27 December 2011

Maybankard Treats Points Redemption

Maybank; One of the famous bank in Malaysia. I started to use their Maybankard Visa Debit since 2008 . I like this card since its first launched because of the acceptance of Visa and as an ATM card. After few years using this card, I have thousands of treatpoints in my account which I am qualified to redeem vouchers like McDonalds and Baskin Robbins.

Personally, I love the card because of its unique design and its widely accepted. No problem I had before for online purchase. However, I'm quite disappointed when I wanted to redeem the my treatpoints. As usual, I checked their website at Maybank2u.com.my and click at Treat Points to know what item I can redeem with my available points. After following the instruction (for on-the-spot) redemption, I went to Baskin robbins and present my card as instructed in website. However my transaction was declined because its only applicable to Maybank Credit Card. I then call Maybank call center and explained the situation, they said they will link bank the points to my card. It can happen when the Point of sale (POS) machine cannot get through points information.

1400Treat points

I then tried once again and same thing happened. I then try to reached Maybank through their email and got replied from different types of department.

After several times of fowarding and replied,same answer ; unable to process, its only available for on the spot redemption. Is it mean I have to go to One Utama Maybank from Semenyih just to redeem one voucher worth RM15? I still remember last time, they provide delivery of voucher to home address, but now its no more.

I hope after I replied the last email, everything can be solve. Otherwise,I have to catch their attention through a letter in Berita Harian.

17 December 2011

Graduation Ceremony - 10.12.11

To all APFT graduates from Batch 23 onwards. The graduation ceremony was held at Renaissance Hotel, Kota Bharu on 10 December 2011. Although initial plan was to celebrate at APFT hangar, but after taking some consideration, they changed their mind.

As far as I'm concern, this time celebration was the largest amount of cadets graduated including ground handlers from APFT as well. We had our "rehearsal" early in the morning to make sure everything is in order.

It took approximately 2hours to complete. After everything was done and last minute arrangement being made, graduates return home to change their attire. Most of us stayed at the Renaissance hotel.

12.00PM - Parents register their attendance batches by batches.
After about 45mins of registrations, the event started once everyone in place.
As usual, the proper way to start any event is with "Doa" which was lead by Ustaz Abdul Samad.

After done with bacaan Doa, the event continued with some sort like a "choir" group by APFT students. Some of them I personally know like, Zarrin Ismail, Faris, Hazwan Azry and few others. Personally, they've done quite well. Good Job! Not to forget, Capt, Djamal for leading them. We then showed with "APFT presentation" followed by speech from Arif Faruk and Senator Dato Awang Adek.

The MC then invited Dato' Yahaya; Director of Flight Ops DCA to stage for the certificate giving ceremony. They started with Batch 23, followed by Batch 24 and so on. I was quite nervous too standing in fronts of crowds. They called name by name until my turn. Till, the last person in my batch.

Capt Mokhy: Now, awards for Batch 24;

Best Academic goes to.......... Adrian Dan Wern Han...
Best Piloting goes to.............. Anas Bin Hassan Basri...
Top-gun for Batch 24 goes to Mohd Noor Arni Bin Abdul Rahman...

I was...clueless; with crowds shouting and clapping hands..It was unexpected actually.

We then walked off from the stage and everyone shook hand among themselves including me. We then return the trophy back.HAHA. I walked to my parents table and gave them the "crystal". We then return to our seats and wait for the other batches.

After finished with everyone, crowds had their "hi-tea" time while me,busy taking photos. Just like a normal photographer who doesn't involve with graduation.=p

Rezolles - View my 'APFT Graduation Day' set on Flickriver

Here, I would like to say THANK YOU to all instructors who taught me during my training;

Capt Mokhyiddin Abu Bakar.
-An instructor with lots of knowledge in flying. Really a patient instructor . I did flew with him several times for my CPL IF test, twin engine TR,NFE and IRT.

