Boats on the runway!

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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7 Responses

  1. The Apowo strip pretty much reminds me of Lukla airport in Nepal.

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Cheers for the comment! I really should go check out this Lukla airport that everyone seems to mention any time I post a photo of a typical airstrip here in Papua. Not sure it’ll compare in reality though ;o)

  2. Jaseviation says:

    Hi Matt, excellent blog. I really enjoy reading about your adventures so keep em coming! I envy your job very much, they actually pay you for that? I spent some time ag flying in a DHC-2 Beaver many years ago, the terrain was not quite as challenging though. How does a normal day go? Depart with full fuel and do as much flying as possible or is it a bit more structured than that? Thanks again & stay safe.

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Cheers! And yes they do seem to be paying me for this ;o)

      A normal day will involve taking a load (pax and/or cargo) from a main hub (Timika, Nabire etc) into a mountain airstrip then returning back to the main hub. If no pax from that remote airstrip, we can drop in somewhere else on the way back and see if there’s any pax there. This is repeated 4-5 times until the afternoon when we tend to stop flying as the weather starts to get nasty then. So there is a sort of structure to the day!

  3. Mirza Ratriadi says:

    Hi Matt, what an excellent blog. Can you provide me information for Apowo airstrip such runway heading, runway wide/length, elevation and gps coordinate? I’ve been working a scenery pack of Dangerous airports in Papua – Indonesia for MS Flight Simulator X. Thank you.

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Sure! Apowo is aligned 23/05 with landing on 23 and departing on 05. It is 400m long and about 21m wide with the threshold at 4900ft and a 12% upslope. Coors are: 04º 2.7500′ S 135º 33.5001′ E Hope this helps!