The RAF (Recreational Aviation Foundation), EAA Chapter 42, and the National Park Service in Alaska are working together to clean up and improve the Jake’s Bar airstrip on the weekend of June 2nd, in order to make it a safer location to operate. Currently, the airstrip is an unimproved 1,000-foot gravel bar along the Chitina River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, 13 nm south of McCarthy. The RAF describes the surface of the airstrip as “rough, with softball-sized rocks,” noting that no tricycle gear aircraft should land there, and that “only suitable tailwheels should consider landing there.” The plan is to make surface improvements to the strip and cut away brush and trees in order to make it safer.
For those interested in helping out, the RAF has provided the following details regarding the work weekend:
The RAF also notes that an RSVP is required (click here to RSVP) and you’ll need to provide the names and number of those in your party, the type of aircraft you’ll be flying, and your expected arrival and departure times. The RAF has also provided a full description of the Iverson Farm ‘Fireweed Strip.’
Featured Image: courtesy of the RAF
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