Flying in Papua – Cessna Caravan Landing on Mountain Strip

April 22, 2010

This video shows a landing into Sinak. A mountain strip which is pretty rough. We usually flew rice in there from time to time. As we arrived people from the village came running as can be seen at the end of the clip. People there can get pretty hungry and it has happened that violence has erupted over the rice bags. This strip can be tricky due to weather and wind. West Papua has some of the most challenging and dangerous flying on the planet. Its high mountainous terrain and unpredictable weather as well as remote strips make for very intense flying. Even the slightest off course deviation could mean smacking into a mountain. This type of flying can kill those that are not ready or comfortable with it. On bad weather days it can become very intense and demanding. My name is Ian Mathers. I am a Canadian professional pilot and C208B Caravan captain that has flown airplanes and ridden motorcycles around the world. I flew for Susi Air as a Caravan pilot in Sumatra and West Papua, Indonesia in 2007. The operations included part 135 charter, cargo and medevac. More at featuring thousands of pictures and videos from around the planet. You can also check out my other YouTube videos through my profile airbornebaby


25 Responses to “Flying in Papua – Cessna Caravan Landing on Mountain Strip”

  1. SpartanW98 on April 22nd, 2010 7:39 pm

    o.2 feet

  2. luv2shoot1 on April 22nd, 2010 8:04 pm

    How long was the runway?

  3. luv2shoot1 on April 22nd, 2010 9:03 pm

    Wow!! Good thing the runway wasnt any shorter!!

  4. notar1 on April 22nd, 2010 9:09 pm

    great flying

  5. 4333590 on April 22nd, 2010 9:38 pm

    Hello i´m a flight simulator airport desingner i soo interest in desinger airport of papua you have any pictures for airports in papu new guinea ? thank you send me one pirvate pm for contact me

  6. RapidWealth on April 22nd, 2010 9:40 pm

    i want a blo job by both of you!! Right now would be great!!

  7. flytz1 on April 22nd, 2010 9:48 pm

    To lilflyboy262, Anything bigger and it starts flying itself. As a competition pilot myself the guys in PNG do a great job of precision flying and landing. Day in day out they land on strips that are far shorter than anything else in the world. And do tell – What exactly was wrong with his arrival proceedures, would you care to brief the plate for us?

  8. gescoboza on April 22nd, 2010 10:03 pm

    it doesnt matter how the hell he entered the damn pattern, if he entered it while having sex or if he entered while jerking off. Truth of the matter is we’re sitting in front of a fucking monitor looking like fools and he’s over there probably laughting his ass off in the video while he enjoys his flight in his beautifull Grand Caravan and probly even thinking about his girlfriend named The Terminator back home.

  9. ismasamov55 on April 22nd, 2010 10:28 pm

    He doesn’t want your respect. He wants a blowjob.

  10. MAMALON526 on April 22nd, 2010 11:14 pm

    Excellent traffic pattern procedures and excellent landing, Sir, my respect to you.

  11. surfmusicjamweedgirl on April 22nd, 2010 11:18 pm

    Explain…..looked like a good arrival and landing to me….crossed midfield, joined the downwind for a nice square approach

  12. sherlock72 on April 23rd, 2010 12:16 am

    @ridedirtba…amen to that brotha!

  13. lilflyboy262 on April 23rd, 2010 12:37 am

    How about that is really shit airplane management, piss poor planning, and if you are planning to move into anything bigger, then you really need to start replanning your arrival proceedures?

  14. prosey on April 23rd, 2010 1:18 am

    @swidd2..why don’t you go and wank yourself off over it as you have clearly rehearsed that story in your head many many times…MS flight sim perhaps!! Tit! Always some pratt trying to out do someone else. That was good flying and was interesting to watch.

  15. ridedirtba on April 23rd, 2010 1:40 am

    The Beastie Boys rock. So does this vid.

  16. kerravon42 on April 23rd, 2010 1:51 am

    sweet – anyone who can pull that off is allowed to have any music they want on the video

  17. westpapuanmob on April 23rd, 2010 1:52 am

    Congrats, u’ve been to my village. I’ve been flying a lot and never taken a camera with me. now i realise how important it is to be with me anywhere i go.


  18. yepmumbotom on April 23rd, 2010 1:57 am

    That’s airstrip prepared across current one..for F-27 or similar..

  19. mjok2004 on April 23rd, 2010 2:45 am

    Yeah thats twice the size of scotland airport how dare he!

  20. krlos116 on April 23rd, 2010 2:51 am

    the video is good but the music BLOWS

  21. madisonelectronic on April 23rd, 2010 3:08 am

    The end of that runway sure comes at you fast, I was reaching for the throttle here at my desk.

  22. jpm1 on April 23rd, 2010 3:09 am

    Great bush plane nice vid

  23. calz1272 on April 23rd, 2010 3:58 am

    hey man i find that disrespectful! i live in scotland and no it aint lol

  24. whatamate on April 23rd, 2010 4:26 am

    Is that Scotlands International Airport!?

  25. fxdwings on April 23rd, 2010 4:30 am

    Sick man. I admire you guys. Whats your approach speed in that caravan? I agree….the music doesn’t go but hey…whatever…nice video…

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