Saturday, July 14, 2018

Landing at Mahoney Creek Airstrip - Middlefork of the Salmon - Idaho Backcountry

I have been doing some flight training with my backcountry instructor Jim Hudson. I completed my Backcountry Level 2 Checkout this week. I will be posting some videos of some of that training over the next few weeks.

This is a video of landing at Mahoney Creek airstrip on the Middlefork of the Salmon. This is one of the more difficult runways due to the limited width of the runway and is rated as a Level 3 airstrip but I guess Jim wanted to see how well I would do on one of the more challenging strips :) There are many airstrips that are much more challenging in the backcountry but this was a good test and gauge of my piloting skills at this time.

The opportunity to experience flying in this canyon is amazing and words can’t describe how special these flights have been to me.  I started spending time on the Middlefork helping with river running operations when I was just a kid at the age of 16.  The Middlefork holds a very special place in my heart.  Enjoy! ~Tad Jones

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