Monday, December 31, 2012

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013 -- Almost 2013

Almost some sun today.

Almost too much snow to fly.

Almost enough snow to ski.

Almost too bumpy for takeoff...

Yup, almost a fender-bender.

Almost got lift to...

Almost overcome drag.

Almost up up upppp...

Almost makin' it!

Almost time to give up.

Almost too warm and slushy... better get off the pond.

Almost a great landing! Hope the birds don't see me.

Almost comfy, settled in, got food, almost 2013, almost forgot... Happy New Year, y'all!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

7 Dec., 2012 -- 1MO officially open

Humm. HMMMM. HMMumm. Well, hmmmm.
Ok. Some squawks, but, hmmmm OPEN! Five months to do it. Hmmm.

And it shall be OPEN!

Yes, DR, it's the letter A

The first official arrival, B & L.  Just in time!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012 -- No Xs

First aircraft to take to the new runway! He didn't lift off, just warm-up and taxi.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Dec. 3, 2012 -- Almost finished, a lot late

If the airport opens tomorrow, Dec. 4, 2012... it will be just under a month overdue. In the morning, they may remove the yellow Xs and open us up. The forecast is for rain in the morning, so the Cherokee might not come home to roost from Willow Springs until Wednesday. 1MO has been closed since July 25, about 4.5 months. Ten feet wider, 60 feet; 600 feet shorter, 2990 or so.
The last worker leaves this afternoon. New sign; Taxiway A, runways 26 and 8.

Last night for the barrier, perhaps. It's all seeded and mulched, ready to go.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nov. 20, 2012 -- A lot more oil, a lot more late

Topsoil for the grass, lots of dump trucks hauled in the fill.

New taxiway lights.

Striping the runway numbers. This guy gets to ride.

Runway 08, temporary paint until the pavement cures for 30 days.

Bases being installed for the runway end lights.

Runway 26, still closed. Next step, landscaping and seeding.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nov. 16, 2012 -- A little more oil, a little late

A week past the Nov. 9 deadline, the crews are still working, now past sundown. They laid the asphalt and rolled it, and tonight are putting in the taxiway; two long days. If they had worked like this in the past four months, it would be done already. Supposed to be done by Thanksgiving, which is three working days. Ya think? There are still the runway lights to hook up, paint striping, signage for the runway numbers, and an enormous amount of landscaping before those Xs can come off the ends and all those Maxi-Tonkas move out. But... it's getting closer to being an airport again!
Laying asphalt on the north side on November 15.

Tearing up the taxiway on Nov. 16.

The old way, and the fast way.

That rectangle in the foreground will tell us the runway numbers 08 - 26.

It's not snow, just grass gone to seed. There are two pavers being fed by those trucks.

Runway 26, the pavers are almost to this end, beyond the asphalt truck.

After sunset they tote out their own lighting system. Nov. 16, rw 26, looking west.

Back on July 31, 2012, before it all began. Runway 08, looking east

Friday, November 2, 2012

Nov. 2, 2012 -- A little oil

Finally, they have spread a little oil to seal one side of the runway before starting the real paving. It's not much, and they have gone home for the weekend, letting two more days slip away before Nov. 9th when it is supposed to be finished.