131st leg: Tuesday, August 30, 2005
RPLL to RPLI, Manila to Laoag, Philippines
Airport: Laoag Intl
2.2 hours

Leaving Manila.


Arriving Laoag.

View of the airport from 9 miles up.

 132nd leg:  Wednesday, August 31, 2005
RPLI to RCAY, Laoag, Philippines to Kangshan, Taiwan
Airport: Kangshan
2.4 hours

Clear weather leaving Laoag.

The trip was pretty boring, being mostly over water, until Taiwan showed up

It was raining really hard near my destination. Here I am swooping to line up the runway since I couldn't see it until I was nearly on top of it.

Another swoop to straighten out. It wasn't the most centered landing but it was okay.

I found out the next day that I was probably flying in the very outer edge of typhoon Talim there at the end. It was crossing Taiwan to the north when I was landing in the south. 

133rd leg: Friday, September 02, 2005
RCAY to VHHH, Kangshan, Taiwan to Hong Kong
Airport: Hong Kong Intl
3.2 hours

Leaving Kangshan. This was a pretty miserable trip. There were thunderstorms and it rained off and on the whole way.

This was the type of view I had of Hong Kong. Not much. Stupid real weather.


I hate to admit that I didn't actually hit the runway when I landed. That hasn't happened in a long time. I have pretty good excuses -- there was only half a mile visibility and, worse, a stiff crosswind. As I taxied back onto the runway I saw a windsock standing straight out, perpendicular to the runway. Nasty.

Photos of Hong Kong

 134th leg: Saturday, September 03, 2005
VHHH to ZSAM, Hong Kong to Xiamen, China
Airport: Gaoqi
2.6 hours

Leaving Hong Kong International. A sunny day would have been nice but at least it was much better than yesterday.

Instead of heading straight to my destination I flew over Hong Kong to see the city.

A rare spot where it wasn't completely overcast.

Tour Xiamen website