• 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 whee 3 minutes ago View the latest post Question about Maule flaps
A inline spring cartridge could be a nice solution. The BH is the only plane I've flown with flaps so I have nothing to compare it too but they for sure take a lot of force to deploy....
Around the Campfire rjb 14 minutes ago View the latest post Osh first timer advice?
Treat your clothes with permethrin.
You can buy camp chairs there. A Trader Joe cooling bag, a mesh shopping bag, and a little luggage cart to haul stuff around comes in handy. The...
rw2 44 minutes ago View the latest post Body of teen pilot washes ashore in Samoa
From their blog:
We have read some negative comments to the blog and in some newspapers about the trip Haris and I have undertaken. Mostly, people form opinions without having all...
Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration Bender Today, 05:44am View the latest post PA-22/20 project at Steve's
Update. Bought Cleveland kit 199-62A (six bolt double pucks) for the project. Also secured a hangar yesterday. The plane should be done in a couple of weeks.
Video Gallery RanchPilot Today, 05:06am View the latest post Video: Green River Lakes Flight (Updated Video)
Here's an extended and re-edited version of the video with some additional footage. Call it the "Extended Director's Cut," I guess.
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Live to Tell Tom Today, 04:58am View the latest post Near Miss With Car
Wasn't me. Mine is white.

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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