• THE ICE RUNWAY on LAKE WINNIPESAUKE NEW HAMPSHIRE IS CLOSED UNTIL NEXT YEAR..

    The original posting went like this... They are calling it a BLIZZARD! That's the forecast for this weekend in New England. The invitation is still extended. The ice runway may not be usable. Call 603 875-3498 for official conditions.

    Come to New Hampshire this Saturday February 9th and get an official BEECH BUM Tshirt.

    Members who attend BAC events in the Northeast Region (MA RI CT VT NH ME NY PA NJ) during 2013 will be eligible for a free T-shirt just for showing up.

    Saturday’s Ice Runway event at Alton Bay New Hampshire (B1[IMG]file:///C:\Users\CLINDE~1\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\ 01\clip_image001.gif[/IMG] will be the first time this stylish offer is being made.
    While supplies last!

    See you there! Tom Corcora
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    RUNWAY BAC Fly-In in New Hampshire
    Event Type: BAC Fly-In
    Event Location: Alton Bay, Lake Winnepesauke, New Hampshire

    The report from New Hampshire AirBoss Ron Cribbie is that LAKE WINNEPESAUKE IS FROZEN.

    That means the ice runway is safe and if plowed by the volunteers the runway is usable.

    BACers should plan to meet in the plane parking ON the lake at 11:30am on February 9, 2013.

    Official info is at http://www.airnav.com/airport/B18. Call the phone number listed for a daily recording on conditions.

    The alternate is Emerson Aviation FBO at Laconia, New Hampshire KLCI about 6 miles north.

    Remember: "Musketeers Do Not Float!". Land carefully and taxi s-l-o-w-l-y!

    Lunch is dutch treat at the restaurant near the runway.

    Tom Corcoran, Regional Director - Northeast .
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    Comments 16 Comments
    1. hitsnorth's Avatar
      hitsnorth -
      I dont think that is the correct link.
    1. drwhite's Avatar
      drwhite -
      This is a bucket list item but I don't think I'll be able to get there this year.
    1. sjcote's Avatar
      sjcote -
      It worked for me. I know that, sometimes, the "click" will clip a letter on one end or the other.
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      The link is correct.
      The runway is the charted seaplane runway in the summer.
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      ICE IS OPEN ... Story from AOPA February 1, 2013

      The Alton Bay ice airport in Alton Bay, N.H.—a seasonal public-use facility at the charted location of the Alton Bay Seaplane Base (B1—has opened for the 2013 season, said Paul LaRochelle, its volunteer manager.

      Although the runway is temporarily closed Jan. 31, LaRochelle said the prospects for a successful season are good. Two years ago, poor conditions kept the runway closed for the 2011 season. “This year we haven’t had a lot of snow and it hasn’t been real cold,” LaRochelle said—but the ice has grown thick enough, and the 2,500-by-100-foot runway was plowed Jan. 26 after a 12- or 13-inch snowfall. Yellow cones were positioned to mark the runway, and it opened Sunday, Jan. 27.

      “We probably had 30 or 35 airplanes come in Sunday, and a few more Monday—then snow closed the airport on Tuesday,” he said. “There’s no snow at all on the runway right now—it’s just a sheet of ice.” LaRochelle said conditions will be evaluated again on Friday morning, Feb. 1, and he will record an update on the airport’s information line at 603/875-3498. “If it’s just too slick I’m going to keep it closed until we get some snow, and get something on the surface,” he explained. The area recently received rain, but temperatures are expected to turn colder this weekend, and LaRochelle said there was a chance of snow in the forecast.

      The ice airport has operated for more than 30 years, and was the subject of a January 2010 AOPA Pilot feature, “The Iceway is Open.” You can see an arrival to the ice runway in an AOPA Live video.

