Matt Dearden's Flying Diaries Blog

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Long Sule

Length: 430m Runway: 03/21 Elevation: 1950ft Slope: 3 degrees up (landing runway 21) Now we’re into proper Porter territory with this one, although still plenty long enough. The up-slope really helps slow you down and even fully loaded you’ll tend...

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2000 hours in the air

Today saw me fly my 2000th hour and they’ve sure clocked up quickly since I started flying for a living! 2.5 years ago I had barely a tenth of that. To commemorate the occasion one would usually head to a...

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Mahak Baru

Length: 650mRunway: 12/30Elevation: 1750ftProbably the furthest destination I go to from Malinau and not the most challenging to land on but set in an open valley, along the side of a river, Mahak Baru’s still rather pretty to fly into....

KFC in the jungle? 0

KFC in the jungle?

It always amazes me what my passengers choose to take with them on a flight into the jungle. What’s more amazing about taking a bucket of chicken with you to Data Dian is that there’s no KFC in the departure...

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Wet Season

For those of you living in the UK I guess you’ll be pretty used to the idea of a wet season (read all year round) but for those of us in Borneo, it brings with it some challenging flying conditions....