• 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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Live to Tell csstricker 17 minutes ago View the latest post Almost crashed at Johnson Creek, ID
I had a pretty freaky event happen about a month ago while attempting to land at J.C. It was my first time into J.C. and I had been briefed on the approaches and the tendency to be...
Aviation Regulation and Law csstricker 29 minutes ago View the latest post Flying weed doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore
WOW, yeah that's like a slap on the wrist. I wonder if he could buy his plane back and write it off as a business expense? ;o)
Aircraft Types 175 magnum Yesterday, 23:36pm View the latest post Question about Maule flaps
At least one of the Bearhawk guys I know have converted to electric flaps and is very pleased with the results. Very simple install and used the RV10 linear actuator with pre-select....
Airports and Airstrips idair Yesterday, 23:10pm View the latest post magic reservoir (Idaho)?
Thanks for the honest input guys. "It's not worth the gas". That's really the litmus test. Since we have a few locals here, can you recommend other day trips?
Marketplace idair Yesterday, 23:07pm View the latest post FS/WTB Avionics
The SL30 and SL40s are nice radios, and I like them. If i didn't have to re-wire the entire plane to install one I would put it in.
Engines and Propellers NZMaule Yesterday, 22:34pm View the latest post Kickback at start and broke starter adaptor
my starter is on a io520 and is TCM 646238-2 which I presume is the old 'boat anchor' you refer to - so I am hoping this adaptor failure is just a one off.
Nope not to be, I have just...
Around the Campfire idair Yesterday, 22:25pm View the latest post Renting
I carry non owners insurance. I think it was $350 for 12 months at a pretty high coverage level.
That is pretty damn good. Avemco quoted me $950 for enough to cover the typical rental...
Accident Analysis Coyote Yesterday, 22:20pm View the latest post Russian Flats. Fatal.
Flew in the day before this accident and almost bit it. Winds predicted at 9k less than 10 and scattered showers in the area. Landed Harlowtown in dead calm with scattered showers....

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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