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Old 12-29-2021, 09:33 AM
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Solo'd on grass in 1972. I'm now based at a regional airport (paved). I have no problem visiting my friends at their grass strip locations. Some of the "grass" strips I have landed on were actually cinder, rock or dirt.

The best operational tip for rock, cinder or dirt:

In order to keep from sucking up debris with the prop; do low power run up while taxing (no brakes locked high power run up), on take off, gently apply a small amount of power with brakes released, waiting until 20MPH (only takes about 75 to 125 feet) before smoothly applying full power.
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Old 12-29-2021, 09:33 AM
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Afraid to use the brakes in an A- model? Were you worried about getting airborne again after a full stop? I'm sure a nose-over was not the issue. 3200 feet seems adequate even at that altitude...
It would be very hard on propeller tips during taxi and takeoff Bill. A lot of rock chips there. Not the Hop-Along pool table



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Old 12-29-2021, 10:14 AM
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Vlad, might be time to remove that ulcer below the nose and install a proper tailwheel
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Old 12-29-2021, 12:27 PM
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Vlad, might be time to remove that ulcer below the nose and install a proper tailwheel
Too late Dan. I am not gaining much prop clearance anyway. Not sure it's better some of my buddies with proper wheelies don't go places I invite them to
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Old 12-30-2021, 01:58 PM
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Vlad, Sand Wash is in beautiful and rugged country, doesn't look like a friendly FBO or self-serve fuel pump at the ramp area.

Do you carry a satellite phone with you, I'm sure that cell towers are few and far between out in the boonies?
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Old 12-30-2021, 02:07 PM
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Vlad,
Like the stone quarried nearby from whence the small town got its name, Marble CO is indeed a gem in the rough. I ventured there with my wife in our then HR2 for a camping weekend in 2009 which was highly enjoyable. From walks on the dirt road "main street" to a small fox that visited our campsite all weekend, it was memorable.



Rocket rocking the Rock, or more precisely the Marble!

Smokey
I took my son camping at Marble around 2009 also. We did a lot of fishing in the ponds and the river. That fox was always around and would steal our fishing rods at night. We would find them all over the airport each morning.
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Old 03-12-2022, 09:35 AM
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Duchesne UT U69 has a nice crosswind dirt runway. I was coming to this airport for a couple of years to get cheaper fuel but never landed on the dirt. Today was the day wind was gusting at 25 knots right along rwy 26 and my wheel pants were off.



Left base rwy 26.



Short final 26.



Good groomed surface overall not much loose gravel.



Rodney the airport manager flies a falcon

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Old 03-12-2022, 09:43 AM
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Airport manager met me out at the fuel pump a couple months back just to make sure the fuel pump worked. Nice guy! TBH I don't even remember there being dirt runways. lol
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Old 03-12-2022, 09:56 AM
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Airport manager met me out at the fuel pump a couple months back just to make sure the fuel pump worked. Nice guy! TBH I don't even remember there being dirt runways. lol
Rodney is a cool guy indeed. Owns several planes but loves falconry. Got the bird from our forest. Once its GPS showed 120 mph in the dive
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Old 03-12-2022, 10:20 AM
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Rodney is a cool guy indeed. Owns several planes but loves falconry. Got the bird from our forest. Once its GPS showed 120 mph in the dive
Yep that's him. I had no idea about the falconry. Flippin cool!
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