Sunday, March 3, 2013

Copalis State Airport

Grays Harbor County, Washington



















Background:
 way to get to Washington's Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park is to land on this 4500-foot-long strip of beach. The runway is located between the mouth of the Copalis River as well as a barrier of rocks, with orange reflective markers at both ends to help guide pilots to a safe landing.


Why It is Unique:
The Washington State Department of Transportation urges incoming pilots to do a fly-over before landing to make positive the runway is free of debris. The Department of Transportation also notes that pilots ought to aim for dark, wet sand, which is more stable to land on than light-colored, soft sand. As with other beach-based landing areas, Copalis State Airport is submerged every time the tide rolls in. Pilots thinking about spending some time on the beach ought to make positive to park their aircraft above the high tide mark in order to make positive that their planes are not taken out to sea.

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