Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

Leg 164, Bago, Myanmar (Burma), via Thailand and Laos to Đồng Hới, Vietnam

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Beautiful place to fly over, pretty good data quality. Only to the East it gets a bit patchy, West side is nicely detailed and clear of problems. Lots of forests and mountains.

02-01 Bago VYBA 6:44 PM Sunrise 7:06 PM
02-01 Hmawby VYHB 6:53 PM
02-01 Yangon Intl VYYY 7:01 PM former Capital
02-01 Mawlamyine VYMM 7:36 PM
02-01 Mae Sot Aero VTPM 7:58 PM
02-01 Tak VTPT 8:18 PM Sukhothai Historical Park 17°1’28"N, 99°41’58"E
02-01 Sukhothai VTPO 8:38 PM
02-01 Uttaradit VTPU 8:54 PM
02-01 Phrae VTCP 9:11 PM
02-01 Lampang VTCL 9:29 PM
02-01 Lamphun VTCO 9:44 PM
02-01 Chiang Mai Intl VTCC 9:57 PM
02-01 San Sai VTSI 10:02 PM Short runway, trees in the way
02-01 Chiangkham AB VTCB 10:46 PM
02-01 Xienglom VLXL 11:03 PM
02-01 Sayaboury VLSB 11:28 PM
02-01 Van Vieng VLVV 11:56 PM
02-02 Wattay Intl VLVT 12:25 AM Ventiane Capital
02-02 Udon Thani VTUD 12:42 AM
02-02 Sakon Nakhon VTUI 1:13 AM
02-02 Nakhon Phanom VTUW 1:29 AM
02-02 Thakhek VLTK 1:40 AM Son Doong caves Vietnam 17°32’32.6"N 106°08’29.5"E
02-02 Dong Hoi VVDH 2:28 AM

Flight time 7:44 22 stops

First up Hlawga Lake

Yangon International Airport

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the largest city in Myanmar

Shwe Dagon Pagoda, according to legend over 2,600 years old, estimated to be first built between 6th and 10th century BC. Possibly the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world and an important pilgrimage site.

Yangon Kandawgyui Lake (left) with Karaweik Palace

Maha Bandula Park (right) with Yangon Region High Court in a British colonial Building

A peek in Yangon national museum

Those sunglasses definitely come in handy now while crossing the gulf of Martaban

Mawlamyine at the mouth of Thanlwin River

Mawlamyine Shwe Nat Taung Pagoda and view from Mahar Myatmuni Buddha Image

Some of the reviews are highly specific: Solitary pagoda not too far from the road. If you’re a foreigner, be prepared to be followed and gawked at by some strange kid and possibly an old lady.

Entering the mountains near Taw Naw Natural Waterfall

Mae Sot in western Thailand, housing a substantial population of Burmese migrants and refugees

Mae Lamao Forest Park

Tak Airport

Between Tak and Sukothai

Sukhothai historical park with remains of the 13th- to 14th-century royal capital city of Sukhothai

Sirikit Reservoir

Got to keep paying attention, bit of a hill in the way to Phrae

Up and over, just in time

Chiang Mai International Airport

Chiang Mai Old City. Founded in 1296, it was the capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558

From left to right, Wat CHiang Man (13th century) Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan (14th-century) and Wat Chedi Luang (15th-century) with a partially crumbled chedi & a pillar believed to protect the city.

These are just a few of all the Buddhist temples inside the 13th century walled old city with ancient gates all around.

Mae Kuang Dam

Khun Chae National Park

Near Mae Chedi Mai

There is a hot spring & geyser here on a shopping mall parking lot along route 118

Mae Puem National Park

Crossing the border into Laos

Xienglom, Laos

Nam Houng River below

Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong river

Not visible in game and a peculiar one without a reservoir (run-of-river hydroelectricity)

I guess less risky than the traditional reservoir type

There are poblems with run-of-river dams as well (fish migration), no such thing as a free lunch

Towering mountains near Ban Houay Toum

Flying over the rice fields at Ban Nampè

Van Vieng, a small town north of Vientiane, on the Nam Song River

Nam Ngum Reservoir

That-Luang Lake in Vientiane, the capital of Laos on the border with Thailand

Most of the capital is hidden under clouds on the aerial data, this the only good part

Pha That Luang Vientiane, initial establishment, suggested to be in the 3rd century

The stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions

It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol

Patuxay monument (left) 1960s war memorial dedicated to the struggle for independence from France

That Dam Stupa (right) Ancient, bell-shaped stupa believed to have once been protected by a 7-headed water serpent. Now serves as a roundabout.

COPE visitor center & museum with displays & films on history of bombings & related disabilities

Nai Muang, Thailand on the left and Thakhek, Laos across the Mekong river on the right

Straight over Nakai-Nam Theun National Park crossing the next border into Vietnam

Looking back at Laos on the border

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park

Where you can find Hang Sơn Đoòng cave, located right in the middle here

One of the world’s largest natural caves, amazing place

Quick impressions

Full documentary on the ecosystem inside the cave

Final stop for the day, Đồng Hới, capital of Quảng Bình Province in the north central coast of Vietnam

Heading South tomorrow along the coast.

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Leg 165, Đồng Hới, Vietnam via Cambodia to Côn Đảo, Con Son Island, Vietnam

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I had some re-organizing to do, my Imgur album blew up, spitting out images on the other end when trying to add more. I already have 5,500 screenshots, 15GB combined from this trip. I’m past halfway at least, I think. It’s a 12 hour time difference to where I’m flying currently, which is Vietnam. Beautiful, proud country.

02-02 Dong Hoi VVDH 6:05 PM Sunrise 6:25 PM
02-02 Phubai VVPB 6:40 PM Golden Bridge 15°59’41.3"N 107°59’48.6"E
02-02 Danang Intl VVDN 7:08 PM
02-02 Chu Lai VVCA 7:27 PM
02-02 Phucat VVPC 8:02 PM
02-02 Pleiku VVPK 8:28 PM
02-02 Ratanakiri VDRK 8:51 PM
02-02 Stung Treng VDST 9:13 PM
02-02 Kratie VDKT 9:41 PM
02-02 Mondulkiri VDMK 10:12 PM
02-02 Buon Me Thuot VVBM 10:38 PM
02-02 Nhatrang VVNT 11:07 PM
02-02 Cam Ranh VVCR 11:17 PM
02-02 Phan Rang VVPR 11:29 PM
02-02 Lienkhoung VVDL 11:49 PM
02-03 Long Thanh VVLO 12:28 AM
02-03 Bien Hoa Air Base VV02 12:38 AM
02-03 Tansonnhat VVTS Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) 12:55 AM
02-03 Vung Tau VVVT 1:18 AM
02-03 Conson VVCS 2:00 AM

Flight time 7:55 19 stops

Departure from Đồng Hới at dawn

Điền Hương headed South along the coast

Huế in central Vietnam, once the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the capital from 1802 to 1945

Above the imperial city inside the forbidden city, facing the Huong River (Perfume River)

Build in 1804 by Emperor Gia Long (Nguyễn Phúc Ánh) the first emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty

Phubai Airport (Cảng hàng không Quốc tế Phú Bài)

Vinh Hà

Hai Vong Dai Park

Flying over xã Tư, the river has no name on the maps

Ba Na Station West of Da Nang

On the top of that hill (left side) is the golden bridge supported by huge sculpted hands

Da Nang, known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port

Also here, Asia park (on the right) with themed areas based on Asian countries

Chu Lai International Airport

Hương Chiêm along the Sông Trà Câu (river)

Nhà máy điện mặt trời Mỹ Hiệp, solar photovoltaic power plant in front of the dam

The dam and reservoir are not on the digital maps, the solar panels are not on the aerial images.

Cảng Hàng Không Phù Cát Airport

Nearby, Phu Loc Cham Temple and Banh It Cham Temple around the rice fields

Pleiku Tonung lake in the distance

Lake Yeak Laom next to Krong Ban Lung, Cambodia

There’s a small bug where the moon’s reflection is always a full moon, even if the real one is merely a sliver. I also doubt it would be this visible mid day.

Also nearby Kachanh Waterfall and another picture of Lake Yeak Laom

Back at the Mekong river, it grew quite a bit along the way

Kratie Airport near Krong Kracheh

Flying over a sea of trees headed back to Vietnam

Flying over Mondulkiri province in Cambodia

Krong Saen Monourom

Mondulkiri Airport, nearby Sea Forest, national park

Roum El Stone Field in Phnom Nam Lyr Wildlife Sanctuary near the border with Vietnam

Peculiar slab of stone in the middle of a sea of trees, Nam Lair National Stone Park

Coffee fields near Buôn Ma Thuột, famous as the regional “capital of coffee”

The World coffee museum, great architecture for photo shoots

Nhatrang, coastal resort city in southern Vietnam

Approaching Bãi Dài Nha Trang Beach

Cam Ranh International Airport

Cam Ranh in southern Khánh Hòa Province on the Biển Đông coast

Binh Son Beach in Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm

Kalan Po Klong Giarai, built in honor of the legendary king Po Klaung Garai (Dragon king of J’rai people), who ruled Panduranga from 1151 to 1205

And the view from Ninh Chu Beach

B’ja Da Noh

Long Thanh Airport

Bien Hoa Air Base

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon

Along the Sông Sài Gòn (Saigon river), Bitexo Financial Tower, the tallest one

Tansonnhat Airport in Ho Ci Minh City

Lots to see here, the Independence Palace, historical building of the Vietnam War era, now a museum

People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City on the left

Bui Vien Walking Street aka Backpacker Street on the right, busy nightlife

The war remnants museum displaying lots of US military equipment

In the middle the famous picture “Napalm girl” showing the effects of napalm bombing in 1972.

