Matt Dearden is the most famous bush pilot blogger out there.
He used to fly the Pilatus Porter PC-6 for Susi Air and is now employed by the RVL group in the UK.
1.) What would be your number one piece of advice for pilots starting out in the industry?
Don’t restrict yourself too much. Whilst it’s good to have goals in aviation, if you focus too much on your end goal you might miss out on some amazing experiences along the way.
For example, if you want to fly in the mountains of Papua, Indonesia, don’t dismiss Africa or Central America as it’s all bush flying and good experience.
2.) What was the route you took to becoming a Bush Pilot?
I took a job with Susi Air in Indonesia as a co-pilot on the C208B Grand Caravan. I then worked my way up to captain and then moved over to the Pilatus Porter after two years with the company. When I moved to Indonesia,
I never intended to be a bush pilot but once out there, I fell in love with this sort of flying
and it has shaped my career into something I could never have envisaged when I started in aviation.
3.) If you could change one thing about getting there, what would it be?
I honestly can’t think of anything I’d change. I’ve enjoyed every step so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
4.) How did you manage to get the job you are currently at?
A friend told me about RVL, so I emailed the chief pilot with my CV. He got back to me and invited me in for a chat. That chat turned into a flight and he obviously liked what he saw and hired me the next week.
It was tough moving from Indonesia to the UK but I’m really enjoying the variety of flying I do now all around Europe.
5.) What has been you number one memory about flying?
Being the very first pilot to land an aircraft at a number of airstrips in Papua. Using all one’s experiences and knowledge to access somewhere as suitable to land and depart from were the most special flights I did.
The ensuing celebrations amongst the local villagers will be memories I will always look back on proudly.
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