August 2000 Issue

The Lesser Evil

The choice of downwind landing or a circle to land can be as murky as the weather

It was a dark and stormy night… And there you are, in the hold, listening to the weather as you get ready to shoot the VOR Runway 29 approach into Squirrel Pit Municipal.

Not the biggest piece of concrete in the state – in fact, not even concrete. Just 3,500 feet of tarmac, only 50 feet wide.

No approach lighting, no metropolis around to put a glow in the sky that lights the ground around it. Nothing but a double row of runway lights in a black hole, full of trees, terrain, and unlit buildings. And just to make life even more interesting, the ceiling is only 900 feet, it’s misty-raining, and the visibility is but a mile and a half.

Pretty grungy, even if it’s well above the 500-1...

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