Runway Regrading Starting MONDAY Oct. 30

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    • #14402
      John LincolnJohn Lincoln


        Our Runway Regrading project will start this Monday October 30th. Mike Kartowicz estimates it will take 3 or 4 days. The weather looks good with the possible exception on Tuesday with a small (24%) chance of rain or rain/snow mix. Dry weather after that will be good for us for the rest of the week. Rain is back in the long range forecast for Saturday through a fair amount of the next week so hopefully our new grass will get a start before a lot of hard freezing weather sets in.

        John DeRosa and Don Grillo have decided that we will NOT, repeat we will NOT, be flying on the field from here on until sometime in the spring when the new grass can handle launches and landings. With any luck that should be around early to mid April.

        John Lincoln, Maintenance

      • #14404
        John PhelanJohn Phelan

          Thanks, John L.  Is there anything members can do to help out with the runway project (other than staying out of the way)?

          Best Regards,

          John F. Phelan

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          Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2023 15:31
          Subject: Runway Regrading Starting MONDAY Oct. 30, By John Lincoln, [Sky Soaring]

        • #14405
          Tim PonsotTim Ponsot

            Hi Folks-

            In that case I’m going to come out and relocate the 150 at sunup. Please also make me aware of anything I can do in the coming weeks to help with glider disassembly/grounds maintenance.

            I did check the NOTAMS for 55LL and it says nothing of complete runway closure, if this very important safety task has not yet been done would you like me to call and handle this?



          • #14406
            James SlocumJames Slocum

              That shire is a nice 150 Tim. 😘
              Sent from my iPhone

            • #14407
              Don GrilloDon Grillo

                I just got off the phone with the FAA. They do not file Notams (notices to airman) for private airports so we will be posting two large white X’s at the threshold markings for runway 9–27. This will advise aircraft attempting to land at Sky Soaring that the runway is closed. This is a normal practice for closing runways.

                — Don GrilloFlight Chairman
              • #14413
                Don GrilloDon Grillo

                  Mike, the farmer started on the runway regrading today, here are some current pictures.


                  — Don
                • #14414
                  Don GrilloDon Grillo

                    — Don
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                      extra wind protection would be nice

                      On Monday, October 30, 2023 at 05:12:35 PM CDT, SSI <> wrote:


                    • #14417
                      Dennis BurkeDennis Burke

                        You are late in harvesting your Corn, Andy.

                        Better stay up late and get corn, with the full moon we have now for a few nites.

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