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Old 04-08-2009, 07:49 PM   #11
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:33 PM   #12
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Nice grass is great but we have no way of watering. We currently have a rough grass strip (rough because of the lack of water... native type grass) that is just short of 600'. Figured that if we were going to pave might as well go a bit longer to allow jets,(working on my first jet now) some of the cost is the contractor moving equipment in to do the job, so the extra length should bring the cost per sq ft down. That price was only for a 2" thick layer (same idea as walking trails).

I've check into the fabric geotex material and even check out a few field in the states that have it. Appears to work quite well, I got good feedback from any club that had it. Down side we share the area with guys who quad and motorcross in the area. Some bad apples have been know to try and do donuts on the runway, bust the tables and other types of destruction. Not sure how the geotex would hold up to them.

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An alternative I have seen is the limestone screenings strip the Bramalea club put in on one side of their grass runway. It is only ten feet wide by 110 feet long on a 300 foot strip. It was put in by removing the top soil, dumping, leveling and packing the limestone screenings. After a sprinkle of rain it is almost as hard as concrete. It was put in because the grass is lousy with clover, and after that stuff grows a little bit it catches on the wheels of anything smaller than a 40 size and makes takeoff difficult or impossible. Also it permits small electrics to take off and land normally. Also, I have witnessed a jet trainer take off and land on that small strip, albeit at the hands of a very skilled pilot; one RCPete.

I have flown off asphalt and flying off this strip is quite similar. It was hilarious seeing someone who has never flown off a hard surface use this strip the first time. There were cries of "I'm at idle, but it won't stop! How do I stop it?"

I have no idea how much an 60 by 800 foot strip would cost, but as I say, it could be an alternative.
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:31 AM   #14
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.....for 50K, I'd be drilling a well and installing sprinklers.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:49 AM   #15
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Re: Funding a paved runway

My club Burlington. Had a packed gravel runway, the small loose pcs. tore up the covering on the planes bottom.
Now paved, we charged a one time membership premimum then started an initation fee on new members. We also were able to get some of the costs down by utilizing club members contacts in the heav equipment, quarry and paveing industry.
Yes it is fun watching a plane swerve wildly all over the runway.
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