4 ways to build a grass airstrip

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4 ways to build a grass airstrip
4 ways to build a grass airstrip

Building your own runway is complex work and usually takes more time and space than what is available in wikiHow articles, so this article will be limited to the basics only, while you will have several links for more information.


Method 1 of 4: Site Selection

Step 1. Consider the following factors:

  • Flatness and / or the amount of work required for the area to be leveled.
  • The prevailing and / or seasonal wind direction.
  • The drainage of the area. It should have a small slope (2% of degrees maximum).
  • The cost of construction.
  • Access roads to buildings and roads.
  • Know the different local, state and national regulations that govern the guidelines for having an airstrip.
  • Material needed for strong winds if these winds are common in your area.
  • Safety box and barriers.

Method 2 of 4: Soil

Step 1. Stability in bad weather

Note: The suitability of the soil for grass to grow is often related to the suitability of the soil for making a runway. If the earth has too much clay, when it rains - for example - the terrain will be a disaster

Method 3 of 4: Minimum Dimensions

Step 1.

  • 75 feet wide in open grassy areas.
  • 200 meters wide in wooded areas.
  • 3200 feet in length.
  • Note: You should take the temperature and the altitude in the hottest time of the year in order to avoid that the engine power decreases under these conditions. Remember to check the weather information for your area.

Method 4 of 4: Preparing for Construction

Step 1. As a first measure you must clean the entire area

Step 2. Completely remove roots from trees and shrubs

Step 3. Fill in uneven areas so that the entire terrain is completely level

Step 4. Remove any raised ground surfaces, as well as ditches

Step 5. Identify and fill in the soil before any animal burrows

Step 6. Remove any obstructions at the ends of the track

Similarly, power lines, trees, etc. they must be removed or, if necessary, be illuminated.

Step 7. Graduate the track 6 more inches in the center to improve drainage

You should stabilize the land by sowing grass if necessary.

Step 8. Mark the boundaries of the runway in such a way that it is visible from the air

Windzak 7396
Windzak 7396

Step 9. Install a wind cone or tetrahedron so that you can mark a circular area around it to draw the track's attention from the air

Step 10. Finally, create a mooring area outside of the runway



* If you intend to create, modify or remove an airstrip, you have the obligation to previously inform the Federal Aviation Administration or the body in charge in your country. This notice must be made by submitting the FAA 7480-1 form if you are in the United States.

The Federal Aviation Regulation is applicable in section number 157, where it is stipulated that if you intend to build an airport for personal or private use (regulated only under VFR conditions, located more than 20 nautical miles from an airport for which it is authorized an approach procedure located more than five nautical miles from a public airport) you must submit FAA Form 7480-1 at least 30 days before work begins. If you want, you can take the time to request that your track be listed on the FAA table with a note explaining the nature of the track… private… it was in the field, etc


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