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Contact: Greg Dudgeon, 907-455-0614
The National Park Service (NPS) has determined that a gravel bar commonly used for airplane landings on the Charley River in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is not safe for the landing of airplanes.
The gravel bar located at Gelvin’s Cabin on the Charley River is commonly referred to as Gelvin’s Airstrip. This unmaintained landing area suffered damage from spring floods earlier in the year. It is strongly recommended that pilots inspect the gravel bar prior to attempting a landing. Any attempted landing is the responsibility of the Pilot in Command (PIC).
The public is welcome to utilize the area. Additionally there are other landing options for skilled backcountry pilots to access the Upper Charley Drainage. These alternative landings areas require short field expertise and landing site evaluation skills. The NPS urges pilots to fly within their skill levels and have a safe flying season.