Capt Zeenudin Kurashi
- an instructor who also known as "the perfectionist". Flying with him is not only about getting the aircraft airborne safely, BUT the procedures is vital. Bring SOP if you are flying with him. It helps!

Preparation before flight such as Metars and aircraft hours must be in hand before he arrive. Otherwise, you wont be flying in a fun atmosphere.Hehe

I did my PPL test, CPL GH test with him. The rest, I flew GH (twin) and airways with him. As long you prepared for the flight, you know what to do, you'll be fine. =)

(Left) Capt Amrul Syahrin
(Right) Capt Nay Win Thein

Capt Amrul
One of the students favourite instructors. He is the one taught me to do "Practiced Force Landing" (PFL) effectively until I managed to passed for my PPL test and CPL GH test. He also showed me the use of HSI for Rate-one-turn cross check. I did flew with him for my Instruments Flying (IF).On top of that, he also my personal guitar instructor..Hehehe..

Capt Nay Win TheinOne of the most frequent instructors I ever flown. He did taught me Circuits 1 till my first Solo Check with Capt Myo. If you think my landing is good, thanks to Capt Nay. He really patient showing the correct landing and flaring technique.

(Most Right) Capt Kamis

Capt Kamis was the first instructor for my Intruments Flying exercise during CPL phase. He showed me the correct way to execute holding patterns and the procedures. He also my examiner for my Flight Navigation Test (FNT) to Terengganu.

Capt Thant Zaw
I started to flying with him during my twin engine phase. From my experience, he was one of the best twin instructors. Flying especially airways can be fun. He will show you and give the opportunity to try different types of holding patterns and really used up the flying slot time.

Capt RaoAlso known as an "IF King" (Instruments Flying King) among students. You have any ambiguity about IF? Throw him the questions, he will answer you!

I still remember, no one wanted to fly on Friday. So, most of the time, the sortie slot left unattended. I offer myself to fly with him even during Friday. Its quite hassle but its worth to fly with him. Personally, he was the one who made my IF flying from good to best. And not to forget sir, your mental arithmetic for the holding pattern calculation +2 and -2 really works!!

Actually, there are lots of instructors to mention here like Capt Syaiful Alam, Capt Salleh, Capt Dhany, Capt Myo, Capt Naing and the rest of instructors.

Having good aircraft and fit instructors is not enough to make sure it is safe to fly. Without having the proper traffic controller, it would be a disaster. Thanks to all Mr/Mrs/Mdm of Kota Bharu Control Tower. You guys have made aviation industry safer. I did experienced difficulties during my SOLO flying, and yes, they've done their job by giving me priority to land.

MR Shawal MatzieniOne of the "sempoi", cool and chillex ATC I've ever known. Whenever he's on duty, we recognize each other voice even I'm flying with my batchmate. Its nice when you are talking and requesting from someone you personally know.

MR Nasa
One of the seniors ATC in Kota Bharu tower. You can easily recognize his voice in R/T because of his intonation is different. Once I have instruments failure right after Take-off runway 10 during his duty and he offered me to do tear drop for Runway 28. =)
He also one of the most respected ATC officers at Kota Bharu.

Not to forget, MR Az-Ha (Abe Ha), Kelantanese tower officer. Sorry Be Ha, Takdok gambar abe ha.Mungkin sebab slalu do-oh jupo =p. Others ATC like MR Kamaruzzaman, Aznan Aziz and Suhaili. As a student, we really appreciate your work as a controller =)
En Azmi

APFT Flight Operations

Last but not least, my fellow batchmates.


Cadet Muhammad Ihsan Bin Capt Za'ba
Selected as the batch leader since Day 1 at APFT is not an easy job. He have to handle initially 20 students in one batch. His intelligence solving problems among batchmates is one of the factors I respect him. His leadership qualities is no doubt. During first year at APFT, almost every 3months we had batch meeting. In the meeting, anyone free to raise up any issue. As a batchleader, he done his job very well at APFT before he completed the course.

