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    What is your FAVORITE (JUST ONE) destination PUBLIC airport and why?

    Hey folks, I appreciate all the help with the airport survey. Now I would like to know what your favorite destination PUBLIC airport is, and why it is your favorite? This could include anything from a back country trip to a FBO with red carpets and jets, but am really looking for ones that fall in between.

    Any help is appreciated! Working on some good examples and ideas for New Holstein.

    Thanks!

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    Indian Creek because it is beautiful and because my first trip to Idaho, I met this good looking girl at another backcountry strip and we went camping at IC. A good memory.

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    Smithers BC is really nice, because it is in Smithers.

    Lake Hood is fantastic because it is the heart of bush aviation

    Fairbanks is very cool because you can camp, and Vickie will loan you a car, and if you are lucky, you can visit with Don (Torch) just a few minutes from your tent

    Situk is great for fishing, and Cisana is a cool place to hang out, then there are a few others around there that are lots of fun and great views.

    So many Steve, so hard to choose!

    Johnson Creek during the fly in has got to be a must though!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    11R - Brenham, Texas. Fifties style diner, great atmosphere, good food and pretty waitresses in poodle skirts. Even had working jukeboxes at each of the booths last time I was there. Relatively short trip to the Blue Bell factory if ice cream is your thing.

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    How about a list of the least favorite airports then see what left?

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    Beaumont Hotel. (SN07) Serves a great hamburger. Everything in the town is with in walking distance. Lodging available. And it looks to be halfway between the back country strips of Idaho and the red carpet places of the east. And it has a grass strip.
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    ID85 Elk River ID great food Huckelberry ice cream , huck pancakes , lodging , history Morris Drug Store where Walt Diesny drew Mickey mouse on the Marble soda fountain an Miss Hughs the school morm named it !!! Garnets in the creek , fossil beds , largest an oldest cedar tree on west coast over 3000 years old , great fishing rainbow an brooks four wheeler rentals swimming Mikeo
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    My favorite airport was a strip outside of Sioux Falls called Sittigs strip. It doesn't exist anymore. It had a great view, undulating hills and lots of deer. We crop-dusted off it and my Dad taught me to fly there. Crime did not exist there and rarely did anyone show up to visit. Usually, I was the only one there which made me the smartest guy at the airport...I spent most of my youth at Sittigs. That is where I got my appreciation for soft fields, grass and skunks. I may have even been conceived there but I don't want to think about that. The strip had 4 hangers out there and we fixed them up one year because they were all caving in. Those old strips are so cool. I think there was one in Kansas where the grass was mowed and it had a windsock but I bet no one landed there in the last 20 years. I about crashed on it on my way from New Orleans to Alaska last year.

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    I didn't see the public airport part. Sooooo, I gotta say Lake Hood because it is close to the Bush Company....

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    KGZ for the scenery, terminal building and airport courtesy car, L20 for the history and cheap accomodations, 4Z5 for the cool sculpture at the FBO, and Z86 for the excitement of it all! I second AKTango58, Situk and all of the "Yakutat 6" are cool... sorry I guess I don't have JUST ONE favorite public airport!

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    KMLT (Millinocket, Maine): Fantastic scenery, food and friends. When you land on 34 you are looking straight at Mount Katahdin. The American Loggers restaurant is right downtown. Usually the airport is staffed by Mr. Campbell, a Cub guy if there ever was one.
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    KPNC - Ponca City Oklahoma. Cubs to GulfStreams they all get the same service none better than the rest just friendly to flyers.

    Friendly Oklahoma airport folks (they could care less if you want to land in the grass), legendary booster club breakfast (first Saturday of each month typically 200-400 fed averages 90-100 planes flying in depending on the weather plus and the town comes out to participate in droves), lots of open land flying in the area with great sand bars within a few miles on two different rivers, always reasonable fuel prices, and oh yea I almost forgot simply the Best Mexican food anywhere, airport or not, is right there with Enrique's in the terminal building family run for a very lo9ng time (open Monday-Saturday lunch and dinner but closed 2:00to 5:00 pm).
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    Talkeetna, cuz it means I'm just about to moose camp. The one place on earth I like most.

