• 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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Around the Campfire RanchPilot 9 minutes ago View the latest post Body of teen pilot washes ashore in Samoa
Well said, Dav. We all know what it's like to fly over inhospitable terrain with few options if things go sideways. Unfortunately they did here, but that's a chance most of us have...
Aircraft Types CapnMike 21 minutes ago View the latest post PA 18 - Super Cub - Education

Maybe we should start talking about women. >:)
Hmmmm, heavy up front to compensate for the rear . We should probably just stick to airplanes.
Winner!! LOL
EZFlap 25 minutes ago View the latest post Question about Maule flaps
The effect of minor amounts of dirt, burrs on metal parts, corrosion, etc. can be greatly amplified when there are air loads on the parts.
Same principle as when you can easily drag...
Modifications denalipilot 33 minutes ago View the latest post C-170B/ IO-360M1B conversion underway
Here you go Brett:
Initially had the port and starboard LEDs reversed- since corrected
Wingtip recognition lights
Around the Campfire contactflying 47 minutes ago View the latest post Renting
That neighbor's Tri-Pacer reminds me of the Tri-Pacer I, and many other poor boys, rented, for ten dollars per hour wet. That one got lots of use. I went out one day, preflighted,...
CapnMike Today, 16:04pm View the latest post Motion Sickness...
I've flown with a lot of pilots that used to get motion sickness as passengers. Once they started taking flying lessons, they got over it. Kind of like giving them a job to do, being...
Modifications 172heavy Today, 15:14pm View the latest post Porting and polishing cylinders
Once upon a time I ran a shop and built performance engines, I always pushed my customers for at least what I called a stage 1(I offered up to a stage 3 cylinder head clean up, port...
Live to Tell tcj Today, 14:49pm View the latest post Near Miss With Car
They should teach people in driver's training class that if they ever see an airplane approaching them from the front...or the rear...to get out of the way. It probably has an emergency...

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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