On 12/29/2011 8:16 PM, Bert Almemo wrote:
> Hi Bill,
> I don't think anyone is allowed to fly as low as 100ft over populated areas.
Typically they aren't *BUT* When I use Google Earth I show you as only
1.73 statute miles, or less than 1.5 nautical miles from the end of
the nearest runway (runway 05) and that is a registered airport with the
identifier of CO43. ( http://www.airnav.com/airport/CO43 ) Your location
is very close to the pattern where planes might be turning to a left
base for runway 05. If you are that close to a registered airport you
definitely need to talk to the FAA about antennas *before* you put one
up. There are too many "it depends" for me to even guess what the FAA
will say. BTW they'll probably be able to tell you if you have to
contact the National Park Service.
It is a private, maintained airport open to the public if you call
ahead. Are you in a national park area? I notice many "Colorado
National Monument" labels very close to you. IE one is less than a mile.
If they have a fly-in or there is a tourist attraction close by that
people might fly in to see you could see a lot of low flying aircraft as
you are practically under the pattern for the airport.
At least the nearest major airport is Grand Junction at 11 NM which
should be no factor. BTW all aviation distances are normally measured
in nautical miles, at least state side.
> That would definitely be too close for comfort for me!;-)
I had a DC6 parked just off the end of an 8500 foot runway. There was a
cross wind and I'll swear his tires actually touched the sod at he end.
He was probably 10 feet directly above us. The whole car shook. I
think he did it on purpose<:-))
73 and good luck,
> HNY Bert, VE3NR
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] FAA& Private Airstrips
> My family and I recently moved to a wonderful house in beautiful Glade Park
> CO (on the other side of Colorado National Monument from Grand Junction.
> The house itself is an ultra-energy efficient Earthship (Google "Glade Park
> Earthship" for more info). We have 35 rural acres of land around our house
> in a low population density rural area. All in all it's going to be a great
> place for ham radio.
> I've had stations in Malibu CA (as KC6EDP and AA6TT), Tiffany CO (as
> AA6TT/0) and Topsham VT (AA6TT/1 and NT1Y) so I have some idea of what works
> and what doesn't with regard to terrain, RF and the ionosphere. In this
> regard my new location is superb with great 'shots' to EU and JA and
> elsewhere and is confirmed by the success the other ham who lives up here -
> Jerry K0DU - has in contests and pileups. I'm counting the days until the
> ground thaws and tower construction can start in earnest - I've been off the
> air due to a heavy workload for several years and I'm dying to be back on
> the air.
> Since moving in I've noticed a small private plane passing overhead fairly
> low (I'd say 100 feet or less) on a regular basis and landing nearby.
> Checking Google Maps aerial photos I discovered a small grass airstrip with
> a windsock - "Pinyon Airport" - on what I believe is private land a little
> over 5 km SE of me (5.586 km per Google). The runway is not pointed towards
> my house nevertheless seeing the plane flyover directly overhead so low
> motivate me to Google FAA, airports and towers. Here is a picture from
> Google Maps of my house with a line drawn to the closest point on the
> if you want to take a gander at my place on Google Maps yourself:
> 39.013949 N
> -108.744371 W
> 479 South 16 1/2 Road
> Glade Park CO 81523
> The FAA Website TOWAIR indicated that "Structure does not require
> registration"after I plugged in my coordinates along with elevation (6840-ft
> ASL approx.). There are no airports within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the
> coordinates you provided." TOWAIR went on to caution "TOWAIR's findings are
> not definitive or binding". Since "Pinyon Airport" (a rather pretentious
> designation for a grass airstrip with a windsock) is 5.5 km away I am guess
> it is either not registered with the FAA or somehow doesn't count as a real
> I have a 142-foot Big Bertha tower which I previously had installed in
> Vermont which I intend to reinstall here along with at least one other
> 100-ft + tower and a few smaller structures. For many reasons I'd hate to
> see a airplane run into Bertha.
> So what should I do now? Contact the FAA for an opinion? Find out who owns
> the airstrip and give them a verbal or written heads up on my tower plans
> and also request they avoid flying low over my house? Something else?
> William Hein, AA7XT
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