For all its pleasures, owning a private island comes with certain challenges. Transportation certainly tops the list, particularly in remote locations. For those who have access to small planes, the time it takes to get to one’s own slice of paradise can be greatly reduced. Airstrips are a necessary component for these lucky island owners.
Building an airstrip firstly requires permission from the local government, even in countries with few building restrictions. It is essential that the proper planning and zoning rights be obtained prior to construction. Many engineering firms will undertake private airstrip construction, but for some intrepid island owners, do-it-yourself is a possibility.
While limited information is available on private airstrip construction, the government of the always-individualistic state of Texas has issued an informative guide to owners of farms and ranches, where aircraft landing is often a part of daily life. This guide describes the A to Z of building, from site selection and land preparation, to maintenance and aircraft parking. The PDF-format handbook also outlines sample airstrip designs, environmental and terrain considerations, and diagrams acceptable, safe lighting practices. At 28 pages, this detailed guide is an invaluable reference for anyone considering undertaking the sizeable project of do-it-yourself airstrip construction.