So You Want to Land on a Beach?
Bored with flying on hard asphalt or short-cut grass? Have the urge to do some clam digging? Is it low tide? Copalis State Airport is your answer.
Copalis State Airport (S16) is located on Copalis Beach in the southwestern corner of Washington State. Calling it an "airport" is a bit misleading. It's more of a public beach that allows airplanes to land. During low tide a large area of damp packed sand provides a usable runway for pilots looking for something different. When you approach its good to scan first for debris or pedestrians. And check that tide table because you don't want that salt water trapping you on the beach.
Below are three videos of landings on the beach from three different angles. I think for most of us its quite a long flight to get there. But if I ever get the chance I would definitely like to give it a shot!
For more information on the Copalis State Airport visit the Washington State DOT webiste here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/AllStateAirports/CopalisBeach_CopalisState.htm