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Smiley Creek Fly-In Updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We would like to take a minute and invite everyone to the annual UBCP Smiley Creek Fly-in. The date this year is July 7 - 9. This will be about the 16th year we have met at Smiley Creek. We have been in contact with the new caretaker at the field and they are excited to host us again this year. Of course the runway is in excellent condition. We have planned for our regular bar-be-que on Saturday evening at 7:00. The only thing you will need is a chair as there are not enough tables in the campground.

If you have not been to Smiley Creek (U87) before keep in mind that although the runway is 4900 feet long, it is very high at 7220 ft. msl and is not recommended for the lower power training type airplanes. The surface is well maintained grass. An early morning departure and arrival usually guarantees a smooth flight through the mountains to the Stanley Valley. Announce intentions on 122.9. Unless conditions are extraordinary (in which case you might not want to attempt a landing at all), land south and take off north. The runway runs very slightly up-hill toward the south and the terrain rises very deceptively in this direction. It is not uncommon to encounter sprinklers on one side of the runway or the other. These will be marked with orange cones and pilots simply land on the other side of the runway when they are in use. Idaho maintains beautiful bathrooms and a shower on the field, and there is a commercial lodge and small store within an easy walk.

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The Utah Back Country Pilots is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and enjoying the incredible Utah "back country". Utah has a handful of remote landing strips open to the public. We believe these to be a national treasure. We donate our time and resources toward maintaining and preserving this resource. If these goals are your goals, we invite you to fly along with us! The UBCP publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors a summer and winter fly-in each year. Runway data and safety information is free for the asking.

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Woods Cross, UT 84087

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