Go Karting ...

There's always a first time… It was the 1st time I did gokarting ever! On the Jan 20th,2007 evening, I went for gokarting with our senior management colleagues from EKFC. We also had Hermann and Stefan joining from my team. Meeting at Dubai Autodrome - Kartdrome @ 1700hrs, we had to first signed in and got changed to our racing gear - overalls, helmets, and hand gloves. We then had about 10 minutes briefing on basic rules and stuff from one of the Autodrome employees. After that we were allocated our Karts and I got No 37 - Sodikart with 4 Stroke Engine, 390cc/cm3, 13.5bhp, speed 90-100Kms per hour. We began with a qualifying session - 5 Flying laps, approximately 10 minutes. Guess what ? Towards the end of my fifth lap, my kart stopped in the middle of the racing track and after several attempts, the marshaller could not get it re-started and had to put a side on to the curb and I was asked to walk back to the pit. I was then given a new kart no 37 for the Heat Race. We had all together 14 participants. Although my kart turned 3 times on the racing track, been the 1st time, I was not bad. I drove fast as much as I could; however, I found it was hard to control the speed and car at bends/curves. I remembered seen a poster which outlined about rules on the track saying. not to apply both brakes and accelerator together. So I was kind of a bit confused, when ever I reached bends on the racing track in trying to control the speed. I guess, that was where I went wrong and in fact, it would have been the case, that my car turned a couple of times. Also, at one time my helmet wiper was fully faded with what I think humidity and it was making hard for me to see the race track in front of me clearly. In the end, however, I completed total of 9 laps, with the best completion time with 1:47:181 in the readings and was placed @ 12th - not that bad for a 1st timer, I think! We had Oki, Hermann's wife taking photos of the event and I'll post them here, when ever they are finally get to me!

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Hello world!

Welcome to Wordpress.com. This is my first post here. I got to know about Wordpress from EmiratesMac - EmiratesMac User Group in the UAE. Any one and every one, who has a passion for Apple computers and everything else Apple must visit EmiratesMac site and consider membership. I have to say, it is a brilliant place filled with wonderful user community who help each other in anything and everything to do on Apple products.

Tunis Start-up

Treo - Ibrahim, Tony & I did the Tunis start-up 2006-10-3-Tunis start-up2.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up1.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up3.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up4.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up5.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis Start-up6.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up7.jpg

Tunis Start-up

Treo - Ibrahim, Tony & I did the Tunis start-up 2006-10-3-Tunis start-up2.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up1.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up3.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up4.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up5.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis Start-up6.jpg 2006-10-30-Tunis start-up7.jpg

Flight Kitchen Inspections at London and Frankfurt and Krishan & Friends

I visited SAS Service Partner - A Scandinavian Airline owned Flight Catering Company in London Heathrow, Gatwick and Frankfurt from 07th to 12th September 1992. The visit was planned in less than two weeks as there were some issues that needed immediate flight kitchen audit and actions. 

I travelled to  Heathrow on Emirates A300-600 aircraft on the 07th September and stayed over-night at Forte Crest Hotel near the Airport. The next day, I visited SAS Flight Kitchen in Hatton Cross. Our Account Manager was a young lady by the name of Sharon Weinman and she took me around the Flight Kitchen. After that we sat down and discussed Cabin Crew Voyage Report comments we had received and agreed on corrective actions pertaining to catering. I also did a quick stock count of randomly selected items and not too sure the findings were very impressive. Scan 62

I’m with Sharon Weinman

My next stop was in Gatwick and I was met by Tony Wells, the Account Manager at SAS Service Partners. Tony and I knew each other only by telexes and it gave me an opportunity to put a face to the name! I also met Collin Munn, whom I guess Tony’s boss in Sales & Marketing Department at SAS. I followed the same work routine similar to SAS Kitchen in Heathrow, discussing Cabin Crew Voyage Reports  and also random stock count. 

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Tony Wells and myself 

My stay in Gatwick was at Forte Crest at the Airport located very close to the North Terminal. After long days work and checking in to the hotel, I spent the evening with my good friend Krishan Perera. Krishan was  the Station Officer for Air Lanka in London-Heathrow; but he lived in Crawely with his family. 

My other friend Sumuk Warnasuriya was also working with Krishan at Air Lanka station office as a Flight Operations Dispatcher on a posting.

