Ryan Airplane Company specializes in the maintenance, restoration, repair, and recovery of antique, war-bird and experimental aircraft. We have extensive experience on the North American SNJ/T-6. Ryan received his Airframe and Power plant ratings at North American Institute of Aviation. He also holds Inspection Authorization. With experience on Monocoupe, Meyers 200, Navy N3N, Boeing Stearman, Bellanca Super Viking and Cruise Air, Fairchild 24, Beech 18, Piper Cub and Super Cub, Extra 300, Pitts, North American SNJ/T-6 and F-86, Citabria, DeHavland Dash-8, Super Chipmunk, Mitsubishi MU-2, Helio Courier, Jet Stream 31, Fairchild Metro, SOCATA Rallye, Navion, Commonwealth Boomerang, Soko Galeb, Morane- Saulnier MS760 Paris Jet as well as most general aviation aircraft.
Ryan Airplane Company is headed in a new direction. We are taking to the road. At the end of October 2015 we will be closing the FBO (Fixed Base Operation) and we will no longer provide any service except maintenance and restoration (we will continue our dedication to free coffee when and where possible). The company will no longer be based at Avery County Airport (7A8). This will allow more travel and a greater accessibility for those customers that are unable to land at Avery County airport. By adding the ability to travel for long term projects we hope that we will be able to assist a broader customer base providing them with accessibility to a higher standard of aircraft maintenance and restoration services. We will miss our regular FBO customers and want to thank you all for supporting the FBO over the last eight and a half years. Blue Skies and keep the gauges in the green.
Safety Notice for 7A8
PILOTS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE AVERY COUNTY AIRPORT PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Runway length 3,000 ft X 60 ft with 170 foot overrun on the North end and 120 foot overrun on the South end.
Airport is for daylight VFR ONLY
Check density altitude as well as weight and balance. Summertime density altitude can exceed 5,500 ft. This greatly reduces aircraft performance. Consult the performance charts for your aircraft and POH before departing. For reference at 85 deg. F the density altitude on the field is approximately 5,000 feet.
The mountain peak to the South reaches 4,500 ft. MSL; the peaks to the east are almost as high.
No pattern operation east of the airport is recommended due to rising terrain, use a right hand pattern for approach for runway 17.
The runway has a downhill slope toward the South. Unless winds dictate otherwise, land 35 and take off on 17. Elevation of runway 35 is 2700 feet at the threshhold bar; runway 17 is 2750 at the threshhold bar.
Should you use 35 for take off, be aware you will be taking off up hill and the valley to the North is rising terrain with sinking air and adverse wind currents. When using 35 for takeoff it is recommended to turn west before crossing the first ridge due to sinking air.
Avery County Airport is a mountain airport and pilots should be aware of the possibility of localized and unforecast turbulence when flying in mountainous areas.
If you ever have a doubt about the direction to land fly a few drafts (low passes) of the runway. See what works best for you and your plane.