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Old 08-04-2017, 04:12 PM
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For 52F users and those of us who just like to watch others work, here’s a few aerial views of de-construction day 4 at 52F (Northwest Regional Airport, Roanoke, TX). The runway already looks smoother than the rock pile we’ve been calling a runway these past years. For those not in the know, 52F was originally built some 40+ years ago and the runway has never been resurfaced in all that time. With luck and no significant rain, we should have a new runway in about 60 days give or take.

Thanks to my lovely wife – Chatchada – for the photos.


Heavy destruction equipment made short work of the old, worn runway surface.


Looks like the new runway may be a bit wider than the old one -- that would be nice.


Maybe after the runway is done I’ll finally rebuild my wheelpants that have taken a beating on the old runway. No point in doing before.

Of course, there’s the mandatory and much anticipated post-photo debrief and brunch at the Beacon Café (T67 Hicks).

I really shouldn't eat all that, but I did.


Thankfully aviation is filled with good folks like my friend at TKI (McKinney National) who offered me a refuge for my RV while construction is underway.


When it's all done, I hope we get a lot of visitors at 52F like we used to.

Chris
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:26 PM
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Looking good, Chris. Any chance the municipality in charge of Airport Road could re-route the north leg before that vacant field is developed? I'm confident you guys have already discussed this, but I still have memories of that student pilot hitting that SUV. If this is a sticky subject, I can delete it.
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:21 PM
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Looking good, Chris. Any chance the municipality in charge of Airport Road could re-route the north leg before that vacant field is developed?...
While that is a great idea, I don't see that happening. I'm not privy to all the details but like everything else at this airport ... it's complicated. I do believe that runway 17 when reopened will have a displaced threshold to help address this very problem.

With a new POA (Property Owners Association) now in charge I am hopeful for more and better changes to come.

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Old 08-04-2017, 07:50 PM
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Page 16 and 17 at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_...ktqVk5acUpMdDg

shows the displaced threshold on the plans. Very exciting times for our home field.

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Old 08-05-2017, 02:47 AM
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Chatchada and Chris,
Thanks for the photos!! Good to see you made it to your escape hangar.

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Old 08-05-2017, 05:46 AM
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We need to hire that crew here in Asheville, NC. Our guys have been working on a new runway for two flippin' years! Everyone is landing on a wide taxiway and half the crossing taxiways are unusable. The airliners can't even get to the end of the runway to take off and have to back-taxi. It's a real cluster.
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:14 AM
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Chatchada and Chris,
Thanks for the photos!! Good to see you made it to your escape hangar.

Blake Graham N801RH
Yeah, it'll do for the moment I guess If only mine were half this cool.

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Full size at: https://dougreeves.smugmug.com/52F-N...y/i-hf3FgzM/X4

Compacted and ready for primer. That gets sprayed down on Monday....cures for two days....then asphalt.

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PS: Pic hosted on my $4/mo SmugMug.com account (unlimited storage...where I keep a copy of over 3,000 iPhone pics and hundreds of videos). All the runway construction photos can be viewed at full size at: https://dougreeves.smugmug.com/52F-New-Runway/
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Old 09-08-2017, 04:47 PM
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Compacted and ready for primer. That gets sprayed down on Monday....cures for two days....then asphalt.
Is that really necessary? That runway is really never going to be near salt water, and I don't imagine you're going for resale value.
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Old 09-08-2017, 04:54 PM
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Rattle can primer would probably set faster. But may increase costs!

BTW; Will that be a 2-part primer?
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