October 2000 Issue

Landing Softly

Unimproved runways put more than soft-field technique to the test; they need judgment, too

After being immersed in complex airspace with rapid fire clearances and sometimes holding number fifteen for takeoff, I really look forward to flying into the mom and pop grass airstrips scattered across the countryside. Thereís just something about being able to slip on final and glide into a nice landing without a controller in my ears telling me to take the next high speed exit because thereís another airliner on my tail.

Ah, such fun! Back to simple stick-and-rudder once again.

Fun? Absolutely. Low risk? Not necessarily. If you rank the biggest dangers in aviation, icing and thunderstorms might appear near the top of the list. Flying into grass airstrips isnít something that caus...

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