A group of us installed new safety fences at the three pilot stations
for our club field. Of course, a few members had to gripe that we used
the "wrong" material. The irony is that we replaced the old fence with
the same type of material as the old fence, plastic snow fence (or
safety fence). They malcontents (no bias here) claim that the fence
must be wire, such as "hog fence" or welded wire. When told that the
old fence was plastic they just said Oh. But now they are beginning to
There are opinions and there are facts. My opinion is that the fence
is there to protect from a moderate mishap during taxi, take off, or
landing. They contend that the fence is for an out of control plane
coming in at full speed from 1000 feet away. If they were intended to
be high speed and bomb proof, I would think that they would be higher
than 3 to 4 feet and would cover the whole pit side of the runway. If
that is the case, we should all wear hockey gear too, when flying. I
have seen the snow fence stop a plane on a botched landing. It tears
the fence a bit, but the plane is "strained" mightily in the process.
It seems to me that wire is overkill. I notice a lot of the plastic
fences are seen in the AMA magazine photos, so many of you must agree.
However, I do see metal fences as well.
These are our specs: 4X4 posts, 3' X 6' (2) screens on the front, 4' X
4' (2) screens on the ends. (Plastic snow fence stretched on 2X2
frames.) This gives each station a 12' space with angled wings on the
So, now to put the questions to bed:
1. What does your club use for a fence?
2. Is the fence for:
(A) Moderate mishaps
(B) All-out crash bangers