All guests must have specific permission and a thorough briefing from an Owner/Member of the Alta Sierra Airport community 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.
Alta Sierra Airport - looking east
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 hangers.
Please do not start and taxi out from the tie downs. This causes unnecessary dust and dirt to be blown around.