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Worst Place to be a Pilot

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A visually jaw-dropping series that follows young British pilots flying in some of the most breathtaking, remote and dangerous locations on earth

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A visually jaw-dropping series that follows young British pilots flying in some of the most breathtaking, remote and dangerous locations on earth

Series 1 Summary

Worst Place to be a Pilot follows the highs and lows in the lives of the young British pilots who work for Indonesian airline Susi Air.

The pilots must fly in the testing outer regions of Indonesia, where the weather is unpredictable and often runways are cut into the side of mountains and separated by miles of dense jungle - making it one of the most dangerous places to fly in the world.

  • Worst Place to be a Pilot

    Episode 1

    The new recruits come face to face with the remarkable range of challenges that flying in Indonesia presents.

    Captain George is greeted by a large group of tribespeople as he becomes the first pilot to land on a runway that's taken them 14 years to cut into the side of a mountain.

    Guy takes drastic action as a passenger has a mid-air panic attack, and Sam lands a plane at a remote and spectacular runway.

  • Episode 2

    Captain Sam Quinn finds himself in the middle of a dispute as he delivers much needed supplies to remote Papuan tribespeople. When bows and arrows are drawn, he makes a swift exit. Back at base he comes down with malaria, a disease which could end his flying career.

    Captain Guy Richardson is treated like a visiting dignitary at the opening of a remote island runway. And will new recruit Nick Holmes pass an assessment to decide if he's finally allowed to get behind the controls of a plane?

  • Episode 3

    Captain Matt Dearden battles severe turbulence to deliver local tribespeople to their loved ones, before becoming the first Westerner to be invited to one of their homes.

    Captain Dave Burns finds himself sandwiched between an approaching storm and an active volcano as he negotiates his way back to base. Without the advanced technology the big jet airliners enjoy, he is forced to navigate his way through the clouds by sight.

    New recruit Nick Holmes faces his final test flight. Pass - and he will be flying passengers for real. Fail - and he'll be heading home.

  • Episode 4

    Captain Matt Dearden faces a tough landing in Papua, an argument between local tribes and a dispute that threatens to turn in to a mass rock fight.

    Captain Danie Malan is put to the test as he tries to graduate to the trickiest mountain strips in Indonesia.

    And Captain Robin Rudderham experiences the threats that come with flying the super highway.

Worst Place to be a Pilot synopsis

A visually jaw-dropping series that follows young British pilots flying in some of the most breathtaking, remote and dangerous locations on earth

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