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Watch out for the Ships!

Great airport to visit! You can watch giant lake freighters said across the grass (at least that's how it looks from the ramp). Ask for a ride into the fish place. Great food!

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This has to be the best airport that I almost flew out of as a passenger. During the late 1980's, I had worked a week in Ironwood and our team was scheduled to leave at about noon for Detroit. Airport was closed, we drove to Marquette, flew to Green Bay, remainder of flight to Chicago was cancelled due to mechanical problems, rerouted to St. Paul, finally to Detroit about 14 hours later.

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Hometown airport

I grew up five miles from this airport and always fly into PTK when returning home for a visit. Lots of FBOs on the field mean that fuel prices are competitive.

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Well worth the visit

Imagine stepping from your airplane to a horse-drawn taxi into town. Aircraft are the only motorized vehicles allowed on the island (with a few minor exceptions). Fly the pattern offshore to minimize your noise footprint. The wind is almost always variable and/or gusty here, stay alert. The island is a state park and there is a parking fee. Though parts of the island are rather touristy, the fort is worth the tour for history buffs (site of the first land battle in the War of 1812).

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The Nest

I learned to fly here from 2001 - 2002, so Three Rivers will always be home for me. John Conrad provides trustworthy maintenance at Conrad Aero. The last time I visited, the field condition here was not what I remembered. There were a lot of cracks in the runways with weeds growing up through.

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NDB JZJ 223 kHz Decommisioned

ex-DM Rwy27R 12Dec16

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NDB DM 223 Renamed JZJ

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well-kept airport and friendly personnel.

When we arrived, they were in the middle of a community work day, maintaining the grounds. Since they had extra food, they offered to share with us. Didn't have time, but the offer was quite generous!

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Fuddruckers on C concourse

Supposed to be open until 11 PM, but stopped serving food at 8:30!

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re: Made it to Lansing 2015

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Made it to Lancing 2015

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First Solo C172 N757MK. PPL check ride C172 N73455. DA-40 check out.

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Flew out on one of the last Eastern Airlines flights to use Willow Run. Returning to Mich. two weeks later we landed at Detroit Metro. Spring of 1966.

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Berz airport

Some people seem confused. There were actually two Berz Airports. The first was at Crooks Rd and Maple (16 mile) in Troy, that was sold to Rockwell in 1967 or 8. Then the new one was started at 22 mile and Hayes in Macomb Twp.

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I am first grandchild of Milton Berz Sr. He and my grandmother , Dorothy loved their grandbabies. It was not until I was older that I realized what an awesome family I come from. I miss my aunt and uncle-Milton and maryjane. We lost uncle George when he was in an awful plane crash. Uncle Ted just passed recently. My mom, Julia Berz, Logan is here in Fl. My Aunt Emily Berz Siwula is in Michigan. There are a boat load of kids, grandkids, and a few great-grands.

Cynthia Sortor-Galatro cyndigal@centurylink.net

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Gone but not forgoten

Took my flying lessons out of Berz in 1957 with a trainer named J erryGray in a Cessna 175 and a 180. We would make sales calls into small towns in Mich. Chicago for lunch, Drummond Island for Fishing. It was a great little port, easy in easy out.

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Gone but not forgoten

Took my flying lessons out of Berz in 1957 with a trainer named Gray in a Cessna 175 and a 180. We would make sales calls into small towns in Mich. Chicago for lunch, Drummond Island for Fishing. It was a great little port, easy in easy out.

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Customs

Can customs/immigration clearance be available for an incoming flight from Canada?

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mismatch fixed

Airport longitude: -82.890198

Runway longitude: -83.8925 \\ -83.8879 => -82.8925 \\ -82.8879

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US Customs Stop

Stop here for US Customs if heading West to Oshkosh. Friendly and flexible with the ETA.

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Overnight Stop

Spent the night here, camped on the infield. The airport manager offered to let me sleep inside the terminal, but there was no traffic and it was more comfortable to tie the aircraft down on the grass, pitch the tent and sleep beside the aeroplane.

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re: Harbour Air Services

Agreed! We just visited Harbour Air over the weekend. The FBO arranged for a rental car at a terrific rate. We had great service and help with a soft tire prior to departure. Thanks, Harbour Air!

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Renamed

Airport code is now KIKW.

Cheap fuel - only $5.15!

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re: Memorable (but short)Summer Job

My name is Tom and I used to work there also (I think it was 1969 or 1970). I too think that Milt was a great guy to work for. I also remember an instructor named Rex Beach who worked there and lived in a rental near the airport. Those were the days. The Turbo-Commander I remember once belonged to R.A. Bob Hoover and I got to sit right seat with the pilot once. That was a memory that will live with me forever. By the way - if you go to the latest version of Google Earth - they have the capability to show satellite images from back to 1999. If you turn off the roads (which shows the new ones) - there is our old Berz Macomb Airport in all it's glory.

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Prickett-Grooms Field Airport

Had a pretty scary experience getting out of there!

My advice: Be light and be familiar with these rough rural grass strips as I've been told this one can bite you!!

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Expensive Travel

What would it take to get some competition for flights to/from Traverse City? It costs $300-500 more to fly in and out of Traverse City than other cities within a 2 hr drive.

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Harbour Air Services

The FBO, Harbour Air Services, does a great job.

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Cross winds most of the time

Runways 02 -20 usually have crosswinds.

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Berz Airport

Well someone has there facts wrong, I was a regular at Berz from 1961 to 1970, I was employed there from 1966-1970. No Learjet came in 1967 that's for sure. October 1966 American Jet Leasing was the first Lear to arrive and depart at this airport, the next time a Lear came in was 1968 when Bill Freehan and Denny McClain chartered one from Pepsi-Cola to fly to Denver after winning the World Series. Berz was sold to Rockwell and it became Grand Prix Airport in 1971 that remained until the county bought it where it is now Oakland Troy Executive..

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First Flight in a Piper Dakota

My first flight in the Piper Dakota N2190H was 9/11/92 at Berz McComb with CFII 1936055 L C Jell (sp). Ferried the plane to California in 1992. I bought the plane in 2000 and have flown it in California ever since.

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Memorable (but short)Summer Job

I worked at Berz Airport in 1967. Looking back, it was a dream job..short-lived due to my own short-comings in arriving to work on time. I kick myself for that, as I had opportunities,thanks to Mr. Berz, to take flying lessons at a discount. I frequently returned to Berz Airport to enjoy it again,remembering each time the many planes, people , and overall enjoyment working there. I'm sorry it was sold and although I have returned to remember Berz's aiport, the Troy-Oakland remnant is nothing at all like the original. Mr. Berz was a fair and good man to work for. I was fortunate to have experienced washing, taxiing and caring for the Cherokee and Piper trainers. That summer of 1967, I saw a Lear Jet come in for viewing, walked into the cockpit of a King Air, spoke to a pilot who showed me the STOL capabilities of his military camouflaged turbine-engine plane, was allowed to hand-crank an inertia starter biplane(really cool!), and tanked up some intersting old twin-Beech and Turbo-Commanders' that still remain as highlights of my short job experience. Milt, if you're still listening, "thanks for the memories!".

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Hey....Wickenheiser Airport...love it!

Wickenheiser Airport..Tell me more about your Airport..and how it came to be.. drop me a note.

Todd Wickenheiser, Golden B.C. Canada.

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The Original Berz Airport in Troy

I use to work at the original Berz Airport off maple rd in the 60's as a teenager for Milt Jr. and his Dad , who we all called "Pappy" he was a great man to work for and I think Sharon was the girl that use to talk to all the pilots. There was another elderly man that use to make coffee in the mornings for all the people that use to just hang out in the terminal, but can't remember his name right now. My father bought into a piper 180 and had it in a hanger, I myself use to fuel the plane and wash them I really enjoyed working there , except when we had to get up at 2 am in the morning and plow the runways because to much snow fallin that night. Jeff Moffett (geoffreyfaulknerz28_47@msn.com)

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re: Berz Macomb Airport

I used to fly into Berz occasionally when I lived in Troy. In fact, I bought my first airplane there. My partner took flying lessons there and he happened to see a for sale sign in the window of a Piper Arrow just at the time we were looking. Sorry to see another nice GA airport gone in favor of urban sprawl and more sorry to hear of Milt's passing. He was a true friend of aviation.

Tom Altobello

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