As Abbeyshrule is like most a PPR airfield, surely all the aircraft that attended had prior permission to land at the field?
The field has had sand put down large tine-sized holes and drainage in the form of gravel is also expected to be laid under the bottom end of the field to further improve drainage there. However the field is still soft at the moment and very little flying is possible at the moment due to the risk of leaving scrape marks in the runway.
Anyone with solutions cheaper than an all-tarmac runway to get to year-round operations? (cool quarter of a million probably to put down 600m x 18m and apparently plastic gridding a similar section could be equally costly. I understand that unlicensed fields might get away with putting down gravel and letting grass grow over but that is not a solution in our case. PM me if anyone knows of effective alternatives.
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You could dig up and drain one rwy while using the other, and alternate them in poorer conditions to allow them time to recover?
Just a suggestion.
i have also read recently that the more varieties of grass grown some with deep roots and others with surface spreading roots so the total effect is to form a dense mat that can withstand more load than the usual grass field.
After a short time the flock got used to planes and we would not bother to herd them off, just do a low pass and then land with sheep standing to one side of the strip. not sure if they went baa baa baa in time with a bouncy landing.
Downside of sheep is the regular plane washing and guess where the strip was, that's right Sheepwash in Devon. ( headcorn also used to have a resident flock but these were rounded up before opening time)
However the field that had the sheep is no longer a strip but it did have 3 runways the longest was 350m. it was close to village and for one approach you had to avoid church tower.
hope you enjoyed the visit to eggesford, best strip in the south of uk for friendliness and as you say no-one chasing you for a landing fee.
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The owner is a real gentleman and I would say he possesses the greatest knowledge of auster aircraft anywhere in the world. He knows each and every one, their different marks and the history of them.... hangars full of absolutely beautiful aircraft... a real pleasure of an airfield to visit.... will be on our list this year for sure again.
shuld you fancy it he has a holiday cottage on the site. don't know the terms and conditions but it sleeps 4 and is immaculate.
landing there requires a bit of skill due to the slope. i do a curved approach to avoid overflying fishermen on a lake at the end of the strip and to get into the valley bottom.
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