posted on Apr, 24 2008 @ 12:45 PM
Its also limited to aircraft of 12,500 lbs, if you look up the data on the runway on airnav.com
Here is why airports in the desert southwest are so long. Its because of elevation, terrain, and temperatures. A 3000 ft long runway at sea level,
is usuable for a lot of general aviation planes, although not for most jets.
3000 ft at the elevations in the four corners area, would be practically unusable. Aircraft at those elevations need much more room to takeoff and
land safely, because they are actually going faster, which means it is more kinetic energy, which as you know squares as the airspeed increases. So
takes longer to get to takeoff speed, and takes longer to slow down.
And also, you dont plan on an airport based on a best case scenario where everything works, but considering a rejected/aborted takeoff, or even brake
failure, so that there is room to stop.
Angel Fire has a runway at 8400 ft elevation, and the runway is about that long too. And thats the low spot in the valley. Dulce has terrain all
around, but not as high as around Angel Fire.
Now if you want to talk about a spooky airstrip in NM, $cientology has a facilty and a private strip not too far from Las Vegas NM.
[edit on 24-4-2008 by firepilot]