TouchDown Zone: Mokndoma
Region: Papua, Indonesia
Surface: Shale rock
Elevation: 6,650 feet
Length: 460 meters/1,509 feet
Width: 14 meters/46 feet
Slope: 2% at touchdown with a small section at the top that increases to 9%
People group served: Wano
Interesting Facts: YAJASI has flown many building supplies for the school started by Sekolah Lentera Harapan in Mokndoma two years ago. YAJASI also provides air support for Ethnos360 missionaries who live and work in Mokndoma. The Wano people have received the gospel and have sent their own evangelists to two other villages—Mbomban and Acodi. YAJASI is privileged to fly these national evangelists to and from their places of ministry.
Weather is often an issue at this one-way strip. As the sun comes out and heats the ground, warmer air from the valley rises and cools, forming clouds right at the altitude of Mokndoma.
A YAJASI pilot can land with a full load at Mokndoma but because of the high altitude, they are restricted in their take-off load. A YAJASI PC-6 can carry about 400kg out while a Kodiak can take about 200kg.
Time Saved: From YAJASI’s home base in Sentani to Mokndoma is a 1 hour 40 minute flight. Overland travel is virtually impossible due to jungle, swamp, mountains, and rugged terrain void of roads. There is an option of flying to Mulia, the next closest community. Mulia has a paved runway as well as a school, clinic, and government center. However, the language spoken in Mulia is totally different than in Mokndoma. Mulia is an eight-minute flight or a two-day hike from Mokndoma.