That's when I saw that the large, looming shadow was in fact a small plane landing at the airstrip .
They built runways for airports, including the airstrip at Mt Cook.
The site has its own airstrip and light aircraft service, and its own small marina.
Accidents in 1992 and 1994 both saw small planes make forced landings near the airstrip .
The sodden airstrip and aircraft parking areas made flying operations almost impossible.
We were guided as we went by millions of fireflies whose flashing marked the banks like landing lights on an airstrip .
The airstrip really is a strip, a very long narrow grass runway lined on both sides by 50 foot trees.
The first privately funded spacecraft lifts off from an airstrip in the Mojave Desert.
The Sunday test flight was eventful, involving an airstrip landing light.
They are especially adept at taking off from and landing on short airstrips .