Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Weekly stats: 11-17 Aug 2014

Hours logged: 13.4hrs
No. of legs flown: 24
Instrument time logged: 0.8hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 10 (Nabire, Sinak, Wamena, Yaniruma, Dekai, Angguruk, Ninia, Kenyam, Owitlep, Pasima)
New airstrips visited: 5 (Yaniruma, Angguruk, Ninia, Owitlep, Pasima)

Notes:
No flying in Nabire so spent three days in Wamena.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Why sealed runways are not always the safest

Other pilots here in Papua often ask me what's the worst/scariest runway I land on and I always tell them it's the Caravan and Twin Otter friendly airstrip at Ilaga. This is almost always met with a surprised look considering it's about three times the length we need in a Porter, sealed and even features ATC these days! So, let me explain my dislike of tarmac runways further...

Crumbling tarmac at Ilaga airstrip

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Weekly stats: 4-10 Aug 2014

Hours logged: 11.7hrs
No. of legs flown: 22
Instrument time logged: 0hrs
Days on duty: 4
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 10 (Nabire, Manokwari, Timepa, Moanamani, Mbugalo, Timika, Bilogai, Apowo, Minou, Deneode)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:
Returned from holiday on 6th Aug.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Worst Place to be a Pilot - TV Show

"You guys really should be in a TV show or something. Maybe like 'Ice Pilots' or 'Flying Wild Alaska' or something?" - comments I've been told many times over by various people who know what I do for a living. Well, it finally happened! Channel 4 in the UK commissioned a four part series all about the lives of the pilots out here in Indonesia. It was filmed over nearly three months from February and features yours truly in the last two episodes of the series.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Weekly stats: 28 Jul - 3 Aug 2014

Hours logged: 8.5hrs
No. of legs flown: 13
Instrument time logged: 0hrs
Days on duty: 3
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 16 (Biak, Nabire, Kaimana, Apowo, Kegata, Dadou, Enarotali, Mbugalo)
New airstrips visited: 1 (Kaimana)

Notes:
Minimal flying Mon & Tues due to Idul Fitri
On holiday from 31st July

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