I used to do search and rescue flying in a J3. Over the last 47 years, the majority of my landings have been on the sandbars and islands of the Mississippi River between Memphis and Vickburg, using stock 8.00x4 mains and a small tailwheel. What you read about seashore beach landings does NOT apply there. The wet sand may be quick and is usually very soft. The dry sand varies from firm to almost as soft as the wet. If not familiar with the bar, you land downriver rather than upwind because of the sawtooth shape of the dunes and ripples (landing upriver into the vertical face of the dunes/ripples can take your gear off). Buried snags can be a major problem. For safety on the Mississippi bars, I always land 3-point. Doing an upriver wheelie test would be extremely dangerous, so if you do em, do em downriver. When actually landing, be prepared to ski jump off dunes that can be several feet high (I always tried to avoid that). This post applies only to that portion of the Mississippi that I am familiar with.
[quote="907Pilot"] You can see the waves just off the beach. The shiny stuff is water-saturated sand. That is the place you want to be. The dark stuff to the right and above that is still hard, but losing it's water and becoming softer. The light stuff is where not to land. It is soft. [/quote] Landed a bunch of times on Egegik beach on Bristol Bay in a DC-3. We never landed in the really wet stuff and never landed in the fluffy dry stuff. Other than that, we pretty much landed the same way we did everywhere which means we wheellied it on every time. It's when you are moving around after the landing that really matters. Never spin on a wheel with it locked. You'll drill a hole and be stuck before you get it all the way around. Stay out of the fluff, think sort of like you are on ice with no sudden direction changes. Plan on wiping or rinsing the airplane as soon as you can after getting off the beach. I would never land somewhere where I have to put my landplane in salt water or salt water saturated sand like the photo unless I had a pretty good reason to. Too much corrosion there for just a recreational landing for me. The drier sand isn't so bad cuz you're not kicking up water. With big tires on a light airplane, I wouldn't think you would have much trouble.
Last edited by c180pilot on Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Egigik and Nushagak don't count as beaches when the sockeye are running....more like international airports... DC-3s, C-46s, DC-4s, DC-6s, and at least one DC-7. Quite a show, actually. Those beaches are really solid, in any case.
That said, I pretty much agree with your points, except if you're going to wheel land on a place you haven't landed recently, do it tail low.