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    3cu cable wisconson, Famous old woman Libby ran it for years now no one around, Telmark lodge on runway no one ever there ,its like you own world for free, in last 30 years made over 1000 charter flights,in my seneca all seasons ,it has it all.

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    Steve,

    It SOUNDS like what you're looking for is FEATURES of an airport which pilots find attractive??

    If so, here are a couple of my favorites, in no particular order :

    1) On airport camping. Preferably with bathroom facilities. Showers are nice as well. Fairbanks International has a GREAT facility like this, complete with donated bicycles, and close to stores, etc.

    2) Easy access to restaurants/stores/etc from the airport

    3) Courtesy car

    4) Fuel (cheap, of course) preferably self service.

    5) Pilot "lounge" or briefing area, where one can access a computer for weather info, and call AFSS

    6) Much as I hate to admit it....Wi Fi.

    Take a look at the air camper park at FAI. They have numerous camp sites, each with a fire pit, tent pad and tiedowns for the airplane. Flush toilets and showers, Pavilions to stay outdoors but out of the rain, the aforementioned bicycles provided by the 99s, easy access to runways and taxiways, and NO security fencing/access issues. So far.

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    Ditto MTV, adding reasonable hangar access in event of a storm.

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    What MTV says.

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    Hmmm... I'm going to go the other way on this one. My kids favorite airport is KMCD. Mackinac Island MI. No hangars, no fuel, no courtesey car, there is a fee, it takes a while to get a taxi ride into town or you have to walk a mile or so. The taxi's have no AC and all smell like the a$$ end of a horse! Ok, in all fairness thats because they are all horse drawn carriages. No cars allowed on the island. This is our annual stop to/from Oshkosh. The island is a great escape from reality and you'll have a good time even if the weather isn't cooperating. If you haven't been there, stop in. If you have, you know what I mean.


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    KCTB.....Cut Bank Montana.
    Great folks place to wash up and spend the night 2 courtesy cars and a great downtown and a flight hour from Glacier and some great fly camping. Even wih huge runways there is some grass that is maintained by the local cub pilot.
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    kctb... John, you are half way here!!!!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    I forgot to add:

    Turf or gravel runway available.....

    MTV

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    ONE of my favorites has to be Gander, NF one morning about 2 am..... weather at minimums (blowing snow, XW gusts to 40) and fuel getting critical.... locked on the ILS and then short one gear light.... quick recycle while intercepting the glideslope got the 3 Green we needed..... got lucky with a really good landing... fuel truck waiting and THEN being greeted by the prettiest young ramp gal in a fur coat who made sure we had a quick turn. I asked her how come she got the all-nighter work and she said she traded for it so she could go MOOSE hunting with her boyfriend over the coming weekend. Now that's my kind of gal..... and a great way to make a tough trip and airport memorable..!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Miss Daisy View Post
    KCTB.....Cut Bank Montana.
    Great folks place to wash up and spend the night 2 courtesy cars and a great downtown and a flight hour from Glacier and some great fly camping. Even wih huge runways there is some grass that is maintained by the local cub pilot.
    Flying Miss Daisy
    John,
    You need to visit Cutbank in winter....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    John,
    You need to visit Cutbank in winter....

    MTV
    I have to second that statement. I learned to fly at Cutbank many years ago. One thing about it - you will certainly get good at x-wind landings.
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    An important feature is having an FBO or building that it is open 24/7.
    The FBO Big Piney,WY rivals a Hilton garden Inn. Big comfee leather sofa, 52 in Plasma,shower, Internet,Kitchen, Snacks and car. SS gas.
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    Strum,Wisconsin every sat A.M. good coffee and doughnuts! Even better people! Nice grass runway with a laid back down home atmosphere

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    I am with 85Mike, only I don't go by way of Talkeetna !
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    Me, any off airport place in Alaska. The scenery is unbeatable.