Cadet Ariventhan A/L Arumugam

My so called "BFF" in my batch. He motivates me a lot during my training. If I have any problem, he will give out his useful opinions for me. Sometimes, he often to make stupid jokes and I'm okay with it. HAHA

My fellow juniors from Batch 28.

(Left) Cadet Raja Ilham
(Right) Cadet Amir

I would like to take opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped me during my course and I dedicated the below trophy to my batchmates.

I would like to officially announce that I've completed my CPL/IR course at Kota Bharu. Alhamdullilah.

14 December 2011

APFT Ground & Flying Chronology

It has been almost 4 months from the last day at APFT. I still can remember fresh in my mind the 1st day I enrolled myself at APFT. My commencement date was on 06/04/2009. I drove with my family to Kelantan and spent overnight at my hometown, Pengkalan Kubor.

The visibility in the morning was very poor, I thought it was normal and happens everyday here but I was wrong. I safely arrived at Sultan Ismail Petra airport, Kota Bharu 15mins early. It was quite cold at that time. My family and I went inside the airport and look for the APFT registrar, MR Sabri and reported to him. While waiting for the others to come, I wondering around the airport and look for breakfast.

To shorten the story, we went to Crew by APFT bus and proceed with registration. We were brought to airport Fire Department and Kota Bharu Tower on the next day. We started our first class on the 3rd day and sat our first exam which was PPL(Private Pilot License) on 26.04.2009.

Room 2 Tioman

After passing the first exam, we then struggle for our next paper which was DCAT. We sat 7papers for DCAT(DCA-Technical Exam) on 9-10.06.2009. We were given one week leave after this exam. I started my first ever flying on 12.07.2009 with Capt Myo . Capt Myo was an ex Myanmar airforce and he is one of the finest instructor in APFT. Lucky for me, I did my familiarization with him. Really a patient instructor. My experience for the first flight was not that good.Haha..I feel dizzy as we took off in the afternoon with bumpiness. He said, it was normal for the first timer like me. Hehe. I flew with different instructors during my PPL stage.

I went for the first Solo on 06.06.2010 after being cleared by Capt Myo using callsign APAC 17Sierra and continued my flying journey until my first flying exam; PPL Test. I did my PPL test with Capt Zeenu (APAC08T). Capt Zeenu one of the Authorised DCA Examiner (AE) in APFT. He also known as "the perfectionist" during flying. He can test different types of aircraft mainly Diamond 40 and Eagle 150B. I was initially quite worried to sit for the test with him. I still can remember fresh till now, previous day, one of my batchmate went for the test with Capt Zee, and he forgot to warm up the engine after 2mins (as per checklist) and got scold by Capt Zee. He advised me to do so and I did it. However, I screw up in some other part.

Me: Kota Bharu Ground, APAC 08 Tango, Good Morning
Ground: Morning, Go ahead.
Me: APAC 08Tango request startup initially for circuit and landing thereafter to Bachok training area, POB 2, endurance 6HRS in Niner Mike November Romeo Echo Copied info Charlie.
(Capt zeenu stared at me after I transmitted the above radio call)
Ground: Startup Approved
Me: (readback)

Capt Zeenu: What is the endurance you said just now?
Me: Errr..Six Hours sir?
Capt Zeenu: (showing the total galloons in MFD)..What is the value written here?
Me: 28Gallons Sir
Capt Zeenu: How many galloons per hour?
Me: about 5galloons sir
Capt Zeenu: If 5galloons per hours, how come u get 6hours endurance with 28 galloons?
Me: . . . . . . . . ( I cant think) HAHAHA

Till now, after more than a year, I can still remember every single minutes and seconds during that flight.

Back to ground school, Combo used as a term in APFT which mean flying-ground-flying-ground.Alternate days. Batch 24 sat for ATPL CA6; the toughest and heaviest paper among other exam on 27-28.01.2010 and we all managed to pass one go.

