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11 OCT 2014 -- FUG BIN FREE -- TFC has invited students form IAT at Kasetsart University to write an essay in English "Why do I want to fly." The winners are invited at 4pm to come and fly with our members on Saturday. There will be a TFC TUI PARTY with drinks and fun at the clubhouse as we congratulate the winning students and our TFC members take them on their first flight -- www.thaiflyingclub.com/fugbinfree.html -- This year's winners are Khun Aoom (Worakamon Yodsuntie) and Khun Oat (Prapansak Raithong). Congratulations. Come and fly at 4pm on 11 Oct 2014. Bring your fellow AIT students, and if our TFC member pilots are available, maybe some other students who submit essays can fly too.
23 OCT 2014 -- ONGKARAK FLY IN -- Klong 16 is one of the most active airports in Eastern Bangkok. Khun Boonyarit has been working hard to get people up in the air. He is organizing a fun rally and get together at Klong 16 -- so come out and have fun. All welcome. For more details Maj. Boonyarit -- 081 8665810 -- Email Peterlthompson@gmail.com
01-02 NOV 2014 -- TAK LOY KRATONG FLYIN -- If you have never seen it, don't miss it. The Ping River resplendent with Loy Kratong and candles in their thousands floating down the river. Led by Thailand's first Bush Pilot and TFC member, Dr. Choladhis, Fly up on Saturday. Dinner on Ping River "Look Tung Style" with Loy Kratong on the river. Sunday fly to Mae Sot for "Tod Krathin" with sight-seeing and meet the founder of Tak Air. Join by emailing email@example.com
SEP 2014 -- HI-TECH WEATHER REPORTING FOR SMALL AIRPORTS IN THAILAND
-- Enthusiastic aviator Ed has informed us that now NOK airfield and PHUKET
AIRPARK have live WEATHERLINK updates online and ready to view immediately.
We also hear that Jim is obtaining the same system to install at EASTERN
airfield. This is amazing technology and a great safety feature for General
Aviation in Thailand. You can click the link and see current WIND, RAIN,
TEMP information as well as other helpful information for flying, and it is
updated every 30 seconds 24 hours a day. Have a look and get as many other
airfields to set this system up too.
27 SEP 2014 -- ARAI SAN BACK AT THAI FLYING CLUB -- It was a very busy weekend at TFC. Marek came all the way from Vietnam to do some flying, and he brought his amazing video helicopter to display to all the members and hover spectacular images of the clubhouse and planes and horses as we watched the sun set. Araisan was back after many years. He is one of our most enthusiastic Japanese members, and Khun Charoen and he took the Robin for a flight over Koh Samet and back. Dr. Choladhis was back flying and riding and presenting many new TFC models complete with Hermes hand bags. The Damri Squadron was in full force flying the Grumman. We also celebrated with Kruu Jira (whose son just became a RTAF General). Kruu Jira is our great and long-standing TFC insturctor.
01 NOV 2014 -- ASIAN BEACH GAMES AIRSHOW IN PHUKET -- A week of flying activities at Phuket Airpark. Updates will come -- www.phuketairpark.com -- ALSO... Phuket Airpark wants to hire a "Plane Helper" who likes to work with planes and who speaks some English. They will pay 15,000 per month plus room and board. Live on the airfield and learn about maintenance and operations -- firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
29-30 NOV 2014 -- PEARL HARBOR STYLE "PRECISION FLYING EVENT" AT EASTERN AIRPORT -- Mike and Boz will hold again the 3rd Precision Flying Event to hone our skill and technique in the air. For news and updates, check here -- http://pfe2014efc.blogspot.com/ -- This one will be a blinder -- email firstname.lastname@example.org
10 JAN 2105 --
CHILDREN'S DAY AT THAMAI
-- Khun George is organizing BMG and BLACK DOG aerobatic teams to perform
for children at the THAMAI RTN AIRBASE in Chantaburi. This is a beautiful
remote place down the coast near Trat. If you want more information -- email
24 AUG 2014 -- DR. PISIT MAKES SECOND FIRST SOLO -- Khun Mau did it... His second First Solo. So we congratulated him again. Khun Mau lives in Phuket, but he loves to fly at TFC. He is getting ready to take his DCA test ride and he has been converting onto the C172. Contratulations Khun Mau.
