Slope: 15% average. 14% at touchdown increasing to 26% near the parking bay at the top
People Served: Mek (Kosarek)
Interesting Facts: Flights to Volmimpi are scheduled to arrive before midmorning. After 10 a.m., winds moving through the mountains make the runway too challenging. Precipitation on the windshield interferes with the pilot’s depth perception and is another restriction to consider at Volmimpi.
At Volmimpi the “committal point” on approach occurs just before landing, even prior to touchdown. The surrounding terrain makes it impossible to go-around and try again, so once past the committal point the pilot must continue for landing even if a pig or a person unexpectedly comes out onto the runway.
Because Volmimpi is so challenging, an important checkout process is required for any pilot flying in. An experienced instructor pilot supervises three to five practice landings and at least one go-around, points out key terrain features to reference when approaching, and discusses weather patterns and challenges.
Before taking the first passengers into Volmimpi, YAJASI sent two pilots to do an aerial survey and test landing with an empty airplane. They made notes while flying several approaches and did a detailed runway inspection. YAJASI’s runway chart for Volmimpi is based on their findings.
Time Saved: From YAJASI’s home base in Sentani to Volmimpi is a 50-minute flight. Overland travel is impossible due to jungle, swamp, mountains, and rugged terrain void of roads. If attempted, it would take several weeks. The only other practical option for the people at Volmimpi is a two-day hike to Kosarek, the next nearest grass runway in the mountains. For YAJASI, Volmimpi to Kosarek is a 7-minute flight.
I remember many flights on that beautiful hello - what a joy to see it again!!
This picture was taken at the African Fruit Company (AFC) and the two missionary women are Esther Collingridge and Laura Reeves.
Love this throw back. I was kid back then, but I was there. Those were the glory days! 😀
Reminds me of landing at Amanab in Papua New Guinea when Shirley and I were there starting in 1964.
Jeremiah loved serving the people of Brazil and connecting the mission workers, whether they were from other parts of Brazil or the West, to those who crave God’s love: “Being able to be that bridge to see these people that God has called to go and give their lives, to invest in these people, learn their language and their culture, becoming part of their village, and showing them the love of Christ. And then telling them the love of Christ. [I loved] being the bridge that gets [the mission workers] to where they can actually do that.” Read more here: www.jaars.org/blog/a-bridge-through-the-jungle/
📸: Cargo that Jeremiah and the others loaded in the airplane.
God Bless the pilots for being the connectors 👏👏👏👏
At age 5 my son declared he would be a pilot when he grew up. While serving in Papua New Guinea one of his cargos was a load of newly printed New Testaments translated by a man who had been a student my husband and I had taught his first classes linguistics..
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ. Take greetings from "Thyatira Church Trust Bangladesh" ministry and Thyatira orphan children's home.