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Highlander in Thailand

Postby HS-JAT » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:58 am

Hello All...Greetings from Bangkok,

My name is Pete, I have been gleaning information off this forum for a few months as I have been busy importing my Highlander into Thailand. I was able to meet a few of you at Sun and Fun this year. I purchased my plane (#172) from Lynn G (Central Florida Sport Air), who I can't say enough good things about! She really helped me so much in getting my plane to the intial shipping point, and letting me spend some time at her airfield before that.

My plane was packed into a container at Lakeland Airport by Neel Aviation. Those guys really know their job, since that is all they do....dismantle and ship aircraft overseas. They told me they have even had containers flip over, and the plane was undamaged. I believe them after seeing how they pack. After about a month and a half in transit, my plane arrived to the Bangkok port just as perfect as it was in Lakeland. The ship sailed from Savannah, through the Suez Canal to Malaysia, where it was then put on a smaller ship to Bangkok.

Luckily I was fortunate to get linked up with an experienced shipping lady here who knew everyone at the Port, and knew how to negoiate all the red tape involved. The plane was a big hit with the customs people when they opened the container. Everyone wanted a pic of "The Plane in the Container". Even the big boss had to come down to get his photo taken with it. After that was done it was trucked up to the airfield/aero club I am keeping the plane at. Once it was downloaded to the ground, we had it unloaded and in the hanger in no time.

After 2-3 days of putting the parts back together, and doing some other work on the airplane, I was able to finally at least start it up and taxi it around. Even that was a lot of fun after waiting so long to get it over here. The locals are all in awe of the plane, especially the HUGE tires. They can't wait to get a ride in it, and see it flying. I can't wait to make that happen either!

I have been knocking down the hurdles to get it inspected for an Airworthiness Cert and now I am just waiting on permission to take it on a test flight for finalization of the C of A. Then will come the registration. In the mean time have been having a lot of fun doing some upgrades and modifications on the plane.

This plane is going to be just perfect for Thailand. There are many great small strips in every corner of the country, and what better way to see such a wonderful country then with a Highlander! I hope to be able to add more pics once I get flying. Here are some pics thus far.

Thanks everyone for the great technical ideas and input here.

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Lynn helping trailer it down to Lakeland

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Packed by Neel Aviation in Lakeland

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The route to Asia
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Customs Inspection

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Customs Photo Op

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5 Ton Crane...4 Ton Container..Fingers were crossed!

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All Put together. Ready for the first Taxi Checks

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Panel and Glareshield re-work
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Rear Window Install Mod
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby scubarider2 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:51 pm

The whole process and plane....VERY IMPRESSIVE! :mrgreen:
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby stede52 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:24 pm

I'm impressed!!!! I can't even send a windshield across 4 states without the UPS gorrillas breaking it :cry:
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby HS-JAT » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:38 pm

Couple pics with the required national markings. The inspector wanted "Experimental" on the outside. Also Highlander specifications in Thail
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby HS-JAT » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:50 pm

The pics

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Some new required markings


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Specs in Thai for ease of explanation.
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby xpflyr » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:05 pm

Very impressive! Must have taken a lot of energy to coordinate and pull off.
Wish you lots of happy flying!
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby SirReal » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:35 am

Congratulations on your new Thailander! :lol:
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby SheepdogRD » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:32 am

Congratulations on having the first Thai-lander . . .

Quite an interesting journey so far . . . it sounds like there's a lot of fun to come . . .
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby helmetfire » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:09 am

SheepdogRD wrote:Congratulations on having the first Thai-lander . . .


:lol: :D

Very nice plane!!!!! I'm still thinking about color schemes for mine, and every time I see one like this, I like it more. Is this a Lynn Gardner signature paint scheme??
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby HS-JAT » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:17 pm

I am really looking forward to post some pics of this plane's adventures around Thailand in the future. Unfortunately that might have to wait few months. A combination of waiting on Red Tape, and my having to do some traveling for a few months. Hopefully, we can get the C of A test flight soon. Still working on a few upgrades to the interior. Will post when complete.

Helmetfire, Lynn did not paint this one, the factory did. However Lynn did add the Highlander logo, and the green stripe among other things. I like the paint scheme...nice and simple!
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby HS-JAT » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:12 am

Re-did the seats and aft cargo compartment.

Took the seats to my motorcycle seat repair guy, and they came out a lot better then I thought for $140. He put some leather at the top to prevent seatbelt chafing, and beefed up the bottom to add some comfort and a little higher seat height.

Reworked the cargo compartment with some carbon-look material from the motorcycle seat guy. Glued about a 10in piece of just material along the top so it could fit under the flap pulleys, and not interfere with any cables. Wrapped that push pull tube cover with some thin foam, and then the carbon material. Made foam covered pieces for each side of the cargo compartment which are removable.

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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby sixmiddlefloor » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:29 pm

Awesome work on the cargo area finish. Where did you get that stuff? Who is the motorcycle guy?
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby helmetfire » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:47 pm

Timeout!

How did a picture from this thread end up as my avatar?? :? Does anyone else see it? I went to my profile and it shows nothing for an avatar, I haven't even messed with this function yet...moderator?!?!

Carry on :)
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby danerazz » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:53 pm

I don't see an avatar for you.
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Re: Highlander in Thailand

Postby helmetfire » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:19 pm

Weird. I saw the same pic on somebody else's avatar too...just a glitch I guess...

Carry on :)
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