28 JUN 2014 -- MECHANIC NUM CONFIDENT -- Khun Num is very confident about the TFC Fleet. Currently, 4 aircraft are grounded for various reasons, but Khun Num says in NOV 2014 (in 5 months) he is sure that 3 of the aircraft will be back in the air. The 172 is already back in the air with some slight radio problems. Rest assured, the TFC staff are working hard.
24 AUG 2014 -- NEW GARDEN AND LIGHTS AT TFC -- The TFC Staff has been working hard to clean up the clubhouse. 15 trees removed. A lush garden of tropical flowers has been arranged around the clubhouse entrance. New electrics and a new fan. The most important improvement is the TFC TUI PARTY LIGHTS installed. Now, at the throw of a switch, an instant "TFC TUI PARTY" can be assembled. If you want to sponsor a party at the flying club and try out the new lights -- EMAIL TUI -- Thailand's first Bush Pilot and one of the founders of "Oshtak", Khun Mau Choladhis, came by to inspect all the work on the clubhouse with his son James. He was very pleased with the progress. Khun Mau is an experienced equestrian, so he did not miss the chance to jump on one of Chan Tui's Thai Horses that are grazing around the clubhouse. He brought his riding helmet too, so no one can say that Doc is not always prepared. It was Doc's dream many years ago to have horses at the flying club, so after flying, members could jump on a horse and go for a ride.
09 JUL 2014 --
FREQUENCY UPDATES 2014 -- TFC Legend
Worawoot was recently at U-Taphao and flew in to update us on the recent
developments in the air.
19-22 JUN 2014 -- RASAT
PRACHUAP RALLY FLYING COMPETITION --
Khun Tang announced that there would be an RTAF and RASAT Fly-in at the
beautiful and mysterious
Prachuap RTAF Airbase. Khun George was liaison for the event. The Prchaup
kirikhan fly-in was held from 19 June, with planes flying in from 07:00 till 17:00.
the event started on the 20th till 22nd.
Pilots were able to return before the 22nd if they wished. The event
photographers Panurat Uthaichan and Mr. Settanan Memungboon did an
outstanding job captureing the event, and each participant sent their
details to George --
28 JUN 2014 -- 10 AIRFIELD MARATHON
-- Khun Mike organized a flying one-day 11 aircraft marathon ending with a BBQ
Cookout at Eastern Airport. Everyone was welcome to join. The Force-4 from
Eastern consisted of Mike (Husky), George
(Citabria), Alex (Skyfox), and "TCAS"
Andreas (CTLS), and they were joined by a Squadron of 6 aircraft from Tantawan: JIrawat, Reggie, Num, Peter, Paiboon/Samrong O07, Chamrat/Suthep
(Storm) for a total of 18 persons on the mission.
It was hot and bumpy, with
20kt westerly winds at River Kwai across the runway. Sam was there. Always a
supporter. He still is having some problems with his Rotax
914 in the Pelican, but he keeps River Kwai open. Congratulations to all for
a fine mission. The Itinerary:
ACF-50 NOW AT TFC -- The best way in the world to protect your plane from corrosion in Thailand is to spray exposed metal with ACF-50. We now have ACF-50 available in the club in spray bottles for 1,500 Baht per bottle (ask Tui in the office or email email@example.com). Do not ignore corrosion -- it will kill your airplane -- more info on ACF-50.
