Re: Panamint Springs Airstrip

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Posted by CAVU on January 28, 2003 at 18:07:59:

In Reply to: Re: Panamint Springs Airstrip posted by David A. Wright on January 09, 2003 at 23:44:29:

I'm a pilot (fly a C182) and I walked the strip in November of 2001, hoping that I would be able to fly in on my next trip. I decided to pass because of the surface. The surface was quite soft but had softball size rocks in many places. Also, it is very steep and short--definitely one way. Short isn't a problem as long as you touch down in the first 100'--the gradient is so steep that you'll need to power up to the top to turn around. There is a small almost level area at the top to turn around, but there's not much room to manuever.

I wouldn't take a tricycle gear airplane in there. Even if the surface has improved, I wouldn't try it unless you have significant backcountry flying experience. Panamint is really, really steep. Major pucker factor.

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