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.
This morning, staff gathered to honor outgoing JAARS President Woody McLendon and his wife, Mary. Memories from Woody's 10 years of service and encouraging words were shared by many. The remaining senior leadership team then prayed over Woody and Mary for God's blessings and wisdom and direction for their future. ... See MoreSee Less
May God richly bless you. Thank you for your service.
📸: This weekend's Missions at the Airport team in Smoketown, PA. Thanks to all who prayed for the team and event. They had beautiful weather on Saturday with lots of flying, fun, and conversations about JAARS and how we help support Bible translation. (Not pictured: Mike Bunn) ... See MoreSee Less