Who does the pilot fly for? Not MAF as he is not wearing the mandatory helmet. I am assuming the location is not near the border with Papua, New Guinea, as that is primarily Dani territory and I didn't see anyone wearing penis gourds. Or, did he mean Papua New Guinea and West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia? I'm assuming the location was not along the "Neck of the Bird" as I don't recall any airfields there. (access from Serui across open sea in a dug out canoe) So, is the location near the "Head of the Bird" near Fak Fak? Just interested. I've had to walk for days in dense jungle when a short few minutes flight would get you over the village.
Thirty years ago while travelling by car from New Delhi to Agra in India, I noticed very tall posts made of mud brick and spaced horizon distance from each other. In the days before roads these were placed to be guides across trackless territory. Something like your wagon trains used the buttes out west to guide them. Whether flying or driving they found ways to get there.
Very interesting. Years ago in Flying magazine they had a monthly article entitled "I learn about flying by this"..... or something like that. One had to do about what to do if suddenly a VFR pilot was put into an IFR situation. I read it, and it saved my life along with 3 others in our C172 over northern Quebec. I'll skip all the details save to say, forced down to tree top level by unforecast weather, flying in cloud, I would not have known what to do except for having read that article. Your experience may proof beneficial to someone else. I hope so.
During the '70's Trenton Airbase (military) had a flying club open to civilians. As a member I was in their C 172 (NEA)on a final approach when the tower called and said "NEA, be on a watch for Buffalo's doing dumbells" I said "Roger, wilco" not having any idea what he was talking about. Rest assured I scanned the sky extra carefully not knowing what I was looking for. Back at the club house (in one of the hangers) the CFI told me it was the Buffalo airplane (that I had assumed) doing mid field STOL touch and goes. As they approached center field from the side they kick it around to a very short downwind and base leg and final then do the same on the way out. If you can visualize this from the top it does look like a dumbbell. Those military pilots are GOOD!
Yeah, all cities could learn from Singapore, and it's been that way for several decades. Hong Kong & Kuala Lumpur are first rate too. Bangkok & Jakarta are greatly improved but still have a long way to go. Manila is trying.... very trying. But TORONTO, was better when they were handling Viscounts & Vanguards in the Malton days. Smarten up YYZ.
Remember the story of the camel sticking it's nose into the tent. Soon enough it was inside and everyone else was outside. That's an old Arab proverb and it's happening now in Europe and N. America. Smart'in up world.