Back in Timika, bridges and rivers

Matt Dearden

English born professional pilot, writer, blogger and columnist. Currently flying the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Papua, Indonesia.

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6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you’d like to help the bridge to be even safer, bring some bulldog clips 🙂
    On a serious note, the ‘safe standard’ is to have 2-3 for each steel wire looping.
    Down here in a vessel if a rigger clip it like that maybe somebody will give them a schooling haha..

  2. Thanks for another nice share Matt

  3. Anonymous says:

    Found you on YouTube (Worst Place To Be A Pilot). In your picture at the top of this page, the control stick looks short. Does this cause any problems with controlling the aircraft?

    • Matt Dearden says:

      The control stick on the Porter stretches from the floor to about knee height when sitting. It’s certainly not short and is just the right length in my opinion as you can control the aircraft with a flick of your wrist whilst resting your arm on your leg.

  4. Callum clausen says:

    Hi Matt

    I’m 14 and live in England. I dream of becoming a bush pilot and your blog has inspired me. What’s re-currency training?
    Many thank for the awesome blog

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Re-currency training is something we do once a year at our training centre in Java to renew our Indonesian licences. It takes a few days and covers al the things we’re required to know to fly here in Indonesia.