Backcountry Airstrip Preservation

Backcountry airstrips in remote areas support a wide variety of unique aviation activities. Aviators consider backcountry airstrips under threat, and these airstrips have steadily decreased in number over the past several decades. Preserving publicly owned backcountry airstrips has gained the attention of many individual pilots, state aviation agencies, and aviation associations as airstrips have been closed, restricted, or not maintained. Airstrip closures or restrictions on private land are often the result of landowners finding a different use for the property, while closures or restrictions on public lands are driven by many factors. Airstrips in the eastern United States are primarily located on private or state lands and in the western United States on federal lands. In Alaska, owing to the physical geography of the state, the vast majority of landing areas are backcountry, or bush, airstrips. This synthesis catalogues the uses, benefits, and threats to backcountry airstrips and identifies practices and strategies for backcountry airstrip preservation.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 84p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01528604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309271400
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project A11-03, Topic S03-08
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2014 10:33AM