Flying in PNG means …

Jamie shares how some of his behind-the-scenes responsibilities make flying safer.

I stay quite busy flying here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). But my role as pilot here includes many other responsibilities besides picking people up from “Point A” and taking them to “Point B.”

I conduct morning inspections of the airplane, looking for things that may be wrong, like a crack in the attach point of a radio antenna.

Periodically, I inspect airstrips to verify their suitability for continued use. These inspections include looking for unsafe conditions like softness, obstructions, and holes, plus verifying length and slope. The inspections help prevent accidents that can damage aircraft and cause injury to passengers.

Some other duties include the handling of cargo and the fueling of the aircraft.

And even though delays can occur due to bad weather and numerous other factors, those delays can open opportunities to share the gospel with 30 to 60 people at a time.

I haven’t listed all my duties, but it’s clear: Pilots fulfill many responsibilities to ensure safe, reliable air service in PNG.

It is a privilege to serve here in PNG as a pilot, advancing the work of Bible translation.

Jamie Halverson

Jamie Halverson

Jamie has served in Papua New Guinea with SIL Aviation PNG since 2006. Lisa, his wife, came to PNG in 2007 as a language intern. They were married in 2009 and now have four children, Thad, Thea, Zeke, and Ziah.