Typical PNG bush airstrip at Guari in Central Province (Matt McLaughlin)
MELBOURNE - For all of us who were kiaps, life brought us a range of experiences, some serious, some tragic, some mundane and others that were extremely humorous.
I was always mindful that if I ever lost my sense of humour it was time to resign.
In this vein I recall an incident when I was a young Cadet Patrol Officer at Kabwum and was despatched on patrol.
I was flown to the remote airstrip at Indagen and, on completion of the patrol, collected by aircraft at a pre-arranged date and time from the same strip.
Came the day, I was back at the airstrip with my collection of patrol equipment, boxes, chair, table, lantern, the works, all neatly stacked on the hard-standing area.
After what seemed like hours, I heard an aircraft in the distance. It circled and came into land.