• The Approach

    The Approach - Landing

    The third installment of The Approach -- a series on strategy for approaching and departing backcountry airstrips -- covers landing technique for the unique environment of the backcountry. Read More
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Video Gallery RanchPilot 6 minutes ago View the latest post Video: Green River Lakes Flight (Updated Video)
After watching the video a couple times, I wasn't crazy about my editing. I went ahead and did an extended version using the whole song, which now includes some other beautiful scenes....
Live to Tell Tom 13 minutes ago View the latest post Near Miss With Car
Wasn't me. Mine is white.
Around the Campfire Av8r3400 17 minutes ago View the latest post Osh first timer advice?

Seaplane watermelon social is Thursday .
Nope, seaplane watermelon social is SATURDAY evening at the seaplane base. Corn Roast is Thursday, on the airfield.
You are correct, sir....
Aircraft Types Rob Today, 03:42am View the latest post Question about Maule flaps
Probably already tried this, but, have you tried climbing to altitude and slowing it down as much as you could before applying full flaps to see if it behaves any different?
I have...
Around the Campfire CamTom12 Today, 02:57am View the latest post Renting
I carry non owners insurance. I think it was $350 for 12 months at a pretty high coverage level.
Zzz Yesterday, 22:36pm View the latest post Body of teen pilot washes ashore in Samoa
I think we need to be careful how we display our emotions on this event.
Risk: Another factor that many of us don't understand or take into account is culture. Until you have...
Float flying mtv Yesterday, 21:25pm View the latest post Minnesota-Seatle X-Country via Canada on Straight Floats
Fuel stops from Northwest Territories to US border:
Yellowknife, NWT 118.5 (3 clicks on 119,5 activates a strobe to alert boat traffic)
High Level, Alberta (Footner lake) 123.25 Fuel...

Airstrips from Shortfield.com

Jul 7, 2014 | 16:12 pm 55S - PACKWOOD, WA 55S - PACKWOOD, WA
pilotmike updated an airstrip PIREP...
Jun 23, 2014 | 14:57 pm new - Little Y, UT new - Little Y, UT
Thorsten updated an airstrip photo...
Jun 22, 2014 | 01:04 am S81 - INDIAN CREEK USFS, ID S81 - INDIAN CREEK USFS, ID
sfuhrman updated an airstrip PIREP...
Jun 13, 2014 | 15:02 pm NC27 - LOWER CREEK, NC NC27 - LOWER CREEK, NC
jaredyates updated an airstrip description...
Jun 13, 2014 | 15:00 pm NC2 - TAYLORSVILLE, NC NC2 - TAYLORSVILLE, NC
jaredyates updated an airstrip description...
Jun 13, 2014 | 14:59 pm N92 - LANEYS, NC N92 - LANEYS, NC
jaredyates updated an airstrip description...
Jun 13, 2014 | 14:56 pm NC38 - PROPST, NC NC38 - PROPST, NC
jaredyates updated an airstrip description...
Jun 13, 2014 | 14:48 pm E40 - WILSON'S, NC E40 - WILSON'S, NC
jaredyates updated an airstrip description...
Jun 12, 2014 | 16:20 pm 8U4 - SPOTTED BEAR /USFS/, MT 8U4 - SPOTTED BEAR /USFS/, MT
chrisg updated an airstrip video...
Jun 11, 2014 | 15:53 pm new - Field Station, OR new - Field Station, OR
piperpainter updated an airstrip description...

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