      A highlight for many pilots is Alton Bay’s Winter Carnival, scheduled for Feb. 17. Because of poor conditions on the ice, last year’s carnival was held in a parking lot. “The airport was open but there were slick conditions,” said LaRochelle, noting that the airport was able to operate for only two and a half weeks last year. Plans call for this year’s carnival to be held on the ice, but if conditions won’t allow, it will be in the parking lot of the Christian Conference Center, a short walk up the hill from Lake Winnipesaukee.

      “A lot of pilots believe it’s a fly-in. It’s really a carnival for the town, and a lot of pilots fly in,” LaRochelle said. “I’ve been talking with the pilots to see if they want to have a day of their own, and have an actual fly-in.” There used to be a fly-in back in the 1970s, he explained; adequate space for aircraft parking is a consideration.

      He is very optimistic about the prospects for this year’s season. “Last Sunday was the best conditions I’ve seen in three years—and it lasted one day,” he said. “That’s how quickly things can change around here.”

      The airport can remain in operation as late as March 15, if ice conditions allow.
    1. niechiro's Avatar
      niechiro -
      There is a great picture of the Alton Bay ice runway in February's Flight Training magazine. It is a two page picture on pages 10 & 11.
      Here is a link to the picture and article on the web: http://flighttraining.aopa.org/magaz...ight_news.html I think you have to be a member of AOPA to view it.




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    1. JOHNNYXRAY's Avatar
      JOHNNYXRAY -
      Nice looking shirts Tom .Looking forward to a North east fly in.Hopefully weather cooperates.When is the magazine drop? (more importantly where is the drop zone)
    1. hitsnorth's Avatar
      hitsnorth -
      Doing an avionics upgrade on my mouse this week hopefully its all done and I will definately make it Saturday(Weather permitting)
    1. drwhite's Avatar
      drwhite -
      Snow Storm alert on Weather.com for a major event Friday and Saturday for New England.
    1. ken's Avatar
      ken -
      Sunday looks better..
    1. GMascelli's Avatar
      GMascelli -
      I want a shirt! Where can we purchase them?

      Wish I could make the ice runway, someday I hope! Getting 08Romeo's batteries reinstalled and a local currency flight is my plan for the weekend.

      Have fun, be safe, take pictures!!
    1. HEHaag's Avatar
      HEHaag -
      Looks like Tom is in charge of the weather again!!!
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      Gary, You can not purchase one of those shirts. You have to earn one by coming to a Northeast event.
      The good news is... we have your size.

      Tom
    1. GMascelli's Avatar
      GMascelli -
      Quote Originally Posted by corcoran View Post
      Gary, You can not purchase one of those shirts. You have to earn one by coming to a Northeast event.
      The good news is... we have your size. Tom
      Im looking forward to making an event! Thats a 2XL
    1. CliffConrad's Avatar
      CliffConrad -
      Tom,
      I couldn't make the fly-in but would love a t-shirt (XL); they're awesome! If it qualifies, I did land on an ice runway (touch & go) on the SW shore (near English Bay) of Cold Lake in Alberta on 27 Feb 2010. The pic on final shows me a little high but it worked out OK. I'm willing to pay for the shirt if it's possible to get one.

      Attachment 1455

      Cheers, Cliff
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      Quote Originally Posted by CliffConrad View Post
      Tom,
      I couldn't make the fly-in but would love a t-shirt (XL); they're awesome! If it qualifies, I did land on an ice runway (touch & go) on the SW shore (near English Bay) of Cold Lake in Alberta on 27 Feb 2010. The pic on final shows me a little high but it worked out OK. I'm willing to pay for the shirt if it's possible to get one.

      Attachment 1455

      Cheers, Cliff
      Cliff,
      You can't buy a Beech Bum Tshirt. You have do earn one.
      Come to a fly-in in the Northeast Region and get one free.
      Or land on the ice runway at Alton Bay NH on your own and take an oath.
      Think of the trophy points for flying from Alberta to New Hampshire!
      Tom Corcoran
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