A Virginal Experience!

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  1. timwinters

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    I was reminded today that, when I did this, it was during one of the million times this year that I was banned from from PoA by people with no sense of humor. <har>

    I posted this over on Purple but not here.

    On Sunday, June 30th I landed at FLIB Field (my field) for the first time. I've landed about a dozen times since...

    And, as soon as the slow-assed wheels of the FAA turn a few revolutions, it will be on the charts.

     
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    Nice, looking good.
     
  3. Greg Bockelman

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    All that open ground around you and you have to cut a runway out of the forest. LOL

    Looks real good, Tim. I’m jealous.

    How long is it?
     
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    I swear I read the rutile wrong ... lol
     
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    Sweet. Tim!
     
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    2200'x60'

    South end is 50' lower than north end, thus land on 35, take off on 17 unless strong winds dictate otherwise.

    Temporary 600' displaced threshold on 35. The south end required the most grading work, as you can see in the vid, it was lifted about 6' at the south end. Thus this area was a bit rougher and the grass didn't come in as quickly...so I just decided to stay off of it until the grass matures and I run over it a few more times with a preparator to smooth it. There will be a permanent 200' displaced threshold, landing short would make for a very, very bad day.

    17 has a permanent 200' displaced threshold. It will be needed for fence clearance, I plan a 4' decorative wood fence along the north properly line at the co. rd.

    I have permission to clear the trees north of the railroad tracks (approach 17, departure 35) but haven't done so yet since this the "dead end" of the runway.

    As an aside, I couldn't have been any luckier with the weather. I seeded it in mid-April, which is always risky around here because, typically, it can dry out big-time starting mid-July thru mid-sept. Not this year! Ample rain all summer. I plan to drill in another 500# of fescue next weekend...weather permitting.

    Oh, and I bought a bad-ass ZTR last year. It cuts 73" @ 13 mph. My best guess is I'm mowing 6 to 8 acres (The runway itself is exactly 3 acres). I mow it in less than two hours!
     
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    I landed on a field once to find out I had landed on someones field.!!

    The landing field I was looking for was a couple miles over....:oops:
     
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    Bout time. You started in on that what, two,three years ago. That's a lot of foreplay
     
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    I busted my turf field cherry in the Mooney last weekend. Don’t plan on doing that again any time soon. Thought I was going to shake the old girl apart.
     
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    Bought the property on Dec 30, 2017. In '18, cleared trees, built 1000' of road, installed 1500' of UG power, and drilled a well. Started the actual strip in Feb of this year. Here it was in early April, after tilling, rock raking, and laying back down, but before seeding.

    B3B33739-738C-4DF3-B232-14DE932B7717.jpeg

    I landed/took-off four times yesterday. Twice in the proper direction (land uphill...take-off down) and...

    For the first time, twice in the wrong direction (land downhill, take-off up) just to see how do-able it is. 85*F day, density altitude of 3,100' (act elev 1414'), me, full tanks...piece of cake! Down and stopped in 1,200' or less both times, up in 1,000'
     
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    I'd far rather play on grass than pavement...no comparison.
     
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    Why do you want it Charted? Are you thinking of doing business there someday? I googled FLIB to see what it had to say. I always called it ‘F’ing little itty bitty’ but it came up ‘funny little itenerate blip.’ What is the identifier going to be?
     
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    To use Roman Moronie-speak: Farging Little Itinerant Bastages
     
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    Mooney rubber biscuit suspension is not very forgiving on rough runways. Also, all that shaking/bouncing isn’t doing the wet wings any favors.
     
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    No, no business. I simply think it's an aviator's responsibility to the aviation community to chart a strip. I can't tell you how many times I've looked down and seen what appears to be a really nice grass strip that's not on the chart...then looked at my chart...only to see nothing else for 15...30 miles...and mumble to myself, "f***ing a**hole, put it on the chart in case my fan quits turning!" Across southern Missouri, like many other parts of the country, there are areas where it's solid forest as far as the eye can see. If I was out on the middle of Kansas (perish the thought) where the entire countryside is a grass strip, I might have a different attitude.

    It'll be listed as "land by permission only" but permission is a given when someone has an emergency.

    I'll leave it to the controllers here to answer that question!
     
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    My impression after driving across Kansas, instead of clearing trees you'd have to clear cut some wind turbines to make space for an airstrip. They seem to grow a high density of them there...
     
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    Lmao. That’s what I’m going with now.

     
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    Wow, I'm jealous... Wish I could do what you've done....

    Nice strip... Seemed a bit bumpy in the vid.

    I once saw a turf company that used old LP tanks (1000 gallon) as rollers.... Behind a tractor.

    That'd really smooth it out after a rain....
     
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    That's what we do at 6Y9.
     
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    No wildlife clearing pass? I am so disappointed.

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    Good to see you are exploring. Never know when the time may come that you will need to land in a different direction than what is always considered normal.
     
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    Not bumpy at all, smoother than most grass strips I've landed on. Sure, I has some "undulations" but no "thumping bumps" like many strips...Gaston's for example has a couple.

    And the roller? I have access to two. One made out of a 500 gal propane tank, one made out of a 12' stick of 36" steel pipe (with 1/2" walls!). Both filled with water. Propane tanks are the best because they don't cut when spinning a 180*...rounded ends.
     
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    Looks really nice @timwinters . I hope to be able to do the same one day! That's a bit short for me...if Gastons changes to your land I'll need a lift from the closest longer one. :)
     
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    Probably the appearance of bumpiness was attributable to the camera mount... I started on grass and love it...

    We had a field near my old home base called Lurch (or Lerch?) field... Dunno whether it was the owner's name or because of the several hills on the runway...

    Regardless, I'm still jealous!
     
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    Camera mount? Har!!! It was my phone sitting on the glareshield. I planned to film the take-off also but, when I released the brakes, the phone fell over backwards. Looked over and said...Ummmm...nope...not f'ing with it!
     
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    So I was right, it WAS the camera mount! Or, lack thereof! Still envious.
     
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    That. Is. Awesome!