After PPL (flying) test, I resumed with CPL flying phase. The beauty during this CPL stage was, we can bring our friend or anyone with a PPL holder (preferably type rated with the same aircraft) as our safety pilot. During IF, it is a must.

Instrument Flying
However, I love to bring co-pilot during my long hours navigation. Its just like I have an autopilot on board.Haha.. At least I have someone who can give his suggestion and opinion during real time flying.

Hehe..Highest altitude for Single Engine I ever climb. Nav to Gua Musang..Not really navigation due to some patches of big cloud.We rely using our G1000 GPS =p.

We when started our ground classes for CA-2 papers somewhere around February 2010. Exam date for CA-2 was on 16.03.2010 . After completed the papers, we are now fully free from ground school papers. Lucky for Batch 24, all of us passed at one attempt.

I then resumed my CPL flying and flew my first Night Flying on 20.04.2011 with Capt Myo (APAC17).
My callsign : APAC 2458 Night Flying 1 with APAC17

I managed to complete all my Night Flying for single engine by 29.04.2011. Continued the CPL progress and sat for the first test in CPL stage ; Flight Navigation Test (FNT). My FNT was done with Capt Kamis (APAC09Tango) on 01.06.2011 . After passing FNT, I then qualified for the next test ;

CPL Instrument Flying (IF) test which I took on 08.06.2011 with Capt Mokhy (APAC03Tango).
CPL IF board

My CPL IF test

Last but not least, I completed my single engine training on 28.06.2011 with Capt Zeenu and passed CPL General Handling (GH) test.

Simulator training normally will be done at the end of single engine training. Somehow, some students prefer to finish single engine training first and followed by Sim training. I started my first Simulator training on 25.05.2011 with Capt. Salleh . There are two types of Sim at APFT. Piper PA34 and Diamond DA42. My partner and I choose to start with PA34 and end up flying airways in DA42 because we are going to fly DA42 in the future. I finished my Sim training on 09.07.2011 and sat for FNPT with Capt Syaiful. One of the most respected and happy go lucky instructor in Simulator.

I started my first Twin (DA42) aircraft on 05.07.2011 with Capt Zeenu (APAC06Mike) for GH 1 and sat for the Type Rating test on 11.08.2011 with Capt Mokhy. One thing I love flying airways is we have the freedom to choose our destination.

Penang International Airport with Capt Thant (APAC13M)

Subang with Capt Zeenu (APAC06M)

Snacks on board. Because we are cruise at high altitude plus unpressurized aircraft, this chipsmore packet expand and become a time bomb =p hihi

Personally, I've been to Subang and Penang International Airport for my airways flying. But, you must remember, normally IRT test route will be to Terengganu. You must make sure you are familiar with the Departure and Arrival procedure before enjoy to other destination.

I'm in the end of my flight training now; I did my Night Flying Endorsement on 16.08.2011 and Instruments Rating Test (IRT) with Capt Mokhy (APAC03Tango) on the next day afternoon. I safely landed the aircraft 15minutes before "break fast" time. It was on Ramadhan month.

Here you go ; my flying chronology from the first day I started until the last training.

I had few emergencies during my single engine training which I wanted to share here. I believe few of my batchmates had too but we managed to recover from the situation.
My nature of emergency are: Power Loss , Voltage Low and Instruments Fails . I'm sharing my experience during this kind of situations because I'm lucky to be able to share and hope if this encountered to you, you will remain calm and think out the best solution.


01 December 2011

Fingerstyle Guitarist - Sunghajung

This boy, very young, talented to play guitar. He can form a band which he is the only one in the band. Haha. He can include every instruments he heard in his guitar. Thats is unique.


P/s: I wanted to go for his live show in KL 4/12. But unlucky, all ticket SOLD OUT!!

Firefly Interview

Coming Soon.

I will share my interview experience and questions asked during the interview.

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