You have landed at the Salmon Farm Airport - 53VG. This is a private use turf airstrip. Useage is at your own risk. From time to time this page will get updates from the flight line about field conditions, the maintenance crew about the aircraft based here, the airport manager is around (occasionally) to let you know of recent visits and activities, and once in a great while, the staff from the the Salmon Farm Inn leave a note here to announce special events of their own.
The Salmon Farm (53VG) airport - (really just a private grass airstrip) - is located aproximage 2.5 nautical miles south west of Accomack County airport (KMFV).
53VG has right traffic for runway 21 to maintain separation from traffic departing KMFV. The pattern altitude at 53VG is 600 ft AGL. Both airports use the 122.8 CTAF.
53VG does not support night operations.
Watch for road traffic on the aproach end of runway 21.
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NOTE: RWY21 is right traffic to maintain separation with the KMFV traffic pattern.
The current crop is soybeans and will be harvested by early November.
This year the runway has been mowed to 2-1/4 inches. The taxiway is wobbly on the East side thanks to unauthorized heavy equipment traffic. Keep to the west side and its is nice and even. The designated parking area is in good condition. Avoid running over any white stakes which mark divets to be filled.
The runway surface has been very good for most of the year. Just recently, there are patches where the top 1-2 inches are soft or loose turn with sand below. It's not clear why. On landing and taxi, it will feel like you briefly hit your brakes. Plan to use soft field takeoff procedures.
The runway edges - the extreme left and right five feet - are less improved as this is the transition to the active farming soil.
Are you an RV pilot (or a Stearman Pilot) and need a stop over? The Salmon Farm has space and the kitchen is always open. KMFV is just a 10 minute drive for those wanting a 4000' paved runway. Please drop an email before arriving just to make sure someone will be here to greet y'all ! The email address is at the bottom of the page.
There is one well furnished room on the first floor (completely handi-accessable). There is also a bunk room on the second floor with a communal space and open floor plan - one double, one XL twin, and one queen air mattress.
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