John Giddens, (pictured with his son Haylin) is a very active aviator based in Seletar, Singapore. His family has a long connection with Singapore and aviation. John’s father flew Spitfires for the RAF in Singapore. In particular Spitfire PRXIX s/n PS836 – Ex-81 Squadron (also pictured). John also has an emotional attachement with our flying club since our very own Tony Smallwood was a close firend of John's parents.
John managed to track down two Spitfires his father flew in Singapore to Tango Squadron – Aviation Museam in Bangkok, and he asked Nok Flying Club to help him plan a trip to both the Tango museum in Chiang Mai, as well as the one in Bangkok, where he believed the Spitfires were located.
John wanted to formely hand over copies of his father’s flying log books, to show he flew the aircraft, and bring some more of the aircraft’s distinguished history to the museum.
The last log book entry that Capt. Giddens recorded of flying this aircraft is 11th Nov 1953.
John also managed to locate the grave of Capt. Paul Skeaping, fellow colleague of Capt. Giddens and RAF College Cranwell classmate also attached to No. 81 Squadron as a Mosquito pilot, who is now resting peacefully with his navigator “Wink” Williamson in Bangkok – a small corner in a foreign land that is forever England!
In total, three aircraft from Wings Over Asia flew up from Seletar (WSSL). A TBM 900, SR22, & DA42.
The Route was :-
As members of Nok Flying Club, we were delighted to help this mission succeed, and give our hand of friendship to fellow enthusiasts.
As the application for 10 years permit has been presented to the DCA and our airfield reaches its 10th anniversary please allow me to present some changes operated in the management and structure of VTCY.
1) Management of the airfield:
As operations maintain a fair level and that normal class G procedures approved by the ATC are expected soon management of the airfield is transferred to VDM Co, Ltd, legal holder of the airfield permit.
I am pleased to announce that Alice has been appointed director of the company and will take an effective part of the following of the airport and its activities.
We will closely cooperate in order to avoid increases in the rental and sinking fund fees.
Please note Alice's mail address : alice_vdm(AT)hotmail.com
2) Class G enforcement:
We hope soon to have an operational class G . Details to be available soon
3) Status of the airfield:
VTCY is now a non PPR and open airport. Pilots and aircraft are welcome but must strictly abide to the Thai AIP, rules of the air and published VTCY procedures.
Non respect of the above may lead to simple interdiction to operate at Sankampheng airfield.
Cooperation of everybody is greatly appreciated to keep our place trouble less.
4) Nok Flying Club:
Nok Flying Club is now under the efficient management of K.Koi.
We thank him for his very efficient action and constant support.
Pictures courtesy of Daren Rose.
He flew his last solo flight today after a noble one year battle against cancer.
For those of you who knew him personally, he remained a true gentleman right to the end, never losing his sense of humor despite enduring some horrific pain during his final hours.
As well as a distinguished flying career, Tony was one of the early pioneers, advancing General Aviation in Thailand, who relentlessly encouraged a more sensible attitude for us small aircraft pilots.
Aviation has lost a formidable aviator and teacher, and I have lost a very dear friend, who was instrumental in guiding me through my flying career right up to the end.
The funeral was held at Wat Fa Ham Temple, Charoenraj Road near Chang Phueak, Chiang Mai, 16th-18th October 2013.
Blue skies and tailwinds Tony. Gone but not forgotten my friend.
(more photos from this event courtesy CityNow )
เรียนเชิญท่านร่วมฉลองครบรอบ 7 ปี สมาคมการบินนก ณ. สนามบินนก บ้านธิ ในวันที่ 28 เมษายน 2555 เวลา 19.00
300 บาทต่อท่าน(ค่าอาหาร) ส่วนเตรื่องดื่มมีบริการจำหน่ายที่บาร์หรือท่านนำมาเอง - กรุณายืนยันการเข้าร่วมงานภายในวันที่ 21 เมษายน นี้
- This special anniversary dinner will be held in the Clubhouse – fee 300 baht per person for food and entertainment with drinks available for purchase from the Club bar - for details see attached .pdf
- In order to cater for this event we MUST know in advance whether you and your guests are coming. The cut-off date for replies is 21st April 2012. Please let us know before 21st April whether or not you wish to attend .
- If you are coming to our special anniversary dinner simply reply to this invitation with your name and number of guests required. You will receive confirmation via email.
The hangar & apron 2005
We look forward to seeing you on 28th April. See attached .pdf for more information.
The NOK Team
"3 Mar 2012 -- In one of the most miraculous victories in recent memory, Thai Flying Club Senior member Fernando "Alongzo" Ponsa won the Precision Flying Rally at Eastern Flying Club with special navigation operations specialist Daniel Macak (George's brother). It was over 100 miles of grueling terrain with 12 reporting points. Read more here from Tom Claytor at TFC.
Husky Mike's video of the event here.
*visitors please note 24hours notice required for fuel uplifts.
Having flown over 40 hours in the past 3 weeks Ed and his team deserve a well earned rest.
