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Thermos 02-10-2021 09:20 AM

Alton Bay (B18) is opening!
Good news from the frozen northeast - the Alton Bay, NH ice runway (B18) is opening this afternoon or tomorrow morning, check NOTAMS for latest info. More info on the Alton Bay FB page -


Jpm757 02-10-2021 11:15 AM

Great news! Check Alton Bay hotline 603-875-3498 before arriving. This year they are only allowing takeoffs and landings to the NORTH. Most likley due to overrun accidents in the past.
Nice restaurant, great people, definitely worth the stop.

emsvitil 02-10-2021 08:17 PM

What's the weight limit?

Vlad 02-11-2021 04:51 AM

Good memories at Alton Bay. First time I visited in Feb 2012 and was coming several times a year as soon as they open. There were two years ice was too thin and they remained closed. There was a year they only opened for two days. Good folks there great scenery and nice food. Go if you can and post some pictures.

Jpm757 02-11-2021 08:38 AM


Originally Posted by emsvitil (Post 1502293)
What's the weight limit?

12+ inches of ice will hold an 18 wheeler. 02-13-2021 06:59 PM

Alton Bay today
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Runway and weather conditions perfect. All restaurants are open. Starts to get real busy around 8:30am.

fixnflyguy 02-15-2021 05:31 AM

Id love to go there with my -4
Nice pics! My mother-in-law just moved from there to Fla, too cold! Id love to go land on the ice some -4 is "all white" like your beautiful bird is.We go by call sign "Casper". 02-15-2021 04:52 PM

Thanks Bill for the good words. Come on up, N.C is a day trip.

Saville 02-16-2021 06:11 AM

Never having landed on ice before, what's involved?

Seems like the slightest swerve and the airplane will swap ends. Or worse.

Wonderboy 02-16-2021 09:23 AM

No special skills required other than rolling to a stop, assuming little to no braking conditions. Use that rudder thingy. Pick a day without cross winds and don't fall down while exiting the plane. Take it real slow into parking. I just nose it into a space, then rotate it by hand, after shutting down. If you misjudge the landing and go long, or bounce, it's a non-event to do a go around.

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