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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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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Interesting read as always but I was surprised to read that there is a SHORTAGE of pilots for the Porters. I would have thought that people would have been queuing up for this type of job, especially as it is ‘real’ flying instead of just programming a computer. Perhaps I should renew my licenses !!

    smooth landings

    • Matt Dearden says:

      You may be surprised but whilst everyone thinks they want to do this for a living, the reality is you have to sacrifice a lot in order to do it and most people know that so keep away. Living and working in Papua imposes daily challenges that make you question why you’re even here. But then you go flying in the mountains and remember why.

      If you’ve got over 1000 hours total time, tailwheel time (ideally PC-6) and reckon you can live/work here fire off a CV to: You never know!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Cannot but helping thinking that this is what flying should be like, REAL flying with the added bonus of the scenery, varied routines and also the challenges. Looking forward to the next reports/videos/photos.

    Now if only I had tailwheel time and if only the licenses had not lapsed…..

    smooth landings

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just saw on youtube the episodes of ‘Worst Place to be a pilot’. I just want to say thank you for helping the papuans. You are really brave flying over dangerous mountains.. ‘Angkat topi’ (take my hat off to you). Be safe & be have a very risky, dangerous, & noble job to help others.