Landing at Lewis and Clark Airstrip

Landing Notes

   1.  Airstrip has a landing elevation of approximately 4500', a 90' elevation rise, and a minimum width of 75'
   2.  Always land upstream - on runway 36
   3.  Fly a modified 360 degree left-hand pattern with crosswind entry at heading of 270 at 6000' - 6200' elevation
   4.  Allow sufficient altitude to guarantee notch clearance if a downdraft is encountered from westerly winds
   5.  When through the notch, descend ~ 500 ft/min and turn downwind before you hit the west ridge
   6.  Don't forget GUMPS and check both upper and lower airsocks for adverse winds
   7.  Announce intentions on 122.8 (e.g. N10CC landing Tower Creek, upstream, traffic in area - please advise)
   8.  Check for animals on airstrip (elk, deer, antelope, bears, wolves, mountain lions, cows, horses, dogs, bulldozer)
   9.  Make continuous base/final turn when abeam of the junction of East and North Tower Creek Roads
  10.  Elevation above Don Stamp's house (renowned local architect) should be 5000' - 5200'
  11.  Make aborts above 5000' (apply full throttle, climb, turn west towards lowest notch, grit teeth, curse, pray, etc.)
  12.  Re-check for animals on airstrip
  13.  Align on airstrip centerline - immediately left of lone pine tree
  14.  Make sure flaps are full, slow to minimum safe airspeed - do not stall
  15.  Maintain sufficient altitude to clear orchard - located ~ 200' short of airstrip threshold
  16.  Altitude should be at or just above the top of lone pine tree  (right wingtip should pass left ~ 20 ' of pine tree)
  17.  Touchdown at start of first upslope (better know how to land on a steep upslope - this is not the place to learn)
  18.  Make sure nosewheel is well up for touchdown
  19.  Stop as soon as practical - a good landing should stop by the middle of second flat
  20.  Remind passengers to start breathing again
  21.  Call Lenny at Lenny's Airmotive to repair nosewheel strut - if points 17 or 18 were ignored
  21.  Stop engine before enthusiastic boxers arrive for their inspection and a free ride

Takeoff Notes

   1.  Always takeoff downstream - on runway 18
   2.  Taxi uphill to top of runway (this will require power - about 2000 rpm) and turn around (watch ice in winter)
   3.  Don't forget runup checklist and make sure flaps are set for best angle of climb
   4.  Check for animals on airstrip and re-check both upper and lower airsocks for adverse winds
   5.  Announce intentions on 122.8 (e.g. N10CC taking off Tower Creek, downstream, traffic in area - please advise)
   6.  Look left/right for impending automobile traffic on cross-airstrip driveway
   7.  Make sure all dogs are in back seats - if not FAA approved as co-pilots/navigators
   8.  Full throttle takeoff (abort if insufficient power)
   9.  Make sure nosewheel is off the ground well before upper slope-to-flat transition
  10.  Do not hit hanger (left wintip should clear hanger by at least 30')
  11.  Abort if not off at lower end of upper flat (1000' still available before impacting orchard/runway transition)
  12.  Climb at best angle of climb airspeed and maintain heading 180 until at least 5000' altitude
  13.  Re-announce intentions on 122.8 when clear of east ridge or when line-of-sight to KSMN is obtained
  14.  If weather looks adverse, abort to KSMN (13 NM south) or reverse course and land upstream
  15.  Activate flight plan with Boise Radio, monitor both 122.8 and 122.9 (backcountry frequency)
  16.  Fly safe!
Elevation 4530'