Story: Topdressing

Hill-country airstrip

Hill-country airstrip

Topdressing pilots prefer the airstrip to have a reasonable slope. This allows easier take-off with a full load, and a shorter landing distance when returning to reload. This airstrip at the Whatawhata hill-country research station is a good example.

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John Maber, 'Topdressing - Commercial developments of aerial topdressing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by John Maber, published 24 Nov 2008