Many times weather conditions prevent micro airplanes from using their usual and dependable, outdoor, hard-surface landing strips. I have solved the problem by using the hard backed side of a length of carpet runner as an operational landing strip on irregular surfaces such as grass, rocky paths or baseball fields. This method allows for many safe landings on the temporary air strip and provides flexibility to the limitations of outdoor flying, thus minimizing “nose-over”-type damage of cowl and propeller when landing on a questionable surface. It takes some skill to get used this, but not as much as landing on the Carrier at E-Fest.
Submitted by Conrad Rompala, Green Lake, WI
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