Touchdown Zone: Acodi

Can you spot Acodi from the air?     Photo credit: Brad McFarlane


Region: Indonesia

Language Group served: Wano

Surface: Grass

Elevation: 900 feet

Length: 505 meters/1,657 feet

Width: 14 meters/46 feet

Slope: 1% at touchdown increasing to 8% on rollout

Interesting Fact:

The Acodi airstrip was built entirely without the aid of tools. Literally. The ground was dug with sticks and rocks, and dirt was hauled on bark sleds. A changing river threatened to erode the runway, so YAJASI flew in wire cages filled with rocks to protect the river banks. In 2018, the airstrip was been opened to airplanes. Exciting ministry is happening here. YAJASI is serving the Wano Bible teachers who started an outreach in Acodi three years ago. There is now a growing church in the village. Some Wano men taught the first literacy class there earlier this year, and now a number of the men are training to become Bible teachers. Already this village is talking about where they will head to next to let other Wano villages know about what Christ did for them on the cross and the freedom that faith in Jesus brings.

Read more about Acodi here.  View the runway chart here.

Time Saved:

Acodi is a five-minute flight, or a ten-hour hike, from Dagai, the nearest village. However, Dagai has no medical services, and few supplies for purchase. To reach Mulia, the closest ‘town’ that can provide limited medical help, a Wano person faces about five days of hiking, or a 15–20 minute flight up and over the high ridges between Acodi and Mulia.

The Wano Bible teachers and literacy teachers and their families come to Acodi from the village of Mokndoma, about a 20–25 minute flight away. From time to time in the past, some Wano men have made that hike over inhospitable terrain (about a week’s worth of hiking), but families never make that hike. Now, through the help of YAJASI, the Bible teachers and their families can travel back and forth more safely and easily as they continue teaching and discipling the believers in Acodi.


On base leg, tucked up next to the mountains     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Approaching Acodi     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


On final     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Note the rivers on either side of the runway.     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Without air service, travelers face rivers, jungle, and steep mountains.     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


The changing river threatens to erode the runway.     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Local homes near the runway     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Pilots flew in via Helivida’s helicopter to inspect the runway for airplane use.     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


The local people learn what needs to be completed prior to opening the runway for airplanes to land.     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Surveying Acodi for the overall slope     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Setting up the runway markers     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Dancers celebrate near the YAJASI PC-6 on the ground at Acodi.     Photo credit: Tim Ingles


Locals enjoy shade under the PC-6 wing at Acodi.     Photo credit: Brad McFarlane


Friendly faces     Photo credit: Brad McFarlane


YAJASI pilot Brad McFarlane joins some local residents dressed for a celebration.     Photo credit: Brad McFarlane


Acodi with clouds on ridges     Photo credit: Tim Ingles


PC-6 taking off downhill at Acodi     Photo credit: Tim Ingles


Thunderstorms create beautiful scenes but also challenging flight environments.     Photo credit: Kars Kroneman


Acodi is labeled as ACODIPT (Acodi point). Dagai, another remote village is part of another language group. The Wano people are spread in a wide area, often neighboring or very close to villages of other languages.