You can’t fly happy on an empty stomach, which must be why so many of our great little airports across the country entice pilots to visit with the promise of good food. From the traditional pancake breakfast to gourmet on-airport restaurants and local favorites to native fare found only in one region of the country, flying-in for food sounds like a great thing to do this month. Celebrate your right to flight this month at any of these events or check our online calendar for other ideas.
3O8: Harris Ranch
Since 1977, this 800-acre California ranch has been raising natural, grain-fed beef that it ships all around the country. You can fly into its 2,900-foot runway and enjoy Harris Ranch reserve beef at the ranch restaurant and also sample local produce including Harris Sweet, a specially grown sweet onion.
2S9: Willapa Harbor Airport
Here, at the self-proclaimed “Oyster Capital of the World,” you can enjoy the first Oyster Fly-In on Saturday, August 7. In addition to great seafood, there will be an oyster-eating contest. Demonstrations by Pacific County RC Flyers are also scheduled.
6D6: Greenville Municipal Airport
As seen on the Food Network, Chris Cakes creates a fun atmosphere and delicious special-recipe pancakes. The company will be flipping flapjacks on Saturday, August 7, at the Greenville Airport—beware of flying flapjacks!.
64I:Lee Bottom Flying Field
“Sinful Sunday” takes place August 8 at Lee Bottom Flying Field. What’s so sinful? Ice cream! Spend a summer Sunday enjoying nature at this grass field and bring a friend along for ice cream!
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
All-you-can-eat breakfast is the call from the mountain gateway of wild and wonderful West Virginia. Come for sausage, eggs, hotcakes, coffee, orange juice, and more on Saturday morning, August 14, at Potomac Airpark in Berkeley Springs—and maybe stay for a natural springs bath— George Washington bathed here.
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, California
Start planning now for AOPA Aviation Summit 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center November 11 through 13. AOPA President Craig Fuller will be in Long Beach August 21 to discuss highlights of Summit and to bring the latest news from Capitol Hill. Visit the website.
For more destinations and events, check out our calendar online.