Video: landing on a mountain runway in Papua New Guinea


Short and soft field operations might seem academic when you’re learning in a Skyhawk on a 6,000 foot long runway. But for some pilots these types of landings are just part of the job. Fly along with two professional bush pilots in this video, as they take their Kodiak into a remote mountain runway. On speed and on glide path is the only way to fly here.

Video courtesy of Missionary Bush Pilot.

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.


  1. You both do realize that you’re flying over known tribes that are cannibals.

    You crash and you’ll be breakfast lunch or dinner to the McDonald’s crowd of tribes-people..

  2. Because he wants to breath his own carbon dioxide & breed bacteria in the warm moist Petri dish strapped to his face.

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