291 – Flying in the Papuan Bush
Guest: Daniel Geaslen Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Mario Winkler
I chat with Daniel Geaslen about bush flying. His (at this time, former) job is to fly Kodiak turbo props for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua Indonesia, supplying remote villages. We cover the airplane, the missions, as well as the flying itself, with a particular focus on weather and challenging airfields.
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Daniel Geaslen | Twitter | YouTube chanhel | Papua New Guinea | Papua Indonesia | Wamena
Mission Aviation Fellowship00:09:43
Mission Aviation Fellowship MAF | MAF Videos | Moody Aviation | Utah Backcountry Pilots Association
Typical flying day00:19:51
Quest Kodiak | Papua Bush Flying in a Quest Kodiak with MAF | Cessna Grand Caravan | PT6 engine | Quest Aircraft in Idaho | Tapered wing | Stall
Sintanee, port city | Courchevel Altiport | Touchdown zone | Landing flare | Pasima | IMASAFE
ELTs | Two-way radio | SPOT trackers | inReach | Controlled flight into terrain, CFIT
Interesting podcast! A bit long though… someone really needs to have time and a special interest to track along the whole 1:45 hours. But I managed! :) I had time on hand, being somewhere in remote PNG with my laptop in quarantine (dry cupboard…) because it got wet overnight in the pod of a Cessna Caravan…
We, my husband and I, are just serving with MAF on the other side of the border, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), since 2007. My husband currently flies the Cessna Caravan S208. So many of the facts about flying in challenging terrain and weather sound very familiar, also the kind of ministry work we are doing here. However, a few things of our operation here in PNG are different (e.g. no single engine IFR approval yet by CASA).
More about us: http://www.maf-pilot.de :)
Oh, by the way, there is a MAF Germany! http://www.maf-deutschland.de
Nice to hear from other MAF’ers! And: what do you mean “too long” :-)?
Not long enough.
“Not long enough.” -> so how do you expect me to improve based on this feedback??
Awesome insights into bush flying. Fascinating how adrenaline and high professional discipline/safety culture are combined at MAF.
Episode length was just right ;-)
The length is right wenn the guest has nothing interesting left to say ;-).
Excellent episode, lots of great information there! Never though much about bush flying, but Daniel’s comments were very interesting! Thanks a lot (both Daniel and Markus)! :)
This episode delighted me like no other. The story of MAF pilot Nate Saint and his buddies down in Ecuador first captivated me when I stumbled across the book “Jungle Pilot” years ago.
The training, discipline, repeatability, and risk management that MAF applies to this dangerous was most interesting.
Great as always! Only way too short. Markus you just keep exciting me on how you find all those amazing people. A BIG compliment for how you manage to keep the people at the center of your interviews besides the focus on science, engineering and of course flying.