Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Weekly stats: 14-20 Jul 2014

Hours logged: 27.5hrs
No. of legs flown: 50
Instrument time logged: 0.2hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 16 (Nabire, Dadou, Enarotali, Modio, Bilogai, Hitadipa, Apowo, Kegata, Duma, Moanamani, Pogapa, Idedua, Unito, Timepa, Pagamba, Mbugulo)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Weekly stats: 7-13 Jul 2014

Hours logged: 28.7hrsNo. of legs flown: 49
Instrument time logged: 1.2hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 2 (Enarotali, Modio)
Unique airstrips visited: 13 (Nabire, Enarotali, Unito, Sefoidi, Moanamani, Apowo, Mbugulo, Duma, Zombandoga, Modio, Hitadipa, Minou, Pogapa)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:
Great to be back flying in the mountains again despite the rather grey and wet weather.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Indonesian Presidential Elections 2014

Now, I'm not going to get all political here and wade in on who I think should win but will instead  fill you in on some of the logistics involved with this mammoth election of the world's third largest democracy, encompassing some 190 million registered voters.

Delivering election boxes to Unito, Papua

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Weekly Stats: 30 June - 6 July 2014

Hours logged: 12.9hrs
No. of legs flown: 22
Instrument time logged: 0.1hrs
Days on duty: 6
RTBs (Return to base): 0
Unique airstrips visited: 3 (Biak, Serui, Wamena)
New airstrips visited: 0

Notes:
Covering for C208 on Biak - Serui route.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Biak - Serui: welcome back to Papua

Well, it's certainly good to be back flying the Porter again. Even after over two months away from flying it, getting into the seat and firing up the PT-6 felt like second nature; it's like I'd barely been away! It's just a shame I'm not quite back to the mountains I so love just yet.

600 or so meters of tarmac in Serui, Papua

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Spitfire, Harvard and Tiger Moth flying

Everyone wants to fly a Spitfire right? And I bet, like me, you thought you'd have to know someone who knew someone that had one, with two seats, and was willing to let you go for a ride? Well, as of a few years ago a company called Boultbee Flight Academy based in Goodwood, UK has been allowing people to do just that without having to be friends with people in high places. And yesterday, I was one of their students for the day.

Hanger 8, Goodwood, aka the toy shed

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Sorry, no flying updates for a little while...

As many of you have gathered, I've been rather quiet of late on the blogging front and there's a pretty good reason this time (as opposed to the usual reason that I'm on holiday!). I'm currently back in the UK recovering from two operations to remove a stone from one of my salivary glands (bet you didn't know that can happen; nor did I!).

Post op with random tube sticking out my neck!