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Rocky Mountains Leg 4 Indian Creek and Hells Canyon 2014   

 

Flight Description.     
 

After recharging our batteries, and strengthening our gear, we head back into the hills. Nothing will match Jeff's spectacularly challenging run so we are in for a letdown. And yet, some interesting landing strips lie ahead.

 

We return to the verdant Salmon River Mountains for a bit of bush flying. First, we fly eastward over the ridges to Johnson Creek (3U2). This is a popular fly-in destination and will, at any time, present a number of other flying enthusiasts hanging around the grass strip.

 

Head north and then east (in the valley around Golden Gate Hill) to arrive at Stibnite (ID41). Approach slowly in preparation for a sharp turn into Rwy 24 or pass the field and circle back on Rwy 6. On the way in we can see evidence of this once important mine. The most important phase of Stibnite’s mining activity was during the 1940’s and early 1950’s, when Stibnite produced nearly 80% of America’s tungsten.

 

Then out of Rwy 6 heading east by southeast, over the ridge at Mule Hill and down the valley to Indian Creek (S81). The field lies on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. On approach, circle north to land uphill on 22 or pass the field southwestward and circle to land downhill on Rwy 4. This is a popular destination for its isolated beauty…though as Yogi Berra once said "It's so crowded that no one goes there anymore."

 

Fly southwest over the mountains to Deadwood Reservoir and Deadwood Dam Airstrip (ID86) nestled in the Boise National Forest. This is a one-way circling approach from the reservoir onto the Northeast-steeply-sloped dirt strip. When ready, take off to the southwest, toward the lake.

 

We then fly northwest passing Cascade, the Ben Ross Reservoir, and the West Mountains to land at the small private strip at Cuddy Meadows (ID77). Again, we have a one-way operation: land on 34 and depart on 16. The Cuddy Meadows Ranch provides spectacular views.

 

Departing, we head back northwestward to begin our flight along the Snake River's Hells Canyon. We start at the Brownlee Dam (R_BROWN) and pass over the Ox Bow Dam (R_OXBOW) just before we land at Ox Bow OR12. The strip is maintained by the Idaho Power Company and requires permission for our landing there. We take a breath and then proceed along the canyon's floor. This is one of the more spectacular white water runs in North America and we should take a chance to enjoy it.

 

Shortly after passing Hells Canyon Dam (R_HCDAM) we should start to climb for Memaloose (25U) which lies at an altitude of 6705 feet. The rough dirt airstrip is sloped downward to the north so the safest landing might be on Rwy 17. (Rwy 35 is more thrilling – don't land short.)

 

Then, we return down to the floor of Hells Canyon to enjoy more of the drama. As the canyon walls shallow out, we climb up to Spencer Ranch Landing Strip (ID90). Perched above the canyon, the dirt strip is slightly sloped so the South runway might be preferable, depending on the winds.

 

We then proceed northwest along the canyon to do a touch-and-go at Rogersburg (D69). (To protect eagle roosting, the field is closed between November 15 and March 1 of each year.) The Washington State DOT reports that the strip has relatively easy approaches but be careful about the potentially tough crosswinds. Traffic patterns are to the north (over the river) because of Lime Hill, and it will be a bit close when turning if winds require downriver landing.

 

Finally, we continue on to land at Lewiston (KLWS) to finish our excursion. The lights of the big city should provide some comfort.

 

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Suggested Aircraft. Any reasonably quick aircraft suitable for bush-strips. The fields are not nearly so difficult as last week, so a wider variety of aircraft might be just fine. The only limit is that most of the stops are at modestly-sized grass or dirt strips. Think Beaver, or a Cessna C-185F (perhaps turbocharged), or a Mooney, or a Quest Kodiak. I'll be flying a Vans RV-7A.

 

A Vans RV-7A in Hells Canyon

 

Multiplayer Aircraft Alias. As a courtesy to others, you can enter the key parameters of your chosen aircraft on the Multiplayer Aircraft Alias spreadsheet here. For sure, you want to enter the "title=xxx" information from your aircraft's aircraft.cfg file. If using an alternative paintjob, you might helpfully provide a download link. Your providing this information allows your flying companions the chance to either (a) download and activate your aircraft and specific livery paint or alias your aircraft to another in their active hangar. In FSX multiplayer that we are using, in the absence of a matched aircraft FSX will decide the proxy that others will see. It is possible to become annoyed at FSX's mindless choices.

 

Recommended Scenery: Orbx FTX Central Rocky Mountains (CRM) Regional Scenery

(Next week, Orbx FTX Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) Regional Scenery )

 

Time: Saturday Jul 19, 19:00 UTC

 

Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel

 

Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com

 

Multiplayer FSX Multiplayer (IP will be provided on Teamspeak)

 

The digital flightplan (in FSX format) and links to youtube videos of actual landings at the route airports available from the DropBox location here.

 

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Does anyone can take part in these events? What are requirements  for the one who has never flown with you? (...and not native English speaker)

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Artem,
 
 Yes of course! The only requirements are FSX and Teamspeak. Download the "flight kit" from the dropbox location listed above in post #1 and you will be good to go.
 
Mike (& others) - Will not be able to make this one.  :( Will definitely fly it Sunday night for the experience. Excellent write up!
 
Here is the plan loaded into a SkyVector sectional, Spencer Ranch Strip (ID90) GPS point is there but the airstrip is not depicted.

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and not native English speaker)

 

Most of these guys are American, so I'd bet your English is probably better. :Whistle:

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There are some terrific videos in that little package Mike but if you think I'm gonna land at Memaloose, you'd best think again! :blink: :Praying: :Shocked:

 

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Landing is not problem. Walking away from the aircraft might be...

