Landing a plane in the middle of a forest. No thanks.
Landing Simonds strip in the Idaho Backcountry 900' long at 5243' elevationLanding in Idaho BackcountryLanding a plane in the middle of a forest. No thanks.Pilot lands airplane in the middle of a forest way up in the mountainsHere's What It Takes To Land On A Mile High Invisible RunwayHere's a cool video of a landing in a remote area of Idaho's back country.Apparently, the strip is called "Simond's" and it's situated in a gorge at 5,243 feet and is approximately 900' long...with a pretty fair incline.Definitely holds a good "pucker factor" for those who might not be used to remote strips, but for me, it brings back memories of the "Sky Ranch days" and "fly-ins" when I was a kid.Anyway, enjoy! Landing on a 900' grass strip at nearly a mile above sea level takes, precision, skill, and a perfect touch. Not to mention very good planning, maybe a little luck and without a doubt a very large set of brass balls.Beyond the obviously tall pine trees, valley walls, encroaching boulders and a 37' foot wide crooked runway challenging the path of the aircraft and testing the talent of the pilot, the attitude threatens to suffocate the normally aspirated piston engine. Simonds landing strip in the Idaho backcountry lies at 5243 feet above sea level, and if my math servers me correct, that's just 37 feet shy of one mile. As altitude increases, and the air thins combustion weakens and power is reduced.That's some serious skill. Not only is the plane landing in the mountains, it's also in the middle of the forest. Not only is it in the middle of the forest but the runway is incredibly narrow. Not only is the runway narrow but it's a bumpy ass strip of dirt too. So yeah. That is some serious skill.Tags:Landing a plane in the middle of a forest. No thanks.Landing a plane in the middle of a forest. No thanks.Landing a plane in the middle of a forest. No thanks.Landing a plane in the middle of a forest. No thanks.