All guests must have specific permission and a thorough
briefing from an Owner/Member of the Alta Sierra Airport
prior to landing at Alta Sierra Airport. The briefing must
include Alta Sierra Airport operating rules and procedures.
The Alta Sierra Airport is approved for ‘day use’ operations
only. 'Day use' in this case, is specifically defined as sunrise to sunset.
(Official Sunrise & Sunset tables are available at many
weather sites online)
We must do all that we can to keep noise in the neighborhood
to a minimum.
Our airport is considered a mountain airport and may be
hazardous due to trees and rising terrain in the takeoff
direction. Various, and sometimes frequently changing
conditions (especially; density altitude, winds, and occasional deer on the
runway) may make a go around difficult. Make your decision to go around early. If you do go around consider a right turn once past
the north end of the runway.
The landing runway is 01 and the departing runway is
19. Runway 19 is painted with an X and is closed to landings.
Observe the displaced threshold on runway 01. There is a
possibility of a tail wind on final that may cause
over-shoots. In addition there may be updrafts and downdrafts
at the approach end of the runway.
When landing at Alta Sierra Airport, fly a left traffic
pattern at 3100ft MSL (800 AGL). The
pattern shall be flown in such a way that you can see
the whole runway and you can be seen by anybody on the
runway while you are in the air. Make an upwind to the North East or
a circling left hand turn overhead to the downwind. Forty five
(45) degree or direct downwind entries are not allowed. Enter
crosswind and downwind within sight of the runway. This
pattern will allow you to see any obstacles on the runway and
people on the ground will be able to see you.
At the Departure end of the runway make your turnaround to the
right and keep your propeller blast from pointing into the
Please do not start and taxi out from the tie downs. This
causes unnecessary dust and dirt to be blown around.
Takeoffs or landings between sunset and sunrise
High Speed flybys
Any operation that creates unnecessary noise
Early crosswind turns
guidelines are recommendations only. It is the responsibility
of the pilot in command to be the final authority in conducting a
Official Designator: 09CL
Radio Frequency: 122.9 MHz
Runway Length: 2800 feet
Runway Width: 50 feet
Altitude: South end 2180 MSL
Altitude North end: 2280 MSL
Runway Slope: 2 percent Grade
Long/Lat N 39 deg 06.654’ W 121 deg 03.454’
Vertical Rate to Clear
Terrain (go around on runway 01) approximately 300ft per
Nautical Mile. Consider density altitude when doing these
Driving on the runway
should be minimized. Motor vehicles tend to damage the runway
more than aircraft do (especially during hot days). If you
must drive on the runway please do so with caution.
If you are walking on, or
near the runway do not wear headsets, ear buds, or any other
device that may diminish your ability to hear aircraft in the
ASAOA traffic pattern. If you
can hear a plane overhead in the traffic pattern, you will
have more time to move to a safe place (well off the runway)
prior to its landing.
Drivers of vehicular traffic on or near the
runway must make it obvious to a landing pilot that they have seen
his/her aircraft and are moving out of the way. Vehicles must
move at least one full 'car length' (preferably more) off the
edge of the paved runway.
Heavy vehicles are not permitted on the paved runway.
Keep speeds to five (5) miles per hour or below to keep dust
down on the gravel road that runs alongside the runway.