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 A villager armed with a bow and arrows.

A villager armed with a bow and arrows.

 Matt brings the Porter around after takeoff at Nabire.

Matt brings the Porter around after takeoff at Nabire.

 On approach to Idedua. Papuan villages are often built in inaccessible locations for defensive purposes. A throwback to days, not so long past, when tribal warfare, headhunting and cannibalism were common practice in the region.

On approach to Idedua. Papuan villages are often built in inaccessible locations for defensive purposes. A throwback to days, not so long past, when tribal warfare, headhunting and cannibalism were common practice in the region.

 Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.

Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.

 Unloading a cargo of rice at Idedua - a village that resides above the clouds.

Unloading a cargo of rice at Idedua - a village that resides above the clouds.

 The end of the Nabire’s runway is a popular hang out where locals go to enjoy street food and low-tech carnival rides. Though it is an Indonesian construction, Nabire, is centred around the town runway, like the Papuan villages of the interior.

The end of the Nabire’s runway is a popular hang out where locals go to enjoy street food and low-tech carnival rides. Though it is an Indonesian construction, Nabire, is centred around the town runway, like the Papuan villages of the interior.

 Refuelling Matt’s Porter on the apron at Nabire airport.

Refuelling Matt’s Porter on the apron at Nabire airport.

 Nap time in the baggage claim area at Nabire airport.

Nap time in the baggage claim area at Nabire airport.

 Matt waits for passengers in Hitadipa, as the morning sun begins its descend into the valley. Like other bush pilots, Matt starts flying at the break of dawn. This done for safety reasons. As the day progresses the sun will heat up the earth causing clouds and turbulence, which make the already difficult job of the bush pilot even more dangerous.

Matt waits for passengers in Hitadipa, as the morning sun begins its descend into the valley. Like other bush pilots, Matt starts flying at the break of dawn. This done for safety reasons. As the day progresses the sun will heat up the earth causing clouds and turbulence, which make the already difficult job of the bush pilot even more dangerous.

 Despite its older design, Matt’s porter has been outfitted with modern navigation equipment.

Despite its older design, Matt’s porter has been outfitted with modern navigation equipment.

 A villager asks Matt to wait for her friend who wanted to catch the flight but was running late.

A villager asks Matt to wait for her friend who wanted to catch the flight but was running late.

 In transit from Timepa. As with the rice shipments, airfare is subsidized by the Indoneasian government in hopes of buying the good will of the Papuans. As a result, Papuans pay the equivalent of a few dollars for a seat on the plane. This amount is a fraction of the cost of the flight but still quite expensive for the isolated papuans.

In transit from Timepa. As with the rice shipments, airfare is subsidized by the Indoneasian government in hopes of buying the good will of the Papuans. As a result, Papuans pay the equivalent of a few dollars for a seat on the plane. This amount is a fraction of the cost of the flight but still quite expensive for the isolated papuans.

 Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.

Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.

 Matt's porter is positioned for take off on Kegata's ski jump like runway. Across the valley, one can see the village of Apowo in the top right corner. Our flight between the two lasted 64 seconds. Matt calls it the shortest commercial flight in the world.

Matt's porter is positioned for take off on Kegata's ski jump like runway. Across the valley, one can see the village of Apowo in the top right corner. Our flight between the two lasted 64 seconds. Matt calls it the shortest commercial flight in the world.

 Nabire’s congested streets are far removed from the isolated Papuan villages of the interior.

Nabire’s congested streets are far removed from the isolated Papuan villages of the interior.

 "The Porter house" where Matt lives with other Suzi Air porter pilots has be christened the Nabire Social Club. It plays host to the Saturday Night Party, the main social event for bush pilots in the area.

"The Porter house" where Matt lives with other Suzi Air porter pilots has be christened the Nabire Social Club. It plays host to the Saturday Night Party, the main social event for bush pilots in the area.

 A river winds its way through the jungle covered flatlands that divide coastal Indoneasian cities like Nabire and from the mountainous interior.

A river winds its way through the jungle covered flatlands that divide coastal Indoneasian cities like Nabire and from the mountainous interior.

 Matt talks with village elders after unloading a cargo of rice in Idedua. Here, the steepness of many Papuan runways is apparent. The slope helps slow the plane during landings and give it speed during take offs.

Matt talks with village elders after unloading a cargo of rice in Idedua. Here, the steepness of many Papuan runways is apparent. The slope helps slow the plane during landings and give it speed during take offs.

 Matt poses in Deneode.

Matt poses in Deneode.

