41° 42.444' , -112° 55.152'
x 43 ft
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Information updated May 18, 2021 @ 6:53pm
Description: A historic airstrip on the north end of the Great Salt Lake. The UBCP, and in large part board member Cory Wolf, worked with local representatives to accomplish quite a historic event...the re-opening of a transcontinental airmail route airport - Locomotive Springs. Locomotive Springs was used as a transitionary stop between Salt Lake and Idaho but when range of aircraft began improving, it quickly fell by the wayside. The UBCP has restored the two dirt airstrips, along with the directional concrete arrow, put up a windsock, and is looking forward to additional future improvements. As always, pilots are requested to adhere to the UBCP's Code of Conduct to help us maintain our strong working agreements with the BLM.
Runways: 2,716' long x 43' wide runway running east/west (11/29). Mostly compacted dirt with 1 foot tall berm on all sides. Second Runway 1,884' x 50' running north/south (18/36).
Approach Considerations: Sign placed on approach end of runway 11 approximately 3 feet tall right next to cattle fence. Old brick chimney located north of final approach path for Runway 11 approximately 600' west northwest of the approach end approximately 15 feet tall. Please be courteous of fishermen near the springs on final approach for Runway 11.
Windsock: Yes, located between the runways halfway down the east/west runway, surrounded by a white compass rose.
Windsock has been zip-tied already and is in fine working order. Runway is dry and relatively hard, with minor bumps from weed clumps. Yellow paint on the arrow is quite faded now. This would be an excellent spot for a work party to keep our aviation history with this strip alive.
Windsock has come off the wire ring. I tried to fix it but didn't have any zip-ties with me. If anyone is heading out bring a pack of zip-ties, otherwise I'll remember to bring some my next flight out to Locomotive.
Runways were generally in good condition, fairly firm base with about a one inch layer of powdery dirt on top. There are, however, some nasty woody plants with long spikes that could present a puncture hazard. These seem to be mostly at the runway ends, especially the west end of the long runway. There are also scattered soft weeds growing on both runways that don't present serious difficulties. The previously reported gnats are gone. Info from Antelope Island State Park says these are biting midges that appear in the Spring, and can leave painful welts. They die after three consecutive days of 90 degree-plus highs. Morning temps were very nice, but heated up rapidly starting about 11.
FishingAdded by Tyler Gleave 3 years ago
There is fishing available just a short walk from the strip.
Locomotive Springs U.S. Airmail Airway ArrowAdded by Wendy Lessig 3 years ago
The Locomotive Springs U.S. Airmail Airway Arrow is adjacent to the airstrip on the north side, near the junction of the two runways