Recycling Papua style

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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  1. KFMagee says:

    Tell us… have you had any close encounters yourself? You land and take off in some pretty rough air strips, in what must often be pretty rough winds!

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Yeah there’s one that comes to mind that happened during training which my instructor can recount even better than I. We landed to find we had no left brakes and came off the side of an airstrip, narrowly missing a hole large enough to rip the undercarriage off…

      As for the winds, we try to do all the critical mountain airstrips early morning (before 10am) so avoid the winds that build from then onwards. Adiabatic winds and short airstrips are not a good combination!