• 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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Accident Analysis robw56 23 minutes ago View the latest post Russian Flats. Fatal.
I landed a rented 172 at a 1350 ft msl fairly short strip yesterday and it was hot. I calculated the DA just for kicks and it was 4500ft....more than triple the field elevation! Winds...
Live to Tell Squash 29 minutes ago View the latest post Almost crashed at Johnson Creek, ID
LOP operations?
Your photo looks identical to the one on this page.
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/FAA-Pressing-Forward-With-ECI-Cylinder-AD221647-1.html
Uh...
Aircraft Types maules.com 44 minutes ago View the latest post Question about Maule flaps
What is the flap activation process on the BH ?
Is it just a simple pull cable to bellcranks in the wings, or something else ?
What system is used on the ailerons, elevator and elevator...
Community maules.com 50 minutes ago View the latest post Am I a bush pilot too?
Grass and gravel is much more forgiving and easy to land on compared to asphalt or concrete.
Sounds like you are enjoying the adventure, well done.
Think and fly Pro-actively, not Re-actively...
Marketplace Idahomauledriver Today, 12:29pm View the latest post FS: Metal Wall Art...UPDATE!!!!
Thanks for all the great responses guys. Brian, I will see if I can do a Mooney, after I get some other designs created and have some inventory to sell. Right now, I'm not working on...
Aviation Regulation and Law Blown56 Today, 12:23pm View the latest post Flying weed doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore
Good luck Randy. Hope you get another plane. Don't let the bastards get you down.
P.S. I don't smoke weed but the carnage I have witnessed from alcohol is far worse.
Jess
Around the Campfire EZFlap Today, 12:10pm View the latest post Osh first timer advice?
Bring a good a backpack to walk around with.
Get one of those insulated cold food bags, or make one up out of a larger flexible cooler, and put it inside the backpack. Go to a Wal...

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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