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Blue Ribbon Farms Airport (FAA identifier WN29) is a privately owned, private use grass airstrip available for use by members of the Blue Ribbon Farms Property Owners Association.  A number of homes in the subdivision have hangars, and property owners may also tie their aircraft down in their yards.  Aircraft use of the private roads in the community is authorized for taxiing to and from the runway.

Information is provided here for transient pilots to assist with safe and courteous arrivals and departures from the strip.
  • Unicom = 122.9
  • Elevation = 100' MSL
  • Dimensions = 1960' L x 65' W
  • GPS = N48° 07.8' W123° 12.3'
  • Pattern altitude = 900' MSL
  • Runway 07 = left traffic
  • Runway 25 = left traffic
  • The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is just Northeast of the airport. The minimum altitude for over-flight is 2000' MSL
Rules for use of the airstrip
(Note: citations in parenthesis reference the BRFPOA By-Laws.  Rules updated as of November 13, 2015 by BRFPOA Airport Committee.)
    1. Aircraft operating from the airstrip will comply with F.A.A. regulations Part 91, "General Operating and Flight Rules, Subpart A, General , and Subpart B, Flight Rules, specifically paragraphs 91:127 and 91:155. (Article III, Section 1 2, and Section 6)
    2. The airstrip shall be a day use facility. (Article III, Section 2 (c))
    3. The use of the airstrip for commercial purposes is not permitted. (Article III, Section 2 (d)
    4. Vehicles, bicycles and livestock are not permitted on the airstrip, except vehicles used for maintenance purposes. (Article III, Section 2 (e))
    5. If the airstrip is used by pedestrians or their pets, they do so at their own risk, and they shall yield to aircraft at all times. (Article III, Section 2 (f))
    6. A standard left hand pattern shall be used. (Article III, Section 6 (b)).    The published traffic pattern is 900 MSL, which is 800 feet above ground level (AGL).  Explanatory note: FARs recommend but do not require patterns altitudes of 1000 feet AGL. Terrain is the most common extenuating circumstance for a nonstandard pattern altitude, and WN29 does have terrain issues. The risk of turning final at too high an altitude is substantial for the WN29’s relatively short grass strip. The prevailing westerly winds favor approaches to the west that touch down close to the runway threshold nearest Kitchen-Dick road.

      FAA guidance on approaches to airports, as shown in the diagram below, includes a base leg descent so that the turn to final is not normally at the downwind leg altitude. Thus property owners on the streets intersecting Kitchen Dick, such as Bon Jon, Klahhane and Buckhorn roads can expect to see aircraft in descent.
      StdPattern



    7. Guest aircraft are welcome with prior permission from a member of the Association. Guest pilots should be referred to the operating guidelines on the Blue Ribbon Farm website prior to them operating at WN29.
    8. Pilots doing multiple landings are encouraged to do full stop landings and taxi back to the approach end for the next take off.
    9. No aerobatics within the traffic pattern.
    10. No parachute jumping onto the field.
    11. WN29 lies in close proximity to the Sequim Valley Airport to the south, pattern altitude of 1000 feet, and the Rakes Glenn airport to the east. Flying an extended pattern at Blue Ribbon may also conflict with the traffic pattern at Rakes Glenn which is also 900 feet MSL.
    12. The runway lies just south of the Dungeness National wildlife refuge; minimum altitude over the refuge is 2000 feet.
    13.  All aircraft parking and tie down will be on the property of the aircraft owner.
    14. UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Operations:

      These are commonly called DRONES, which includes MODEL AIRPLANES and encompasses any remotely piloted aerial vehicle.

      All FARs (Federal Aviation Regulations) concerning UAS operations will be complied with. This is the link to the FAA website – www.faa.gov/uas.

      Under current federal regulations any person who wants to operate a UAS within five miles of an airport must notify the airport in advance. The contact point for WN29 Blue Ribbon Farms Airport is chairman@blueribbonfarmsassociation.com. As much advanced notification as possible is appreciated.

      To safely operate a powered UAS in close proximity to the runway or runway approaches requires a minimum of two people – one operator and one observer with an operable handheld radio monitoring 122.9, the airport’s traffic frequency. A powered UAS operating in proximity to the runway will land if any aircraft enters the traffic pattern.

    15. Dogs that are being walked in the vicinity of the runway must be on a leash, per Clallam County animal control regulations.
    16. Owners living along Greywolf Road have access to the runway by using the taxiway easement along Air Court Road. Aircraft may be towed on Greywolf Road, however prior permission from the County Road Department is required, and towing vehicles must be road legal. No taxiing of aircraft under their own power is permitted on Greywolf Road.  The form to request County permission (which is a one time submission) can be found here.  Vehicles will give way to aircraft under tow on Greywolf Road.
    17. Tyler View, Lands End and Maynard Roads are designated aircraft taxiways. All vehicles will give way to aircraft at all times.
    18. Non-resident pilots who rent BRFPOA properties and temporarily base their aircraft at WN29 must provide to the BRFPOA Board proof of liability insurance coverage for their aircraft for the duration of their rental.
    19. All pilots should be considerate of property owners in the community, and use prudent and safe measures to minimize aircraft noise.
    20. The final responsibility for the safe conduct of any flight lies with the pilot in command (14 CFR 91.3). 

Arrivals
Approach Views
  • The prevailing winds usually favor an approach to the West (ie. to Runway 25), as shown here from pattern altitude, and at the left on final approach.
    Approaching RWY 25 
  • Try to stay high and use minimum power until on short final rather than dragging in over the houses on Lotzgesell Road.

  • When winds are from the East, Runway 07 is preferred as seen  below.   Take care to stay high crossing over the edge of the bluff when winds are high, as there is often a 'waterfall' effect downdraft at the edge of the bluff.  If possible, aim for a touchdown point about 1/3 of the way down the runway when winds are strong from the East.

  • RWY 7 approach view

Departures
  • The prevailing winds normally dictate a departure to the West on runway 25 while climbing straight out until above pattern altitude (900 feet MSL).
  • Try to avoid the house on the bluff just east of McDonald Creek.
Runways 25 and 07
 

Blue Ribbon Farms Property Owners Association
  
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