When the 7am weather reports came in from the interior of Borneo, things did not look good. At each of the villages we needed to get to that day it had rained significantly the night before, and in fact it was still raining at most of them. We had a fairly busy day scheduled, including one medical evacuation request, but we had no choice but to delay our departure and hope to get a report of better weather soon. Bad weather and mountainous terrain are two things that should never be mixed in aviation. At 8:30 we finally got a report that the rain was subsiding and decided to launch off. From Tarakan it is about a half hour flight to Malinau, which is the jumping off point to the interior mountain villages of Borneo. From Tarakan to Malinau the terrain is flat and full of wide meandering rivers and rice fields. After Malinau the ground rises to form the jungle-covered mountains of Borneo. We crossed over Malinau at a comfortable 7,500 feet enroute to our first stop in the mountains.
Waiting out the rain in the "MAF terminal"