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, 1880s Catholic cathedral built with French bricks

Saigon Central Post Office, Monumental central post office, completed in 1891

Plenty museums around as well, this one stood out to me, Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine

Outside of Vietnam, Saigon is mostly known for the musical Miss Saigon

Vũng Tàu, once a French colonial town, now a popular seaside resort

Vũng Tàu Airport

Going South a bit over the South China Sea, Con Son Island

Beautiful cliffs and amazing beaches

Con Dao Airport, beautiful place to land

And great place to call it a night

Tropical paradise

With a sinister history, Nhà tù Côn Đảo, Con Dao Prison museum

War museum & former prison built by French colonists used as a torture site during the Vietnam War

I assume the Vietnam war refers to the US-Vietnam war, aka Second Indochina War and in Vietnam known as the Resistance War Against America. Vietnam survived many wars. The Indochina Wars lasted from 1945 to 1991, between communist Indochinese forces against mainly French, South Vietnamese, American, Cambodian, Laotian and Chinese forces.

Tomorrow on to Cambodia and Bangkok

Leg 166, Côn Đảo, Con Son Island, Vietnam, via Cambodia and Thailand to Dawei, Myanmar (Burma)

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Cambodia is amazing as well, Angkor Wat is a lot bigger than I thought it was while the Dhammakaya temple in Thailand had my jaw drop to the floor.

02-03 Conson VVCS 6:00 PM
02-03 Soc Trang SOA 6:22 PM Sunrise 6:18 PM
02-03 Camau VVCM 6:44 PM
02-03 Rachgia VVRG 7:02 PM Phu Quoc Prison 10°02’39.0"N 104°01’07.7"E
02-03 Duongdong VVPQ 7:39 PM
02-03 Sihanukville VDSV 7:58 PM
02-03 Phnom Penh Intl VDPP 8:40 PM Capital
02-03 Kampong Chhnang VDKH 9:06 PM
02-03 Krakor VDSY 9:20 PM Angkor Wat 13°24’46"N, 103°51’57"E
02-03 Siem Reap VDSI 10:00 PM Landed on a dirt strip first, can’t find the ‘airport’, Ultralight wing airfield
02-03 Siem Reap VDSR 10:09 PM
02-03 Surin VTUJ 10:45 PM
02-03 Buri Ram VTUO 10:57 PM
02-03 Nakhon Ratchasima VTUQ 11:18 PM
02-03 Khorat VTUN 11:28 PM
02-03 Korat AAF Z28Q 11:32 PM
02-04 Sa Pran Nak Aero VTBH 12:04 AM
02-04 Khok Kathiam VTBL 12:09 AM
02-04 Lop Buri VTLO 12:18 AM
02-04 Wang Noi VTWA 12:40 AM
02-04 Bangkok Intl VTBD 12:52 AM Capital
02-04 Lak Si VTLA 1:13 AM 3 attempts, tiny runway Wat Pho 13°44’47"N, 100°29’33"E
02-04 Samut Sakhon VTSU 1:42 AM Maeklong Railway market 13°29’14.4"N 100°08’14.7"E
02-04 Photharam VTPR 2:00 AM
02-04 Dawei VYDW 2:42 AM

Flight time 8:42 24 stops

Departure from Conson Island at dawn

Sunrise over the South China Sea

Cà Mau, located in the southernmost part of Vietnam’s inland territory

Most goods are transported here by boats and barges

Hòn Tre island

Phu Quoc, tropical island in the gulf of Thailand

Known for Phu Quoc Prison, dubbed “Coconut Tree Prison”, on the left side of the road here

Built 1949-1950 during the French colonial era and used during the Vietnam war to torture prisoners

Now houses exhibits on the prisoners’ experiences and torture methods

Phú Quốc International Airport

There’s a bridge sticking out into the ocean…

Challenge accepted

Odd glitch, bridge to nowhere

Phnom Penh International Airport

Phonm Penh, the capital of Cambodia at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers

The X marks the spot, of the central market in a unique art deco space

More dark history here, Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Execution & burial site of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, with a glass-walled stupa full of skulls

Under the leadership of the infamous Pol Pot, between 1.5 and 2 million Cambodians (nearly 25% of the population) died in a radical push towards Communism

Above, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in a former Khmer Rouge prison & interrogation center

There is a lot of beauty to be seen here as well, the Royal palace on the left, build in 1866

Wat Phom in the middle, Buddhist temple built on the site of a 14th-century pagoda
The national museum on the right in a 1920s building inspired by temple architecture

A peek inside the museum

Independence monument on the left, Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953

Silk island in the middle and the Cambodia-Vietnam friendship monument, which was built in the late 1970s by the communist regime that took power after the Cambodian-Vietnamese War, which overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime

Moving on, about to fly over a huge lake, part of the Tonlé Sap river

View of the lake near Phumi Phat Sândaông

Neak Poun temple on a man made island inside a huge man made lake

Close to Angkor Wat which is visible in the distance to the left

Neak Poun temple, built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII (1122-1218)

There are many many temples in the area, some examples:

Ta Som Temple (late 12th century), Kutisvara temple (9th century) and Ta Nei temple (late 12th century)

Phreah Khan Temple, Ta Phrom temple and Bayon temple (late 12th and early 13th century temples)

And many more, plenty material for another 100 tomb raider games!

Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world by land area, measuring 162.6 hectares

Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire

Today, it is one of the most important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists in Cambodia and around the world

Hard to spot landing strip, Aero Cambodia Above Angkor

Easier place to land, Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor Wat right behind

Nakhon Tachasima, Thailand. More temples here in Phimai Historical Park

Khorat, aka Nakhon Ratchasima, one of the four major cities of Isan

Korat AAF, nice little runway

Lamtakhong dam, no clue what it is written on the dam

Wat Khao Wong Phrachan Temple on the top of the mountain

Over 3,700 steps lead up the steep hill to this Buddhist temple

Khao Phra Ngam

Khok Kathiam Air Force Base

Wang Noi Airport, had to turn the marker on as it looked rather unbelievable

Precision landing, those parked planes are in the water

Luckily plenty long to take off again, no way to turn around here

Dhammakaya temple, hard to miss from the air

Spectacular doesn’t begin to describe this place

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, landing at the international airport first

Lak si, tiny tiny government air strip

This took many tries, landing at stall speed with brakes already set

Not long enough for take off, luckily plenty run off area to get air born again

Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River

The Grand Palace in front along the busy river

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha) to the right of the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace built in 1782, currently a museum

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located on the Palace grounds, left of the Grand Palace

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan on the opposite side of the river

Chao Phraya River and Khaoson road on the right, known for it’s vibrant international nightlife

And a peek in the national museum of Thailand

Samut Sakhon, looked like a small runway, was actually luxurious compared to earlier strips

Maeklong Railway market

Crossing the border into Myanmar

Ayeyarwady river

Near Ah Myar, bit of a climb

Final stop today, Dawei in south-eastern Myanmar close to the Andaman Sea

heading South tomorrow, towards Malaysia

Leg 167, Dawei, Myanmar (Burma) via Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Hat Yai, Thailand

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A little detour to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, technically back in India again. I didn’t quite make it to Malaysia, stopped short at the border. Beautiful islands though, worth a visit.

02-04 Dawei VYDW 6:11 PM
02-04 Palaw VYPW 6:37 PM Sunrise 18:44 PM
02-04 Myeik VYME 6:49 PM ~20 knot tailwind
02-04 Shibpur Airstrip VABM 8:35 PM
02-04 Port Blair VOPB 9:11 PM
02-04 Car Nicobar AB VOCX 10:05 PM
02-04 Campbell Bay VO94 10:57 PM
02-05 Phuket Intl VTSP 12:45 AM ~20 knot headwind
02-05 Thalang VTSW 12:51 AM
02-05 Krabi VTSG 1:13 AM
02-05 Nakhon Si Thammarat VTSF 1:43 AM
02-05 Cha-Ian VTSN 1:49 AM
02-05 Songkhla VTSH 2:23 AM
02-05 Hat Yai Intl VTSS 2:36 AM

Flight time 8:25 13 stops

Early morning on the way to Palaw

And further South to Myeik

Myeik Airport spotted, much easier when they have lights

Myeik in the extreme south of Myanmar on the Andaman Sea

On the West side of the Malay Peninsula, which Myanmar shares with Thailand

Sunrise shortly after departure to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Passing over Kadan

And then a lot of Andaman Sea

I didn’t take many pictures of the islands due to a current issue with coast lines. Water creeps up the shore in ugly triangles, not the best time to go island hopping. Hopefully it will be fixed before I set out over the Pacific ocean.

North Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar islands, India

Shibpur Airstrip near Kalipur Beach (in front)

Kalighat a bit further South on North Andaman

Port Blair on South Andaman, looking at the Circular Prison down below

It used to be circular, a bit over a quarter left as a museum

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966) an Indian independence activist was imprisoned here

Vinayak Savarkar formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. Savarkar is still a debated figure, nationalist or traitor.

Savarkar was arrested by the government for making “Hindu nationalist speeches” and got a 50 year sentence for revolting against the Morley-Minto reforms. He was released after 13 years after promising to to participate in politics any more.

Interesting figure, also (wrongly) accused for being part of Gandhi’s assasination

Port Blair Airport, the runway is certainly long enough

Port Blair Tsunami Memorial. The Andaman and Nicobar islands were hit hard in the 2004 Tsunami.

Back over the Andaman Sea to the Nicobar Islands

Katchal island below

Mahasamudra beach

I was wondering what that spot was, seems to be just an exposure issue on the source data

Katchal, beautiful beaches and a picture of the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami

Ranganatha Bay on Nicobar island

Campbell Bay a bit further South

With a nice airport along the shore

Beautiful place, yet beware, that sign on Marganala beach warns of frequent Crocodile visits

Long flight back to the Malay Peninsula, arriving at Phuket island, with the Big Buddha on top of the hill

The Big Buddha Phuket and a shot of the lovely waters around here

Phuket city along Patong Beach, the main resort town

Freedom beach on the left, Monkey hill viewpoint on the right

Patong has a busy nightlife, Chillva night market on the left

Patong is also notorious for its raunchy nightlife, Thanon Bangla walking street on the right

Phuket International Airport at the North end of the island

Passing over Phru Nai headed further East

Ko Hong, little island with a hidden lagoon on the left

Sai Thai Garden Home below


Tha Di river under the low hanging clouds

Cha-Ian Airport in Pak Phun

Songkhla, known for the white-sand beach Hat Samila, home to a bronze mermaid sculpture

Songkhla Municipal Song Thale Park, Khatichon Wittaya Museum and the Mermaid Sculpture

Hat Yai located close to the Malaysian border

Wat Hat Yai Nai with one of the largest reclining Buddha statues and Hat Yai Muncicipal Park

Final stop for today, Hat Yai International Airport

Malaysia tomorrow and Indonesia next.

Leg 168, Hat Yai, Thailand via Singapore and touching Indonesia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Beautiful place to fly around, very colorful despite a lot of cloud ‘patches’ in the terrain. It must be cloudy often. It was during my flight providing some dramatic views.

02-05 Hat Yai Intl VTSS 6:28 PM
02-05 Khoun Khan VTSA 6:41 PM
02-05 Langkawi Intl WMKL 7:02 PM
02-05 Sultan Abdul Halim WMKA 7:19 PM
02-05 Butterworth WMKB 7:37 PM
02-05 Penang Intl WMKP 7:45 PM
02-05 Taiping WMBI 8:04 PM
02-05 Sultan Ismail Petra WMKC 8:57 PM
02-05 Pulau Redang WMPR 9:22 PM
02-05 Sultan Mahmud WMKN 9:35 PM
02-05 Kerteh WMKE 9:58 PM
02-05 Kuantan WMKD 10:19 PM
02-05 Pulau Tioman WMBT 10:52 PM
02-05 Kijang WIDN 11:35 PM
02-05 Hang Nadim WIDD 11:48 PM
02-05 Changi Rsaf WSAC 11:58 PM
02-06 Changi WSSS 12:04 AM
02-06 Paya Lebar WSAP 12:14 AM Singapore lot of landmarks along the coast
02-06 Pulau Sudong Military Airstrip WSSI 12:54 AM
02-06 Tengah WSAT 1:04 AM
02-06 Skudai WMSK 1:12 AM
02-06 Sultan Ismail WMKJ 1:22 AM
02-06 Kluang WMAP 1:38 AM
02-06 Muar / Bakri WMAV 1:57 AM Short runway
02-06 Kuala Lumpur Intl - Sepang WMKK 2:28 AM
02-06 Putrajaya WMPU 2:39 AM Short runway
02-06 Simpang WMKF 2:47 AM Patronas towers, Mid Valley Megamall, Telekom Tower
02-06 Sultan Addul Aziz Shah-Subang WMSA 3:18 AM

Flight time 8:50 27 stops

First up, Langkawi, aka the Jewel of Kedah

Gunung Raya, the highest point on the island (2,890ft)

Langkawi Sky Bridge on the West side of the island

The shape is distinguishable between the trees on the sat image

Mount Jerai (3,854ft) in the distance, South of Kedah

Butterworth airport in the city of Seberang Perai, Penang

Penang international airport on Penang island

Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge crossing the Straits of Malacca

Near Kampung Masjid Tinggi

Taiping in northwest Malaysia, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture

Taiping airport (Tekah Airport) seems to be missing a piece

It looks like that on Google maps, dated 2021, odd airport

Chedoroh Lake

Tasik Temenggor

Singai Singor river

Crossing the Timur Barat Highway before disappearing in the clouds

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa on the South China Sea

Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Redang Island

Beautiful place to land

And take off from

Back to the mainland, or rather peninsula

Kuala Terengganu

The river has no name on the map, coming from Kenyir Lake

Kerteh further South along the coast


Flying over the South China Sea to Tioman Island

Pulau Tioman below the clouds

Tioman island is a encircled by coral reefs, a popular locale for divers

Pantai Kampung Juara beach on the other side of the island

Looking back while flying South away from the island

Kijang airport, close to Tanjung Pinang City, Riau Islands, Indonesia

Less than 1 degree from the equator, 55 minutes North

Depot LPG Tanjung Uban

Two airports, Changi Rsaf WSAC and Changi WSSS in the Republic of Singapore

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state

The SIngapore Flyer on the right, 540ft high ferris wheel

Perfect for some aerial challenges

All seemingly fine, except the sound was weird while paused here (the wheel doesn’t turn btw)

After unpausing the plane instantly crashed into an invisible wall

Same at the Marina Bay Sands, sometimes it lets you fly through, sometimes you bounce off an invisible wall. Perhaps my low fps (target of 20) lets me through half the time, inconsistent collision detection.

Zooming over top Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum down below

Marina Bay Sands at night and Gardens by the bay

Orchard road and a close up of the ArtScience Museum

A peek in the Singapore Asian Civilisations Museum

I guess that’s the British spelling of Civilizations

Leaving Singapore over the Straits of Singapore

Muar / Bakri Airport near Muar

Most of the inland here is covered in cloud patches, ffwd to Kuala Lumpur International - Sepang

Putrayaya Airport on the South end of Kuala Lumpur

Simpang Airport in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia

Home of the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest buildings (1,483ft) from 1998 to 2004

Pulling a few g’s flying around the towers

The Mid Valley Megamall with Telekom tower behind on the left

Telekom tower (Menara TM)

The Petronas Towers at night and view from Menaru Kuala Lumpur (1,381ft)

Sultan Abdul Samad Building on the right, grand 1800s government building

Batu Caves on the North Side of the city

Limestone caves at the top of steep steps housing Hindu temples & shrines

A peek in the national museum of Malaysia

More fun to be had here at the world’s largest Surfpool at Sunway Lagoon

Or visit the Lumpur Butterfly park, flower-filled garden with over 5,000 butterflies

My wife would love to visit the Butterfly park. We have them here as well at Niagara Falls and Cambridge. Waiting for this pandemic to be over to visit again.

On to Indonesia tomorrow.

Leg 169, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Botohilitano, Sumatra, Indonesia

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On to Indonesia, birthplace of my mother, basically my mother('s) land. She only lived there 5 years though, before they had to flee the country. Long journey by boat in the early 50’s. My grandmother is full Indonesian born and raised, grandfather Dutch from origin.

I’ve never been to Indonesia, but my parents visited the old place in 2013. I think I’ve located the house using street view, methodically stepping through the whole district. (address can’t be located, my parents had a local guide find the house for them) Street view is from 2019, 6 years later and if it’s the right place, it has either been turned into a cafe or a school. (2 candidates close together)

Anyway, that’s for tomorrow’s leg. Indonesia is big and I only got through a part of Sumatra in 8 hours! Beautiful country, would love to visit one day. Virtual tourism for now.

