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Old 06-14-2013, 09:16 AM
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super cool! How does the licensing process work there? Pretty easy? Painful?
-kevinh, Track my RV-7A, flying, alas, sold in 2013 after 450ish hours. (I'm now building something different)
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:01 PM
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very good...I had no idea that there were two RV under construction at NOK, ive driven by several times. Next time I will stop.
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sawasdee kap gary!
kap kun krap

thailand has a bright future and i hope people like you can show them the value of GA.

definitely a place in the world where flyin communities etc... still could be built...

enjoy the rv grin and good luck on cutting red tape.

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:30 PM
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Congratulations Gary. I just got back from Thailand. My fiancee was raised in Chiang Rai just about an hours drive up the road from you in Chiang Mai. Next time I'm in Thai I'll try to visit. We can compare notes on the -8.

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Old 06-14-2013, 11:42 PM
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Gary, congratulation to your project. My wife is from Thailand and I was flying out of Lamphun VTCO and Bang Phra VTBT several time when I visit Thailand. I'm building a RV-7A in Switzerland and just moved to Grenchen LSZG for the first flight as son as I finished the paper work. Wisit my Homepage

Many happy Landing
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:44 AM
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Thanks everyone for your well wishes and Jay thanks for your hospitality, when I used to drop by your hanger and interrupt your work. I did not expect there would be that much of a Thai connection on the forum. For paperwork, the last bit I'm waiting for is the aircraft radio license from the Communications Authority of Thailand in BKK. Could only apply when I had the C of R. Over 2 months ago. It's mandatory to have a Radio and Transponder and besides Nok Field is in Chiang Mai International Airport Control Zone. Be it a quiet sector.

The process for the C of R, C of A and 5 year permit (a Thai thing) is a different experience for each aircraft registered. Since there are no specific procedures or regulations for General Aviation. The regulations were written about 60 years ago for the one and only government airline, Thai Airways, when it was illegal to have private aircraft in Thailand (hence the 5 year permit now) and not updated. It depends on what DCA officer you deal with and what they want. Everything is out of Bangkok, we had to pay for a couple Inspectors to come up from Bangkok to look at our aircraft. So it was combined with a couple other aircraft at Nok needing paperwork. The biggest part of the inspection was checking serial numbers and insuring taxes were paid. For the Test flight permit, it was valid for two weeks, but they only emailed it to me (glad it was not in Post) when it was already expired one week and it was the day I was leaving for work in Singapore. Managed to return the last day of the permit for the one and only flight of 30 minutes. The C of A for experimental aircraft is valid for one year. So will be paying for the Inspectors field trip again next year.

An important point is like land and house in Thailand, foreigners can not own a aircraft in Thailand. So it has to be in a Thai nationals name or owned by a Flying Club. That is what most people do. For me I'm the Pilot of my Wife's (coming on 20 years now) aircraft.

For personal licensing, I have a Thai one year Validation. I applied June 2012 had to write Air Law exam and received it around March 2013.

Sorry for being so long winded, but I hope it answers some of the questions. To also correct that it's a RV-9A not a 9 building built at Nok. Should be flying this year. Depending on paperwork of course!

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Old 06-15-2013, 04:32 AM
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Thanks Gary, it really reminds us of how easy and relatively painless we have it here!

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:23 AM
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Cool! My wife and I spent 5 weeks in SEA this past Dec/Jan/Feb, including Chiangmai Mai. I had not been back to that area since the Vietnam War (or the American War, as the Vietnamese call it). A trip of a lifetime, made more special now by the knowing that the RV community extends to that area! Congrats!
Rich and Cindy Macrafic
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:57 PM
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Congrats Gary. Yes, it seems like a while but worth it!
Marc Ausman
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:44 PM
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Congrats Gary! Me too I am hoping to have the 1st RV flying in Saudi Arabia
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