Touch And Go Program Helps Alaskan Aviators
Practice Runways Improve Short Landing Skills
This project involved a number of participants including the FAA, The 99's, Alaska Airmen's Association, Alaska Airports Association, Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation, A.O.P.A. and the individual airports.
Pilots practiced on a conventional runway before taking on all the challenges of off-field conditions. The FAA partnership with airport owners and aviation user groups allowed pilots to practice on marked "bush" runways. The goal improving aviation safety and reducing off field landing accidents
The "practice" runways were created by painting a series of two by four foot rectangles to mark a "bush" airstrip that is 25 feet wide and either 600 or 800 feet long. According to longtime Alaskan pilot and AOPA member Terry Cartee "It gives you a chance to measure your takeoff and landing to see if you can hit the spot and see how much it changes with the weight of the plane"
If you were a pilot that has been using these runways please take a short survey from A.O.P.A. by connecting with us.