Matt Dearden's Flying Diaries Blog

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December update

It’s been a while since I’ve written a load of waffle, so I figured now was as good a time as any, as I sit in Jakarta airport awaiting my flight out of Indonesia (which by the way is a...

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12 minute rule

As we’re now in the full swing of wet season here in Papua, the chances of arriving overhead an airstrip and finding it hiding in cloud/fog/rain are ever more likely. Add in the mountainous terrain and this means that landing...

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Jila

Situated in a natural bowl, on the southern side of the Puncak mountain ranges, Jila is a nice introduction to flying in Papua. It’s sealed surface offers better braking action than a grass or dirt airstrip and the gentle up-slope...

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Four years in Indonesia – Part 2

So, after two years on the C208, the timing was just right for me to make the change to the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter.  I’d gotten very comfortable flying the C208 but was more than ready for a change both...

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Four years in Indonesia – Part 1

Hard to believe but it’s been four years since I booked that one way ticket from the UK to Indonesia to start my new life as a commercial pilot. A lot’s happened in those four years, so I thought I’d...