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McKenzie Bridge Airport Work Party, Oregon

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June 2, McKenzie Bridge Airport, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

To help us plan, please register for the event at this link: http://theraf.org/civicrm/event/register?id=403&reset=1

The Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) is under pressure to close and divest the State of non-revenue producing airports.  Unfortunately, this means the futures of many remote airports are threatened.  We recreational pilots need to get involved and demonstrate to the State that these airports are important to us.

To that end, the Recreational Aviation Foundation has been collaborating with ODA to hold a volunteer work party at McKenzie Bridge Airport (00S) on Saturday 02 June 2018.  The objectives would be to demonstrate our commitment to the airfield by making it safer and more attractive for the recreational aviation community. 

Spouses, kids, and dogs are all welcome to participate.  Volunteers are welcome to camp on the airfield beginning Friday afternoon.  Please refer to the attached site drawing for information on access.  As an added bonus, the Eugene VW Bus Club will be showing a Godzilla movie on Saturday night!  Bring your own chairs and refreshments.  We’ll have a BBQ pot luck on Saturday afternoon after the work is done.  Tony Hann from Infinite Air in Albany will be firing up the grill, so bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage.   

It will be helpful if you could please register before 25 May so we can plan.  In addition, the ODA requires submission of a Volunteer Liability Form prior to starting work.  Please complete and forward directly to ODA as indicated on the bottom of the form. 

The general tasks to be accomplished are:

1)   Repair damage to the airfield surface caused by rodents and wildlife.   There are many gopher holes that can be easily filled with a shovel full of dirt.  The larger holes where coyotes have tried to dig out the gophers will require more effort. 

We currently have commitments from three volunteers to bring tractors with buckets and drags to help move and smooth the dirt.  We will require many folks with shovels and garden rakes to distribute the dirt and fill the holes.

2)   Cut down the weeds at the tie-down and camping area.  This should be a relatively minor effort.  We will require a couple of folks with string trimmers to accomplish this.

3)   Paint the runway markers and the windsock indicator.  Have you got any kids/grandkids with time on their hands?  Can you volunteer to supply some surplus paint, brushes, and unharnessed energy?  We need probably 4 to 5 gallons of white paint and one gallon of signal orange paint, several brushes, buckets, willing hands, etc.

4)   Install a new, taller windsock pole.  Paul Ehrhardt is supplying the pole.

5)   Relocate a couple of existing signs.

6)   We would like to clear the brush from the over-run area at the West end of the airfield, and along the South side of the runway.  This comprises mostly small pine trees, 3 to 5 feet tall, Broom, and other brush. 

Removing this brush this will be a big chore using chainsaws and labor.  A large tractor with a brush-hog would make this task easier. Can anyone help obtain this equipment for a day?

7)   The pit toilet appears to be almost a lost cause.  Its condition is poor and the door has been ripped off the frame.  Any suggestions are welcome.

We will have a potluck meal early Saturday evening.  Bring food to share and your choice of beverage.  Some ladies have volunteered to help manage this – more are welcome.  Tony Hann from Infinite Air Center at Albany (S12) is providing a BBQ grill for our use on Saturday - please stop at S12 and buy some fuel to thank Tony!

You can camp overnight on the field.  Alternatively, you can stay at one of the many lodges and B&Bs along the McKenzie River.  There are a lot of diversions in the area to keep you entertained for the rest of the weekend.  For more info on the area, check out: http://visitmckenzieriver.com/oregon/

If you plan to fly in to help, please arrive Friday night, or before 09:00 on Saturday.  Once we start operating the tractors to repair the airstrip surface, it will be difficult to accommodate a lot of aircraft arrivals.  If you camp on the airfield overnight, please use the West end of the airstrip so we can work in the usual tie-down area at the east End on Saturday.

Please feel free to provide feedback if you have any ideas on how to make this activity most successful.  Your thoughts and support will be most welcome.  Further details will follow closer to the date.

To help us plan, please register for the event at this link: http://theraf.org/civicrm/event/register?id=403&reset=1

For more information about McKenzie Bridge Airport, visit Airfield.Guide: https://airfield.guide/filter_airports.asp?892;daCOKQNCXqJmthBTEpqT

Thanks in advance for your support.

Richard Mayes, Oregon State Liaison

Recreational Aviation Foundation

916-220-2041

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June 2nd, 2018 8:00 AM   through   8:00 PM
McKenzie Bridge, OR
UNITED STATES

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