WANTED -- FAA IA MECHANIC
-- We need an FAA certified IA mechanic to do an annual inspection on a
Wilga 80 aircraft with Continental Engine. If you are visiting
Thailand and you want more information, then please
email TFC. There is also a
tremendous demand for any person or company that can repair aircraft
avionics in Thailand. There is not any company that can do this. If you know
of anyone, please let us know --
Welcome to THAI FLYING CLUB. We are the first and the oldest flying club in the Kingdom of Thailand, and we are committed to the development and promotion of General Aviation. Bang Phra Airport is the most challenging and exciting airport to land in all of Thailand, because we are right next to a mountain. Pilots who learn to land here can land anywhere. We are also the representative to IAOPA in Thailand and Southeast Asia. If you are interested in learning to fly, or if you would like to learn more about sport flying during your visit to Thailand, then please contact us. Email Thai Flying Club
HOW TO FIND US
The Thai Flying Club is located at Bang Phra Airfield (VTBT) about 3 Kilometers East of the small village of Bang Phra. We are about a 90 minute drive Southeast of Bangkok or a 45 minute drive North of Pattaya. If you are coming from Bangkok, you can take a taxi to Sriracha (about 8 km North of Sriracha) to the Bang Phra Golf Club. We are right near the Golf Club and they can direct you. You can also come by Bus: Go to Ekkamai Skytrain Station. Walk to Ekkamai Bus Station. There are buses leaving from Ekkamai Bus Station (in Bangkok) every 30 minutes. Take the bus to SRIRACHA. Ask to get off in BANG PHRA (about 8km North of Sriracha). Near the 7-Eleven shop, you will find many Motorcycle Taxis or Tuk-Tuk Taxis. Ask them to take you to "Snambin Bang Phra" (Bang Phra Airport). The airport is located on University Campus "Kasetsart Bang Phra" near Bang Phra Golf Club. You enter the University and turn right at the clock tower. Stay left, and you will come to the runway. You will see the clubhouse across the runway. Use the Googlemap because finding Thai Flying Club is not easy. Enjoy the adventure.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Thai Flying Club is open five days a week. Wednesday thru Sunday: 09:00-17:00 hrs. These hours are "local time" (Thailand local time is GMT + 7hours). A detailed road map shows directions how to find the club if you are traveling by road from Bangkok or Pattaya. Bang Phra is about 8 Kilometers North of Sri Racha on Sukhumvit Road. Please note that you can use Sukhumvit Road or the Motorway to reach the club. There are several Golf Courses near the club. The club can be opened Monday, Tuesday and on Holidays for landing and departing aircraft (cost 500 Baht fee for Num - Call 0894088198).
The US$ to Thai Baht conversion rate is approximately US$ 1 = somewhere around 30 Thai Baht. Check current exchange rate for Thai Baht. We accept credit card or cash payments or wire transfer. The club currently has approximately 700 members and 20 aircraft.
BANG PHRA AIRFIELD
Location: 13*14'N x 100*57.5'E
Elevation: 90 Feet
Runway heading: 05/23
Runway length: 900 Meters
Runway surface: Asphalt
Tower Frequency: 122.3 Mhz
Telephone: 038-777348 and 081-9962957
Pattern Altitude: 800' MSL with left hand circuit. This picture is taken after departing from Runway 23. (caution: high-tension electric wires run parallel to the railway tracks; use VASI when landing Runway 05).
The Bang Phra airfield has a mountain on one end of the runway and high-tension wires on the other (click diagram to enlarge). The airfield is very safe once you have been checked out by one of our instructors. Bang Phra is in a beautiful location - surrounded by white beaches along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, several international standard golf courses, a fresh water reservoir with a bird sanctuary, and several National Parks for viewing wildlife in Thailand. There are several hotels near the flying club.
Life Member: 50,000 Baht initial + 2,000 Baht per year. Annual Member: 10,000 Baht per year. You have full voting rights after one year as an Annual Member. Annual Members can become Life Members on their sixth year of membership if they 1. have been an Annual Member for 5 consecutive years, 2. own a share in an aircraft, 3. are in good-standing, 4. pay the annual fee and the life per annum fee on the sixth year (thereafter Life Member fees are only 2,000 Baht per year). Please contact the Flying Club office if you have any questions.
Form to join the Thai Flying Club.
Wiring money to Thai Flying Club
There are many local airstrips in the Chonburi area. This area is under U-Tapao Approach control, so General Aviation has been allowed to actively grow. The procedure is to fly with your transponder on and maintain radio contact with U-Tapao Approach on VHF frequency 119.7.
- Print a MAP of Local Airstrips (A4-size Map to use while flying locally).
- View a LARGE detailed MAP of Local Airstrips (to study the area).
- View updated Bangkok VFR Reporting Points (updated Sep 2014)
- Caution Flying Hazard near Jomtien Beach (Cable Car and Tower 900')
The Following are "Reporting Points" around Bangkok used by Bangkok ATC for VFR aircraft. The points are in relation to BKK DVOR (117.7 frequency).
