Airstrip

Airstrip

The official name of the runway is RANCHO SAN CRISTOBAL AERODROME (The only airstrip in all around to Laguna San Ignacio). We have government permission to operate the runway with acronyms to identify RCX. Geographical position: 26° 50′ 55″ N, 113° 08′ 26″ W. (Please inquire in Google Earth). Orientation: 18/36. Dimensions 4.300 “x 100 ‘feet. There is no paved runway. It is a dirt strip in good condition at sea level. It’s a private airstrip and has no service tower. However we have radio communication support (CAFT: 122.8). The runway operates from 8:00 A.M. at 5:00 P.M.

Airstrip Parking

Ancillary Services on the runway.

The runway also has 24-hour weather station (in support to the pilots only), clean bathrooms, electricity by wind generator in 12 VDC, base cell phone 24 hours and internet service, for exclusive use of the airstrip operators and support to the pilots.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A GOOD LANDING.

However, it is important to highlight some things for the pilots are transported to the lagoon in its own plane:

  • SHOULD NOT BE fly over the whale watching area. ANY PLANE (domestic or foreign) to do it, will be immediately reported to the aeronautical authorities (IF ARE AMERICANS TO FAA, IN CASE OF MEXICANS TO THE DGAC). Please avoid us to call attention and REPORT, when you landing in our runway. In this matter we have strictly orders from our former regional official commander settled in the international airport in Loreto, Mr. Mario Landeros.
  • ALSO, the takeoff and landing operations should not fly over the islands within the lagoon. Make your glide (landing and take off) INLAND AREAS AND NOT ON THE LAGOON. PLEASE CHECK THE ISSUED FOR NOTAM OVER THE LAGOON.
  • The runway is dirt type (no paved). Therefore, the aircraft must have landing gear suitable for this type of terrain.
  • When landing or takeoff, use drops back on the runway. Do not do it half-court, it is a very narrow area and was not designed for it. In addition to areas that are not allowed to return. IF SO DO THAT, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • The runway is 4.300 feet long, with prevailing winds from north to south in the morning. Usually at noon, the wind direction changes from west to east, so it’s a crosswind to the runway. PLEASE NOTE THAT ARE SOMETIMES VERY INTENSE WINDS IN LAGUNA, MAY BE GREATER IN SOME OCCASIONS TO 20 KNOTS. PLEASE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND YOUR FAMILY, CALL BY PHONE DIRECTLY TO THE AIRSTRIP OFFICE (615 10 79593 Cell Phone) before fly to LAGUNA, AND ASK FOR THE WEATHER CONDITIONS. Or ask your tourist dealer, call to airstrip in Spanish language before you fly, to know the real weather conditions on time.
  • In a few days in the mornings, there may be low and dense fog, which is not allowed to land in visual conditions.
  • In case of rainy days, the runway may be closed and do not operate until it hardens.
  • The airstrip has 2 wind sock, one at the north and one at the south.
  • REMEMBER THAT THE AIRSTRIP AND THE LAGOON, ARE IN THE AREA OF THE PACIFIC SIDE (with low weather temperatures) AND NOT ARE IN THE WARM CLIMATE OF THE SEA OF CORTEZ. Please visit us with heavy clothing.

Air Cone

Maintenance.

We continually scrape the runway, for a soft landing aircrafts. Also stir continuously, fine sand of the desert, sometimes the wind deposits in some parts of the runway and can soften. With our tractor scrape off the material, which always keep in good condition.

Airstrip Maintenance

Rates.

Our company collects fees for use of the airstrip, and we require resources for maintenance, the rates are:

Private service (Non Commercial).

Service Cost (in dollars, no included tax).
Airstrip use 5.00 per person (include the pilot).
Airstrip Parking 5.00 per plane.
Overnight 10.00 per plane each night.

Commercial services (taxis, passenger airline, etc.).

Service Cost (in dollars, no included tax).
Airstrip use 15.00 per person (include the pilot).
Airstrip Parking 15.00 per plane.
Overnight 20.00 per plane each night.

(With the permission of Douglas Scott Winston, Photographer).