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The President

The Founding and current President of The Experimental Aircraft Association of Malaysia (EAAM) - Chapter 1090 of EAA America, is a highly skilled and accomplished Pilot and Flying Instructor of International repute. In Aeronautical terms, he has logged 17,000 flying hours in all manner of Flying machines from Ultralight Flying Machines to Jet transports.
He is currently employed as a senior Captain with Malaysia Airlines and operates
the Boeing 747-400 airplane on International Routes.

The President

The President in his 600 mph office

Learning how to fly in the ubiquitous Cessna 172 in 1972, as a teenager, this future leader in Aviation qualified as a Private pilot, at age 19. Prior to taking up his appointment with MAS, he continued flying in the General Aviation Industry, logging up to 2500 hours as a Flying Instructor, teaching numerous ordinary people how to fly. At last count, he had sent up to 200 student pilots on their First Solo flight.

Captain Siva is married to Rani, who remains the Chapters' Hon Secretary, in an enduring twenty five year marriage and they have raised two children, Rohini Rachel and Isaac Soorian who are young adults, sharing a passion for aviation with their father. Rohini qualified as the youngest Malaysian Private Pilot in 1998, under the EAA's Young Eagles and Flying Start Programs.

In 1992, Capt Siva took his first visit to the EAA's Annual Convention at Oshkosh Wisconsin. Typically, he flew with a group of private pilot enthusiasts from Dallas, Texas, in a gaggle of five Cessnas, parking and camping by the aircraft at Oshkosh. The week at Oshkosh, enthused the Captain so much, that he made immediate enquiries with EAA staff on the possibility of forming a Chapter in Malaysia. EAA personnel enthusiastically welcomed the idea and he returned home with an EAA Chapter starter Kit and a new found enthusiasm fired by the week spent at Oshkosh, The World's Largest Aviation Event. A Chapter with fourteen members was started at the Royal Selangor Flying Club's premises in September 1992.

Returning to Oshkosh in 1993, Capt Siva made the proverbial ' putting-the-money-in-the-mouth' decision to purchase a kit airplane to be built in Malaysia. He ordered a Merlin aircraft kit, and had it shipped to Malaysia. He undertook construction and assembly of the aircraft, which was completed and certified in 1996, being registered as the first kit built airplane in Malaysia with the registration marks: 9M- EAA !



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