Kuala Lumpour to Manila


Welcome dinner with Malaysia EAA Chapter 1090.  Capt Mani (far left) flies an A320 for Air Asia and Capt Siva flies the B787 and B777 for Etihad Airlines.


The Fellowship of Airmen!  Among the pilots in this group  Hungarian aerobatics pilot (tallest guy in the group),  a former Russian MIG pilot (far right), Airbus helicopter engineer (my right), Capt Siva who has flown nearly everything with wings and is still living the dream and Capt Mani and Uncle Lee who welcomed me after my 11 hour flight from Sri Lanka.


Rani (EAA Chapter secretary) pinning me with Malaysia EAA Wings.


Uncle Lee  (left) is the oldest General Aviation pilot in Malaysia.  AJ (right) is the former CEO of Malaysia Airlines.  Both are active pilots and aircraft owners.




A German restaurant.  Any guesses where we ate dinner?


The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004.


Flight planning with the local experts (Capt Mani and Capt Siva)helped make this difficult task an enjoyable experience.


Photo of the Sivaraman’s engraved stone at Oshkosh.


Uncle Lee is someone I will never forget.  He and Capt Mani greeted me in the pouring rain upon landing in Manila  and made me feel so welcomed.  I want to extend my sincere appreciation for their support and kindness.  Thank you both for being there.


The Kuala Lumpur Tower (right of center) is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world.  Races are held annually, where participants race up the stairs to the top.




Nansum Island shown here on my navigational display has me wondering what’s there.




Looks like something out of a James Bond movie.


I enjoyed calm seas and good weather for the last four the hours of the flight to Manila.




14 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpour to Manila”

  1. Al , more great photos. Looks like your making a lot of new friends. I can’t wait to hear about your adventure and all of the people that have welcomed you to their countries.

  2. What an absolute awesome trip. Enjoy the rest of the flight, see you when you get back.

  3. Craig, Jared, and I are on vacation in Siesta Key, Florida….not quite the adventure you are having but still a welcome get away!

    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” …..St. Augustine

    Can’t wait to see you in Virginia and share all the stories from your trip!

  4. I was in Orlando, FL and got up early to see your final Manila approach, land and taxi.

    What a wonderful honor to meet great aviators around the globe 🛩

  5. We have been following you, this is so exciting! We are so proud of you! We are praying for your safety – love Pam @ Airparts (with Mark & Chris)

    1. Great to hear from you and looking forward to seeing you guys at OSH, it will be here before we know it! 33G is running like a champ and keep in mind that all the new aluminum in her wings, fuselage, panel came from Airparts!

  6. Enjoying your posts and following your progress! Looking forward to seeing you and the plane back at KHEF.

  7. Spyder tracking ceased reporting after 2hr 53 min.; praying for safe arrival to your destination; 🛩🙏

  8. Awesome site I talked to you on the radio here in Guam. If you have some extra time I can show you around Guam if you like. Shoot me an email. Enjoy the free time!


  9. Wow, my friend! Some people can claim that they “take the path less traveled” and others “blaze their own trail” but you’re way above them all! Thanks for sharing the photos of the amazing sites and faces of your travel — it’s neat to see and feel your impact AROUND THE WORLD as you go!

  10. It is so awesome what you are doing. Only you could do it. You are so open and that lets all these experiences and people in on what you are doing to be a part of your efforts. It is beyond wonderful.

    1. Thank you Joanie, Long way from the days at the Alameda Aero Club and the Cessna 150. Sure wish I could share this with Al Burri, Doug, Bob, Duane. Hope they would be proud! Still three long legs and over 6000 miles of Ocean before I get back to the mainland.

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