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Creighton Island Safety Briefing

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This briefing is advisory in nature and does not replace the responsibility of the pilot in commands obligation to use sound judgment regarding skill level, experience and aircraft suitability.
The RAF makes no warranty for the condition of the runway surface or suitability of the airstrip environment.

                                                                      Creighton Island Airstrip


                                                  Coordinates: 31⁰30.07’N / 81⁰19.81’W

PLEASE NOTE: This airstrip is ONLY open for RAF scheduled fly-ins (see the RAF calendar) or with permission by the owner. Anyone desiring to fly-in during non-scheduled events MUST obtain permission from the owner and MUST contact the owner 24-hours prior to arrival to obtain a runway report. No landings are authorized unless you have spoken with the owner. This is a safety requirement! All pilots must review the airport briefing before operating on this field. For scheduled events, check the https://Airfield.Guide website 24-hours prior to the event for airfield status. Event cancellation due to adverse weather or field conditions will be posted here.

If you do not have recent backcountry experience, unsure of your aircraft performance, or are not comfortable flying your aircraft at minimum controllable airspeed, within confined areas, or airstrips with no go-around option; you are advised not to land at Creighton Island.

Runway profile, orientation, elevation

Runway Location (estimate):N31°30.07' W81°19.81', SSI VOR R016 @ 28nm, SAV VOR R197 @ 39nm.

Runway Designation: 36/18

Runway Length (estimate): 2413’ total (refer to approach diagrams for usable lengths)

Runway Width (estimate): varies between 30’ and 50’

Runway Elevation (estimate): 5’

Special Considerations or Operations

Due to logistics of providing ground surveys of runway conditions, the airstrip is only open for select times.  Check the RAF calendar for upcoming events.

The best place to park right now is approximately midfield on the east side near the RAF signpost (see airport diagram). Exercise caution as this area has not been cleaned up and is undulating. If in doubt clear the runway and walk the intended path to the tiedown area.

No tie downs are available so bring your own.

Ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects are common during warm weather.  Bring appropriate clothing and repellents.

In addition to Sapelo Island airstrip, there are a number of nearby restricted use airfield in the vicinity.  Do not land at these locations without permission from their respective owners/managers.

Caution- Be aware of the following items

The strip is technically challenging due to its length, width, obstacles, and potential for crosswinds.  Refer to the airstrip diagram and approach plan diagrams.  If you or your aircraft are not suited for the environment, do not land!

A 50’ tall oak tree exists 210’ from the departure end of runway 36 with branches that penetrate the area above the runway centerline. If landing to the south, plan to touch down beyond this tree.

Runway is narrowly constrained by 50' to 70’ trees on all sides.

Use caution when departing runway 36.  Tree branches between 0 and 36 feet of centerline beginning at 520' from departure end of runway 36.  Refer to strip diagram for details.

Avoid crosswind takeoff or departure.  Significant side drift may be encountered when crosswinds are present.  Remain in ground effect and climbout once airspeed assures positive control authority

Tree branches exist 520' from departure end of runway 36 with branches 30' west of runway centerline at a height of 50'.

A 100’ tall unlit observation tower exists 730’ northwest of the departure end of runway 36.

​Two 1000' ft towers exist 5nm north-northwest of the runway. These are depicted on the sectional map.

Wildlife include soaring birds, cattle, donkey, the occasional deer, and feral pigs.

The runway surface may contain large holes approximately 3' in diameter and up to 2' deep. These have been filled in but new holes are subject to being dug at anytime by the cattle.

Density altitude can exceed 3000' with the summer heat and humidity.

Airstrip Communication Frequency

122.9 CTAF 

Arrival Procedure

Left traffic pattern.

The "better" approach is to land using runway 36 due to the oak tree on the north end of the field.

Prevailing winds are out of the south in the afternoons and evenings so if landing to the south be sure to touch down beyond the oak tree.

Unless someone is on the ground to provide a field report, plan to make several low passes to clear wildlife and inspect the runway for hazards.

Avoid overflight of Sapelo Island, which is 4nm east of Creighton Island. It is a wildlife refuge so overflights of less than 2000' AGL are discouraged. There is a runway on that island but it is closed to the public. Do not land there!

Avoid overflight of the homes to the 1nm southwest of the field on the mainland.

Departure Procedure

Double check density altitude and aircraft performance.

Avoid overflight of Sapelo Island to the east and mainland homes to the west.

South departures are recommended, winds permitting, due to fewer obstacles.


Three screened bunk houses, each with six beds and mattresses.

Pavilion with picnic tables, large sink, dual propane burner stove, fire pit.

Drinking water from a 600’ deep well.

Shower house with two complete bathrooms including hot water.

Canoe and kayak available.

Fishing is good if you want to bring a pole.

Limited ability to charge devices overnight, so bring a solar charger or spare device batteries.

Within mainland mobile voice and data coverage area.

We’ve placed a cache of cookware so that you don’t have to fly-in with your own gear. Feel free to use these items but please clean, dry, and store these items for future use. You will find these items stored in a large blue plastic tub in the shower house storage room (center closet between bathrooms).

Cookware Inventory

One water cooler

One coffee kettle

One non-stick griddle

One cutting board

Iron skillet

Iron griddle

Five sauce pans with lids (small - med - large)

One large strainer

Two frying pans (small - large)

One measuring cup

Box of tools - spatulas, serving spoons, can opener, wine/beer bottle opener

Iron cookware care - very important to protect it from the salt air! Wash after each use, then heat it up on the stovetop until it's smoking hot, then rub a little oil into and let it cool. Do not leave it wet.

Additional Information

This is a special place and we are tremendously grateful to the Williams' for their hospitality and generosity!

Adhere to the RAF Code of Conduct at all times.

Fly out all trash and leave the facilities cleaner than you found it.

In case of emergency: Dial 911. Report location as Creighton Island South! The dispatcher will say that an ambulance is being sent but know that the first responders will recognize the location as requiring a medevac.


Airstrip contacts:

Frank Williams - Owner

Anyone desiring to fly-in during non-scheduled events MUST obtain permission from the owner and MUST contact the owner 24-hours prior to arrival to obtain a runway report. No landings are authorized unless you have spoken with the owner. This is a safety requirement!


Eric Davis - RAF Georgia State Ambassador

Print a copy of this brief and take it with you to Creighton Island.

Briefing Date: 5/15/2019 (revision good for one year)

Have a great visit!