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If you ever wonder where are those tiny lovely villages hidden in the valleys of the Owen Stanley Ranges of Papua New Guinea . I found  that, some are pretty difficult to find . Landing on them  is challenging since  we do not have  a bearing  or an altitude. the runway at Timkenumo is so steep that after landing the plane just glide of with breaks  full on  into the nearby bush !  Kagi and Launumu  are seating on top of a cliff , so beware. 

 

Kagi Atlitude 424295 ft  Rwy  best to come in at bearing 240. Seating on top of cliff 

Runway  very bumpy  and slight slope Cliff  on  one side 

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Bodimuno: Altitude  3897 ft  Rwy Bearing 210/30 (fault in scenery Grass floating in the air  near the  building)   Flat  Runway

Latitude S 9 degree 61,41 "

Longitude E 147 degree 40,06'

 

 

Manapi: Atitude 2656Ft  Rwy bearing 30/210 Rwy is  flat , hills trees  and  mountains on either side 

Latitude  S 9 Degree 11,57"

Longitude E 147 Degree 37,45' 

I followed the valley  and come in in an angle  to avoid excessive air speed  on landing 

 

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Approach to Manapi 

 

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Manapi Camping  ground  ( I like the guy on his bicycle , on the Kokoda trail I don't think so !) But great graphics 

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Terminal  Manapi

 

Launumu: Altitude 5082 ft This is the only one towards  North , that seats on the right of the Kokoda Trail . My suggestion is  best to  come in  from the east as the  west side is  extremely bumpy.

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Terminal Launumu

 

At Last  bu not least , Tinkenumo: Altitude 4776 Ft  Rwy 240/60

Extremely  steep . Come in at 240 you will need to push  speed  on landing but my plane did  not hold  on the  landing strip  once stopped . 

Latitude  S 9 degree 7,29"

Longitude E 147 38,89'

 

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In the ditch , It just slide off the grass !!! No hope to maintain some dignity 

Happy flying

Charles 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 minutes ago, YAMBA1 said:

some are pretty difficult to find

 

Attached is a list of the Kokoda airport locations, the Tapini airport locations, and also a Google Earth KMZ file showing all of them as well.

Tapini airports.docx

Kokoda track and airstrips.docx

ORBX_PNG_airport_package_map_V1.0.kmz

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1 hour ago, Matt McGee said:

 

Attached is a list of the Kokoda airport locations, the Tapini airport locations, and also a Google Earth KMZ file showing all of them as well.

Tapini airports.docx

Kokoda track and airstrips.docx

ORBX_PNG_airport_package_map_V1.0.kmz

Thank you so much Matt  This is great  your help is much appreciated 

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Thanks for this. I thought the whole point of the Papa New Guinea stuff was to find the strips on our own. I think that was the intent(Adventure). We did a group flight yesterday there and it wasn't pretty I crashed or over shot some of the strips twice and some of them took three try's to get it right. Great Stuff I hope they do some more like this.  

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YAMBA1: thanks for sharing the great screenshots. I agree that the Kokoda strips are among the most challenging of all the ORBX sites. Lots of fun flying and near-heart-attack landings. 

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1 hour ago, jsapair said:

Can't open a .docx file. What program created it? I've got MS Office 2003.

 

I converted my file of  Kokoda Trail Villages to PDF

Happy Flying

Charles 

 

Kokoda Trail Villages.pdf

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Terribly sorry gents.  I have completely forgotten how to enter the .kmz files into GE, I've entered them before for other

area's but the grey matter has failed me badly. I apologize

 

Jim/NZ

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1 minute ago, JimNZ said:

Terribly sorry gents.  I have completely forgotten how to enter the .kmz files into GE, I've entered them before for other

area's but the grey matter has failed me badly. I apologize

 

Jim/NZ

 You have to  go  back and  study the  Jim Irving  file :)

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3 hours ago, YAMBA1 said:

You have to  go  back and  study the  Jim Irving  file

 

Thanks, but I have absolutely no idea about what the Jim Irving file is !!!!!

 

3 hours ago, JimNZ said:

Terribly sorry gents.  I have completely forgotten how to enter the .kmz files into GE, I've entered them before for other

area's but the grey matter has failed me badly. I apologize

 

Jim, what I did is to just double clic on the kmz file and it opens itself within GE.  This is on a Mac where the GE app had been installed.

 

Jean-Jacques

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Another joy with these strips is to run the lot with a helicopter. I've done them with the UK/MIL Chinook, the default Augusta Westland, and the freeware EC-135. Each helo offers a different kind of challenge and demands that you mind your manners.

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Thanks for the file conversions, guys. I appreciate it. One of the more challenging places to fly.

 

                           jsapair

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Freebird, I agree with you.  I really enjoy having to find cockies or other small airports/airstrips.

 

Jean-Jacques, thank you for the help.  It worked a peach, thanks.

 

Jim......JimNZ

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20 minutes ago, JimNZ said:

Freebird, I agree with you.  I really enjoy having to find cockies or other small airports/airstrips.

 

Jim agree with you and Freebird as well . At the time  when I searched  for those airstrips I was  using  active sky  which added much to  the challenge, as clouds  were low  which reduced  the  visibility  . So some bearing would have  helped .  Jim if you like to search for  things, there is an airport/ airstrip in PNG  which  has an highway that runs through the tarmac! Let me now  when you find it. 

Regards 

Charles 

 

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I added the strips to Plan-G - it means I can plan a flight.

 

The elevation and runway info will be a big help - thanks OP!

 

What aircraft are people using?

 

PS ORBX - More of PNG would be great!

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1 hour ago, peregrine said:

What aircraft are people using?

 

 I am in FSX  so I used a Cessna C172SP Skyhawk, a Piper , Maule or Mooney , but taken that  you are flying high altitude  preferably something  a  Grand Caravan or Beechcraft Baron  would  be more appropriated, but perhaps not  on all air strips  To negotiate  some of those airstrips flexibility of maneuvering  is the essence 

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