Is This Really the World's Shortest Flight?

Is This Really the World's Shortest Flight?


It’s the shortest flight in the world and in quite possibly the worst place in the world to fly! We are talking about the one nautical mile (1.85km),  73 second flight between Kegata and Apowo airstrips in Papua, Indonesia which are separated by a deep and treacherous valley.   The magic carpet is a Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter and the pilot Matt Dearden.

Filmed with GoPro HD and Canon S110 cameras, Matt captures some spectacular footage as he flies between mountain tops onto grass and sloping runways.

And so impressed by the exploits and challenges of pilots such as Matt, the UK’s Channel 4 has commissioned a four part TV series called Worst Place to be Pilot which was shown in the UK in August.

Matt explains on his blog spot that he is often asked how did he go from sitting in a normal 9-5 IT job in England to flying around the jungles of Indonesia in the ultimate bush aircraft.


“It all started when I was 15 years old and got the chance to ride in an RAF Bulldog with the cadets. It was amazing getting to fly in this tiny 2 seat aircraft and doing loops, barrel rolls etc. However, at the time, I never imagined a career in aviation as I was pursuing one in IT but the idea of learning to fly never went away.”

“Fast forward to 2006 when I was finally in a financial position to pursue that aviation dream. It took three years and every penny I earned to complete but I finally finished my modular JAA CPL/IR/ME in 2009 with aspirations of flying big jets.”

But that wasn’t the way it turned out.
“It wasn’t exactly a good time to try and get a flying job in Europe so I extended the search. Six months later I found out from a friend about a company based out in Indonesia flying Cessna C208B Grand Caravans. I applied, got an interview and eventually the job; a week after my 30th birthday! So, I moved from soggy old Somerset to hot – and at times soggy – Indonesia.”

Matt says it didn’t take long to realise that bush flying was “bloody good fun and why on earth would I want to fly a big shiny jet.”
“A couple of tours in Papua were all I needed to realise this was the sort of flying I wanted to do.”

Now Matt is based in a town called Nabire in the north of the Indonesian province of West Papua. “It’s just me, a PC-6 and a whole heap of airstrips dotted amongst the mountains.”

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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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