On Sunday I flew out to Silver Springs airport where my sister picked me up for Easter dinner back at their place in Fernley, Nevada.
Here are a few observations from my first visit to Silver Springs.
- There aren't many turnoffs. As you can see, there's one at each end of the runway and another in the first bit of runway 23. But if you land past that, it's a long taxi down to the end, so you'll need to do a 180 to taxi back. The runway is 6,000 feet long.
- Though there is no AWOS on field, after you key the microphone and make an inbound call an automated system will provide basic AWOS or ATIS style information (winds, active runway, etc.). If it doesn't, try three clicks on the microphone.
- Despite the impressive things said on the web site (noted above) and the massive runway, there's no fuel available on-site. So if you're flying that 737 in, make sure you've got lots of Jet A or, in my case, 100LL.
- The new taxiway and tie-down areas are in great shape. It's very smooth, clean, and well marked. But there are no tie-down chains so bring your own ropes. I was glad to have a set with me.
- There's a prominent gate at the airport entrance off of the highway. But I'm not sure why, since it's a 24-hour facility.
Have you been to Silver Springs? What did I miss?
Posted by jzawodn at April 09, 2007 08:08 PM