The Dugong Shepherds , the last hope for dugong existence in Thailand
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"A super grass and tarmac strip a few miles from the walled and moated city of Chiang Mai, in the mountains of N.W. Thailand. Plenty to do and see around here - very beautiful."
- a newly built hangar will shortly be built for their aircraft.
*News Flash: Due to renewed interest from several fellow pilots, 3 new hangars will shortly be under construction at NOK. Watch this space for updates on progress!
The Dugong Shepherds , the last hope for dugong existence in Thailand
- read the full report here
by Tom Potisit on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:30pm
The Dugong Shepherds
(Microsoft Excel required for download)
Come and have a trial flight in our magnificent Tiger Moth. Tel +66 857 218715
Tecnam HS-EAL together with Ed, Tom Pete and ground crew are now in Trang about to start their annual 2 week Dugong survey in Southern Thailand..
The Dugong Survey is now in its 5th year - "General Aviation helps save endangered species in Thailand..." details here
We would like to take the opportunity of thanking all our current club members for their support throughout 2011 and wish everyone a very Happy & Prosperous 2012. We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the airfield during the coming year.
Most of you will be aware of the new developments that have been taking place during 2011; with a major investment in a new 850m tarmac runway together with a grass strip alongside. This has permitted all year round operations and has attracted additional privately owned resident aircraft. All our 5 hangars are now at almost full capacity and plans are afoot to build more this coming year. Courtesy of Pierre-Yves, the airfield have just received this week a "new" two seat Slingsby T21b glider that has been shipped from UK. This machine will enable us to continue gliding operations at NOK and will give club members a new experience in open cockpit flying.
We would like to remind you that membership subscriptions are due this month - to avoid late payment surcharge - membership must be paid by 1st February 2012.
Payments can be accepted electronically - please state your name and membership category and email us with details:
Nok Flying Club Bank Account
Bangkok Bank Co, Ltd. Ban Thi Branch
Ban Thi, 51180 Lamphun Thailand
A/C number: 570-0-09207-4
Swift code: BKKBTHBK Routing number: NYABA0869
This is their 3rd flood relief supply flight this week
- first 2 were to Nakon Sawan - a big thank you to all those who made donations.
YOU are invited to join us at NOK Airfield to celebrate Loy Krathong on Friday 11th November 2011
BAR-B-QUE from 6pm - bring your own steaks and sausages
Full Bar facilities available in the clubhouse
Bring your own kohm loi and fireworks (โคม ลอย) (ดอกมะตาด)
Kohm loi launch at 7pm
Movie time 7.30pm - "The Great Waldo Pepper"
"The Great Waldo Pepper" - A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed... See the movie at NOK - Friday 11th November - screening at 7.30pm
* Please let us know by return email if you are coming to NOK on 11th November
HS-TOM has finally made it back to Thailand, landed at Chiang mai International airport at 2:10 pm. Tom: "I would like to thank everyone who came to welcome us back home, it feels awesome to be back and have all familiar faces waiting for us at the aircraft apron. Thank you."
"After the long journey over 130 days, finally we have made it back to Thailand in one piece with many postcards from Thais and foreigners in 36 cities over 22 countries around the world to bring back as a present for His Majesty the King. On behalf of the Global X2 team, we would like to thank the Director General and officers of Chiang Mai International Airport and all the media who came to welcome us on the apron today. We are very happy to be back home safely, thank you very much for your support."
Sunday run - 30th October 2011 Meet at 10am at Nim City Daily.
Sunday run to Nok Airfield at Lamphun (www.nokaviation.com) organised by fellow enthusiast David H (Alfa Romeo).
Lunch will be available for purchase and there’ll even be the opportunity to take a ride in a vintage Tiger Moth biplane.
Watch a video of the Tiger Moth flying on YouTube by following this LINK
Details Classic Car Club Lanna here
The Global Invasion 2011 - Only 13 days left before we slowly start making our way back to our home in Thailand from the United Kingdom, we will take off on 27th sep passing through Germany, Croatia, Turkey, Jordan , the Middle East ,India and Bangladesh, the journey will take 14 days before we end our long global expedition to Chiang mai , Thailand on the 10th October, we are looking forward to be returning home.
The luggage's are loaded , the encouragements are pack. We are ready for the trips back home, which will take 14 days passing through 9 cities in 7 countries. We hope the journey will go smoothly without any obstacle and we are very excited to be coming back home to Thailand
A welcome to Nori san - after a tumultous 20011 living in Sendai, Japan during the tsunami - Nori is now part owner of C172 at NOK.
An updated air guide to airstrips and frequencies in Thailand. PRINT AIRGUIDE (airport frequencies & information available free on-line - thanks to Paul.)
Be advised as from July 2011 Eastern Airport runway shortened – Eastern Airport has lost the North end of its runway. The actual runway length is now about 350 meters. The farmer has decided to plant Cassava and plowed up the runway. Eastern Airport