Re: GOING TO AVALON?
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Additional Remarks- FULL STOP LNDGS ONLY; INTXN TKOFS PROHIBITED. - LANDING FEE. - RWY 4-22 NON-STD RWY SAFETY AREAS. - FOR CD CTC SOCAL APCH AT 800-448-3724. - ARPT CLSD FOR ALL OPS OTHER THAN DRG PUBLD ATNDNC SKED HRS EXC FOR EMERG. - PILOTS CANNOT SEE ACFT ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF RWY DUE TO GRADIENT, MUST ANNC TAKING ACT RWY ON UNICOM PRIOR TO DEP - SFC ROUGH WITH NMRS POTHOLES & SOFT SPOTS. - RWY 04/22 LTD BY ARPT OPR TO 12,500 LBS GWT. - RWY 04 FINAL 2,300 FT STEEP 2.1% DOWNSLOPE; RWY 22 UPSLOPE PREFERRED LANDING.
Tom Smith A&P/IA
From: Keith Spreuer <kspreuer@...>
To: Canard Aviators <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, Aug 3, 2020 1:47 pm
Subject: Re: [c-a] GOING TO AVALON?
The runway is OK. It is not as smooth as most mainland runways but only annoying rather than damaging. Catalina has a couple quirks. One is that it has a high middle so you can not see one end when at the other end. People often use runway 22 even with a slight down wind and at the same time people may use 7. This can lead to a very unpleasant surprise. The other quirk is that the runway is on a hill top. So the approach for 22 (and somewhat for 7) is toward a steep hill side. This gives an unusual perception of being too high on final. Added to that is if the wind is down the runway then the air is sinking on short final. This is why most flying clubs require a check out flight with an instructor. I don't think that is necessary but awareness is recommended..