Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Tomosiga, the unfinished airstrip

I get a lot of satisfaction out of my job every day I go flying but just occasionally, something extra pops up to make a flight just the little bit more satisfying. Usually that'll be going to some new airstrip which is even shorter and steeper than those I'd been to in the past but last week it was simply taking some fruit seeds and wheelbarrow wheels to a tiny little community in the village of Tomosiga.

Tomosiga airstrip, Papua

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Weekly stats: 21-27 Jul 2014

Hours logged: 22hrs
No. of legs flown: 41
Instrument time logged: 0hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 17 (Nabire, Duma, Enarotali, Deneode, Bugalaga, Apowo, Unito, Pagamba, Minou, Sefoidi, Timepa, Pogapa, Hitadipa, Tomosiga, Idedua, Moanamani, Biak)
New airstrips visited: 1 (Tomosiga)

Notes:
Aircraft in maintenance on 26th

Saturday, 26 July 2014

More Kotekas than usual

Maybe it's all the sunshine we've been having here in Papua these past couple of weeks or probably just coincidence but whatever the reason, there seems to be a lot more traditionally dressed folk about the mountain villages currently. That said, it's still very much worn by the minority. With the continual onslaught of progress of the world, it seems the traditional Koteka, or penis gourd, is slowly disappearing in favour of more western style clothing.

Locals of Pagamba geared up for something

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Weekly stats: 14-20 Jul 2014

Hours logged: 27.5hrs
No. of legs flown: 50
Instrument time logged: 0.2hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 16 (Nabire, Dadou, Enarotali, Modio, Bilogai, Hitadipa, Apowo, Kegata, Duma, Moanamani, Pogapa, Idedua, Unito, Timepa, Pagamba, Mbugulo)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Weekly stats: 7-13 Jul 2014

Hours logged: 28.7hrsNo. of legs flown: 49
Instrument time logged: 1.2hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 2 (Enarotali, Modio)
Unique airstrips visited: 13 (Nabire, Enarotali, Unito, Sefoidi, Moanamani, Apowo, Mbugulo, Duma, Zombandoga, Modio, Hitadipa, Minou, Pogapa)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:
Great to be back flying in the mountains again despite the rather grey and wet weather.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Indonesian Presidential Elections 2014

Now, I'm not going to get all political here and wade in on who I think should win but will instead  fill you in on some of the logistics involved with this mammoth election of the world's third largest democracy, encompassing some 190 million registered voters.

Delivering election boxes to Unito, Papua

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Weekly Stats: 30 June - 6 July 2014

Hours logged: 12.9hrs
No. of legs flown: 22
Instrument time logged: 0.1hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 3 (Biak, Serui, Wamena)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:
Covering for C208 on Biak - Serui route.