Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Weekly stats: 14 -20 April 2014

Hours logged: 10.8hrs
No. of legs flown: 23
Instrument time logged: 0hrs
Days on duty: 2
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 10 (Nabire, Enarotali, Duma, Apowo, Unito, Bugalaga, Nabia, Pogapa, Bilogai, Mbugulo)
New airstrips visited: 0

Three days spent in Jakarta doing admin stuff.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Flying in the Bird's Head Peninsula

Finally, after four and a half years working out in Indonesia, I get a chance to see our Manokwari base and do a spot of flying from it. My company has had a base here for our Caravan aircraft since before I started but it's always been difficult to find work for our Porter aircraft from there for some reason. That all changed last week and I had to fly up there from Nabire to fly our newest routes for a day as the aircraft and pilot scheduled to do weren't quite ready.

First time the people of Mouyeba have seen at aircraft in a long time

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Weekly stats: 7 -13 April 2014

Hours logged: 33.5hrs
No. of legs flown: 57
Instrument time logged: 0.5hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 17 (Nabire, Apowo, Unito, Pogapa, Manokwari, Mouyeba, Mesina, Bogabaida, Enarotali, Duma, Bugalaga, Hitadipa, Timepa, Mbugulo, Nabia, Bilogai, Dadou)
New airstrips visited: 3 (Manokwari, Mouyeba, Mesina)

One day flying from Manokwari, the rest from Nabire.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Election flights

As part of Indonesia's national parliamentary elections, I've been flying around some of the local delegates to various larger airstrips here in Papua. I've also been flying the actual election boxes and ballot papers into many of the more remote airstrips. It's an amazingly logistical endeavour when you consider the geography of Indonesia and it's mass of islands stretching across three time-zones. 

Local election candidate arriving in Pogapa airstrip, Papua

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Weekly stats: 21 Mar - 6 April 2014

Hours logged: 31.5hrs
No. of legs flown: 62
Instrument time logged: 0.7hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 20 (Nabire, Nabia, Bugalaga, Bilogai, Pogapa, Pagamba, Enarotali, Apowo, Mbugulo, Hitadipa, Baya Biru, Moanamani, Dadou, Bidau, Deneode, Modio, Unito, Duma, Bogobaida)
New airstrips visited: 0

Flying back up to normal operations in Nabire.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The move to Nabire

After one and a half years being mainly based out of Timika, the time has come for me to move to our Nabire base. Although I've spent the odd few weeks there over the last eighteen months, this is the move I've been wanting to make ever since I first got a taste of the flying we do from Nabire.

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Weekly stats: 24-30 Mar 2014

Hours logged: 23.8hrs
No. of legs flown: 42
Instrument time logged: 0.8hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 20 (Timika, Beoga, Alama, Paro, Ilaga, Agadugume, Wangbe, Tsinga, Jila, Jita, Nabire, Nabia, Unito, Dawi, Pogapa, Bogobaida, Senepa, Moanamani, Apowo, Pagamba)
New airstrips visited: 1 (Senepa)
Initially flying out of Timika. Now based out of Nabire.