Hi there, my name is Matt Dearden and these pages are my Bush Flying Diaries.
I started this website in 2012 to document my flying exploits with the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter out here in Indonesia. As you’ll discover by reading my blog posts, I love what I do and want to share it with anyone who’s interested in reading more about me and what I consider to be one of the purest forms of flying. You can read more about how I got to where I am now on the My Story pages of this blog.
Aside from this website I’m also a columnist for Flyer Magazine in the UK and I occasionally blog for the Huffington Post when I have a spare moment. I love travelling the world and am lucky my job affords me that pleasure on a fairly regular basis; I occasionally write about my travels on this site too. I rarely shy away from a new challenge and have been lucky enough to have featured in Channel 4’s hit aviation TV series, Worst Place to be a Pilot (although I disagrees with the title!).
Recently I’ve become a part owner in the UK’s only airworthy Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina flying boat. This is a totally new direction for me to take my flying but one I’m massively excited about and will be sharing on this blog each time I’m back in the UK flying her. Like most aviators, I have a keen interest in warbirds and this was an opportunity I couldn’t resist getting involved in.
So please take the time to browse around the site and share any articles you find interesting with your friends and colleagues. If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch either by leaving a comment on any of the posts or via the contact form on this site or via one of the usual social media outlets.