02-06 Sultan Addul Aziz Shah-Subang WMSA 6:07 PM
02-06 Sitiawan WMBA 6:42 PM Hidden under sat cloud, generic farm texture
02-06 Pulau Pangkor WMPA 6:49 PM
02-06 Kualanamu International WIMM 7:29 PM
02-06 Polonia WIMK 7:38 PM
02-06 Blangkejeren WACQ 8:18 PM
02-06 Lhok Sukon WITL 8:47 PM
02-06 Malikus Saleh WIMA 9:00 PM
02-06 Sultan Iskandarmuda WITT 9:42 PM
02-06 Maimum Saleh WITN 9:54 PM
02-06 Calang Airstrip WACA 10:40 PM
02-06 Cut Nyak Dien WITC 11:07 PM
02-06 Lasikin WIML 11:50 PM
02-07 Syekh Hamzah Fansyuri WAGO 12:32 AM
02-07 Parapat WAPW 1:08 AM Massive terrain errors
02-07 Silangit WIMN 1:22 AM
02-07 Pinang Sore WIMS 1:40 AM
02-07 Binaka WIMB 2:17 AM
02-07 Natal WANT 2:39 AM

Flight time 8:32 18 stops

First up, crossing the Perak river in Western Malaysia

Pulau Pangkor on the West coast of Malaysia

Kualanamu International Airport, landfall in North-East Sumatra, Indonesia

Kota Medan (Kota means city) with Maimin Palace down below

Meriam Punting historical landmark on the left. The story behind it: A long time ago, this cut off cannon gun was the incarnation of one of Malay Kingdom’s princes who protected his sister from the abduction of Aceh’s king

On the right inside Istana Maimum (Istana means Palace) built in the late 1800s

A peek in the state museum of North Sumatra

Binjai, formally Kota Binjai, an independent city in the North Sumatra province of Indonesia

Looks like my plane will get a good cleaning, near Paya Tusam

Flying by Gunung Bandahara (Gunung means mountain) 9,882ft high

Blangkejeren, Aceh province

Very pretty here

Lhoksukon along the North coast of Sumatra, Malacca strait

Bandara Malikussaleh, Lhokseumawe (Bandara means airport)

Padang Tingoeh (Padang means field)

On the way to Banda Aceh

Near Tanah kebun (meaning Soil Garden) hiking area

Banda Aceh, the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia

Ulee Lheue beach, sure looks inviting

Museum Tsunami Aceh, symbolic center honoring victims & survivors of the 2004 tsunami

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque built in 1879 on the left

Apung 1 on the right. Former power-supply ship washed inland by the 2004 tsunami turned museum

Sabang off the northern tip of Sumatra

At the tip of Weh Island is the Kilometer Zero Monument of Indonesia

Tugu Kilometer Nol Indonesia

Waduk Keuliling (Waduk = Reservoir) and Gunung Hulumasen (Gunung = Mountain) 7,533ft

Flying past the mountain

Calang on the Indian Ocean, West side of North Sumatra

Calang airstrip

Kuede Panga below

Cut Nyak Dien Airport next to the Krueng Mataa river

Simeulue Island in the Indian Ocean

Lasikin, South West side of the island

West Banyak Island

Ujung Bati

Balai Island

Syekh Hamzah Fansyuri airport

Near Boeloedoekoe


Near Air Terjun Simarpangpang

Coming up on Lake Toba, a huge caldera

Gunung Pusuk Buhit, 6,503ft

Parapat on the other side of the lake

Lake Toba and Parapat Free Beach

Tarutung, means “durian” in the Batak language, named after the durian trees that grow here

Bandara Dr. Ferdinand Lumban Tobing (Pinang Sore Airport in game)

Aek Maros river down below

Gunungsitoli, capital city of Nias Regency on Nias island of the west coast of Sumatra

It is also an independent municipality within the province, separate from any regency

Home to Museum Pusaka Nias showing traditional houses

Goa (Cave) Togindrawa Gunungsitoli, said to be the ancestral cave of the Nias people

Was used as an ancient residence. No lighting, bring your own flashlight!

Final stop today, Botohilitano at the south end of Nias Island

Great place for surfing, great waves

Pantai (Beach) Sorake Nias Selatan and a picture from Ono Niho Surf Charter

Much more to explore, more of Sumatra tomorrow.

Leg 170, Botohilitano to Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia

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I found it, the house my mother spend the first 5 years of her life in. It doesn’t look anything like it in game, but it is there in the right spot. The town wasn’t all that recognizable, clouds were preventing long distance views and up close there are too many big appartment blocks (not there) spoiling the view. Still very cool to find it and fly over my Grandfather’s old work place.

02-07 Natal WANT 6:03 PM
02-07 Lasondre WANA 6:26 PM
02-07 Minangkabau Intl WIEE 7:19 PM
02-07 Tabing WIET 7:24 PM
02-07 Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Simpang Tiga) WIBB 8:07 PM
02-07 Sultan Syarif Haroen Setia Neg WIBL 8:22 PM
02-07 Japura WIBJ 8:42 PM
02-07 Dabo WIDS 9:32 PM
02-07 Depati Amir WIKK 10:23 PM
02-07 Sultan M Badaruddin II WIPP 11:04 PM
02-07 Pendopo WIPQ 11:28 PM Lahat, Bandaragung M.2 3°47’15.3"S 103°32’55.6"E Train yard 3°47’05.1"S 103°33’04.2"E
02-08 Pagar Alam WIPM 12:18 AM
02-08 Silamparis WIPB 12:43 AM
02-08 Fatmawati Soekarno WIGG 1:17 AM

Flight time 7:14 13 stops

First up, Lasondre Airport on Tanahmasa Island

Sunrise over the Indian ocean

Minangkabau International Airport near Padang, back on Sumatra

Padang, capital of Indonesia’s West Sumatra province

Museum Adityawarman

Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and the view from Nurbaya bridge

Gunung (Mount) Sago, also known as Malintang 7,421ft

It takes a long hike through undisturbed forests to reach the top

Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Simpang Tiga) Airport at Pekanbaru

Home to Alam Mayang Nature Park and Tugu Zapin, cultural landmark on a big roundabout

Dabo Airport on Singkep Island

Bangka Belitung Islands

Depati Amir Airport serving Pangkal Pinang

Palembang, capital of Indonesia’s South Sumatra province and port city on the Musi River

Apparently the Dutch embassy is/was here as this is where my Mother gained Dutch citizenship.

Ampara bridge, iconic landmark lift bridge in Palembang

Bukit (Hill) Siguntang, small hill located at the northern bank of Musi River with statues on the right

Pendopo, getting close to my ancestral home, the weather trying to thwart my search efforts

Lahat, South Sumatra, location of my ancestral home

My grandfather (Dutch from origin) worked on the railway in Lahat where he met my grandmother

The old closed up train yard where my grandfather worked in the 40s

A little peak through google streetview, closed up, rusted, overgrown, but still there.

The old house, below left side of the intersection

Found using street view comparing to a picture taken in 2013 when my parents visited

It changed again since 2013, yet the same plant is still growing out the roof and there is still a sign in the front yard with “kerata api” on it which means train.

The street and the sign in front of the house

It took a long time to find with just a picture and district name. Time well spend, walking through the town in street view seeing where my mother first went to school. Very interesting to recognize features from my grandmother in the people on the street there.

My grandparents suffered greatly during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia (1942-1945) then Dutch East Indies. No wonder they wanted to leave for the Netherlands after, plus Indonesia rightfully had enough of colonialism. Initially, most Indonesians welcomed the Japanese as liberators from their Dutch colonial masters. The sentiment changed, however, as between 4 and 10 million Indonesians were recruited as forced labourers, and about 4 million died during WWII. From bad to worse.

Thus after my grandmother and mother gained Dutch citizenship, they left on a boat to the Netherlands. There my grandfather became a dockworker while selling Indonesian specialties from their humble much smaller home in Rotterdam. The story goes they buried the family treasure in the backyard before leaving, starting over with little resources.

My grandfather made the most amazing Spekkoek (kue lapis legit or spekuk). I remember him sitting in front of a hot gas oven, carefully applying layer after layer with mixing bowls all over the kitchen preparing the batter. I used to make Roti Kukus growing up, easy recipe, delicious. My grandmother made amazing Indonesian dishes which my mother got into as well.

Time to move on, leaving Lahat behind for now

Pagar Alam Airport, nearest airport to Lahat

Bengkulu, the second largest city on the west coast of Sumatra Island after Padang

Thomas Par Monument on the left from when the East India Company during the 17th century.

Thomas Par was killed during a rebellion against his administration on 27 September 1807. The East India Company quashed the rebellion, and the following year, a monument was constructed to honor Parr. Though the monument was built as a memorial to Parr and his death, the people of Bengkulu have reinterpreted it as a testament to their willingness to defend their land rights and traditional customs.

Benteng (Fortress) Marlborough in the middle, former British fort once used by the French, Dutch, Japanese & Indonesian militaries.

And the British colonial cemetary on the right. From a local guide, pieces of history that tell us about bitter conditions and experiences linked to the British East India Company and deaths of hundreds of British Bencoolen inhabitants who were affected by the Bencoolen resistance movements and fatal diseases during the British colonial rule in Bencoolen (now known as Bengkulu).

Looking through the pictures there are also a lot of gravestones in Dutch. The Dutch occupied Indonesia for 3 and a half centuries, finally let go of it in 1949. Over a 15-year period after the Republic of Indonesia became an independent state, virtually the entire Dutch population, Indische Nederlanders (Dutch Indonesians), estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000, left the former Dutch East Indies, including my grandparents.

A brief intermission tomorrow, Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas island before continuing to Java, Indonesia.

That might be the longest post I’ve ever seen in my life. lol I’m doing the same thing; touring the world in BE58. But I forgot to take photos.

Ha, initially I was aiming for an 80 day around the world tour. I’m only halfway after double that. 360 days seems more likely. I should have reserved a couple posts at the start, no split option.

Goodluck on your journey, there is so much to see. Not always though as I’m currently flying from Cocos (Keeling) to Christmas island, nothing but water. That’s what auto pilot is for!

