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100 Mile House Airport and Uphill Tailwind Departures

100 Mile House Airport

100 Mile House airport is a good jumping off place for a lot of Chilcotin and Cariboo recreation. The airport is run by the 100 Mile House Flying Club. The club members appear very friendly (I met and chatted with their president, Ken, this past weekend).
100 Mile House Airport
From their website:

One of the advantages of landing at the 100 Mile House Airport is its unique position right downtown 100 Mile House, with numerous hotels, motels and restaurants literally within walking distance from the airport. During summertime, we encourage pilots to “tent under the wing” at the airport. In the wintertime, budget oriented pilots can use the 100 Mile House Flying Club’s Clubhouse for a night or two or, due to bad weather, for a longer time. The Clubhouse is equipped with shower and W/C. Please bring sleeping bags.

The airstrip is actually right in town – you can walk from your plane to a grocery store or restaurant. You can rent a car from Sunrise Ford. Avgas is available.
100 Mile House Airport

Uphill Tailwind Take-Offs

Runway 08/26 in 100 Mile House is 2000 ft long, and is slightly uphill. I was fortunate enough to see the result of an aborted take-off uphill with a tailwind. The unfortunate pilot hit some phone lines, spun around and crashed backwards into a concrete building. Everyone walked away, and the plane can probably be had quite cheaply.

crashed Cessna

crashed Cessna

I was pleasantly surprised at the cost of a hangar and tie downs. Apparently you can get a hangar for as low as $15,000, and tie downs cost about $40 a year. Here in the Lower Mainland I pay $300/month for a T-hangar!

Planes

There weren’t a ton of planes hanging around, but there was this old Luscombe. It was for sale last year, but it’s not on the market any longer.

100 mile house airport

However, there is a Cherokee 180 for sale that is said to be a great bush plane (low wing nose gear notwithstanding). There is a video of the plane on YouTube landing at Silvertip Lodge’s uphill grass strip. The owner is the Ken that I was chatting with. he likes the plane for rough strips because of the wide under carriage and the load it carries. Check out the video and get a good look at the downhill dogleg airstrip, and the terrain right after the strip!

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor and pilot based in Vancouver, BC. I AM NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND I AM NOT OFFERING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION! I am sharing my study notes and other things I’ve learned while getting my education as a pilot. You’re welcome to make use of this information, but do not treat it as expert advice.

I really enjoy flying, real estate and the Chilcotin.  My company is Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting or concerns selling remote property in British Columbia.


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