• 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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Aircraft Types mtv 5 minutes ago View the latest post PA 18 - Super Cub - Education
Need to carry loads? News flash: Lighter plane can carry more load. More power can work, BUT, often what happens is the opposite of what S7 just described: add bigger engine, then...
Around the Campfire Av8r3400 6 minutes ago View the latest post Osh first timer advice?
Stadtmuellers. That's where I camp. Just across the street from the Ultralight Red Barn.
Much more organized than it was years ago and more than a few bucks, but still a great place...
Marketplace Jeredp 18 minutes ago 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...
Live to Tell qmdv 43 minutes ago 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...
Around the Campfire Karmutzen 45 minutes ago View the latest post Body of teen pilot washes ashore in Samoa
Nothing rips my heart out like father/sons/daughters getting killed flying together in the enjoyment of recreational flying. A round-the-world flight is recreational, no different...
Modifications Flyboy_AK 58 minutes ago View the latest post Porting and polishing cylinders
I had my new cylinders polished and flow matched by LyCon. They can only go so far on a certified engine,
They can clean up the rough areas on the castings but not remove any material...
Airports and Airstrips courierguy 59 minutes ago View the latest post magic reservoir (Idaho)?
Indeed, for anyone passing through that high desert area, either Fairfield (food, mo gas, grocery store, restaurant, and motel directly across the street) or Picabo (mogas you can taxi...
Aviation Regulation and Law Nosedragger 59 minutes ago View the latest post Flying weed doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore
4 years probation and a 25k fine. Probably made a lot more than that before he got caught.http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=30837869&comments=true

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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