Matt Dearden's Flying Diaries Blog

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Lots of work in progress

As time marches on, the airstrips and villages of Papua are ever more being slowly modernised. It is an inevitable certainty that with more and more native Indonesians mixing and living with the native Papuan people in the mountains, they...

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Medicine delivery flight in Papua

Medicine delivery flight in Papua from Matt Dearden on Vimeo. Here’s another typically short flight we do out here in Papua, delivering medicine from the mountain town of Ilaga to the tiny village of Agadugume. The Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter...

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Agadugume

Sitting on Papua’s high plateau at 8700ft, Agadugume is one of the highest airstrips on the New Guinea island. At that sort of altitude, even the mighty Pilatus PC-6 starts to notice a performance drop-off, most notably on the departure....

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Double GPS system failure

So, there you are flying along enjoying the view of the mountains of Papua, less than 10 minutes from your remote village destination of Beoga, when you lose both the primary and backup GPS systems. Suddenly your morning has gone...

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Back to work, sort of

Things have been rather quite on the flying front these last few weeks, mainly due to me being back in the UK on holiday. However I’m now back in Papua and would have loved to have blogged about my first...

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When natives go wild

I knew something was a little odder than usual, as I shut the engine off, when one of the local villagers in Mapnduma was dancing around the aircraft with a spear in one hand and a machete in the other....