In September, MAF Papua celebrated 5 years of safe, accident-free flying! This is a huge milestone, especially considering the environment in which our pilots and mechanics work and fly. It is not uncommon for their to be an aviation accident, often fatal, every month in Papua. (I should say here, that in MAF’s accident 5 years ago, no one was injured. Praise God.) We are so, so grateful for our culture of safety in MAF and we know that both our pilots and mechanics are striving to make safe choices everyday!
In light of this milestone, we had a safety bash on base. And, as one does, we had a pig roast! Pig roasts in Papua signal celebration, especially since pigs are so highly valued. One pig can sell for as much as $1,000.
Different from pig roasts we have done in the past (bakar batu: cooking the pig in the ground with hot stones), this time the pig was roasted on a spit. This method, called babi guling, is most common in Bali. However, a man who lives here in Nabire, and is a huge supporter of MAF, offered to roast the pig for us! Yum.
Happy 5 years, MAF!