The strip was a lot longer than 1500' back in the day if I remember.
Super-Maule wrote:The strip was a lot longer than 1500' back in the day if I remember.
There is a barb-wire fence across the middle of the former runway. I guess we will find out from the owner how much ground we would have for a runway. As far as the runway length goes 500 feet would be fine by me, there are no obstructions. However 1,500 feet would work for most airplanes. 2,500 feet would require more work and upkeep.
This airstrip will be rough, not an irragated, mowed, rolled runway like Johnson Creek. (not for everyone). The sumer heat and winds do make this a difficult airstrip too. It's like any other mountain airstrip, pick your flying times, winds and weight.
This should be real interesting project.
whee wrote:Riggins would be a awesome place for a strip! I've looked that bench over a couple times when I was in town and always wished someone would reopen the strip.
I agree with GSP, the strip needs to be as long as possible. 1500 feet is doable for most planes but not most pilots. If the owner wants to see any benefit to his business it needs to be as long as possible. Its not like the strips require much maintenance; most of the Idaho strips haven't had a thing done in years.
If we were all flying Maules then the only thing we would need to do is put up a windsock...
whee wrote:1500 feet is doable for most planes but not most pilots.
If we were all flying Maules then the only thing we would need to do is put up a windsock
It might be worth a call to the Idaho Division of Aeronautics to see if they'd have any interest in the project. I stopped in to visit with them a year or so ago and they were looking for ideas for a lower elevation airport that would have a longer season than Johnson Creek.
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