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Old 01-29-2018, 06:23 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, 05:39 PM
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I was the only airplane on Friday noon. A welcome from airport crews.

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Old 02-13-2018, 11:54 AM
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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, 07:27 PM
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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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https://youtu.be/6nv7bcyy45M

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Old 02-18-2018, 03:30 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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Old 02-19-2018, 09:17 AM
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You are probably one of the very few RV-12s to have made the visit to the bay. One of our local RV-9s had an incident there last year which has raised my caution level about venturing up there myself. That and its been real cold at altitude lately. Anyhow, well done and good video Mr. Governor...
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:58 PM
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You are probably one of the very few RV-12s to have made the visit to the bay. One of our local RV-9s had an incident there last year which has raised my caution level about venturing up there myself. That and its been real cold at altitude lately. Anyhow, well done and good video Mr. Governor...
Brent, Remember lots of practice flying out of Maine, most runways have Ice and KBST seams to be at least 50 percent of the time when we want to fly on weekends - so landing at Alton Bay is some what in the norm
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:20 PM
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I landed in Rangeley, Maine (8B0) today and the ice runway on the lake was a better option than the airport!

Check out the condition of the runway at about the four minute mark!
https://youtu.be/M7n3oFDPbLE

Dave, I now own a Hangar in Rangeley.

Let me know if you need my Jeep that I leave in the hangar next time you visit!

It's all yours!

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Old 02-11-2019, 03:54 PM
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I went up north a while ago. On my way to Rangeley ME I decided to land on famous ice. It was windy and not many planes made it that day.




A Cirrus followed me and asked for a PIREP on the ground. It was so cross windy became a challenge to keep that approach speed stabilized.



I tried two times and gently planted the mains at the beginning of RWY 01 on third try. All fun started at the middle of the runway. Braking action almost zero. Rudder authority gone after the slowdown to taxi speed. Wind gusts tried hard to push me off but I resisted. At 3/4 of the runway remaining I quit, applied power and took off. So it was a Touch and Go. I relayed my experience to the Cirrus driver he did a low pass. In 10 minutes he returned for another attempt. No joy again but it was a lot of fun on the radio. I kept flying north there was another ice runway waiting for me.








See you next year Alton Bay!
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:21 AM
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Saw this somewhere. I think it happened last weekend.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtwsRlhF...=1c3e7014h6864
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