Paramotor Fairview, Almost
2016-05-18 Fairview, SC
This is the type of place you want.
We found it on an online sectional chart (is paper still available?)
and put it on the GPS. Google earth showed some open areas and there
weren't many airplanes to contend with. Perfect.
We were driving in and Tim said, "hey, lets launch from the abandoned
road." I was in back, pecking away, and looked over. "Oooh yeah, that
looks perfect." Then Tim asked "Is that a runway?" I looked again,
thinking there was no way "No..." then I saw a runway light pass by. "uhhh,
yeah, I guess it is!"
We pulled in, walked out beside the runway with extended arms to find
a perfect little wind coming down the runway.
There was no fence, access was easy, the pavement needed mowing there
was so much grass growing up, a southeast breeze oozed up the slight
incline of runway 14, and the launch path was wide open. This rocked.
There was one more hurdle that would not be overcome. Storms were
brewing to the northwest. If the closest one passed by and
nothing formed behind it we would be fine. That wasn't to be. As I write
this, a burgeoning red blob on the radar is imposing a wet darkness that
I think we'll skip.
But the site looks beautiful for our craft!