Airport comments by @Warrior481

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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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The Silver Wing

Visited St Mary's on Sunday, March 15 and had breakfast at the Silver Wing, which occupies the second floor of the nice new terminal building on the field. Nice restaurant, good food, terrific view of the ramp and runway. With the way airport restaurants have been closing, stop in and keep these nice people in business!

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Nice, friendly Class D airport

Bloomington has a terrific towered GA airport. There are two FBOs on the field. When we stopped in 2005, we used BMG. Because of thunderstorms along our intended route of flight, we stayed the night at the airport. BMG has a "cabin" at the foot of the control tower that was made available to us for $60 a night. It was a well-appointed modular home with internet access and computer, a full kitchen and laundry room (both stocked with basic supplies), a comfy living room with a television and several movies available on VHS and DVD. Plus, they gave us keys to a courtesy car overnight. As graduates of Indiana University, we used the car to venture into town to visit one of our favorite restaurants that we missed since moving away (there's a great selection of little ethnic restaurants in the area defined by Kirkwood Ave, 4th Street, Dunn, and Grant). Bloomington is a great stop.

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Nice stop

Lake Placid was a wonderful stop. The area is beautiful, the FBO personnel are friendly, and the Olympic ski jumps are next to the airport. There is a free Trolley service that runs a loop through town, including the airport. Ask the FBO staff to call the Trolley. We ate lunch at The Cottage on an outdoor deck overlooking Mirror Lake. Great food, wonderful scenery.

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Wings of Eagles

I landed here to visit the Wings of Eagles Museum. Decent museum. For me, the highlight was a rare Douglas BTD (a project scrapped in favor of the Skyraider).

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Home Sweet Home

Le Roy is my home base. Tips for transient pilots:

With quarries north and northwest of the field, wind from these directions can create enough turbulence to keep you on your toes during takeoff and landing.

Though the airport is rarely attended, fuel is self serve and the there's an unlocked restroom available to visitors on the south side of the terminal building.

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South Haven

South Haven was my home base from April 2004 until December 2005. Great airport, one of those places where the locals cook out every Saturday during the summer. Self serve fuel prices are generally competitive for the region.

Tips for transient pilots:

The wind off of Lake Michigan is often a direct crosswind for traffic on the pavement (4-22), but coming right down the grass runway (14-32). Despite this, we've noticed a lot of transient pilots shun the grass, sometimes accepting brutal crosswinds. The grass is well maintained and used regularly by the locals. During the warmer months, there are a pair of Piper Pawnee crop dusters operating at South Haven that do not broadcast on the radio. They are very good at working among the rest of the GA traffic, but it's good to be aware of them. Transient pilots are most likely to be interested in the new ramp east of the intersection of the two runways - this is where the fuel and terminal building are located. The ramp at the south end of the field is where the maintenance shop is located.

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Nice Cafe

Just after buying my first airplane in Oklahoma, I was flying it home to Michigan when I stopped here for lunch. The folks in the Plane Cafe were talkative and asked about my cross country trip. The food was excellent. I don't know that I could have picked a better, friendlier place for a stop.

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My favorite food stop while living in Michigan. Usually lots of transient aircraft on the ramp. You can watch arrivals from the restaurant which sits near the base of the control tower.

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Good home cooked food in the Runway Cafe

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Lock Haven

Great airport! FBO will provide ground transportation into town for a meal or over to the other side of the field to visit the Piper Aviation Museum. The collection is modest, but worth the trip for anyone interested in Piper history.

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Not much going on here. But I had my first light aircraft flight here in a Citabria. A year later, I did my first solo here in a Cessna 150. Nice long runway, good place to practice (there's never anyone around).