Worst Runway ever??

Captain4242

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Although LGA landing 22 is pretty bad because of the bounce you get from crossing 13/31, I still vote for departing runway 14 at Belmar, NJ (BLM).
Although it's smooth, it's still a little narrow. But the crazy part is the "sine waves" you encounter during the roll. Could've sworn the nose gear got considerably off the ground a few times well before v1.
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The short runway in CHS, C-17's have done quite a number on that puppy. Unless it has changed in the last couple of years it is best to treat it as a dirt strip........come to think of it , I have flown off of smoother dirt strips out west! :)
 

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can'y remember the runway number, but tyler, tx. has a very large dip in the runway where the intersecting runway crosses...pretty bumpy at times...
 

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Most of you have probably never heard of it, but Evanston WY is among my worst.

It's up on a plateau with an airport elevation of 7163' in the middle, but the grade of the runway is so steep you have to land and takeoff in different directions unless the wind is howling.

Land on 23 is like landing on an aircraft carrier, and have that yoke leaving an imprint on your chest, or you'll land on the nose gear.

Takeoff on 5, b/c the ground rises faster on 23 than some airplane's ability to climb out initially in the summer months.

Land on 5 and you'll use most of the 7300' (and your brake pads) if you come in too hot. Takeoff's in that direction though only require ground effect until you clear the fence, where you'll pick up 800' immediately.
 

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Lexington Tenn. has them all beat. Of course noone here has been there, but I now refuse to go in there because the runway is dangerous. Our nose gear left the ground approximately 5 times prior to V1 and many of the runway lights are broken or disconnected. I've seen a few bad runways, but I have never said never again to any of them but M52....Lexington TN. Don't take your aircraft there.
 

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Cliff Dwellers airstrip which is SW of Marble Canyon, which is SW of Page, AZ is about the worst I've been to. Any Lake Mead or Lake Powell pilots have probably been there.
 

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Old MSY runway, currently going through some resurfacing was pretty bad...

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snow-back said:
Cliff Dwellers airstrip which is SW of Marble Canyon, which is SW of Page, AZ is about the worst I've been to. Any Lake Mead or Lake Powell pilots have probably been there.


Looks like we're neighbors (keep my AP at 36U).

I've never had the pain/pleasure to fly into Cliff Dwellers, but have looked down on it at altitude many times and shook my head.
 

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I could not find it in the Air Nav database for Colorado so I am unsure if the airport still exists, but back in the late 70's I was a passenger on a commuter hop (Fairchild Metro) that landed on a strip situated on a ridgeline of one of the moutains near the Community of Beaver Creek. I seem to recall that because of the surrounding terrain, most flights had to land uphill and then would later take off downhill (nice dropoff at the end of the runway) as the runway sloped upward along the ridgeline. The landing was pretty memorable but I will always be curious about what the takeoff would have been like as our itenary had us driving back to Denver.
 

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Had to answer up on this one. Bezmer AB (LB44) in central Bulgaria. It is an old Soviet SU-25 base that is still in use. The runway is made of 2 meter hexagonal concrete blocks (easy to repair battle damage I guess). I swear I thought we wear going to blow a tire! During t/o it felt like we were in a low rider with the front jacks pumping. Not to mention the very "level" grating along the length of the r/w. Lucky for us, the trusty little Metroliner held strong!
 

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T-Gates said:
Most of the islands suck....but the worst I know of here in the states is 21L at DTW...unless things have changed, it's like landing on a washboard.

Yup it is just like the Michigan roads, just patched up potholes.
 

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North Eleuthera, Bahamas (aka the wild west)
 

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T-Gates nailed it!

DTW 21L is a teeth-rattler.

I make a P.A. to the passengers about it before landing there.
 

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Searching for the shortest strip in Alaska, I found one with an interesting note next to it: "Runway may or may not exist."
 

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It was just recently closed, but was still open and had an note that airport use was not advised. I called the ODOT aviation guy that inspects the runways and says he only flies a helicopter in there. If you look at the pic on http://www.airnav.com/airport/9B9 there is a ditch that runs right down the middle of the runway. Quite intresting.
 

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14 at BLM is 80ft wide...whats wrong with that? :D

Atleast its long...but I bet the hillyness that it has are more noticable in a jet, rather in a cherokee.
 
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