The glitz and glam of Macau would surely keep visitors entertained all through the night which is partly why I chose to do this next flight in the early hours of the morning, just as the sun was beginning to rise. I was sitting in my Beechcraft Baron 58 on the parking stands of Macau International for 05:45 when I requested a fuel truck to refill my tanks. I was able to have a really good look around the airport for the coming fuel truck whilst using the new head tracking hardware TrackIR. I would recommend this bit of kit to anyone who is into computer simulation of any type, not just flying. It really does add a huge level of emmersion to the sense of being in the cockpit yourself.
By the time the fuel truck had arrived and I had finished refuelling I was eager to get back into the air. I recevied my taxi clearance and made my way to Runway 16 and watched 2 planes take off ahead of me. I was happy to retract my landing gear as I climbed away from Macau’s runway for 06:00 and immediately tuned the radio stack to Hong Kong Center. The shore line below was broken with many islands not far from the mainland and I am sure that this would be a very pretty part of the world in real life.
The morning haze limited the view slightly but the sun broke the horizon 10 mintues later which began to burn the mist away. I saw a large bank of cloud right in front of me which I was due to hit at 06:35 and had to make a decision if I should fly under or over the thick clouds. Initally choosing to fly low in order to see the terrain I soon found out that the clouds were hanging very low. So low in fact that I couldn’t drop low enough to miss the clouds altogether, so was forced to climb to 9,000 feet and fly above the weather. By this point I was over water so I wasn’t missing much in the way of a view below.
After the best part of an hour skimming the tops of clouds I had reached land once again so decided to drop altitude to test the view. I was hoping to check out the island of Hainan whilst I passed over. Unfortunately the cloud was still too low to fly safely so headed higher to an altitude of 12,000 ft to cruise steadily over another long expanse of sea until I would finally reach the coast of Vietnam in another 50 minutes time.
The skies had slowly cleared in time for me to see Vietnam come into view. The terrain was a lot flatter here that I had previously seen in Japan and China on my way here. The FSX Radio window for some reason was not allowing me to contact Da Nang Airport so I had to get creative. Using the GPS hardware in the radio stack I was able to find the correct radio frequency for Da Nang Airport and subsequently entered this as my active radio channel. By listening to the radio chatter I could establish the active runway and heard how busy this airport was. I circled the runway whilst listening to approaching aircraft and wanted to time my landing accordingly, although this was easier said than done. I made 2 attempts of following slow moving Cessna 172s down to the runway but aborted the landing each time as other larger jets had caught up with my slower twin propeller plane.
It would have been too much of a challenge to attempt to land without making contact with the airport first so I was forced to correct the FSX software to allow me to send out going radio messages. Having finally received radio confirmation of my landing intentions I circled the Bón River to the South of Da Nang before diving into the low laying fog heading north to Runway 35 Right. Touching down with the smoothest of landings I was soon parked next to one of the LearJet’s which over took me as I previously attempted to land. From here it was time to check out the sights of Da Nang as well as learn more about it’s history which I was vaguely aware of in relation to the Vietnam War.
DANANG – SINGAPORE OF VIETNAM – 4K – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QPBCsg_aBc
DYNAMIC DANANG – Your destination for success – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfSPcDeKxxs
TRAILER CLIPPER REACHES DA NANG 2016 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a69hgXGcPdY#t=186.92702
Best places to visit when you travel in Danang – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sZTcC5Eq-k
Da Nang Fly Over 2016 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z1tsQBkQbs
Danang 2016. Vietnam Flycam – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gYH_Gg49fo&t=464s
DA NANG, Vietnam by Night 2015 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcG9Sr6IInc
Danang, 1971 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCyI0rICrfo
Vietnam War – Da Nang – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAzbW1kGSqU
Vietnam War, 1970: CBS camera rolls as platoon comes under fire – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89_3DgW_7mg
Da Nang Air Base: Scenes From 1965-1970 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYavDV00k8Y
Vietnam War part 1:Battle of Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam war documentary) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFPIdireXmw
Vietnam in HD Ep.01 : The Beginning | Full Documentary 2015 of History Channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwEPtkJhrrM