Floatplane in Mendawai
While visiting the MAF team in Palangkaraya, we got to go on two flights to the village of Mendawai. There’s no airstrip there, just a big winding river and a small wooden dock.
We visited in one of MAF’s small floatplanes (PK-MCB, affectionately nicknamed Charlie Brown) flown by pilot Sean Cannon.
Mendawai is a new area of service for MAF, having just been opened in the past year or so. Without many roads and limited to often-difficult river transportation, access to regular floatplane service is making a huge difference for the community.
We spent a few hours walking through town, guided by a band of eager children over rickety boardwalks and dusty streets, getting a glimpse at daily life in South Kalimantan.
We even met a man who’s been making wooden models of MAF’s floatplanes!
It was a real treat to visit the people of Mendawai and see the impact of MAF on their community.