Arctic Blast brings a Special Airport Experience to the Contiguous States

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Aviation is a vocation for many, it is also an avocation. There are pilots who revere their Flight Logs almost as much as their family bible, Torah, Qur’an and the other religious touchstones. The type of aircraft flown, the itineraries, distances and favorite/unusual landing sites are the rich texture of these records. Pilots will fly long distances just to include a notation that N____ touched down at ____ on __/__/____.

Mother Nature has added a new, unique destination for pilots. The long Arctic blast has transformed the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee near Alton, NH into an airport. It is likely that this temporary landing ice strip bears the identifier B18, the designation for the seaplane landing area after the ice melts. The FAA approved this facility; query whether it would be eligible for AIP funding?

In proof of the aviator’s quest to fill her/his Log Book, the writer included the following apt observation:

“’How many times can a non-amphibian plane land on water?’” asked pilot Ken Ortmann of Rochester, New Hampshire.

Another pilot, Angela Leedy, flew three hours from Pittstown, New Jersey, to try out the runway.”

As long as pilots have such a “joie de voler, this mode of transportation, business and recreation will prosper.

Acronyms used in this article (in order):

FAA: Federal Aviation Association

AIP: Aiport Improvement Program

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