Cost of having your own runway?

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  1. SCCutler

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    I am no 'dozer expert, but it was not a real big one; inclined to say that it was a D5K, but uncertain.

    Unfortunately, while he overcame every challenge with creative solutions, it was cancer that stumped him, and we lost him earlier this year.
     
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    Wow, when you look it up the whole area looks like a large grid. Might be easy to get lost if you don't know the area. Your runway looks like the only grass on that plot haha. Do you farm that land next to it?
    Okay, I'm trying to figure out what I'd need to tow a dozer that could push dirt for a runway. I think the D5K is 22,000lbs.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
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    For crying out loud....... want to save money on building your own strip? The solution ain't rocket surgery folks......

    Get a helicopter......:yes::lol::lol::lol:

    I would love to have a backyard runway.

    And holy necropost......
     
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    No kidding on the old post. I thought I revived a thread from 2013, nope 2006. Btw I think it's cheaper to make a 100k runway and have a 100k or less plane than a 500k+ heli.:D
     
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    Find a local logger, sell the good trees for lumber and the rest for pulpwood. A runway 75' x 3000' is just over 5 acres of land. Then you'll also want a few hundred feet of clear approach on both ends. Trust me, a 75' wide slot in the trees isn't that much space, but a 75' wide strip of asphalt in a larger clearing is a lot of runway to land on.

    Better make the opening in the trees 100' wide, which will push the land involved up to 6-2/3 acres plus the approaches. Lots of wood to sell. The lumber folks should clean it up nicely, and the money will go a long ways towards making a smooth area in the middle to land on. Don't forget to plan for drainage after rain.

    Oh, you'll need something larger than your home riding mower to tend it, too. A 6' wide finishing deck is great, if you've got a tractor to pull it. I've seen people mowing their large yards with a pull-behind mower with it's own engine, running pretty good speed, pulling it with a 4-wheeler. Equipment and upkeep, like with a plane, will become the larger expense over time, so select your equipment with care.
     
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    A local I know has a airfield that has 2 grass runways. One is 3000x50, I believe the other is the same, maybe a little shorter. He uses a nice big air conditioned kubota with at least a 12' pto mower(maybe larger) to maintain them. He does have about 60 acres to mow though along with other uses for the nice expensive tractor.
     
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    Wow, when you look it up the whole area looks like a large grid. Might be easy to get lost if you don't know the area. Your runway looks like the only grass on that plot haha. Do you farm that land next to it?

    Yup, one big grid, easy to get around if you're local, but have had outside visitors need to circle a bit to see the strip. We don't farm it but my in-laws do, and the RV-10 that lives here belongs to my FIL.
     
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    They usually haul those front end loaders on a semi trailer. You can tow a backhoe behind a 3/4 ton pickup, and it COULD be done with one of those tractors (take the backhoe off). Take a look at the CAT 950. Whatever your excavator has that rents reasonable. You're going to have to have something to mow it with unless you pave it. I wouldnt recomend gravel.
     
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    This post reminded me of this picture I took a while back... lol

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    Just buy an old government drone facility like Dave Fletch at FletchAir did (TS36).
     
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    Or use oatmeal as pavement....
     
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    Couldn't you build hangars and airport facilities to offset costs? Hangar space is pretty difficult to get around here.
     
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    A Case 450 (or better yet a Case 455 with a 4 in 1 bucket) would be light/small enough to be delivered by most flatbed trucks. It's maneuverable and can remove the average size stump. I assume that leveling the land includes both removing and adding dirt/fill to get it level. If that's the case, you may also need a dump truck. If you rent a dump truck and front end loader the truck can pull the loader to the site. I recommend air conditioning for any heavy equipment because, if nothing else, the insulation helps with the noise.
     
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    I just bought a cabin on a lake...Hmmmmmmm
     
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    Looking forward to hearing how your project ended.
     
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    Did you build a $100K dock?