If you're requesting to come up to Carver's Cut for our 2018 Southern Sierra Spring Fling, here's a few things to know: The strip is on a private ranch holding completely surrounded by National Forest, gorgeous granite peaks, a stream with natural rock water slides and swimming, fishing, and hiking. If you are requesting to come up and join us, you can stay for the duration of our event and enjoy a couple days of good food, friends, and beautiful mountain scenery.
ALL ATTENDEES MUST COMPLETE THE "CARVER'S CUT PERMISSION-TO-LAND REQUEST FORM" (blue box on the right side of this page).
THE AIRSTRIP: Located a 10min flight north of Kern Valley Airport (L05), the 4500’ MSL dirt airstrip is 1400' x 50' with an approx. 4% slope downhill towards the south. There is a short windsock at the southwest end of the airstrip. NOTE:
LAT/LONG: 36°00'18.3"N 118°29'33.5"W
CAPABLE AIRPLANES ONLY
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PERFORMANCE CHARTS
The airstrip is too new to be seen on Google Maps, sorry :/
THE AMMENITIES AND ACCOMODATIONS: Carver’s Cut airstrip has a cabin, toilet, shower, kitchen, BBQ, covered kitchen and eating patio, tent platforms and plenty of open space to camp. There's a shooting range area near the cabin, a swimming hole, the famous Tea Cups Waterfalls, hiking, trout fishing in the creek, and natural rock waterslides.
We'll be hanging out from Saturday morning June 2nd-Sunday afternoon June 3rd.
SATURDAY MORNING (8:30am-10:30am): Hearty flapjack breakfast and sides
SATURDAY AFTERNOON (12:00pm-on): Hiking to TeaCups Waterfalls, shooting range, fishing, waterslides (bring your bathing suits!), hangout
The PIC bears the ultimate authority and responsibility for safe and approaches and departures from the airstrip.
Watch the video at the top right of this page before flying in.
Use a typical backcountry pre-landing checklist to circle and carefully assess the situation on the ground, such as possibility of cattle in the vicinity, number of planes on the ground, parked or moving and to determine their abort point and abort path. If the winds so favor it, landing uphill will require an earlier abort point due to rising terrain.
Typical morning canyon wind pattern: flowing lightly down-canyon during the very early morning hours then reversing and flowing up-canyon from Lake Isabella with gradually increasing intensity as the daytime temperature goes up. Afternoon winds have been very often out of the south in the canyon and variable south to southwest at the windsock. Maybe 5 or at most 10 degrees off the strip, with some variability in magnitude. The south wind creates an amazing amount of lift off the south slopes of the flat-top east of the strip.
Therefore, there are a couple schools of thought of how to land at Carver's Cut depending on the time of day you come in:
1) Early morning landings: Heavy airplane guys might anticipate the wind would still be flowing down canyon and land Runway 02 (uphill), but with the uphill landing, your go-no point should be picked slightly earlier in anticipation of applying go-around power in the slight uphill direction.. This would give the benefit of both a slight headwind and an uphill slope to reduce ground roll. Light airplane guys typically land downhill (Runway 20) as the slope is gentle enough that they are stopped and slowed in 70% of the strip with minimal braking. And they have the go around option until touchdown practically -they have much less go around option going uphill due to low horsepower.
2) Afternoon to late-afternoon landings: Bearing that the typical up-canyon winds are flowing up from Lake Isabella, land downhill (Runway 20) as the slope is gentle enough and headwind strong enough that you will be stopped and slowed in 70% of the strip with minimal braking. This also gives the downhill/down-canyon go-around option until touchdown.