First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you wonderful folks who who has shared my post '' The old trades of Batu Pahat ''. In 5 days since the 15th of January, I recorded a record 9k plus views from here and around the world ... Far Out !!! I am so grateful to you all for the kind comments and compliments. Its an encouragement for retiree like me , and it gives me that drive to carry on posting interesting articles in this near future... Yee Haa !!
This post is actually a continuation of my earlier post on my adventures in Microlight Flying ( The World From Above ), here in Tanjung Labuh B.P. Many local folks still doesn't know the existant of an Airfield let alone Microlight Flying.
Here's a brief outline on what Microlight ( Ultralight in U.S. & some countries ) are :
There are many classifications of "ultralights." The term, as it is used in the Federal Aviation Regulations, applies to any vehicle, powered or unpowered, which meets the definitions of FAR Part 103 (Ultralight Vehicles). The terms "ultralight" and "microlight" are used in many other countries to describe single and 2-seat planes flown primarily for fun.
The terms include powered ultralights (fixed wing, rotorcraft, powered parachutes, etc.) and unpowered ultralights (hang gliders, paragliders, sailplanes, balloons, etc.). FAR Part 103 definitions restrict weight, speed, and fuel. The definitions currently apply only to single-seat craft, with exemptions for two-seat craft that are used for instructional purposes only.
Well, that's just a brief what Microlight is all about. But the most important question is '' Why do folks like me and others enjoy this type of flying '' ...? Here's six main reason why its such a popular sports in the U.S., Europe & Australia .
@ Their low cost to maintain @ Minimal amount of training required @ The '' wind in your face '' experience @ The ability to fly '' low & slow '' @ The simple '' stick & rudder '' operation and finally ...They are just plain fun, pure simple recreational flying . Just like a bird flying free & easy and having a view thats '' Far Out ''... Yee Haa !!
Its all thanks to my good friend Mr.Tay, who happens to be ( The Founder, Instructor, Examiner, Aircraft Inspector, Pilot and Builder ) of all things related to Microlight here at '' Microlight Flying Club, Batu Pahat ''. As usual I shall start with a pic of the man himself Mr. Tay and pics of Tanjung Labuh from the air. Most of the landscapes shot were taken from my video clips from the OMD-EM5. Have fun and just enjoy the view of '' The World From Above '' ...!!
The man behind it all Mr. Tay,
And here's yours truly in the '' SKYWALKER II '' microlight aircraft.
The rest of the view from above. Most were over the 9th miles Tanjung Labuh area and the Beautiful coast along the Straits of Malacca ... Enjoy !!
What does this small rock cliff reminds you off ...? Looks familiar ? Yes, that's the '' Mini Malaysia '' at the tip of Tanjung Labuh.
And here are some pics of the aircraft itself both in flight and on the ground.
And finally our clubs logo, design by yours truly ... '' The Batu Pahat Microlight Flying Club ''.
Thats about it folks, now you know there's a unique flying club here in Tanjung Labuh, Batu Pahat. A lot of folks has ask me , whether its safe to fly in a Microlight, my answer is simple, its even safer then most commercial aircraft, including those that we fly to our holiday destinations... Ha,Ha.
Nothing beats that '' free as a bird '', '' wind in your face '' feeling from out of this world. I have tried '' Big bikes '', GT cars, bungee jumping , but nothing come close to this. The adrenaline rush to your brain while taking off and right angle turn is unbelievable on the microlight. Its also that feeling of floating amongst the birds and cloud that makes it unique.
Take care and hope the pics here will have you on '' Cloud 9 '' ...Ha,Ha.
Regards .... Uncle James.