Matt Dearden's Flying Diaries Blog

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Subsidised flights are back!

It’s taken nearly four months since the 2012 contracts expired but finally last week we restarted the subsidised flights which are known locally as Perintis or Pioneer routes. These are selected routes operated throughout the Indonesian archipelago to help with...

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Maintenance flight

Every 100 hours of airborne flight time, our Pilatus Porters need to undergo what’s known as (funnily enough) the 100 hour check. That means I have to fly the 200nm from Timika up to Biak about every four weeks. The...

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Tsinga/Mulu

One of the more dramatic mountain airstrips we fly to from Timika, Tsinga is certainly very photogenic and probably what a lot of people will think of when someone mentions “mountain airstrips”. Perched on a ridge at 6500 ft, it...

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Doxa SUB 1000T Sharkhunter

I love a good dive watch and there are literally thousands out there. However, not many can lay claim to being the original commercial divers watch which is where the little known company called Doxa steps in. Being a watch...

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Beoga

Beoga is a well constructed mountain airstrip, located about 20nm to the north east of Puncak Jaya mountain in the central highlands of Papua. As I’d referenced it in my previous post on Wangbe, I figured I should write a...

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Wangbe

Wangbe airstrip is quite typical of a number of airstips in Papua as it was constructed by the local villagers in the hope of attracting air traffic. There is another, larger Missionary airstrip just around corner in the next valley...