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    McKenzie Bridge Airport, OR (00S) Work Party – advance notice

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    The Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) is under pressure to close and divest the State of non-revenue producing airports. Unfortunately, this means the futures of many remote airports are threatened. We recreational pilots need to get involved and demonstrate to the State that these airports are important to us.

    To that end, the Recreational Aviation Foundation has been collaborating with ODA to hold a volunteer work party at McKenzie Bridge Airport, Oregon (00S) on Saturday 02 June 2018. The objectives would be to demonstrate our commitment to the airfield by making it safer and more attractive for the recreational aviation community.

    The general tasks to be accomplished are:

    1) Repair damage to the airfield surface caused by rodents and wildlife. We currently have commitments from three members to bring tractors with buckets to help move dirt from a nearby stockpile. We will require many folks with shovels and garden rakes to distribute the dirt and smooth the ground surface.

    2) Cut down the weeds at the tie-down and camping area. We will require three or four folks with string trimmers to accomplish this.

    3) Paint the tie-down anchor blocks and the segmented circle. Have you got any kids/grandkids with time on their hands? We will need surplus white paint, brushes, unharnessed energy, etc.

    4) Install a new, taller windsock pole.

    5) Relocate a couple of existing signs.

    6) ODA requested we clear the brush and saplings from the over-run area at the West end of the airfield. This will be a big chore.

    7) The pit toilet could really use some maintenance, but it belongs to USFS. I’ll continue discussions with them in this regard.

    If anyone has additional suggestions, please share them and we’ll see what we can accomplish.

    We plan to have a potluck meal early Saturday evening. If someone would like to provide a large BBQ for this, please let me know.

    You can camp overnight on the field, or in the USFS campground across the road. Alternatively, you can ‘glamp’ at one of the many lodges and B&Bs along the McKenzie River. There are a lot of diversions in the area to keep you entertained for the rest of the weekend. For more info, check out:

    If you plan to fly in to help, please arrive Friday night, or before 09:00 on Saturday. Once we start operating the tractors to repair the airstrip surface, it will be difficult to accommodate a lot of aircraft arrivals. If you camp on the airfield overnight, please use the Western end of the airstrip so we can work in the usual tie-down area at the Eastern end on Saturday.

    Please feel free to provide feedback if you have any ideas on how to make this activity most successful. Your support will be most welcome. Further details will follow closer to June.

    Richard Mayes
    Oregon State Liaison
    Recreational Aviation Foundation
    916-220-2041 |
    “The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves, maintains and creates airstrips for recreational access.”

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    Thanks for the early notice.
    Have emailed with some ideas for clearing brush/saplings.
    Last edited by bfd777; 03-11-2018 at 03:37 PM.

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    Thread drift....I understand that ODA is considering selling off the Pacific City airport.
    This may or may not be a good thing, depends on how the buyer.
    But if it turns out bad, there will be very little recourse by users,
    so probably best for us to keep it state-owned.
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!
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