Matt Dearden's Flying Diaries Blog

Loss of a friend and colleague 1

Loss of a friend and colleague

I’m sure many of you have read the recent events involving one of my company’s Pilatus Porters and my good friend JJ and colleague Ian. I’m not going to go into any details here, as there’s all manner of speculation...

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Survey near Kisar Island

Finally, after a 8 days, I’ve gotten back to civilisation. Kupang to be exact, where I used to be based when flying the Cessna Caravans. And it’s good to be home! Following on from Sumbawa, the next survey project was...

Post from Kisar Island 0

Post from Kisar Island

Apologies for the lack of posting lately. It’s not through lack of wanting to post either. For the past week I’ve been flying a survey out of the island of Kisar. It was only supposed to take a couple of...

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Maintenance flight

Our Pilatus Porter’s require maintenance every 100 hours and the one here in Sumbawa has run out of hours. The nearest company maintenance base is nearly 500nm away in Nusawiru, Pangandaran on the south west coast of Java. Nothing for...

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From the Jungle to Sumbawa

So, having finally got back to Malinau for a few days, to do some observational flights with our newest Porter pilot, I then had to make my way half way around Indonesia to Sumbawa (which is about 60nm east of...