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Krishan in Action in my Room.

 Scan 67 

Sumuk & Krishan

Scan 69

Boys are Boys - At Krishan’s Home 

Scan 71

I think the guy in sarong was Krishan’s wife’s brother.

I was meeting both Krishan and Sumuk, after a long time, since when I was leaving Air Lanka in 1991, both Krishan and Sumuk had already moved to the UK. So we had lots to catch up over a few drinks at Krishan’s place. 

Flight Kitchen Inspections at London and Frankfurt and Krishan & Friends

I visited SAS Service Partner - A Scandinavian Airline owned Flight Catering Company in London Heathrow, Gatwick and Frankfurt from 07th to 12th September 1992. The visit was planned in less than two weeks as there were some issues that needed immediate flight kitchen audit and actions. 

I travelled to  Heathrow on Emirates A300-600 aircraft on the 07th September and stayed over-night at Forte Crest Hotel near the Airport. The next day, I visited SAS Flight Kitchen in Hatton Cross. Our Account Manager was a young lady by the name of Sharon Weinman and she took me around the Flight Kitchen. After that we sat down and discussed Cabin Crew Voyage Report comments we had received and agreed on corrective actions pertaining to catering. I also did a quick stock count of randomly selected items and not too sure the findings were very impressive. Scan 62

I’m with Sharon Weinman

My next stop was in Gatwick and I was met by Tony Wells, the Account Manager at SAS Service Partners. Tony and I knew each other only by telexes and it gave me an opportunity to put a face to the name! I also met Collin Munn, whom I guess Tony’s boss in Sales & Marketing Department at SAS. I followed the same work routine similar to SAS Kitchen in Heathrow, discussing Cabin Crew Voyage Reports  and also random stock count. 

Scan 65

Tony Wells and myself 

My stay in Gatwick was at Forte Crest at the Airport located very close to the North Terminal. After long days work and checking in to the hotel, I spent the evening with my good friend Krishan Perera. Krishan was  the Station Officer for Air Lanka in London-Heathrow; but he lived in Crawely with his family. 

My other friend Sumuk Warnasuriya was also working with Krishan at Air Lanka station office as a Flight Operations Dispatcher on a posting.

.Scan 68

Krishan in Action in my Room.

 Scan 67 

Sumuk & Krishan

Scan 69

Boys are Boys - At Krishan’s Home 

Scan 71

I think the guy in sarong was Krishan’s wife’s brother.

I was meeting both Krishan and Sumuk, after a long time, since when I was leaving Air Lanka in 1991, both Krishan and Sumuk had already moved to the UK. So we had lots to catch up over a few drinks at Krishan’s place. 

First Day in the Aviation

This is a test to see whether posts could be back dated to 19th of January 1991. This was the day I started my career in the world of Airline industry, as a 27 years old young lad. My dad accompanied me in the public transport to Air Lanka offices in Katunayake. After reporting at the Administration office, I was asked to go to another office located in the aircraft hangar. There was a person in a white shirt & a blue trouser, what looked like an uniform as he also wore blue/gold colored Epaulettes with four stripes. Looking at the number of stripes he had, he definitely appeared a guy in high ranks. He shook his hand to introduced him self saying," Hello, I'm Nada'. After a brief chat, he asked me to go the room next door.
That room was fixed with steel shelving and there were all sorts of stuff stored on thos shelves. Shelves were also labeled with various names like, Hollowware,Serving Gear,Crockery,Glass etc. Some of those names, I had never even heard of!

First Day in the Aviation

This is a test to see whether posts could be back dated to 19th of January 1991. This was the day I started my career in the world of Airline industry, as a 27 years old young lad. My dad accompanied me in the public transport to Air Lanka offices in Katunayake. After reporting at the Administration office, I was asked to go to another office located in the aircraft hangar. There was a person in a white shirt & a blue trouser, what looked like an uniform as he also wore blue/gold colored Epaulettes with four stripes. Looking at the number of stripes he had, he definitely appeared a guy in high ranks. He shook his hand to introduced him self saying," Hello, I'm Nada'. After a brief chat, he asked me to go the room next door.
That room was fixed with steel shelving and there were all sorts of stuff stored on thos shelves. Shelves were also labeled with various names like, Hollowware,Serving Gear,Crockery,Glass etc. Some of those names, I had never even heard of!