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  1. #1
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    Default Gastons resort

    10 days ago my wife and I flew to North central Arkansas to visit Gastons resort. It was my longest cross country to date and well worth it.
    If you would enjoy trout fishing on the White river this is the place to go. They have their own 3000' grass strip or will pick you up at near by airports free of charge. I did not land on the grass because they had gotten a couple inches of rain the day before we got there.
    Here is a link to their site
    http://www.gastons.com/

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    Gaston's is a favorite of mine. If you are not inclined to land on the grass, or if it will be after dark, go to BPK. They run their vans up there all the time. It's about 5 miles by air to Gaston's from BPK.

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    Or.... If you don't want to bring you fish gear or don't fish and you arrive over the weekend they smoke their own trout and have it in the restaurant. I flew from Kansas City to Gaston's Resort on a Sunday for their brunch and they LOST MONEY on me. I went back 3 times and filled up on smoked trout. Beautiful view out the back of the restaurant watching the guys in their boats fishing and going by.

    You MUST land on runway 24 and depart 06. If you land 06 there are huge power lines that will ruin your day and the reason for this landing/departing system (documented). While I was there I saw 3 guys land 06 and so keep your ears to your radio and eyes peeled when entering the pattern because on final, somebody just may be taking off right at you if you were not paying attention to radio announcements. Weekends are a very busy time for them.
    Here is the BEST way to land (with text points to watch for). Main thing is to locate the dam at the lake, follow it in, go mid-field turn and enter downwind (watching the bluff distance below you as it can creep up to you pretty fast). Turn to base, on final aim to come between the trees and plenty of room to bleed out speed and land.

    Here is a fantastic link showing the field details (and power lines I warned you about).
    http://www.gastonsflyin.com/flying_in.php

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frlzme0Erj8
    TOM EDMONDSON, BORN 1953 and own 3 1953 vehicles

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    I usually like to stay higher like this guy here. But I don't like getting as close to the bluffs as he does.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRe9FjQCeFQ

    Then this fellow here does a go around before landing. It appears that he is really clipping along the first time, but both times, he appears to have a hand full.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBj-9OIsxOI

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    Default Gaston's Fly-in Information Sheet (3M0) - shows detailed photos and instructions

    FIRST - You will read posting about landing at this airport and some add 'drama' ("landing here gives you a pucker"). Do your homework by visiting the links we supply here, view as many YouTube videos of people landing here and you will be okay. No different than other grass landings (if any of you do Blakesburg IA27, this is a BREEEEZE).

    The linke below is to the annual Gaston's Fly-in (over Memorial Weekend) but applies to anyone on our forum heading that way.

    I totally agree with BRUCE. I myself, come in 200' higher than advised pattern altitude and at turning base to final I drop in full flaps and THEN descend and dropping speed to make a nice, smoooth touchdown.

    I can tell you that I watched every single YouTube of anyone landing there so I knew exactly what to watch for and do myself with my plane and it worked perfectly.

    JUST LISTEN AND WATCH - With the field requirement you land on 24 and ONLY take off 06, you are bound to have someone taking off as you are landing in pattern.

    Note: On weekends during summer you ALWAYS have visitors and locals sitting along the field watching planes land. At end of field runway watch for planes taxing out at you behind tree line (you can't see them until you pass end of trees).

    I had a sheriff helicopter giving rides so he was in....then out....then in and had marbles in his mouth on radio. So make em repeat so you know EXACTLY where and what they are doing.

    http://www.gastonsflyin.com/flying_in.php

    http://www.airnav.com/airport/3M0
    TOM EDMONDSON, BORN 1953 and own 3 1953 vehicles

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    The Mid-America and Tennessee Chapters are having a joint fly-in at Gaston's Resort October 8, 2016. Everyone is invited to join in. Several members are taking advantage of the resort making a weekend of it. There are cozy cabins and the trout fishing is great. You can rent a boat or just sit and watch nature. If you are free on October 8 come join us. Be sure and check the landing and takeoff directions as there are obstructions on the west end of the field.
    Dan

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