Small plane pilot lands at truck stop

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  1. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Road Train Member

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    I watched a video awhile back on a guy who did the shortest landing and take off . I believe the landing was under 20 feet with his modified plane
     
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  3. MacLean

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    Sadly, that’s way too believable.
     
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  4. mjd4277

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    They might actually.
    Nearest airport in that area is GRR-Gerald Ford Int’l Airport in Grand Rapids,about 20 miles away. From 5:30 am to midnight it’s Class C airspace,other times it’s Class E. And seeing as how the pilot was seeing taking off and landing on a highway in broad daylight that might get the FAA’s undivided attention,unless the pilot made arrangements prior. Two way radio communications and a transponder are normally required for Class C airspace.
    https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/pub...ons and,Class C airspace controlling facility.
     
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  5. cuzzin it

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    There is a side road that the entrance is on. It is paved past t/s for 1/4 mile or more. That is where he most likely took off/landed.
    BTW, that is a nice truckstop, old school style but only few year old
     
  6. REO6205

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    LOL...We have a few farmers who keep a small plane on their own strip. Landing at the gas station or truck stop sounds like something they'd do. I'll bet it's not the first time that guy stopped in for lunch.
    Dad used to use county roads for duster strips in the early season when things were muddy. He'd just cone off a 1500 foot length, set up the loading equipment, and go to work. He didn't need 1500 feet but it always made him feel good to have the extra length. That was a lot of years ago but even now an isolated piece of pavement might get some use that way.
     
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  7. JC1971

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    That's the kind of thing they can do in Alaska and the FAA doesn't care. Not so much Michigan.

     
  8. mjd4277

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    And seeing as how that it’s on social media now you know the FAA is going to look at it. Big difference between sparsely populated Alaska and most populated Michigan (10 million people as of the last census).
     
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  9. LowBeam

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    Gonna be a bit hard to identify. No tail# or identifying numbers on it. If no electronics, probably no IFF or other electronic signature. Unless the pilot and plane are local, I doubt they can do anything
     
  10. mjd4277

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    Tail number is on the rear of the fuselage in the video.
    N4876A.
    I was able to zoom in on the video.
    Now,if I do this on an iPhone,of all things,I’m sure the FAA can look at it and enhance even further. And chances are that truck stop might have video surveillance footage!
     
  11. cuzzin it

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    Or maybe know him. Coopers ville is small rural community
     
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