Johannes and I were on a mission early to get a solution to our battery issue. We were on the search for either a portable booster, a 24v battery or, at least, a couple 12v car batters we could wire in series to get us in the air. After stopping at a stall that sold some car batteries and various other supplies and aToyota dealership, we realized we should stop asking for a booster. No one had apparently ever heard of the concept, much less seen or sold one. 24v batteries were also out of the question, as everyone we spoke to said we should just connect 2 12v batteries in series.
That was the only solution we had
Once at the airfield, our handling agents started giving us the runaround about avgas. We were told that avgas would be available, even if only at astronomical prices
After considerable threats and runarounds, we were finally told there were 100 liters available about 30 minutes away. We took it, at such expensive rates I can’t even share. We knew the rate beforehand so it wasn’t a surprise, but again opening the wallet that wide was painful. You have to either laugh or cry about it ;-).
Important for us was to get off the ground and get to Ternate on time because that airport closed at 4pm and we’d lose an hour traveling eastbound
It was a relatively short flight to Ternate and we could see the volcanic island on which the town was located already 40 miles away. We were coming from the west and the airport was on the eastern side, so we had the giant volcano to deal with first. We rounded from the north and then could see the long runway right on the shore. Pretty spectacular. After one go-around we got Maggie where we wanted her.
Instantly I liked this town more than Manado and surely more than any in the Philippines. There were fun blue buses pounding music that would pick up folks and of course the obligatory stalls along the road that sold all kinds of odds and ends
After dinner and walking around some we opted to take moped taxis back to the hotel. The primary taxi options in town were either the blue community vans or moped taxis. The mopeds were everywhere. It was a riot jumping on the back and merging into, what from our western perspective, is chaos. For them though the rules are somehow understood and it just seemed to work. We made it back up to hotel in ten fun minutes, all for about $1.
It seems Indonesia is one of those last few places where things really are exceptionally inexpensive (except avgas!!) and the folks genuinely friendly towards tourists. Perhaps it’ll be different in Bali with the tourist hoards there, but so far, so good.
From Manado (WAMM) to Ternate (WAMT): HALMO TRN at 7500 (oddly a VFR altitude, but that’s what we were given. No radar coverage anywhere, so lots of position reporting with DME from VORs and radials. Fun.)
Ternate – Rigged battery solutions & smiles
Friday, September 20, 2013
Ternate, Maluku Islands, Indonesia