Chittagong, Bangladesh – arrived 26 October 2018
This leg took us out of the hustle and bustle of Nagpur and traversing across Eastern India and Bangladesh. The haze was trapped under an inversion with little fluffy cumulus clouds punching through the top. After a lengthy 8 hours, the descent into Chittagong brought the heat of the Far East back into the cockpit! Upon arrival we found a couple of Cessna 152s being used to train the next generation of Bangladeshi commercial pilots. A few of the trainees came to see the Eurofox, “you’ve flown from Nagpur in that? It’s lovely, but very small!” These students move onto the Dash 8 turboprop soon as part of the energetic forward leaning future of Bangladeshi commercial aviation.
Bangkok, Thailand – arrived 27 October 2018
En route from Chittagong to Bangkok, we flew across Myanmar, a truly beautiful country with small villages nestled in the mountains, traditional fish traps in the water and few roads to be seen. Below us too was one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today, with a huge refugee camp just inside Bangladesh. Please visit our Fundraising page to help Save the Children make a difference!
Butterworth, Malaysia – arrived 29 October 2018
The transit to Butterworth was a tough leg through the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ. Big thunderstorms to thread between down low in the hills. We flew over where the last VC to be awarded for an action in World War 2 was earned, more to follow on the history of these significant locations! Arrival into Butterworth was between thunderstorms with a stiff crosswind – proof that the brakes work well!
In the humidity, the Royal Australian Air Force helped with an oil change and refuelling, so a special thank you to Matt and Jason for their assistance. Thank you to the RAAF for hosting us and providing some much needed support and assistance!
Christmas Island, Australia – arrived 2 November 2018
Visiting Christmas Island has been the highlight of the trip so far: 960 miles with no land, 8 and a half hours, 55 litres of fuel remaining, 2 ships seen, a couple of cloud walls to get over, some whale tracks seen, then landfall in Australia. The journey to Christmas Island has provided a number of firsts: the first Eurofox to make an oceanic transit; probably the first Light Aircraft Association aircraft to make an Indian Ocean oceanic transit; and the first piston engined aircraft to visit Christmas Island for a very long time. Thank you to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force for permitting it. It was tiring, exhilarating, satisfying and the result of a lot of hard work by several people – Thank you!