Remote locations often depend on small airplanes for travel and supplies, with gravel runways making up the predominant airport infrastructure. Here are five Alaskan communities that are connected to the world by stable, gravel runways.
Most people know the origin story of the airplane — the Wright brothers, Kitty Hawk, and the rest. But do you know anything about the history of the runways that make flight possible?
Airports in remote areas tend to be a bit different from the ones that you’re used to traveling in and out of. Well, airports in Canada’s Northwest Territories take that fact to a whole new level. Without further ado, feast your eyes on some of the most beautiful airstrips in the area.
For many remote communities, the only connection to the rest of the world is via the local airstrip. But before airplanes came into widespread commercial use, these populations had to go to even more extraordinary lengths to get the supplies they needed for survival.
Gravel and unpaved runways present unique challenges to thousands of small airports across North America— here’s what those airports can do to improve safety, save on maintenance costs, and better serve their communities.