• The Approach

    The Approach - Takeoff

    The second installment of The Approach -- a series on strategy for approaching and departing backcountry airstrips -- will cover takeoff technique: An often overlooked but critical skill for backcountry performance and safety.

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Around the Campfire 88H 17 minutes ago View the latest post Gonna be needing another seat!
A1 & WB:
Congratulations! Nothing that you will do will be more important or more rewarding.
My wife and I have 4 and I can tell you it has given us far more blessings that I can...
Video Gallery Zzz 26 minutes ago View the latest post Bearhawks at Llano
My lack of posts could also be a subconscious desire to not let anyone criticize my work. You share with the world, you get the peanut gallery.
Here's my setup:
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Maintenance and Parts Support 88H 41 minutes ago View the latest post Cover for Oil Cooler
Guys:
I know there has been some threads on this topic, but I wondered if some of you could help me locate a part.
I have a real problem keeping my 180 warm enough. Even here in NM....
Engines and Propellers 8GCBC Today, 10:38am View the latest post O or IO 540?
In the marine world most pumps I have seen are MoGas because ethanol and marine engines and tanks do not mix well.
Seaplane operations: I vote unleaded MoGas. (O) 540 NOT (T), (G),...
Theory, Practice, and Procedures UngaWunga Today, 10:04am View the latest post Grass Runway landings
Not picking on anyone's video... I have to stick to watching videos of other people fly since the winds have been crazy here when I'm scheduled to fly recently. Where I'm getting training...
Trip Reports geoedgerton Today, 09:11am View the latest post Old Mexico
rw2: Thanks for the info--I read all the discussions in the link you provided and it helped put everything in perspective. We might decide to give it a try but it still seems like...
Theory, Practice, and Procedures Terry Today, 09:09am View the latest post The Approach: A new series on backcountry flying strategy
I also horse it off with lots of elevator and flaps if I need to get off the ground early.
I would like some input from others on this, when we horse it off the ground it's mushy with...
Airports and Airstrips Straydog Today, 08:50am View the latest post KHAF for lunch today 4/24
If anybody's at KHAF around lunch time today I'll be in the cargo compartment of the biggest bird on the field giving tours (weather permitting)
Give me a call or text and come on over....

Airstrips from Shortfield.com

Apr 8, 2014 | 20:19 pm 0V7 - KAYENTA, AZ 0V7 - KAYENTA, AZ
timmonst updated an airstrip video...
Apr 8, 2014 | 20:09 pm 24AZ - PLEASANT VALLEY AIRSTRIP, AZ 24AZ - PLEASANT VALLEY AIRSTRIP, AZ
timmonst updated an airstrip video...
Apr 8, 2014 | 15:37 pm 28U - OWYHEE RESERVOIR STATE, OR 28U - OWYHEE RESERVOIR STATE, OR
sfuhrman updated an airstrip PIREP...
Mar 25, 2014 | 22:23 pm new - Robbins Skyranch, CA new - Robbins Skyranch, CA
flynengr updated an airstrip PIREP...
Mar 25, 2014 | 22:16 pm new - Salt Springs Valley Strip, CA new - Salt Springs Valley Strip, CA
flynengr updated an airstrip description...
Mar 24, 2014 | 21:26 pm No ID 041 - TEMPERANCE CREEK, OR No ID 041 - TEMPERANCE CREEK, OR
sfuhrman updated an airstrip PIREP...
Mar 24, 2014 | 03:14 am 6OR9 - REDS WALLOWA HORSE RANCH, OR 6OR9 - REDS WALLOWA HORSE RANCH, OR
Bugs66 updated an airstrip PIREP...
Mar 23, 2014 | 23:47 pm No ID 140 - MERCEY HOT SPRINGS, CA No ID 140 - MERCEY HOT SPRINGS, CA
dudestickle updated an airstrip photo...
Mar 20, 2014 | 20:59 pm E92 - ESTANCIA MUNI, NM E92 - ESTANCIA MUNI, NM
zaitcev updated an airstrip PIREP...
Mar 14, 2014 | 15:07 pm new - Wayside Inn, AZ new - Wayside Inn, AZ
timmonst updated an airstrip video...

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