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Old 01-29-2018, 07:23 PM
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For the current conditions, you can call the Alton Bay ICe Runway information line: (603) 875-3498
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:39 PM
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Default Alton Bay 2018

I was the only airplane on Friday noon. A welcome from airport crews.

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:54 PM
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Hi Vlad. I've enjoyed reading your posts. As Dick said to Roy once, "That guy knows what to do with an airplane" - applies to you too. People ask when we're going to paint our plane. The first thing that enters my head with that question, is what part of my camping gear I'd have to give up to compensate for the added weight.

Perhaps we'll me up some time.
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Old 02-17-2018, 08:27 PM
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Default Alton Bay Feb 2018

Cold crisp day in Maine and conditions were most likey the best they would be before Alton Bay closes, so off we went. Short hour flight with Temps -15c at 3000 feet and plenty of sun shine we arrived at Alton Bay, NH (B18). They were closed on Friday due to warm weather and standing water on the ice. Got down to -2 last night and refroze on the surface. Good news no water, smooth and level conditions, on the other side of the equation smooth, slippery, glazed Ice. It was just like the Zamboni had been working overtime last night. No braking and virtually no steering with the castering nose wheel. Actually I had to have a little help on the way out taxing, you can see in the video below.

But great fun!

The guys do a great job of managing the runway and taxi areas. They keep the information available on current conditions via their record message or visit the Alton Bay Facebook page for up to date information.


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Old Yesterday, 04:30 PM
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We were there today for a little while for the winter carnival.
They got too much snow to be able to plow and get the runway open today.
Of course, looking at the forecast, it doesn't seem like the runway will be able to be open much longer anyways, so I'm sure that's a factor too.

Just not the same without planes coming and going...

Thanks to Paul and his crew for all they do each year maintaining the runway.
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