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    Steve - That is a good question. I have been to a lot of them, but I can't think of an answer for you. Sorry.

    PS: If you are thinking of running a FBO somewhere, here is one thing that we DO NOT have around here. In the winter and if you are on straight skis, none of our airports has the fuel where you can get it after they have plowed. I always thought I'd have the fuel pumps between the pavement and the grass area.
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    If you want picturesque in a different way then there is Andover New Jersey. I know you say New Jersey as pictureque. The approaches are excellent each over a lake to a manicured grass and paved runway. Funky control tower and of course with Damian on site it is cub country. Diner in town and bed and breakfast adjoining the airport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroCub View Post
    ONE of my favorites has to be Gander, NF one morning about 2 am..... weather at minimums (blowing snow, XW gusts to 40) and fuel getting critical.... locked on the ILS and then short one gear light.... quick recycle while intercepting the glideslope got the 3 Green we needed..... got lucky with a really good landing... fuel truck waiting and THEN being greeted by the prettiest young ramp gal in a fur coat who made sure we had a quick turn. I asked her how come she got the all-nighter work and she said she traded for it so she could go MOOSE hunting with her boyfriend over the coming weekend. Now that's my kind of gal..... and a great way to make a tough trip and airport memorable..!!!!
    Done the same thing only with the back course from the other direction. When in Gander don't forget you can swing through duty free for a captains bottle for free when buying fuel. Love the staff at Gander, they know how to turn an airplane.I always give it away to a crew member, usually brightens somebody's day. My personal favorite airport destination is Lee Bottom field, my second choice would be any grass strip and the company of like minded friends.

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    Cub Junkie and Hydro, you guys have to much fun. I would say Island Bobs in the middle of the Hudson river

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    How about Tims place in the middle of a flooded river.

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    Our pilot lounge is a remodled chicken coup. Going to start working on the board that if you want to promote aviation you need something decent not extravagent but decent. Any pictures of neat places would be welcome, also.

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    Our pilot lounge is a remodled chicken coup
    Ours is the old grain elevator office and alley where the horse drawn wagons would dump corn. It was remodeled also but still not much.

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    Montana........ I did not see any snow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cub junkie View Post
    Done the same thing only with the back course from the other direction. When in Gander don't forget you can swing through duty free for a captains bottle for free when buying fuel. Love the staff at Gander, they know how to turn an airplane.I always give it away to a crew member, usually brightens somebody's day.
    Made a few quick trips to the Duty Free myself. Remember once in the middle of the night opening the access door and seeing at least 50 people roaming the terminal. Escort told me that a Russian airliner had stopped for fuel enroute to Cuba with vacationers.... about half of them refused to get back on the aircraft so they left without them. Found out it often happens in Gander.... Russians seeking asylum with literally ONLY the clothes they have on plus worthless rubles in their pockets. Turns out that they have a "special program" in Gander to help this situation.

    Having been in/out of the USSR a few times before the wall fell, it was a good reminder to me of how often we take our freedoms for granted.... and what a sacrifice some will make to be free and hopefully some day enjoy a better life.
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    Johnson Creek, Hot Showers, easy approach, Van Rental, firewood.
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    Barrow, Alaska Just think of all the things you get to see just to get there, especially from the lower 48.

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    Bettles
    Great people, amazing lawn to throw the tent up, intetnet, showers if u want. Down right friendly and gorgeous.
    Been there several times, been invited to parties, can buy beer--last summer we took off from hood and hit WX in broad pass and smoke by clear that slowed us and about 45 min out from Bettles I radioed them and ordered up a steak dinner for two....it was my wife's first trip there and she thought it was super cool I could do that. Great dinner after a five plus hour trip--just an example how accomadating the Bettles folks are---always hate when I go hunting and don't get the opp to stop in there

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