• 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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Trip Reports 180Marty 10 minutes ago View the latest post TX - Williams - Grand Canyon - Truckee - Bryce Canyon - Lake
Nice, brings back memories of a trip I made over the Grand Canyon, then up over Bryce to Grand Junction and getting my certificate when I landed at Leadville.
Airports and Airstrips northernguy 12 minutes ago View the latest post Charlotte Lake airstrip
I wouldn't bother with Charlotte Lake....the fishin' is better at Nimpo anyway eh Logan?
Around the Campfire tcj 41 minutes ago View the latest post Motion Sickness...
I got a job on a FS helitack crew when I was a kid a little over 40 years ago. I had never flown in a fixed wing or helicopter. The helicopter contract had a guarantee of two flight...
Trip Reports bigrenna Today, 04:51am View the latest post Oregon180 and Family Fly North To Alaska!
Hey man, great TR! This is the kind of content that makes this forum so great. Thanks for posting.
Larry and I flew up around that area before the Airman's show and man is it pretty....
Marketplace dontlookdown Today, 04:40am View the latest post FS: Metal Wall Art...UPDATE!!!!
Hey Jeredp, nice effort
If you offered the aircraft silhouette as a stand alone cut out, I think that might also be a good option for those who may not want the full wall-art piece....
Video Gallery highroad Today, 00:05am View the latest post Cameron Airshow Video
Those dudes spinning on the ground went solid IMC.
I was wondering if they filed each time, lol!
The heat from that jet truck had to give a pretty solid thump as they flew through it.
Modifications Zzz Yesterday, 22:55pm View the latest post C-170B/ IO-360M1B conversion underway
I'll work on that for you Brett. Does anybody know if Imgur will let you upload videos? It's just that I already have an account. Thx
Nothing works better than Youtube and the capture...
Trip Reports idair Yesterday, 22:12pm View the latest post Wagon westward - MountainMatt's Idaho adventure
Awesome video. If you have the source footage resolution, please upload at 1080P, it's that beautiful.

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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