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Old 06-14-2012, 07:06 PM
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Default Even my RV needs a day at the beach

Today seemed like a great day to head down to the beach. Unfortunately, the beach is 120 miles away. Fortunately, the beach is also an active airport - Copalis Beach - the only airport on the west coast where you can land (legally) on the beach.

After a low pass to check conditions, we landed down near the waterline, where the sand is rock hard and smooth as glass! Nevermind the boulder on short final, or the seaweed blocking the numbers, or the crab shells strewn all over the beach...

The good thing about landing on a beach --- you make your own centerline!

Although I was a little nervous about putting my tiny 500x5 tires on sand, the tires almost didn't leave a mark. After hanging around for a bit to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, we loaded up and flew away before the tide began to come in.
Scott "Grumpy" Stewart
RV-7 N957RV (First Flight on Dec 18, 2009)
RV-14 N144P (First Flight on Apr 17, 2021)

Arlington, WA

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:09 PM
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that is great! do you go home a give it a good wash to flush sand?

need to put that on the bucket list
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.
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Default Nice!

I have done a low pass but did not make the landing... great photos with really striking contrast and color.

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:16 PM
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Default Nice!

I love the idea of landing on the beach. Very cool!
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:20 PM
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To cool!!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:24 PM
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I want to go there.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:46 PM
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I want to go there.
Have that trip report in by sundown tomorrow.
Sid Lambert

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:05 PM
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Default Wow

There are a few videos I have seen of people doing that on a nice beach on the pacific shore of BC. AWESOME. Would love to do that sometime.
Nice report. Got me bad its thousands of miles from home. Hmmm.
Rick Woodall C-GSTT "ghost"
9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 900+ hrs in 8 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 7 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:11 PM
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Default On my "To Do" list

I have to put this on my to do list. Looks like fun.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:20 PM
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Awesome! On my bucket list!
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