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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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11 Responses

  1. Stefanus says:

    Hi Matt,

    I love the show, and miserable when I finished the fourth and final episode.

    I live in Jakarta, and I wonder why young Indonesian pilots do not choose Susi Air as a jump-start of their career as pilots?

    I watched the series with my wife and she is the kind of a person who show no interest watching documentaries, but she loves “The Worst Place to be a Pilot”… She (and I) like the interaction between the pilots and natives Papuan, they are great.

    For me, I watched the series because I love airplane, for some reason I like Porter PC6.

    So good luck flying in Papua and other parts of Indonesia. Stay safe and godspeed.

    • Matt Dearden says:

      I suspect it’s because there’s not really any GA here in Indonesia so most locals will be getting trained by integrated schools and heading straight for the big jet operators and thus bypassing light aircraft. Our company tends to employ mostly expats for the pilot and engineering jobs and has the locals doing all the admin side of things. There’s plenty of local operators flying GA though and who also employ local pilots.

  2. leiafee says:

    I hope you don’t turn up there and find them already on roofs! Thoroughly enjoyed the series and the article. The strips out there make our little hillside Welsh farmstrip look a doddle!

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Thanks Leia! I read your article in this month’s Flyer magazine and certainly looks like you’ve been having some good flying fun. Nice to read about an airfield in the UK being opened too! Happy landings!

  3. Hi Matt,

    I too (like everyone it seems) loved the show, couldn’t believe there were only 4 episodes!

    I’ve just passed my Canadian CPL (no ME/IR) I’m British by birth but now live in Canada. I was debating the bush flying in Botswana, but Indonesia looks AMAZING.

    I know you get asked this all the time, but some info on financials would be fantastic. My e-mail address is:
    I’d love to know whether it’s within the realms of reality to get a job over there that would help support my family (I’m a married man of 35 with two small children).
    Would it be best to get my IR over there or here do you think?

    I’m truly sorry for bugging you with questions, but your work is so inspirational I’m sure it’s just natural people want to follow in your footsteps!

    All the best, and safe landings 🙂


  4. Sadly that link does not work

  5. Air Smolik says:

    Just going through that article in the Flyer magazine! It’s a good one!