Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Parked up at Bugalaga, Papua

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Welcome to Shangri-La!

So here I am in a little town called Wamena which is located at just over 5000ft elevation in what's known as the Baliem Valley in the central Papuan highlands. It's also vaguely known as Shangri-La which is what the press dubbed the area after a crash at the end of WWII involving a US C-47 and the ensuing rescue mission for the survivors. If you've not read the book Lost in Shangri-La yet, I strongly recommend you do so, as it's an amazing story of survival and gives a nice history of the area before the outside world had made proper contact with the natives of the Baliem Valley.

Look mum, another crazy looking airstrip!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Moving about and visiting friends

I'd love to say that my reason for not posting much lately is because I've been super busy but truth is it's been rather quiet of late on the flying front here in Nabire. I was pretty worried that my visitors from the UK wouldn't have much to see without all the flying but things worked out rather well in the end. In the five years I've been in Indonesia it's the first visit I've had, so the pressure was on to impress Simon and Gill as I took them on a whirlwind tour of Papua.

Visiting friends from the UK!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Back in Timika, bridges and rivers

After nearly four weeks away from flying following my re-currency training and a holiday to Iceland, I'm back in the saddle flying from our Timika base. Thankfully the weather's taken a turn for the better as we enter the wet season with clear, blue skies most mornings allowing me to enjoy the ever beautiful scenery of Papua.

Clearing the ridges near Pucak Jaya

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Nabire Pilatus Porter flying video

It's taken me a while but here is my latest video showcasing some of the flying we do from the town of Nabire in Papua, Indonesia. It features some of the airstrips visited in the TV show but without the additional dramatisation. Instead, I've let the flying do all the talking. Enjoy!

A day in the life: Nabire Bush Pilot from IndoPilot on Vimeo.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Suitcase living

Due to our continuing pilot shortage on the Pilatus fleet, I've had to pack up my bags and hit the road to cover some of our other bases and leave the comforts of Nabire behind for a couple of months. It's a situation I'm sure many pilots the world over are used to but it sure doesn't get any easier; especially when you have to factor in carrying all your flying gear and anything you might need for any upcoming holidays. Still, at least I get to keep flying in the mountains of Papua. Or not...

My life in a suitcase

Monday, 29 September 2014

Back to normality

After the last few weeks of travelling about on holiday, it's nice to get back to the day job of flying the Porter in the mountains and jungles of Papua. It's been great to see the reaction to the TV series whilst back in the UK even if I still can't quite get used to the odd person recognising me whilst out and about. It was also nice to catch up with various friends and family on my travels which for me is what holidays in the UK are all about.

Meeting some fans at Colerne Airfield were I flew Bulldogs back in 1995/6

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A couple of days in Wamena

As we had very little flying going on in Nabire and our Wamena aircraft went tech due to a faulty artificial horizon, I flew our Nabire Porter across to Wamena for a few days to help cover whilst the engineers waited for the replacement part. Having never flown from there before in the Porter, I would be guided by George, our resident Wamena pilot on some of the routes and airstrips.

Stunning mountain ranges to the SW of Wamena