How to create a landing strip

Can you build your own landing strip?

2 Answers. In short: Yes, you can. The FAA doesn’t really care, as long as you’re not going to interrupt class B or C operations. And honestly as long as you’re not hosting a dozen other aircraft, how are they going to tell the difference between a field and an airstrip?

How much does it cost to build your own landing strip?

Runways can cost from anywhere around $15M (US), for something discribed above to well over $1B (US). DFW finished a 2012′ X 150′ concrete runway extension that costs $265M (US). Of course that includes for a full CAT IIIb ILS system, too.

How many acres do you need for an airstrip?

Your runway must match the performance capabilities of your aircraft. And a runway need not take a great deal of space on a property. An acre is 43,560 square feet so a 2,000-by-75-foot field takes only about 3.5 acres. Runway construction on cleared land is mostly a process of leveling with a tractor and a box blade.

Is it legal to land a plane on private property?

Yes. In California alone there are a great many “airparks”, which are generally residential developments, many of which own outright an adjacent airstrip. In many of these airparks, private aircraft are hangared adjacent to the residence, often in a covered carport next to the garage.