April 23, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Anchorage, Alaska’s Lake Hood Airstrip will be closed starting May 7 for a construction project that is expected to be completed June 8.
The 2,200-foot gravel airstrip—part of the Lake Hood seaplane base complex and home to about 437 general aviation aircraft—will open on weekends and at certain other times in conjunction with a fly-in, and the Memorial Day holiday, as provided in this schedule.
The FAA has developed inbound and outbound procedures for pilots in need of access to the airstrip from adjacent Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Pilots are reminded to check notices to airmen (notams) frequently during the construction project and before all operations.
AOPA and the Alaska Airmen’s Association worked with airport officials and ATC to reduce the impact of the runway and taxiway light replacement project, which was originally scheduled for the much less busy winter season but slipped as a result of contractual issues.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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