Leg 171, Bengkulu, Sumatra via Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas island to Purwokerto, Java, Indonesia

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A little detour to start with, technically visiting Australia in the Cocos (Keeling) islands and Christmas island. Then back to Indonesia to explore Java island.

Departure from Bengkulu at night

3 hour flight to Cocos (Keeling) on auto pilot

Very peaceful over the Indian Ocean

Cruising at 7,500 ft, 17 knot headwind unfortunately

First sliver of the sun spotted

There they are, Cocos (Keeling) islands

Home island comes out the best, no water masks around here though

Cocos (Keeling) Island Airport on West Island

It is a true tropical paradise

Great for scuba diving and snorkeling

On to Christmas island

More blue, and a bit more blue

Christmas island along Greta Beach

Captain William Mynors of the British East India Company named the island after sighting it on Christmas Day in 1643

Lily beach

Approaching the airport from the North

Christmas Island Airport

The view from Margaret Knoll Lookout and Great Beach

Wildlife around Christmas island featuring a lot of red crabs

Lily beach and The Grotto

Back to Indonesia, on the way to Java

Over stormy waters

The weather is clearing up a bit near the coast

Near Cigaru


Cicurug, West Java

Cicurug Aiport

Bogor, half of it

The center of Bogor in another gap between the clouds

And the last part, big city

Crossing the Cisadane river


Indonesia Convention Exhibition

Fun race course

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

Jakarta, Indonesia’s massive capital on the northwest coast of the island of Java

The center of Jakarta with the national monument on the right side

National monument on the left, built to commemorate Indonesian independence from the Netherlands

Selamat Datang Monument in the middle, completed 1962 as part of a city beatification project in preparation for the Asian Games IV. On the right, Monumen Patung Dirgantara, also known as Gatot Kaca Monument after the Javanese wayang figure.

Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia

Dharma Bhakti Temple, Buddhist shrine dating back to 1650

Wayang Museum in an old Dutch colonial building

Wayang is a traditional form of puppet theater play which originated here on Java

And a peek in the National Museum

Kalijati Airport, it’s coming down heavily now. There are flood warnings showing up on Google maps

Mount Tangkuban Parahu (6,837ft) somehow managing to fend off the clouds

Tangkuban Parahu is a stratovolcano, erupted as recently as 2019

Batujajar Airport

Batujajar on the Saguling Dam Reservoir

Bandung, capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, set amid volcanoes and tea plantations

Gedung State meaning State Building, grand Dutch colonial administration building dating to the 1920s

Curug (Waterfall) Batu Templek Bawah, popular waterfall on the North side of Bandung

Smart usage of available space, Taman Film on the left

And there is an awesome geological museum in Bandung with local finds

Mount Gunther barely peaking out the clouds in the distance

Mount Galunggung (7,113ft), another active stratovolcano

Galunggung is part of the Sunda Arc extending through Sumatra, Java and the Lesser Sunda Islands

Giant staircase makes climbing easier

Tunggul Wulung airport

And final stop today at Purwokerto

Continuing on East along Java tomorrow

Leg 172, Purwokerto, Java to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

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Java is all kinds of epic, flying from one volcano to the next. Beware lot of screenshots ahead.

02-09 Purwokerto WAPM 6:45 PM Sunrise 5:53 PM
02-09 Achmad Yani WAHS 7:22 PM
02-09 Adisutjipto WAHH Yogyakarta 7:55 PM
02-09 Adi Soemarmo WAHQ 8:13 PM
02-09 Iswahyudi WARI 8:34 PM
02-09 Ngloram WARC 8:59 PM
02-09 Juanda WARR Surabaya 9:31 PM
02-09 Abdulrachman Saleh Aero WARA 9:54 PM
02-09 Noto Hadinegoro WARE 10:47 PM
02-09 Blimbingsari WADY 11:19 PM
02-09 Letkol Wisnu Airstrip WAYE 11:32 PM
02-10 Trunojoyo WART 12:14 AM
02-10 Pagerungan WA19 12:57 AM
02-10 Bali Intl WADD 1:56 AM

Flight time 7:11 13 stops

It started out not so promising, overcast, pouring rain at Purwokerto

Not much to see at take off

However the clouds were all pretty low, not long until Mount Bisma and Mount Sundoro became visible

Gunung Bisma 7,759ft

Dien Plateau created by volcanic eruptions, with Telaga (Lake) Merdada

Hutan Mati Karangtengah below, meaning Karangtengah Dead Forest

Telaga Warna, Dieng, scenic lake with high sulfur content that creates a changing rainbow of colors

Karangsari, Dieng Kulon, Batur, Banjarnegara, Central Java

Sikidang crater in the middle, emitting natural sulfuric gas

Mount Sundoro (10,289ft) and Mount Sumbing (11,060ft) in the distance

Semarang on the North shore, capital and largest city of Central Java

Achmad Yani Airport

Back to the other side, by Mount Ungaran (6,726ft)

Mount Merbabu (10,318ft) in the distance

Mount Merapi (9,613ft)

Gunung Merapi with Gunung Merbabu behind

The lost world, theme park on the left, lots of activities at the base of Mount Merapi

Merapi erupting in the middle (last eruption June 21, 2020) and view from the top

Yogyakarta, often called Jogja, on the South side of Central Java

Not much to see today in game

Prambanen Temple, one of many on the East side of Jogja

Central Museum of the Air Force Dirgantara Mandala

Kampoeng Cyber Yogyakarta, traditional village settled in 1867, now a ‘cyber’ village

Taman Sari, 18th-century former royal garden with a storied bathing complex

Java is the home of Gamalan music, which can be enjoyed at numerous open-air pavilions in Yogyakarta’s 18th-century royal complex, or kraton, encompassing the still-inhabited Sultan’s Palace

Moving on to Adi Soemarmo, still raining

Back above the clouds, Mount Lawu (10,712ft)

And down to the ground again, Iswahyundi Airport with a little obstruction on the runway

Ngloram Airport on the North side, better weather on this side of the mountains

Surabaya, port city on East Java

The Sanggar Agung Temple, Buddhist temple complex by the ocean

Surabaya Submarine Monument, museum inside a decommissioned Russian war submarine

Gunung Arjuna (10,955ft) with its twin Arjuno-Welirang

It’s a whole range with Cangar Hot Spring in the middle

South side of Gunung Arjuna with Arjuno-Welirang behind

Flying over Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Gunung Semeru (12,060ft) has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967

It is known for its regular ash explosions that typically occur at intervals of 10-30 minutes

Mount Bromo (7,641ft)

Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru behind

Gn. Batok, part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Lake Ranu Kumbolo in front of Mount Semeru

A closer look at Gunung Semeru

Stunning mountain to fly around

Mount Argopuro (10,131ft)

Air Terjun (Waterfall) Tancak down below

Plaza Rengganis on the East side of Mount Argopuro and Tancak waterfall

Looking for Noto Hadinegoro Airport

Fpund it, in the rain again

Mount Raung (10,932ft) most recent eruption July 2020

Gunung Ijen (9,183ft) near the East coast on East Java

Kawah Bulan Sabit Nature Preserve

Flying over Temoegoeroeh

Blimbingsari Airport on the East coast of Java, just South of Banyuwangi

Crossing the Bali Sea to Bali

West Bali National Park

Banjuwedang, North-West Bali, Mount Merbuk (4,547ft) in the distance

Sumenep on Madura island, a brief detour on the North side of Bali

Paliat Island in the Java Sea

Paperungan Airport on a non existant island (no vector map)

Gunung Batur (5,633ft) and Danau (Lake) Batur

Mount Agung (9,944ft) last erupted June 13, 1919

Bali’s highest point

View of Mount Batur and Mount Agung erupting

Gianyar on the South side of Bali

Denpasar, capital city and main hub of the Indonesian province of Bali

Bali International Airport

Bajra Sandhi Monument, monument to the struggles of the Balinese people throughout history

Bali Musuem on the right with outdoor exhibits

As well as indoor art & history exhibits

Werdhi Budaya (Cultural) Art Center on the left and Patung (Statue of) Titi Banda on the right

Bali is home to Balinese dancers, here showcased in Samsara

As well as the origin of Tari (Dance) Kecak aka Ramayana monkey chant

Still popular today, 5555 dancers in 2018

More Indonesian islands tomorrow, in fact I’m already in the air for over an hour. This post took a lot longer than anticipated. So much to see!

