Last week of Nabire (for now)

Matt Dearden

English born professional pilot, writer, blogger and columnist. Currently flying the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Papua, Indonesia.

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5 Responses

  1. alain says:

    Hello Matt

    “Unfortunately, the engineers found some pretty serious corrosion below the floor which was caused by something leaking from cargo some time before. It’s bad enough that the aircraft is now grounded until it can be repaired properly.”

    what is the PC-6 ?

    for information, I am currently completing an article for my blog on all Pilatus PC-6 operated in Indonesia since 1964


  2. Jon Grace says:

    Hey Matt,

    Great to read another post mate. Hope you are well and that the flying remains good. The weather over here in the UK is poor with most if not all of the country covered in snow, so not much chance of me hitting the skies for a while. Quick question through. When you spoke about the quadrantal rule, did you mean when flying IFR and not VFR? Not trying to be a smart ass, as I’m still learning my instrument rating, but I didn’t think the quadrantal rule applied when flying VFR? Just interested.

    Anyway stay safe mate, and happy flying!! 😉


    • Matt Dearden says:

      Hi Jon,

      It’s been a while since I did any serious flying in the UK but I think you’re quite correct in saying there’s no requirement to fly quadrantals if VFR below the transition altitude. Above that you should be on flight levels if I remember correctly and fly as per the quadrantal rule. Either way, it’s good practice and safer than bumbling around at 3000ft like every other light aircraft!

    • Jon Grace says:

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for the information. That’s how I understand it to be also. But it’s always good to get the views of more experianced pilots like yourself to make sure I’ve got the understanding correct.