Author: Matt Mclaughlin
Publisher: Self-published. Available as an E-Book on Amazon Kindle.
After an untimely exit from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, New Zealander Matt McLaughlin took a leap into the unknown, travelling to Papua New Guinea to work as a pilot with the Catholic Overseas Volunteer Service in the 1990s.
Over the next three and a half years, as he built up the necessary experience to chase his goal of becoming an airline captain, Matt lived on the knife edge of bush pilot operations in one of the world’s most dangerous flying environments.
Flying between Port Moresby and the Southern Highlands, Mr McLaughlin describes years of flying across inhospitable terrain, completing around 3,500 take-offs, with up to 15 flights a day, six days a week.
Along the way he soaked up some fascinating local history: the country’s vital role in WWII’s Pacific Theatre; the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart; the chaos of the Bougainville civil war and the Morobe gold rush of the 1930s.