Why don’t you have SVENZ as your tail number? Now you will have to re-do the entire trip and take new photos with you new tail number :slight_smile:

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Leg 173, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia via Timor-Leste to Benlelang, Alor Island, Indonesia

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Following the volcanic range to the East including Mount Tambora, known for the largest eruption during the Holocene period (10,000 years to present)

02-10 Bali Intl WADD 6:03 PM
02-10 Selaparang WADA 6:25 PM
02-10 Lombok Intl WADL 6:35 PM
02-10 Lunyuk WAPU 7:13 PM Unmarked runway
02-10 Sumbawa Besar WADS 7:36 PM
02-10 Mohammad Salahuddin WADB 8:19 PM
02-10 Tambolaka WATK 9:06 PM
02-10 Mau Hau WATU 9:31 PM
02-10 Tardamu WATS 10:09 PM
02-10 David Constantijn Saudale WATR 10:38 PM
02-10 El Tari WATT 11:00 PM
02-10 Oecussi WPOC 11:37 PM
02-10 Haliwen WRKA 11:52 PM
02-11 Maliana WPMN 12:08 AM
02-11 Pres Nicolau Lobato International WPDL 12:25 AM Dili Capital
02-11 Cakung WPEC 12:46 AM
02-11 Jos Orno Imsula JIO 1:22 AM
02-11 Kisar WATQ 1:43 AM
02-11 Atauro WPAT 2:20 AM
02-11 Mali WATM 2:52 AM

Flight time 8:49 19 stops

Rainy departure from Bali International Airport

Waving Denpasar goodbye

Heading for Lombok Island

Selaparang on the West side of Lombok

Lombok is dominated by Mount Rinjani (12,224ft)

Lake Segara Anak inside the crater (which translates to “immediately child”)

Gunung Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia (after Mount Kerinci on Sumatra)

More active than Kerinci though, most recent eruption September 27 2016 (Kerinci 1970)

Danau (Lake) Taliwang on Sumbawa island

Olet Sangenges mountain peak (5,499ft)

A much older volcano, not active anymore

View of Olet Sangenges and the Agal Waterfall halfway down the mountain

Sumbawa Besar on the North side of the island

Ngali island, one of the islands dotted around Sumbawa in the Flores Sea

On the way to Mount Tambora

Mount Tambora is 9,350ft hight, not the highest, still quite a climb

Tambora is responsible for the largest every recorded eruption when it blew its top off in 1815

The eruption ejected 160–213 cubic kilometres of material into the atmosphere

Most recent eruption was in 1967

Episodes of increased seismic activity have occurred in 2011, 2012, and 2013, still active

The scale is impressive, the crater is its own world

Saneo to the East near Doro Oromboha (inactive)

Near Bima (behind on the right), the largest city on the island of Sumbawa

Komodo island

Loh Liang - Komodo National Park

Home to the Komodo dragon, a species that has been around for 4 million years

Padar island’s pink beach

Caused by the Foraminifera, a microorganism that produces the pink/red color pigment on the coral reef

Flying over Rinca and Kode Pulau Motang Island (the small one)

Waingapu, the largest town on the island of Sumba

Tardamu Airport at Boddo on Sawu island

David Constantijn Saudale Airport on Rote Island

Sotimori, North-East side of Rote island

Gunung Fatuleu, popular climbing rock sticking out the landscape on South Timor

Nuaf Nefomasi (7,963ft) in the distance

The mountain sits in Cagar Alam Gunung Mutis nature preserve

Noenoe Heno, Timor-Leste

Lifau - Pante Macassar on the North Coast of East Timor

Lifau Monument, documenting the arrival of the Portugese

On August 18, 1515, Portuguese Dominicans landed on Timor and founded the Lifau settlement on the site in 1556 to secure the sandalwood trade.

Foho Tatamailau (9,797ft) highest mountain on Timor

And a pilgrimage site dedicated to Virgin Mary

Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste on the North coast

President Nicolau Lobato International Airport and Tais Market, looks rather warm there

The large Cristo Rei de Dili statue, on a hilltop East of the city

Beatiful beaches as everywhere around here

Archives & Museum of East Timorese Resistance

After the Portugese lost control of Timor in 1975, Indonesia swooped in to occupy Timor. In a case of the abused becoming the abusers, for 24 years the Indonesian government subjected the people of East Timor to routine and systematic torture, sexual slavery, extrajudicial executions, massacres, and deliberate starvation. East Timor finally gained independence in 2002. Investigation into the East Timor genocide is still ongoing.

Passing Sau at the mouth of the Rib Laclo River

Bandara (Airport) Perintis Moa Maluku Barat Daya on Moa Island

Also marked as Jos Orno Imsula Airport, Bandar Udara Moa and Leti Airport

Kisar Island (and Kisar Airport)

Atauro Island

Dola Koyakoya (5,988ft)

Located on Alor island

Alor Island Airport, final stop today

I sure would like to get out and walk to the beach over there

More of Indonesia to explore tomorrow, heading for Sulawesi and Borneo

Leg 174, Benlelang, Alor Island to Kasiguncu, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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More volcanoes while heading North to Sulawesi

02-11 Mali WATM 5:37 PM
02-11 Wunopito WATW 6:12 PM
02-11 Gewayantana WATL 6:27 PM
02-11 Wai Oti WATC 6:51 PM
02-11 H Hasan Aroeboesman WATE 7:14 PM
02-11 Bajawa WATB 7:35 PM
02-11 Mutiara II WATO 8:11 PM
02-11 Selayar / Aroepala WAWH 9:02 PM
02-11 Hasanuddin WAAA 9:43 PM
02-11 Bua WAFD 10:40 PM
02-11 Pongtiku WAFT 10:59 PM
Restart, 40GB memory comitted down to 2fps 11:29 PM ground to a halt, takes forever to exit
02-11 Last known position 11:40 PM
02-11 Tampa Padang WAFJ 11:47 PM
02-12 Seko WAFN 12:13 AM Heavy fog
02-12 Malili WAND 12:50 AM
02-12 Soroako WAWS 1:01 AM
02-12 Bubung WAMW 1:49 AM
02-12 Kasiguncu WAFP 2:42 AM

Flight time 8:54 16 stops

First up, Pantar island with Pura Island in the distance

Pantar island is home to Mount Sirung (2,828ft) an easy hike to the top

Danau (Lake) Allibagis in the crater next to mount Sirung

Lembata island

Gunung api - ile Ape (5,741ft) on Lembata island

Wunipito Airport at Eropaun on the north-west coast of the island

Ile Boleng (5,443ft) on the south-east side of Adonara Island

Gewayantana Airport next to Riangkami with Gunung ille Mandiri (4,869ft)

Flying past Ile Mandiri

Mount Egon (5,587ft) on Flores island

Activity of Gunung Egon on 15 April 2008 forced thousands of people to evacuate

Gunung Kelimutu (5,377ft) with tri colored lakes a bit further west on Flores island

Located in Taman Nasional (National park) Kelimutu

Near Watoemere

H Hasan Aroeboesman Airport in Ende

Pantai Batu Biru below

Which means Blue Stone Beach

Puncak Gunung (The peak of mount) Abu Lobo (5,650ft)

Gunung Inerie (7,365ft)

Not active anymore, very pretty and the highest volcano on the island (Flores)

Poco Mandasawu (7,775ft)

Flying over Redjang

With the Lingko Spider Web Rice Fields nearby

Near Raren

Badjo, on the north-west side end of Flores

H. Aroepala Airport at Padang on Selayar Island

Pantai (Beach) Punagaan on the other side of the long thin island

Moncong Lompobatang (9,429ft) in the distance

Makassar, also known as Ujung Padang, South Salawesi, Salawesi Island

Fort Rotterdam, 17th-century Dutch colonial Fort Rotterdam now housing Museum Negeri La Galigo

40,000 Victims Monument Life

Dedicated to the South Sulawesi residents that were slaughtered between 1946-1947 in an insurgent crushing operation by Dutch special troops led by Westerling.

Mandala Monument of West Irian Liberation

A reminder of the success of the Indonesian liberation of Papua New Guinea in 1962.Although Indonesia had proclaimed independence nearly 20 years, the Dutch still possessed the western part of New Guinea aka West Irian and Papua.

Flying by Balai Taman Nasional (National Park Office) Bantimurung Bulusaraung

Approaching Mount Latimojong

Gunung Latimojong is 11,411ft high

Behind it lies Mount Rantekombola (11,335ft)

Long way back down as well to my comfy 3,000 ft cruising altitude

Pongtiku Airport near Makale and Rimboeng

Tanete Gandangdewata (9,964ft) ahead

Mamoedjoe aka Mmudju on the west side of Sulawesi

Gong Perdamaian Nusantara - Mamuju located in the middle on the water in the picture above

Tampa Padang Airport, West Sulawesi

Buyu Balease (9,895ft)

A group documented their full hike through pictures on Google maps

Thanks for sharing, video clips and all

Malili Approach, turn left before the apartment block

Morowali Airport / Maleo Airport missing, missing in the game

I landed on the uneven concrete slab that’s there, nothing around

Batui down below

Budung Airport

Luwuk, Central Sulawesi

Where you can visit Bukit Teletubbies, the Teletubby hills

Buyu Lumut in the middle of Malawesi

Final stop today Kasiguncu airport

Tomorrow to Borneo

Leg 175, Kasiguncu, Sulawesi, Indonesia to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

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Borneo is not captured all that well, lot of clouds interfering on the sat images, but it does offer some really fun and challenging landing strips. Short, tough to spot, obstacles in the way, fun.

