Francis Chin Yiu-cheong knows the exhilaration of landing at Kai Tak - and he wants the experience to be kept alive for the next generation of flying enthusiasts. The aviator is campaigning to have the old airport converted into an aeronautical theme park. Mr Chin was 21 when he and his older brother, Dominic Chin Lo-chong, completed an epic flight from England to Hong Kong in a 100-horsepower Beagle Pup B121 two-seater called Echo Charlie, 31 years ago. Their 30-day, 29,000km journey saw them fly above three wars and ended on January 8, 1972, on runway 31 of Kai Tak. The daring escapade was featured in Reader's Digest. Mr Chin, a 54-year-old retiree who recently returned to Hong Kong after emigrating to Australia, talked to fellow enthusiasts and realised there was still a way to preserve Kai Tak. He wrote to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, proposing that the southeast tip of the Kai Tak runway be developed into a Hong Kong General Aviation Park. It could include helipads and a short runway for light aircraft, a parkland area for flying model airplanes, paragliding and go-karting, an aviation centre, and sailing and boating arenas, he said. 'After the closure of Kai Tak airport and the retreat of the RAF from the Sek Kong airfield, venues for aviation activities in Hong Kong have dwindled,' Mr Chin said in his June 20 letter. 'I have observed that organisations of the general aviation community have been driven almost to the brink of extinction.' Mr Chin said he received a letter from Mr Tung's office on June 24, saying it had been 'noted and relayed' to relevant offices for consideration. A spokesman for the Planning Department said Mr Chin's idea of a 'land-sea-air' development had already been incorporated in the wider Southeast Kowloon development plan. They would not say whether other aspects of his plan were under consideration. Under the Southeast Kowloon plan for the reclamation of 133 hectares of Kowloon Bay near the old airport, the tip of the former runway is planned as a 'tourism node', with a heliport and cruise terminal in the waterfront area. Several aviation groups are understood to be discussing similar proposals with the Economic Development and Labour Bureau. But this could not be confirmed with the bureau yesterday.