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February 1, 2012
A vintage B–25 at Big Bear City Airport's 2011 air fair (above). Snow Summit ski area (inset).
Big Bear City Airport (L35) is the gateway to year-round activities. Located in a wide valley ringed by the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear City Airport is a hop, skip, and a long climb away from the Los Angeles Basin and its surroundings. At 6,752 feet above sea level, Big Bear City is a destination in itself—there are two restaurants and a saloon in the terminal building. Next to the pilot’s lounge, the Barnstorm Restaurant serves American fare. Upstairs, the Mandarin Garden features Chinese cuisine and Diamond Lil’s Saloon offers a taste of the old West.
For those who venture off the airport, there’s plenty to do. In the winter, Snow Summit is a popular place to ski and snowboard, and it’s a short cab ride away. When the weather is warmer, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and boating are in season. Visitors who take the 22-mile scenic drive around Big Bear Lake often stop at picturesque Fawnskin, a stagecoach stop in the 1800s.
No matter what the season, many people visit Big Bear Village, about five miles west of the airport. This quaint small town is known for its excellent shopping and dining.
Flying into Big Bear City Airport takes some planning. There can be a big difference in temperatures between the L.A. Basin and Big Bear. Dress accordingly. The runway is more than a mile long, but on hot days, density altitude can reach more than 9,000 feet. Get out your POH, and run the numbers to make sure you can get in—and out of—one of California’s most scenic airports.
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Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.