Bangkok – Thailand 🇹🇭

Transpacific 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 20 July 6, 2016 Flight distance: 426 nmHours in the air: 1.05 Well, all great things have to come to an end eventually. In this case it meant flying our beloved “Töffli” (i.e. The Plane Pilatus PC-12NG) to Bangkok where it will be taken over by the crew again which brought it […]

Siem Reap – Cambodia 🇰🇭

Transpacific 2016, Siam Reap, Cambodia, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 19 July 4, 2016 Flight distance: 287 nmHours in the air: 1.00 The last day in Cambodia meant getting up really early to see  the wonders of Angkor Wat and then later the last flight on to the final destination Bangkok. Facts & figures With a population of over 15 million, of whom […]

Phnom Penh – Cambodia 🇰🇭

Transpacific 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Photo by Alficionado

Donate for Smiling Gecko Transpacific 2016 STOP 18 July 2, 2016 Flight distance: 1389 nmHours in the air: 3.25 The problem with the fuel had been fixed the night before which meant that we made it in time to Cambodia. Here we meet the rest of the Frey family and headed on towards the “Killing […]

Brunei 🇧🇳

Transpacific 2016, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 17 July 1, 2016 Flight distance: 2296 nm Hours in the air: 5.20 Today was the longest single leg of the entire trip crossing the Philippines over to Borneo and finally Brunei. Not only was the weather lousy (hot and humid) but for some reason they would not sell us any kerosene, […]

Palau 🇵🇼

Transpacific 2016, Babelthuap island, Palau, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 16 June 30, 2016 Flight distance: 1482 nmHours in the air: 3.10 After some difficulties with airspace control we made it to Palau before lunch. We had a fantastic view over the island during our approach. Everything here looks neat and it seems that we have finally reached a destination that does […]

Guam 🇬🇺

Transpacific 2016, Hagåtña, Guam International Airport, Guam, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 15 June 28, 2016 Flight distance: 296 nmHours in the air: 0.50 lI was a short ride over to Guam. Now being on US Territory handling was very professional and fast so we were at our hotel already before lunch.Besides being home to Andersen Air Force Base, one of the largest US […]

Northern Mariana Islands 🇲🇵

Transpacific 2016, Saipan Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Photo by Alficionado

Saipan is the second largest (after American dominated Guam) of the Mariana Islands with Tinian lying to the North. Archaeological remains date back to 2’000 B.C. when the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands were of one culture. The Spanish were the first European to sight the islands in 1668 and loosely controlled them until the […]

Pohnpei Islands (FSM) 🇫🇲

Transpacific 2016, Pohnpei Island, Micronesia, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 13 June 23, 2016 Flight distance: 1574 nmHours in the air: 3.20 Leaving the Marshalls was easy (even though we left a day early) and favorable winds brought us to Pohnpei in just over three hours. What seemed to be an easy handling process turned out into an unresolved problem at this […]

Marshall Islands 🇲🇭

Transpacific 2016, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 12 June 22, 2016 Flight distance: 1028 nm Hours in the air: 2.45 For the first time we were greeted by not so nice weather, in the morning that is. We decided to rent a car (some would call it a wreck) and drive up and down the slim island. Places of […]

Nauru 🇳🇷

Transpacific 2016, Yaren District, Nauru, Photo by Alficionado

Transpacific 2016 STOP 11 June 21, 2016 Flight distance: 420 nm Hours in the air: 2.10 A short hop and flying time of under two hours brought us to the tiny island and nation of Nauru. The entire landmass is just over 20 square-kilometer and one can comfortable drive around in 20 minutes. Since both […]