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Old 03-05-2010, 03:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First grass strip landing!

Today, I made my first landing and takeoff from a grass strip!! Not a big accomplishment, I know, but it's always exciting when you have a new "first" in aviation.

Weather was beautiful, so I had to find an excuse to go fly. First grass landing sounded like as good excuse as any. So I went to nearby Wolf River Airport (54M).
AirNav: 54M - Wolf River Airport

Back when I was flight training, our flight school had a policy that prohibited renters from operating on grass strips (I'm assuming some insurance reason??)

So, today was my first! Loved it!
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard it can feel like landing on a pillow. Lucky you! Not too many grass strips in Nor. Cal, but we've got some gravel strips scattered about.
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Grass strips are fun!

I suppose it's easier to have problems with them, though, because if you haven't checked out the strip beforehand, it might be soft and you'll dig in. Also, they tend to be short, so if you've been flying from a 8000 ft paved runway, you may not realize how inaccurate your landings have become.

I hate gravel strips - same technique as grass, but sure a lot more potential for damage to the props and paint on the belly. One of the other local charter companies around here won't go into gravel any more because one of their pilots decided to use short field technique instead of soft (it was both, strictly speaking), and applied full power prior to brake release. i think I heard that he wrote off both props - yikes!

Since you have a reasonable grass strip in your area, you should try and get into it from time to time, atc, so your short/soft technique doesn't get rusty

Any pics?
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Grass strips are great, tires last forever on them. Weeds and gopher holes can be kind of bumpy, and they tend to get a bit soft here in the rain belt. Taildraggers like grass, I probably have as many landings on grass as pavement.
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Any pics?
Sorry, I was flying solo, and didn't get to snap any pics...

The AirNav link above has a small overhead photo of the field, though...

I'll definitely take a camera along to my next grass field!!
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Maybe they have a BBQ every week so you have an excuse to go back every week!
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I like grass strips.

I've never been able to figure out why that grass strips (which increase your take-off distance), are always the shortest runway at the 'port, generally speaking.
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Sorry, I was flying solo, and didn't get to snap any pics...

The AirNav link above has a small overhead photo of the field, though...

I'll definitely take a camera along to my next grass field!!
I actually quite like the ones of the airplane parked with a view down the strip, too - but I'm glad to hear that you didn't mess around with taking pics during landing or take-off!
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