Backcountry Update for Young PV
By Mark Spencer
Fall has been good to us in Arizona, and it is our best time of year for flying. We are, of course, still waiting for a little cooler temps as this fall has been unusually warm, but relatively calm. Our Pleasant Valley fly in and camp over Veteran’s day was an incredible time for all, and the town really rolled out the red carpet for us as usual with the usual automobile access to and from town. Thank you Vern!! Saturday morning started out in downtown Young for most of us who attended the annual Veteran’s Day flag raising and breakfast. From there a small group went out to see our newest, truly backcountry, airstrip at Buzzard’s Roost. The Gila County Public relations gal, Autumn, accompanied APA President Tommy Thomason in his 182. The aviation community’s work at the Pleasant Valley airport is seen as a real positive by the community of nearby Young, and word has made it back to the county government.
Buzzard’s Roost is simply spectacular if you don’t mind remoteness and are skilled in more of an off airport setting. Landing is uphill towards the south for RNWY 17, or there about, and I’ve frankly never landed to the north, but it’s similar. You really have to watch the density altitude here if the winds are from the south, since it is up hill to the south.
Back at Pleasant Valley, Recreation staff Gary Lollman found Girl Scout Troop No 275 camped out a mile or two up the road and managed to get them and their leaders over to the airport for their very first airplane rides! Man, what a blessing it was to share aviation with these Girl Scouts and what a friendship we enjoy with the Tonto National Forest team!