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Good Hunting tomorrow gents.. Ron,, Dont be scared.

 

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I'll try to be brave but my bottom lip is quivering a bit. :(

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On 7/16/2014 at 5:16 PM, MM said:

Rocky Mountains Leg 4 Indian Creek and Hells Canyon 2014   

 

Flight Description.     
 

After recharging our batteries, and strengthening our gear, we head back into the hills. Nothing will match Jeff's spectacularly challenging run so we are in for a letdown. And yet, some interesting landing strips lie ahead.

 

We return to the verdant Salmon River Mountains for a bit of bush flying. First, we fly eastward over the ridges to Johnson Creek (3U2). This is a popular fly-in destination and will, at any time, present a number of other flying enthusiasts hanging around the grass strip.

 

Head north and then east (in the valley around Golden Gate Hill) to arrive at Stibnite (ID41). Approach slowly in preparation for a sharp turn into Rwy 24 or pass the field and circle back on Rwy 6. On the way in we can see evidence of this once important mine. The most important phase of Stibnite’s mining activity was during the 1940’s and early 1950’s, when Stibnite produced nearly 80% of America’s tungsten.

 

Then out of Rwy 6 heading east by southeast, over the ridge at Mule Hill and down the valley to Indian Creek (S81). The field lies on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. On approach, circle north to land uphill on 22 or pass the field southwestward and circle to land downhill on Rwy 4. This is a popular destination for its isolated beauty…though as Yogi Berra once said "It's so crowded that no one goes there anymore."

 

Fly southwest over the mountains to Deadwood Reservoir and Deadwood Dam Airstrip (ID86) nestled in the Boise National Forest. This is a one-way circling approach from the reservoir onto the Northeast-steeply-sloped dirt strip. When ready, take off to the southwest, toward the lake.

 

We then fly northwest passing Cascade, the Ben Ross Reservoir, and the West Mountains to land at the small private strip at Cuddy Meadows (ID77). Again, we have a one-way operation: land on 34 and depart on 16. The Cuddy Meadows Ranch provides spectacular views.

 

Departing, we head back northwestward to begin our flight along the Snake River's Hells Canyon. We start at the Brownlee Dam (R_BROWN) and pass over the Ox Bow Dam (R_OXBOW) just before we land at Ox Bow OR12. The strip is maintained by the Idaho Power Company and requires permission for our landing there. We take a breath and then proceed along the canyon's floor. This is one of the more spectacular white water runs in North America and we should take a chance to enjoy it.

 

Shortly after passing Hells Canyon Dam (R_HCDAM) we should start to climb for Memaloose (25U) which lies at an altitude of 6705 feet. The rough dirt airstrip is sloped downward to the north so the safest landing might be on Rwy 17. (Rwy 35 is more thrilling – don't land short.)

 

Then, we return down to the floor of Hells Canyon to enjoy more of the drama. As the canyon walls shallow out, we climb up to Spencer Ranch Landing Strip (ID90). Perched above the canyon, the dirt strip is slightly sloped so the South runway might be preferable, depending on the winds.

 

We then proceed northwest along the canyon to do a touch-and-go at Rogersburg (D69). (To protect eagle roosting, the field is closed between November 15 and March 1 of each year.) The Washington State DOT reports that the strip has relatively easy approaches but be careful about the potentially tough crosswinds. Traffic patterns are to the north (over the river) because of Lime Hill, and it will be a bit close when turning if winds require downriver landing.

 

Finally, we continue on to land at Lewiston (KLWS) to finish our excursion. The lights of the big city should provide some comfort.

 

--

Suggested Aircraft. Any reasonably quick aircraft suitable for bush-strips. The fields are not nearly so difficult as last week, so a wider variety of aircraft might be just fine. The only limit is that most of the stops are at modestly-sized grass or dirt strips. Think Beaver, or a Cessna C-185F (perhaps turbocharged), or a Mooney, or a Quest Kodiak. I'll be flying a Vans RV-7A.

 

 

A Vans RV-7A in Hells Canyon

 

Multiplayer Aircraft Alias. As a courtesy to others, you can enter the key parameters of your chosen aircraft on the Multiplayer Aircraft Alias spreadsheet here. For sure, you want to enter the "title=xxx" information from your aircraft's aircraft.cfg file. If using an alternative paintjob, you might helpfully provide a download link. Your providing this information allows your flying companions the chance to either (a) download and activate your aircraft and specific livery paint or alias your aircraft to another in their active hangar. In FSX multiplayer that we are using, in the absence of a matched aircraft FSX will decide the proxy that others will see. It is possible to become annoyed at FSX's mindless choices.

 

Recommended Scenery: Orbx FTX Central Rocky Mountains (CRM) Regional Scenery

(Next week, Orbx FTX Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM) Regional Scenery )

 

Time: Saturday Jul 19, 19:00 UTC

 

Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel

 

Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com

 

Multiplayer FSX Multiplayer (IP will be provided on Teamspeak)

 

The digital flightplan (in FSX format) and links to youtube videos of actual landings at the route airports available from the DropBox location here.

 

 

The file indicated in the above 'DropBox location here' https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22163895/RM4 Indian Creek and Hells Canyon.zip does not exist in this location in DropBox.

Thanks,

Erik

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Hi Erik,
I'll just guess that you are asking that I make that old file available again. Yes, I'd be happy to oblige.
Temporarily, you can download it here. (You'll see that the zipfile includes more than the routing.)
Hope this helps.
Mike

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