02-12 Kasiguncu WAFP 5:48 PM Left screen dead
02-12 Mutiara WAFF 6:09 PM Switching planes in dev mode fixed the instruments
02-12 Tanjung Bara WRLJ 7:05 PM
02-12 Sanggata/Sangkim ah WRLA 7:13 PM
02-12 Bontang WRLC 7:23 PM
02-12 Tanjung Santan WALT 7:35 PM
02-12 Muara Badak Pujangan WALQ 7:44 PM
02-12 Temindung WALS 7:55 PM
02-12 Sepinggan WALL 8:16 PM
02-12 Tanahgrogot WATX 8:40 PM
02-12 Warukin WAON 9:08 PM
02-12 Gusti Sjamsir Alam WAOK 9:46 PM
02-12 Batu Licin WAOC 9:54 PM
02-12 Mekar Putih WAOH 10:12 PM
02-12 Syamsudin Noor WAOO 10:55 PM Bad performance, 30GB ram in use, tree leak?
02-12 Tjilik Riwut WAGG 11:32 PM
02-13 Tumbang Samba WAPQ 12:04 AM
02-13 Madya Raya Airstrip WAKX 12:45 AM
Restart, memory use is up to 35GB, 5fps, purge the memory leak, down to 21GB after reload
02-13 Madya Raya Airstrip WAKX 12:54 AM
02-13 Tanjung Maju Airstrip WALB 1:24 AM
02-13 Supadio WIOO 1:53 AM
02-13 Serukam WACC 2:23 AM
02-13 Bentiang Airstrip WABE 2:43 AM
02-13 Engkadik Airstrip WABN 2:53 AM
02-13 Lokok Airstrip WMKU 3:02 AM 3 attempts, very short
02-13 Kuching International WBGG 3:22 AM

Flight time 9:25 24 stops

This is a first for me, left screen is broken on departure, black with Xs everywhere

I switched planes back and forth at the next airport (using dev mode) which fixed it. Pretty hard to fly in bad weather with only the gps screen working.

Near Sejahtera

Coming in for a landing at Mutiara SIS Al Jufri Airport, Palu, West Sulawesi

I crossed over Makassar strait to Borneo with its Mangrove forests on the coast

Something the sim can’t render at all, Bontang Mangrove National Park

Near Badjou, unknown river

Tanagrogot airport

Not finished, construction stalled due to corruption

I landed there anyway, no mud in fs2020!

Near Roemping

PT Pamapersada Nusantara Coal Mine

It’s huge, coal is a major export on Borneo

There are a lot of mining operations like this one on Borneo

It has become a big problem

But things made a turn for the better

Gunung Besar (4,797ft) ahead

Another group documented their expedition to the top of Mount Besar

If I were 25 years younger, count me in

PT Pama Indo Mining, another mining operation along the way

Tapianbalai, south-east end of Borneo on East Laut Island

Waduk Riam Kanan (Right Riam Reservoir)

Huge reservoir

Created by Bendungan Riam Kanan (Right Riam Dam)

View from Bukit (Hill) Matang Kaladan

Tumbang Samba Airport

Getting more challenging now, Madya Raya Airstrip, mind the buildings

So many trees, over West Kalimantan

A treenami is after me!

Gunung Saran (5,767ft) in the distance

Tanjung Maju Airstrip

Is it real, I think so

Pontianak, capital of West Kalimantan on the Sungai Landak (hedgehog river)

Tugu Digulis Kalimantan Barat (Monument of Eleven Digulists) on the left. A memorial to the struggle of eleven Sarekat Islam figures who were exiled to West Irian in fear of their movement triggering a rebellion against the Dutch East Indies government in Kalimantan

Keraton Kadriyah Pontianak Kalbar on the right, Sultan’s palace built in the 1770s

The river front and Tugu Khatulistiwa aka the equator monument

The equator monument is not on the equator any more. Land masses are affected by plate tectonics, and Earth’s equator itself moves due to the precession of the equinoxes and nutation. The equator has moved slightly southwards and there is another line outside the monument, that shows the recorded position in 2005. The position of the equator in 2010 is even further south and now is in a river.

Oddly on Google maps the equator is further North instead. The monument is located at 0°01’16.0"S, about 2.3km South of the equator of Google maps.

Serukam Airstrip

Another fun airstrip

Although it looks like it is no longer in use, certainly no runway there

Bentiang Airstrip, mind the tree

Lokok Airstrip, the hardest one to spot and land at

Very short and well hidden

Luckily sloping uphill to stop more quickly

Last stop of the day, Kuching International Airport, Sarawak, Malaysia

Home to Darul Hana Bridge and Fort Margherita, 1879 fortress now home to The Brooke Gallery

East tomorrow, to Brunei, then heading down under.

Leg 176, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia via Brunei to Tandjungredeb, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Challenging weather at many tough to locate airstrips, lots of fun.

Borneo is much bigger than I thought it was. Growing up on the 52nd parallel with the Mercator projection used on all maps in school, everything around the equator is about 1.62 times further apart than in Northern Europe. It doesn’t help that the middle of that ‘standard’ map (like the one I use at the OP) is at 27 degrees North, giving a false sense of where the equator is.

Modern maps use a globe projection of course, Yet after using maps on computers for two decades, it still feels like Europe is too small on correctly projected maps. In reality, Indonesia stretches wider than Europe, while Borneo easily swallows up the entire UK. In fact, Indonesia stretches wider than Canada

02-13 Kuching International WBGG 4:11 PM Sunrise 5:51 PM
02-13 Pangsuma WIOP 5:04 PM virtual vision landing
02-13 Long Apung WRLP 5:55 PM
02-13 Data Dian WADT 6:11 PM
02-13 Long Banga WALZ 6:44 PM 2 attempts, short runway
02-13 Long Layu WANB 7:01 PM 2 attempts, hard to spot in the rain
02-13 Buduk Kabul Airstrip WAKH 7:13 PM
02-13 Long Bawan WRLB 7:19 PM
02-13 Bakalalan WBGQ 7:30 PM 2 attempts, storm moved in
02-13 Long Seridan WBGI 7:41 PM Sarawak Chamber largest cave chamber 4°4′18.82″N, 114°52′36.56″E
02-13 Mulu WBMU 8:03 PM
02-13 Marudi WBGM 8:17 PM
02-13 Miri WBGR 8:29 PM
02-13 Lutong WMLU 8:37 PM
02-13 Anduki/Seria WBAK 8:51 PM
02-13 Brunei International WBSB 9:14 PM Bandar Seri Begawan Capital
02-13 Limbang WBGJ 9:20 PM
02-13 Labuan WBKL 9:41 PM
02-13 Kuala Penyu WBKU 9:54 PM
02-13 Keningua WBKG 10:12 PM
02-13 Kota Kinabalu WBKK 10:28 PM
02-13 Kota Belud WBKB 10:54 PM
02-13 Kudat WBKT 11:13 PM Slippery runway, pouring
02-13 Sandakan WBKS 11:52 PM
02-14 Jeroco WMLA 12:10 AM
02-14 Lahad Datu WBKD 12:22 AM
02-14 Semporna WBKA 12:40 AM
02-14 Tawau WBKW 12:55 AM
02-14 Kelabakan WACN 1:20 AM 3 attempts, hard to spot, half overgrown, heavy rain
02-14 Nunukan WRLF 1:33 AM
02-14 Bunyu WALV 1:51 AM
02-14 Juwata WAQQ 2:02 AM
02-14 Tanjung Harapan WAQD 2:17 AM
02-14 Banaina WALP 2:26 AM
02-14 Kalimarau WAQT 2:33 AM

Flight time 10:22 34 stops

I left early today, dawn approaching at Betung Kerihun National Park

Sunrise at Pulaunjibung

Approaching Long Apung

Data Dian Airport

Kayan Mentarang National Park

Tropical rain forest in the rain

Pretty place, be well prepared when visiting

Approaching Long Banga

Long Banga Airport, hard to find in this weather, had to declare a go around, short as well

Buduk Kabul Airstrip, tricky landing, dip then an uphill slope

Ba’kelalan Airport next to the Sungai (river) Kelalan

It’s really coming down here

Long Seridan Airport, lightning all around

Which is close to Sarawak chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park

I wouldn’t expect to find the cave entrance in good weather either, but it is close to here

Sarawak chamber is the largest known cave chamber in the world by area

Coming in for a landing in Miri, a Malaysian city on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo

Canada Hill caught my attention with the historical Oil Well No. 1 “The grand old lady”

It is believed Canada Hill got its name from a Canadian who used to live in the area

Anduki-Seria Airport

Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, a tiny nation on the north side of the island of Borneo

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institiute of Tahfiz in front

Bandar Seri Begawan is located on the Brunei river

Mercu Dirgahayu 60 on the left, birthday monument to the Sultan

Kampong Ayer on the right. The river front has lots of houses on poles in the water

Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque and Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Mahkota Jubli Emas Park

Labuan, officially the Federal Territory of Labuan, an island just off the coast

Home to Surrender point, right in the middle of the picture above, on the beach

WWII memorial marking the site of Japan’s surrender to Australian forces in 1945

Labuan Airport

Kuala Penyu

Bongawan below the huge cloud

Flying over Crocker Range National Park

Gunung Kinabalu (13,435ft) ahead

Located in Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site

Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo

Sandakan barely visible, located in Sabah, on the northeast coast of Borneo

Home to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center

There is also the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center and Sandakan Crocodile Farm

Sandakan Memorial Park (right) on the site of a former Japanese POW camp

Agnes Keith house (left) where the American author wrote her three autobiographical accounts of life in North Borneo before, during, and after the Second World War

Three came home tells of the author’s time in a Japanese POW and civilian internee camps in North Borneo and Sarawak, which was turned into a movie in 1950

Lahud Datu

Timbun Mata island in the “unavailable” bay… near the Celebes Sea

Sempora airport, still thunder and lightning

Nunukan Airport, mind the apartment block at the start of the runway

There are no tall buildings around Nunakan, nothing to suggest tall buildings on Bing maps either. No clue why the AI keeps peppering the towns with these huge buildings.

