Winter in Papua

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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8 Responses

  1. Axel Pliopas says:

    Thanks so much for one more story! And…. those are high mountains around there!!!! The airport where I’m flying here in Brazil sits at 2000ft… there’s a city nearby where the runway level is near 5000 and all flight instructors avoid flying there… but, hey, we are not flying a Porter! 😉

    • Matt Dearden says:

      You’re welcome Axel. I can imagine that most light piston aircraft would struggle for performance at those kinds of altitudes, especially with the heat in Brazil! The Porter is somewhat blessed with ample power thanks to it’s PT6 turbo-prop engine :o)

  2. AV8RKUSH says:

    Thanks for the great blog mate, I follow it enthusiastically! Used to do a bit of flying in Wyoming with 10,000ft + MEAs. Your photos bring back memories…

  3. Really like the style of this cautious passenger! How could you stay serious for flying?

  4. Joe Luxford says:


    Are you still flying in West Papua?
    I am an IFR pilot looking for advice on flying into Timika from Australia via PNG in a Mooney and some more info on Timika.

    Joe Luxford
    Brisbane Australia

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Hi Joe,

      I am indeed still flying in Papua although in Wamena now, not Timika. I’ve not seen a non-PK registered aircraft ever come to Timika but I guess it’s possible as they do have immigration and customs facilities there. If you send me a private message I can give you the airport manager’s contact details. You may also want to consider Merauke as I know aircraft from Australia have entered Papua there.

      Good luck!