Up at 0545 hours after sorting out kit until after Midnight to send home; needing to reduce to absolute minimum for forthcoming big flight to Australia coming up.
Also ha several phone alls from Britain around Midnight- two radio interviews thrown in for good measure.
Out at Jet Aviation hangars at airport by just after 0700 hours; learned that Mike Sattler, GM of Jet Aviation Singapore has very kindly waived all charges due to us for hangarage, fuel and handling charges- huge, huge thanks to Mike, Graham (Hangar Manager) Jolene and all staff.
Jet aviation have provided us with wonderful service from Biggen Hill, Dubai, and now Singapore!
After kitting up, checking aircraft and usual last-minute pee-stop, we booted her up and taxied off to the runway allocated to us, and were airbourne by 0815 hours, flying up into beautiful clear sky.
The flight from Singapore to Palembang Sumatra took 4.5 hours with me doing most of the flying, but feeling very tired. Several times began dropping off to sleep- last-minute thing for me to stop myself sleeping totally is becoming aware that the sounds in my headphones giving me all my navigational and flight information no longer has any meaning. My compass and angle of bank statistics just become numbers, then just sounds, with me realising I have no idea what they mean. Solution is to violently shake my head, lift up visor from helmet and slap face and get cool wind into face. Works for about 10 minutes!
I seem to remember pilots (of commercial jets anyway) are meant to have at least 8 hours sleep prior to flying- can't remember the last time I had that much luxurious sleep!
Amazed to count on my fingers just now this is day 39!
Note unable to work it out in my head- too tired!
The flight took us over lots of open sea, then we flew the last 100 miles or so flying down the coast of this massive island of Sumatra, biggest in Indonesia I think.