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Backcountry runway project

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Got a nice spot on our place to put a 1100' runway. It's kinda of a hill type runway. The approach from the north is really good, since the runway is on a hill you can fly up the hill and use the hill to bleed off airspeed and touch down towards the top but than it a gentle slope down hill south. The south end approach you gota come over a hill with some small trees and slip it down toward the threshold, but its uphill all the way. I started working it last fall but with all rain we've had down here and with regular work getting in the way its taking longer than I expected, but turning out like I expected:) I'll try to post some pics from the start, to where I've got it now, as of 4-11-20. It changes every day since I've been able to work on it about every day, due to C-19. And no,  I didn't push all those tree out with the big dozer, I just used that big thing to push them over the hill the burn them;)

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Pretty nice.  Wish I would have had that big cat when I put my strip in.  I sure could have used it.  Nothing like having a strip in your back yard.  Makes for a lot more flying.  Keep at it!  JImChuk

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This is one of the two dump trucks we have that we used to haul top soil off the runway. 20200328_102420.thumb.jpg.1c41226578b09920200327_144345.thumb.jpg.72971e50e59bb4

The excavator in the 2nd pic is a komatsu pc-400 which weighs around 98k pounds 

 

I agree with you Jim, I'm so excited to have a runway on our place. The closes hanger I could find to put the Fox in is an hour away, so I dont get to go flying very often:(

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Wow! some serious machinery!  I had clay for soil in my area, and when it's dry in the summer, it's hard like concrete.  My D 6 has a 11'6" wide blade, and it would not cut into that clay.  Built a ripper tooth that fit on the blade and was easily removable, and took multiple passes to bust up that clay.  Still lots of time spent, but worth it.   JImChuk

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I know whatcha mean. The little dozer wouldn't touch the clay, but you could sink the rippers half way down with the big dozer and still push a full blade:)

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Nice big “FAT ALICE” hahahaaa i mean Fiat Allis.  Good old machines along with International and some others, but they all get bought up buy bigger companys and turn in to a Caterpiller or Hitachi or Volvo and we pay twice the money for them. Hahahhaaaaa i love the older equipment that y ive got a heard of older equipment. Strong!!!!! 

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Pretty awesome!

 

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Spreadin top soil. woohoo 

Does anyone have a good suggestion for grass? I'll be to that part fairly soon

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Self mowing grass!  Otherwise one with a good deep root system.

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I suggest you check with your local extension agency.  They will be able to give you good guidance into what will be the best for you area.  You will want a mix of sod forming grasses that will grow without additional water. Mowing is another consideration. Another good resource will be existing sod runway owner/operators in your state. Contact info is on Foreflight and other places.

 

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I suggest you check with your local extension agency.  They will be able to give you good guidance into what will be the best for you area.  You will want a mix of sod forming grasses that will grow without additional water. Mowing is another consideration. Another good resource will be existing sod runway owner/operators in your state. Contact info is on Foreflight and other places.

 

good idea 

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Whatever you do, don't put any rye grass on it.  It grows in clumps and will make it very rough.

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Big project!

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Big project!

It's bigger than I initially thought it would be. Like everything  LOL

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Wow, you guys are some serious runway builders!  I hope to do that at the place in OR sometime, but will probably just log some trees for an approach to the hay field and move some of the irrigation standpipes; then just have to make sure the plane has the performance and can handle it.

Your runway will be pretty awesome!

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I wish I could have just cleared some trees for the approach end and have place to land;) But here in Arkansas you gotta push over hills and fill valleys to get something flat enough.

 

A buddy a mine flew over yesterday evening and got me some pics from the air

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you could get an Airbus in there.

 

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you could get an Airbus in there.

 

hahahaha. It might just be in a 1000 pieces:lmao:

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I'm all ready for seed tomorrow 

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Nice!

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Got it seeded, fertilized, and rolled

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Looks fantastic!  The neighbors are going to hate you when the horrible thunderstorm comes and dumps 5 inches of rain in 2 hours.  You know it is going to happen! :rolleyes:

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