• 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 CamTom12 14 minutes ago View the latest post Question about Maule flaps
damn that mechanical advantage!
I wouldn't have guessed 3" would have that much effect either. Probably some trig involved with the different angle your arm was applying force...
Products, Gear, and Technology enewton57 25 minutes ago View the latest post Goodyear 8.50x6 vs shaved Specialty "Superhawk" tire
One other thing to consider is the actual weight of the tires. Goodyears tend to weigh more than other tires of the same size.
Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration Gunny Today, 04:56am View the latest post Project: New C180H - The Madness Begins...
Congrats! All that work has paid off in spades!
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Around the Campfire Barnstormer Today, 04:47am View the latest post New private pilot
Well done. Now you have a license to learn.
Try and join us at the second largest fly-in in Texas.
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Trip Reports kestrel Today, 04:15am View the latest post Bearhawk in the Backcountry
You're having way too much fun! ...still not much real backcountry in my area of the world.
Live to Tell PAMR MX Today, 00:36am View the latest post Almost crashed at Johnson Creek, ID
We see this one go wrong way too many times here at Merrill. Glad that worked out for ya.
Straight tail- No way that blew off from shock cooling. The crack must have been there for...
Products, Gear, and Technology idair Yesterday, 22:50pm View the latest post Anyone have a BAS shoulder harness in a 172?
Anyone have a BAS shoulder harness in a 172?
I'm looking for a plane to sit in for test fitment purposes for very tall people in the mountain west (prefer Boise, ID).
Marketplace Terry Yesterday, 20:51pm View the latest post FS: Metal Wall Art...UPDATE!!!!
We received ours today, nice job!!

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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