Chiang Mai, Thailand – Bournemouth, United Kingdom
I (Flying Ed) decided to fly Maliee – HS-TOM from Thailand to the United Kingdom and back during the Spring and Autumn of 2019 as part of a European music festival tour. The plan was to set off during mid June, and return towards the end of September as this period normally coincides with a reversal of the Jetstream flowing East to West from Europe to Asia, hopefully providing me with tailwinds in each direction.
The route was chosen to allow for range, ease of paperwork and cost of handling agents, as well as a few favorite stops like Aqaba in Jordan which is a lovely place to unwind for a few days.
The longest leg was Chittagong (VGEG) in Bangladesh to Ahmedabad (VAAH) in India, some 1,100 Nm. For this and other legs I made use of an onboard ferry tank which provides an additional 66 gallons or 2 hours flying time.