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Tamparuli Sabah - A place to visit

Tamparuli Sabah was known as an old town rich with cultural value and fascinating places. The town located in the middle of Tuaran District, 36KM from the main city of Kota Kinabalu, easy to be found and a lot of surprises waiting for the visitors. The visitor will be fascinated with The Extreme Para Gliding Sport, The legendary of “Bukit Perahu”, Hatob-hatob Waterfall, Hanging Bridge and The Old Suspension Bridge Made by the British in the early 50s, The one and only "The Upside House Of Borneo" and Chantek Borneo Gallery if you visit Tamparuli Sabah. ( Please read more inside this website). For local tourist who likes to travel outside Malaysia, you can e-mail to D7tours and Travel Co through For International tourist who wish to visit Sabah The Land Below The Wind, you can e-mail or call to our correspondent travel agency:

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Sabahan Women Fly Mig Fighter made from Rusia

Major Patricia Yapp

The first ever women from Sabah who fly the MIG Fighter Jet. Proud to be Sabahan. Many man are interested to fly this thing but what can do? Many years ago my ambition is to fly this fighter  jet  but I can  not get it because of my eyes problem so what to do I leave my beautiful ambition aside to find another  ambition. Continue Reading

WHILE most kids harboured straightforward ambitions of being a teacher, accountant or lawyer, Patricia Yapp had her head in the clouds.

“Even as a teenager, I was more interested in flying than becoming a lawyer. At the age of 16, I was inspired by my elder brother who was then a Malaysia Airlines cadet pilot in Scotland. When I expressed my interest in flying at that time, my father wasn’t really agreeable as there weren’t any female pilots in the industry then. So, I kept the subject closed temporarily,” says Major Yapp, who is today hailed as Asia’s first female fighter pilot to fly the MiG-29 with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

“Then in 1997, when I was studying law at Inti college in Kuala Lumpur, an aunt in Sandakan sent me a newspaper advertisement on RMAF’s opening for cadets. I enrolled myself quietly and got through various tests. At first, my father, who has a conservative attitude, disallowed me from participating.

“But after reasoning with him and with my mum’s highly persuasive powers, he finally gave in. Since then, I have never looked back,” adds Yapp, who is from Sandakan.

The 34-year-old first piloted an Aerotiga MD-3 aircraft and later, clocked her flying hours in the Swiss turboprop aircraft PC-7 and the Italian Aermacchi MB339A.

The MiG-29 can hit a speed of Mach 2.3 (2,440kph), and is able to speedily intercept intruders in the airspace and destroy targets swiftly. The aircraft is capable of doing rolls, loops, verticals and flying at low levels.

Obviously, it takes skill and verve to fly such an aircraft, and Yapp can give it as good as the next guy. Although it’s often thought of as a male-dominated career, everyone is given the same treatment regardless of gender so there is no sexual discrimination, she says.

“Everyone goes through the same training, exams, wages and has the same promotion opportunity. I don’t think it was any harder for me to be where I am today just because I am a woman. It’s a tough job, being a fighter pilot. But that shouldn’t limit the individual unless you impose limitations yourself,” Yapp adds.

Flying an aircraft not only requires physical strength but also a high mental state of mind and sound knowledge, especially when you are handling a sophisticated aircraft system. As such, gender doesn’t matter, and a patient and cool character might prove more useful up in the air, Yapp feels.

“Team work is key to success.”

Some of the toughest challenges in Yapp’s career involved emergencies in the air.

One of the toughest times arose when she was flying a single jet aircraft (Aermacchi MB339A) and the engine encountered problems and “quit” on her.

“I made a ‘Mayday’ call and was on the verge of ejecting myself out of the aircraft before I succeeded in relighting the engine in the air after the third attempt,” she explains. That was how she acquired the “handle” (call-sign) Foxy. Initially, she was given the name Mulan but after her mid-air adventure (in which she spontaneously blurted, “F***ing Oxygen!” and this was caught on radio), the name F-oxy stuck with her.

Besides being spurred on by her elder brother Ignatius who introduced her to the world of flying, her other sources of inspiration come from past instructors who imparted their knowledge to her in teaching her how to fly, and Lieutenant Colonel Emilia Kamaruddin (RMAF), the country’s first female fighter pilot, whom she calls “her idol”. (Emilia is now the commanding officer for the Electronic Warfare Centre in Kuala Lumpur).

When she is not airborne, Yapp keeps herself occupied by reading up on the latest information on air defence-related matters and mentally preparing herself for future flights. She is also the safety officer in the squadron overseeing the safety aspect for both on ground and flying matters.

“I’ve experienced some difficult periods when close friends were lost in aircraft accidents. No words can express those feelings,” she says.

Yapp also enjoys the occasional sparring, on the court that is, playing badminton after hours on the air force grounds with her squadron mates, or going to the gym to keep herself fit. She’s not above some good-natured ribbing from the guys.

Yapp, who is also the first air display pilot in Malaysia, is of the opinion that a fighter pilot must be able to make split-second decisions.

“Determination, devotion and most of all discipline count as important traits.”

She advises other women who might want to follow in her stead to never give up “your own dream. Strive for it even though others tell you it is impossible and you are not able to pursue it. If I have a daughter, I will encourage her to be an astronaut one day!”

Yapp hopes to impart her knowledge, experience and skills at the operational squadron to junior pilots.

“We are but soldiers who have to follow orders. If, given a choice, I hope to become a Qualified Flying Instructor at the RMAF Flying School in the near future so that I can train the younger pilots in the Basic Flying school. I also hope to command a fighter squadron and lead in an air display one day,” she concludes.

Stroy By: Harry George
Sources: Newbot
Picture: EG Facebook.


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