posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 09:19 AM
I was flying my Cessna 337 from Tucumcari to Durango a couple of months ago and the weather was bad. When it got really bad, I decided to land
somewhere and let the weather blow over. I consulted the charts, and my Garmin GPS, and landed at the closest public airport, Jicarilla Apache Nation
Airport. It is quite isolated, I could not get any cell signal there, which was bad for me as that meant that I couldn't consult the weather
service, so I had to just look up at the sky to decide when I should continue my trip. I was on the ground there for about 2 1/2 hours. There is a
fence and a locked gate, but it's not a high fence to keep out people, more of a cattle fence. There is a small hanger there, a couple of not too
big fuel tanks, nothing unusual. There was truly no one and nothing much around.
As one goes higher, an aircraft needs a longer strip to take off and land because of the thinner air. At sea level, I can get by with 2500 feet of
runway in the 337, but at Jicarilla, I used almost all of the runway. My plane is a 1974 model and doesn't have anti lock brakes. It was raining
and the runway was wet so I was afraid to apply too much brake after I touched down at about 100 knots indicated air speed and when I finally stopped
I was very near the end of the strip.
I can only tell you that I could see nothing unusual there.