The ice is too thin. It needs to be at least 12″ and they are concerned that we have sections where the ice isn’t that thick this year. I can believe that.
I have not seen any trucks on any of the local lakes this year. Yes, snowmobiles, but they are much lighter.
An abundance of caution, of course, but you can’t blame anyone for that. You really don’t want a plane going through the ice. That would be rather bad form. I couldn’t remember but it appears that we have had other years — even as recently as 2016 — when the airport was called off because of thin ice.
So, that is that. I will miss not being able to take my usual quota of pictures. Fingers crossed for next year; 2021.
You can see the BENT prop on the left and the scraped paint on the right prop.
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They have moved the plane from the ice to an adjoining car park. It was blocking the main taxiway — so that makes a lot of sense.
I guess they are still waiting for the FAA to finish its investigation — and hopefully to get a new prop. That seems to be the only thing that got damaged. I have to suspect that a prop is not cheap. Plus most likely their insurance will go sky high.
Today’s installment of pictures. We had other things to do so I didn’t have much time. I shot these pictures from a different vantage — i.e., on the other side of the Bay. It was fairly busy. Tomorrow will be the BIG day. So, enjoy.
This was the ONLY plane there was and I knew that it had had a mishap. It was all on its lonesome in the middle of the taxiway and you could clearly see that it was propped up. From past accidents, I assume they have to wait for a FAA (NTSB) inspector to come and check the accident and give the ‘all clear’.
This is our famous and unique ‘Airport on Ice‘ at Alton Bay — now a beloved annual event. The runways were ready last weekend but we didn’t see any planes. There were, as you can see, a number of planes this afternoon. About 5. It was gloomy and it was Super Bowl Sunday. So, it was not as busy as it would normally be. But, as ever it was fun. I took these pictures with my Google Pixel 2. The light wasn’t great and I knew it would be easier to shoot with the Pixel 2 than my full-frameSony a7 II. The Sony really comes to its own when there is better light. I will go again. So, consider this but PART I of the ‘Airport on Ice’ pictures for 2019.