Forced runway change

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Forced runway change

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Starting Monday our main runway (10/28 - 5700-ish ft. long, 75 ft. wide ) at Prineville, OR (S39) will be closed through, in theory, June 4th. This means we need to use 15/33, (4000 ft. x 40 ft. wide). This runway, though devoid of potholes or pavement breakup, has lots and lots of pavement cracks. It tends to be a favorite of our tail-draggers, especially those with big balloon tires, as they eschew crosswinds of any degree.

The real conundrum for most of us is this runway has no dedicated taxiway. So you either continue rolling on to the end or turn around and taxi back. Either option is inconsiderate of the guy who may be behind you.

I haven't used this runway in many years for these reasons, but in spite of the length of the runway and our 3250 ft. elevation, my plan is to use only the last half of the runway and roll out to the end. I confirmed today this will be no big deal.
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Re: Forced runway change

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Change of plan. The taxiway is blocked off and does not permit ramp/hangar/fuel pump/shop/office access. Therefore landing on 33 requires turning around and taxiing back on the runway, and departing 15 requires taxiing the wrong way before takeoff. This likely means we'll all have to fly wider/slower patterns when following others operating on the runway.

So I need to get serious about short-field landing technique to minimize the time going the wrong way when landing 33. But takeoff 15 will require a bit more thinking. I know I can get by with less than half the runway, but don't want to try. Methinks downwind takeoff 33 would be preferable if the wind is not too strong.

It's going to be an interesting 6-7 weeks.
2002 DA40: MT, PowerFlow, 530W/430W, KAP140, ext. baggage, 1090 ES out, 2646 MTOW, 40gal., Surefly, Flightstream 210, Orion 600 LED, XeVision, Aspen E5
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Re: Forced runway change

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Grounded for the next 11 days as the airport will be closed starting tomorrow. Time to take care of a few maintenance items like rotating tires and rebuilding my jacks.
2002 DA40: MT, PowerFlow, 530W/430W, KAP140, ext. baggage, 1090 ES out, 2646 MTOW, 40gal., Surefly, Flightstream 210, Orion 600 LED, XeVision, Aspen E5
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