20140718_024new_b.jpg
papua.png
 A villager armed with a bow and arrows.
 Matt brings the Porter around after takeoff at Nabire.
 On approach to Idedua. Papuan villages are often built in inaccessible locations for defensive purposes. A throwback to days, not so long past, when tribal warfare, headhunting and cannibalism were common practice in the region.
 Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.
 Unloading a cargo of rice at Idedua - a village that resides above the clouds.
 The end of the Nabire’s runway is a popular hang out where locals go to enjoy street food and low-tech carnival rides. Though it is an Indonesian construction, Nabire, is centred around the town runway, like the Papuan villages of the interior.
 Refuelling Matt’s Porter on the apron at Nabire airport.
 Nap time in the baggage claim area at Nabire airport.
 Matt waits for passengers in Hitadipa, as the morning sun begins its descend into the valley. Like other bush pilots, Matt starts flying at the break of dawn. This done for safety reasons. As the day progresses the sun will heat up the earth causing clouds and turbulence, which make the already difficult job of the bush pilot even more dangerous.
 Despite its older design, Matt’s porter has been outfitted with modern navigation equipment.
 A villager asks Matt to wait for her friend who wanted to catch the flight but was running late.
 In transit from Timepa. As with the rice shipments, airfare is subsidized by the Indoneasian government in hopes of buying the good will of the Papuans. As a result, Papuans pay the equivalent of a few dollars for a seat on the plane. This amount is a fraction of the cost of the flight but still quite expensive for the isolated papuans.
 Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.
 Matt's porter is positioned for take off on Kegata's ski jump like runway. Across the valley, one can see the village of Apowo in the top right corner. Our flight between the two lasted 64 seconds. Matt calls it the shortest commercial flight in the world.
 Nabire’s congested streets are far removed from the isolated Papuan villages of the interior.
 "The Porter house" where Matt lives with other Suzi Air porter pilots has be christened the Nabire Social Club. It plays host to the Saturday Night Party, the main social event for bush pilots in the area.
 A river winds its way through the jungle covered flatlands that divide coastal Indoneasian cities like Nabire and from the mountainous interior.
 Matt talks with village elders after unloading a cargo of rice in Idedua. Here, the steepness of many Papuan runways is apparent. The slope helps slow the plane during landings and give it speed during take offs.
 Matt poses in Deneode.

A villager armed with a bow and arrows.

Matt brings the Porter around after takeoff at Nabire.

On approach to Idedua. Papuan villages are often built in inaccessible locations for defensive purposes. A throwback to days, not so long past, when tribal warfare, headhunting and cannibalism were common practice in the region.

Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.

Unloading a cargo of rice at Idedua - a village that resides above the clouds.

The end of the Nabire’s runway is a popular hang out where locals go to enjoy street food and low-tech carnival rides. Though it is an Indonesian construction, Nabire, is centred around the town runway, like the Papuan villages of the interior.

Refuelling Matt’s Porter on the apron at Nabire airport.

Nap time in the baggage claim area at Nabire airport.

Matt waits for passengers in Hitadipa, as the morning sun begins its descend into the valley. Like other bush pilots, Matt starts flying at the break of dawn. This done for safety reasons. As the day progresses the sun will heat up the earth causing clouds and turbulence, which make the already difficult job of the bush pilot even more dangerous.

Despite its older design, Matt’s porter has been outfitted with modern navigation equipment.

A villager asks Matt to wait for her friend who wanted to catch the flight but was running late.

In transit from Timepa. As with the rice shipments, airfare is subsidized by the Indoneasian government in hopes of buying the good will of the Papuans. As a result, Papuans pay the equivalent of a few dollars for a seat on the plane. This amount is a fraction of the cost of the flight but still quite expensive for the isolated papuans.

Villagers mill about after a cargo of rice is unloaded in Deneode. The rice is subsidized by the Indoneasian government, who hope to buy the good will of the papuans.

Matt's porter is positioned for take off on Kegata's ski jump like runway. Across the valley, one can see the village of Apowo in the top right corner. Our flight between the two lasted 64 seconds. Matt calls it the shortest commercial flight in the world.

Nabire’s congested streets are far removed from the isolated Papuan villages of the interior.

"The Porter house" where Matt lives with other Suzi Air porter pilots has be christened the Nabire Social Club. It plays host to the Saturday Night Party, the main social event for bush pilots in the area.

A river winds its way through the jungle covered flatlands that divide coastal Indoneasian cities like Nabire and from the mountainous interior.

Matt talks with village elders after unloading a cargo of rice in Idedua. Here, the steepness of many Papuan runways is apparent. The slope helps slow the plane during landings and give it speed during take offs.

Matt poses in Deneode.

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