Grapevine Runway Painting Complete
By Mike Andresen
The Grapevine runway now has painted restricted markings, CTAF, and runway numbers! This is the result of a number of volunteers from APA and the Phoenix 99's dedicating their time to make this happen. The effort started with me creating the engineering drawings of the numbering and lettering based on FAA guidance. Then a volunteer team surveyed the placement of the markings and stenciled the numbers and letters onto the runway. Then we had the big painting party! Fourteen volunteers, including five members of the Phoenix 99's, formed three work teams. Paul and Charlie provided water and snacks for the work crew. Nancy (of the 99's) drove in and helped haul water out to the paint crews for mixing with the paint. Mike led one team to finish the stenciling of the runway numbers. Tommy, who flew in all the paint and supplies, led another team painting the midfield lettering. Jeff, who flew in a paint sprayer, led the third team and spray painted the numbers at each end of the runway. Thank you to everyone that pitched in to make this happen!
This was the last requirement of the USFS before the Grapevine can formally open full time, with a few restrictions, later this spring!