The runway at Maypole is in remarkably good condition and I am delighted to see lots of flying going on. However, now winter is upon us, I thought it timely to remind us all of the extra precautions we need to take to make sure we and the others who use the runway can continue to fly safely.
Advice 1 – Please walk the runway before you jump in your plane and set off. You need to know where the boggy patches are and where to go to avoid them. They are not evident now, but they will start to form soon.
Advice 2 – When you land, check to see if you have left any ruts. If you have, please tread them in. No one wants to hit a deep frozen rut if it gets colder, as the results could be spectacular! And – it might be you!
Advice 3 – Prepare for reduced braking action. The surface is already quite slippery so, if possible, do not use the brakes at all when you land. For those who steer by braking, make you turns as wide as you can with minimum use of brakes.
Advice 3 – If you hit a boggy patch, don’t try to drive through it with lots more power. You will probably get even more stuck and may damage the prop. Swallow your pride, stop the engine and ask for help. You will get the p**s taken, of course as has happened to us all before, but the eventual cost will be very much less.
White Waltham have produced a useful poster, which I have attached. Why not print it out and put it in your plane?
I wish you happy flying without any undue excitement.