Eclipse on the Oregon Coast

The eclipse will make landfall on the Oregon coast on 21 August at 10:16AM to the north of Newport (KONP).  Within the zone of totality there are 4 airports – none of which are towered and only one of which is normally attended and has fuel.

There are no hotels or camp spaces available on the coast and at this time it is unknown if any of the airports will be allowing camping.  There is no word that any of the coast airports are making plans for crowds, so the prudent pilot will bring water and food.  3 of the 4 of the airports have no fuel.  Make sure you have enough onboard.  Also, unlike the reliably good weather of eastern Oregon, the coastal weather is a bit of a toss of the dice in the summer.  The marine layer and accompanying fog can roll in very quickly and prevent arrival or departure.  Planning for an alternate airport is a good idea in the event the fog has rolled in before you land.

A possibility to keep in mind is that the unattended coastal airports could be overrun with people seeking a place to camp.  Be careful on landing and be prepared to exercise go-around procedures if people are on the runway.  More information will be added as airport managers respond.

Siletz Bay (S45) Eclipse Info  Google Map

Totality: 1m 58s (approx)
Start of eclipse: 09:04:36 (approx)
Start of totality: 10:16:01 (approx)
Fuel: No
Approach: No
Rwy: 3300′ 17/35
Camping on field: Maybe

With a 3300′ runway, Siletz Bay is a good bet for many aircraft. It’s also a good bet that there will be a lot of people. The town is within walking distance, but may be strained by the crowds.  The airport is typically unattended so water and restroom facilities may not be readily available though there is a porta-potty there.   There are camping spots on the north end of the ramp area, but reportedly camping is discouraged and it is possible the airport may be overrun by people looking for a camping spot.  There is no fuel here, so make sure you have enough to get you to someplace with fuel.

Contrary to the AOPA article, this may not be that good a destination.  The weather is a toss of the dice and the airport has a total of 10 paved tie down spots.  On the coast, unpaved areas tend to be quite soft and sandy.  Taking your plane off the pavement is a poor choice unless you have big tundra tires.  If you go here, do so knowing that there may be no place to park and you may have to leave.

Also, if the winds are blowing over 15kts or so, you should be prepared for some pretty serious turbulence starting at about 500′ agl and all the way to the ground.  If it is smooth at pattern altitude, but the wind sock is sticking straight out – be prepared for a pretty wild ride on final.  Carry some extra speed.  Departure will be exciting also.  Locals recommend getting off the ground, get some speed and hug the hill to the east to ride the lift up as quickly as possible to get out of the turbulence.

Newport (KONP) Eclipse Info  Google Map

Totality: 1m 45s
Start of eclipse: 09:04:21
Start of totality: 10:15:56
Fuel: No
Approach: Yes
Rwy: 5400′ 16/34
Rwy: 3000′ 02/20
Camping on field: unknown

Newport is a good bet on the coast. Lots of parking, fuel, several approaches. It is a couple miles into town but Newport is one of the larger towns. Remember that there are NO hotels or camp spots available. It is unknown if the airport management will allow camping on the field.

Toledo State (5S4) Designated Warning Airport
Eclipse Info  Google Map

Totality: 1m 45s
Start of eclipse: 09:04:21
Start of totality: 10:15:56
Fuel: no
Approach: no
Rwy: 1750′ 13/31
Camping on field: unknown

With a 1750′ runway, you need to seriously know your abilities and those of your aircraft.  Though the airport is far enough east to generally be free of the marine layer fogs, there is no close town.  The airport is generally unattended and water and restroom facilities may not be available.  There is no fuel here, so make sure you have enough to get you to someplace with fuel.

Pacific City (KPFCDesignated Warning Airport
Eclipse Info  Google Map

Totality: 1m 11s
Start of eclipse: 09:04:58
Start of totality: 10:16:43
Fuel: no
Approach: no
Rwy: 1900′ 14/32
Camping on field: unknown

With a 1900′ runway, you need to seriously know your abilities and those of your aircraft.   The situation is complicated by the town right at the north end of the airport that you have to clear. The airport is generally unattended and water and restroom facilities may not be available at the airport. The town is a short walk, but is like to be very crowded. There is no fuel here, so make sure you have enough to get you to someplace with fuel.

If you have information on events at any of these airports, please use the contact form to let me know and I’ll update this page.

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