HIN KONG - below 3500' -- Radial 028* / 34.8 DME
BANGNUM PREAW - below 1000' -- Radial 097* / 26.4 DME
BANG PAKONG - below 1500' -- Radial 137* / 34.3 DME
KOH SICHANG - below 4500' -- Radial 167* / 45 DME
SAMUT SAKORN (SIERRA POINT) - below 4500' -- Radial 221* / 27.5 DME
LAMBUA LUANG -- Radial 314* / 23.5 DME
AYUTTAYA - below 2,500' -- Radial 356* / 28.3 DME
SCHOOL & FLIGHT
The Thai Flying Club offers PPL (private pilot) flying courses with a FREE GROUNDSCHOOL. To date, the club has trained and certified many Thai and Foreign students. The club can also help you apply to validate your foreign pilots license for flying in Thailand. The flying course is 60 flight hours and the total cost of learning to fly is about 400,000 Baht. To obtain your Thai PPL, you must 1. Complete an aviation medical examination (one day in Bangkok Hospital), 2. Join the club (10,000 Baht), 3. Submit an application for SPL (200 Baht), 4. Study in the TFC FREE Groundschool (to receive a letter from TFC), 5. Log 60 hours of flight time, and then you can sit the DCA written exams (given once every 3 months) and take a DCA checkride. The ground school in Bang Phra is FREE for everyone, and you can join anytime you want. The DCA has to do a background check on SPL applicants, so it can take 2-3 months to receive your SPL. Start the process early and begin your groundschool studies, so that your SPL will be ready when you are ready to fly. CONGRATULATIONS to Thailand for this great improvement (it used to take 7 months for foreigners to obtain a SPL). Students can only begin to log hours in their logbook after they have received their SPL. If you think you want to learn to fly, then begin this process immediately, so that you can start flying as soon as your SPL is ready. The club charges an hourly rental rate for the airplane (rates vary with type of plane) and the club charges an hourly fee for instructors (see plane and instructor rates). A prospective student may solo with consent of the instructor (usually after 12-20 hours, depending on frequency of flying) after he has his SPL. 30 minute "INTRODUCTION FLIGHT" - 3,000 Baht weekends. Learn more about Ground School in Bang Phra
The Private Pilot (PPL) course. You should bring the following documents to the Flying Club:
- Copy of Passport or ID card (write "certified true copy" and sign it yourself)
- Work Permit or permanent address
- (4) 1"x1" photos
- Membership Application Form
- Student Pilot License Application Form
Validating your foreign pilots license to fly in Thailand. You will need to do the following:
- Join the Thai Flying Club (10,000 Baht Annual Membership fee)
- Validate foreign pilot's license Form
- Documents - Passport, Pilot logbook, Medical, Photos ("certified true copy" & signed).
- The Club will write a letter to the DCA for validation.
- Pay 2,000 Baht fee The procedure takes about 2 months for a background check.
- Procedure for validating your foreign pilot's license
- OFFICIAL PAGE of DCA documents
PARKING & MAINTENANCE
|The weather in Thailand is warm, tropical and very pleasant for flying. If you would like to see the current satellite image of the cloud cover in Thailand, please click the following. There are many links, because sometimes some don't work: Satellite Images of Asia Satellite Photo WEATHER.COM ICAO METAR (4-letter Airport ID) Metar in SE Asia Singapore Satellite Wx (240nm radius) Thailand RAIN RADAR (excellent update of rain activity) Current weather in Thailand (or anywhere) Short rainy season: Mid-March to Early April. It is hot and humid in April. Heavy Thunderstorms in May. Long rainy season: August through October. Rain stops in October and the wind direction changes direction to favor Runway 05 (17oct2004) (17nov2005) with warm dry wind. December is dry with a lot of smoke from fires. Cool winter nights cause fog in the valleys of Northern Thailand.|
CURRENT WEATHER IN CHONBURI
The Thai Flying Club has good relations with many flying clubs throughout the region and has conducted several joint flying excursions with some of these clubs.
Thai Aviation History
Civil Aviation Training Center (Hua Hin)
Bangkok Aviation Center (Bangkok)
Nakhon Phanom Training Center
604 Flying Squadron (Bangkok)
Grasshopper Flying Club (Nakhon Nayok)
Nok Flying Club
Phuket Flying Club
Pattaya Flying Club
Cambodia Flying Club
Hong Kong Aviation Club
Malaysia DOA Johor Flying Club Royal Selangor Flying Club
Singapore Flying Club
Philippines Flying Omni Aviation (Clark)
Buleleng North Bali Club (link broken)
Dubai Flying Club (link broken)
(Flying CLub List updated Jan 2011)
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