry & Jinny

 

Andy & Passenger

 

Pre Take Off Checks

 

Clear for Take Off

 

Power On

 

Lift Off

 

Level Out

 

Approaching South Jomtien Beach

 

Looking North along Jomtien Beach

 

Jomtien Beach

 

Nusa Plaza Hotel / Jomtien Fishing Park

 

Jomtien Beach

 

Jomtien Beach Hotel

 

Pattaya Park

 

Dongtan Beach looking North

 

Approaching Cosy Beach

 

Looking North at Royal Cliffs Beach Resort

 

Royal Cliffs Beach Resort

 

Pattaya Exhibition Hall & Royal Cliffs Beach Resort

 

Royal Cliff Garden looking North

 

Royal Cliff Garden looking South

 

Bali Hai Pier

 

Bali Hai Pier - Speed Boat Park

 

Walking Street

 

Mikes Shopping Mall - Soi 12

 

Mikes Shopping Mall - Soi 12

 

Markland Condotel - A1 Royal Ship Hotels - Soi 1 & 2

 

Wongamat Beach

 

Palm Beach / Sanctuary of Truth

 

Sanctuary of Truth

 

Naklua Pier

Looking back over Pattaya

 

Mini Siam - Thailand

 

Mini Siam - Thailand

 

Mini Siam – Rest of the World

 

Mini Siam – Rest of the World

 

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