Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Learning about the Moni tribes

Every so often whilst flying out here in Papua, something amazing happens. Usually it's when I get to visit new airstrips and go exploring the village or fly into somewhere that's not seen an aircraft for months or even years. The excitement and gratitude of the local people is one of the great privileges of flying out here. However last week I met a man called John Cutts, at an airstrip called Pogapa, who quite simply blew my mind.

Pogapa airstrip, 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

Notes:  
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)

Notes:  
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

Notes:
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..