Bunyu Island

Tarakan Island

And approaching my final stop today, Kalimarau Airport

Tomorrow, south towards Australia. Or more realistically to the Banda Arc.

I always enjoy keeping track of you trip and photos.

Specially now that I’m grounded. I left home last Friday and won’t be back until this coming Friday.

So a full week of no flying for me. And I didn’t really have time to fly last Thursday since I was too busy preparing for my trip.

Currently visiting family.

Thanks! Enjoy your time with your family, it’s hard to come by nowadays.

Without the pandemic this trip would not have been possible, certainly not at this level of detail. It’s now a race between vaccines and my plane getting back to Canada! The current lock downs, and winter time have only increased my flying times. I wonder how long I can keep up this pace.

I’ll finish this trip regardless, but most likely not at the current 10 hour a day pace. Currently I’m roughly 13 time zones away from home, 1 hour over halfway through the trip. Oceania will mess quite a bit with my rough per timezone exploration strategy. I’ll be visiting Hawaii before looping back to the Philipines and Japan.

Rough plan for now, Australia → New Zealand → South Pacific → Hawaii → Papua → Phillipines → Japan → Alaska. Then down to Antarctica and back up the other side to complete the tour via the Caribbean.

Leg 177, Tandjungredeb, East Kalimantan to Wahai, Seram Island, Indonesia

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Increasing the pace a bit while visiting some of the many islands dotted around the Molucca, Halmahera and Ceram Sea. Holding short of Papua for now, which I’ll return to much later.

02-14 Kalimarau WAQT 3:45 PM
02-14 Sangkulirang WAUY 4:10 PM Virtual vision landing
02-14 Sultan Bantilan WAMI 5:01 PM
02-14 Buol WAMY 5:15 PM
02-14 Jalaluddin WAMG 5:47 PM
02-14 Ratulangi WAMM 6:35 PM
02-14 Naha WAMH 7:26 PM
02-14 Melangguane WAMN 7:53 PM
02-14 Pitu WAEW 8:44 PM
02-14 Gamar Malamo WAEG 9:02 PM
02-14 Kobok WA98 9:21 PM
02-14 Jailolo/Kuripasai WAMD 8:27 PM
02-14 Babullah WAEE 8:38 PM
02-14 Weda Bay WAXM 8:55 PM
02-14 Oesman Sadik WAEL 10:31 PM
02-14 Dofa WADO 11:23 PM
02-15 Namrole WAPG 12:12 AM
02-15 Pattimura WAPP 12:42 AM
02-15 Amahai WAPA 1:05 AM
02-15 Wahai;Seram Island WAPV 1:25 AM

Flight time 9:40 19 stops

Departure from Kalimaru about 2 hours before sunrise

Approaching Sulawesi after a short stop in Benoa Baroe, East Kalimantan

Sultan Bantilan Airport, just enough light for an unassisted landing

Climbing up Bukii Dako (7,083ft)

Sunrise just over the other side of the mountain

Lightning is still accompanying me throughout Indonesia

Beautiful morning on the way to Gorontalo

Near Nanomi

Dipping down into a local rain shower near Lonu

Huidu Tentolomatinan (7,201ft) on my right, marking the border between Central Sulawesi and Gorontalo

Near Tolau

Jalaluddin Airport

This is a first, lightning strike through a mountain!

Near Toemba on the way to North Sulawesi

Manado on the Celebes Sea with Gunung Klabat (6,545ft) in the background

Colorful city, Soekarno bridge on the right

Yesus Memberkati (■■■■■■ Blessing) Statue, Asia’s largest ■■■■■■ statue can be found here

Siau Island with Gunung Karangetang (5,853ft)

Mount Karangetang is a stratovolcano, last erupted 2020 (ongoing)

Timelapse of the eruption

Shangihe Island, cutting it close

Near Tahuna

Naha Airport, north-east side of the Shangihe Island

Salebabu Island, part of the Karakaralong islands between the Philippine and Molucca Sea

Morotai Island and the smaller Bau island below between the Molucca and Halmahera Sea

Mamuya, North Maluka

Jailolo/Kuripasai Airport

Gunung Gamalama (5,627ft) last erupted 2014

Sultan Babullah Airport on Ternate Island

Labuha and Oesman Sadik Airport

Garunggarung on Mandioli Island in the Molucca Sea

Dofa Airport, north-west side of Mangoli Island

Mount Kapalatmada (7,966ft)

Located on Pulau (Island) Buru

Namrole Airport on the south side of Buru island

Ambon Island further east

Pattimura International Airport Ambon on Teluk Ambon (Ambon Bay)

Pintu Kota Beach And Fort Nieuw Victora can be found here

First built by the Portuguese in the 1500’s and then captured by the United Dutch East India Company in 1605. The fort was the first permanent settlement of the VOC in the East Indies. It was rebuild as Fort Nieuw Victory after it got severely damaged in an earthquake in 1754. It’s still a military base so there is no public access and even photography of the outside of the fort is forbidden.

Kampong Pelouw on Haruku Island

Amahai on the south coast of the Indonesian island of Seram

Gunung Binaiya (9,931ft) highest point on Seram island

Does not look like it wants any visitors today

Final stop today in Wahai, north side of Seram island

I’m about 5 hours away from Australia, should reach it this evening. I’ll be back to explore Papua in a few months.

Leg 178, Wahai, Seram Island, Indonesia to Keep River National Park, Northern Territory 0852, Australia

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Heading down under with a couple more Indonesian islands along the way to Darwin

02-15 Wahai;Seram Island WAPV 4:20 PM
02-15 Bula WAPB 4:42 PM
02-15 Bandanaira WAPC 5:17 PM
02-15 Dumatubin WAPL 6:14 PM
02-15 Karel Sadsuitubun WAPF 6:20 PM
02-15 Rar Gwamar WAPD 6:52 PM
02-15 Nangasuri WAPK 7:03 PM
02-15 Aru WA1B 7:20 PM
02-15 Larat WAPO 8:19 PM
02-15 Mathilda Batlayeri WAPS 8:41 PM
02-15 Saumlaki/Olilit WAPI 8:48 PM
02-15 Minjilang YMIJ 9:59 PM
Plane animations broken, cockpit broken, G1000 broken, restart
02-15 Minjilang YMIJ 10:08 PM
02-15 Croker I YCKI 10:12 PM
02-15 Smith Point YSMP 10:24 PM
02-15 Vashon head YVSH 10:33 PM
02-15 Cape Don YCPD 10:43 PM
02-15 Leanyer YLEN 11:04 PM
02-15 Pickertaramoor Airstrip YPCM 11:14 PM
02-15 Bathurst I YBTI 11:25 PM
02-15 Darwin International YPDN 11:44 PM
02-16 Larrakeya YLAD 12:08 AM
02-16 Larrakeya YLAY 12:30 AM
02-16 Palumpa YPUA 12:44 AM
02-16 Kununurra YKUD 12:59 AM
02-16 Legune YLGU 1:15 AM
02-16 Kunurra YKUC 1:26 AM

Flight time 8:57 25 stops

First sign of the sun at Seliha

Flying over Seram island in between the Ceram and Banda Sea

Approaching Bula

Bula Airport

Banda Neira, small island south of Seram island

Pretty place

Home to Fort Nassau (left), the first Dutch fort built on Banda in 1609

And Fort Belgica built in the 17th century to replace a 16th century Portugese fort in its spot. It swapped to British hands a few times but despite its name it was built and owned by the Dutch East Indies.

Banda islands with Banda Neira the smaller of the set

Kai Kecil Island

Terrain quality isn’t that great around here, looks lovely on the ground

The Arafura Sea

Rar Gwamar Airport on Warmar island

Dobo on the north side of the island

Bandar Udara Benjina Nangasuri

Near Rebi on Trangan island

Ngoerita island through the gap in the clouds

Larat Island

Lara Airport

One more look back at Yemdena island while heading to Australia

Arriving in Australia at Croker island

Still on the Arafura Sea, near Minjilang (behind me)

Croker I Airport

Smith Point Airport

Which is in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park

Leanyer Airport on Melville Island

Coming in to land at Bathurst I Airport on Bathurst island part of the Tiwi Islands with Melville island

Nightcliff, northern suburb of the city of Darwin

Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost

Home to Darwin Aviation Museum

And Charles Darwin National Park

Ecologically diverse wildlands with a large wetland area & historic World War II sites

Crossing the Finnis river

Palumpa, Nganmarriyanga NT 0822

The weather got really bad, near Fossil Head

Calling it a day at Kunurra, located at the eastern extremity of Kimberley

I’ll be in Australia for the rest of the week, lots to see here

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