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. Anonymous says:


    I have a question! Why they don’t use helicopters if cruise times are low? Pilatus takes 2 tones helicopter can take 20t and airstrip is not needed. Altitude? If the flights are sponsored by government anyway so the price is not an issue?


    • Matt Dearden says:

      They do use helicopters! PT Freeport charters PT AirFast to fulfil their requirement there to various locations on the southern side of the mountains including the Tsinga area. We simple provide a government subsidised bi-weekly schedule between Timika and Tsinga for passengers and cargo.

      The Porter can take around 900kgs on this flight. As for 20 tonnes, that must be a mighty big helicopter! The biggest they have currently is the Mil Mi-8 Hevilift helicopter which carries around 3 tonnes, usually as 24 passengers.

      Oh and price is ALWAYS an issue, regardless of who’s paying!

  2. Harmony Ginting says:

    Hi Matt,
    could you inform me whats the schedule flight Timika – Tsinga, what days, I read somewhere 2 times a week.