Opened in 1954, Sentani is now MAF Papua’s main administrative and maintenance center. The primary region served from Sentani is Papua’s Eastern Highlands area. The base in Nabire was opened in 1958. It serves as a gateway to the Paniai region of Papua as well as the jungle lowlands to the east of Nabire. In 1960, MAF opened a base in Wamena, located in the Baliem Valley, which serves the entire Central Highlands and southern lowlands of Papua. When adequately staffed, Wamena is the busiest operational base. In West Papua the Manokwari base was opened in 1974.There are no current staff families, operations are now covered by pilots from Sentani or Nabire. Our base in Merauke was opened in 2001 and is located at the extreme southeast end of Indonesia. Our Merauke base effectively serves the broad south coast region using an amphibious Cessna Caravan aircraft. The most recent base in Papua was opened in Timika in 2003 by invitation from PT Freeport Mining Company. Our Timika aircraft and crew serve Freeport’s national employee force and are now positioned to provide for the needs of villages located in the mountainous region north of Timika. Aircraft in Papua fly to over 150 different locations providing transportation for a variety of passengers and cargo. For most of these locations, the movement of people and supplies is heavily, sometimes totally, dependent on small aircraft service.