On August 7, 2011, Duchess County Airport (POU) had it’s first fly-in in many many years. As part of this event the Poughkeepsie Pilots Association held a discussion on fun places to fly to in the Northeast United States. A few themes came through. 1) On airport (or very near by) food, 2) Cheap (relatively speaking of course – lol) fuel, 3) Something to see or do (museum, tourism, etc)
This is the list of airports everyone came up with. (no particular order)
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, NY: NY94
Old Rhinebeck sent a plane for the event and a couple of the ground crew/pilots/spokes people spoke about the Aerodrome and why it’s a great destination with its museum and airshows. Yes! You can fly in – with advanced permission. It’s a grass (bit of a roller coaster) field that they say is 1800′ (NE A/FD says 2200′). You have to be in by Noon and stay till 5:00 when the show is over. Saturday’s show emphasizes the pioneer era and the oldest* flying airplane in the world. Sunday’s show is the melodrama that Ol’ Rhinebeck is famous for.
*Well, maybe not the oldest. Apparently this 100+ year old plane the Aerodrome flys every weekend is 14 days younger than one in a museum somewhere that gets flown just once a year. So, you tell me, which is “older”.
Kimball’s / Jaffrey Airport, NH: AFN
Ok, you may have heard the owner, Harvey, is a little (cough) unconventional with the way he operates the airport. But ol’ Harv seems to have mellowed the last few years. Whenever I’ve visited, he and his wife have been very pleasant, helpful and courteous. Trust me when I tell you it’s worth it to walk to Kimball Farm for homemade dairy fresh ice cream and wonderful food. It’s a very short walk, practically on-airport.
Sky Acres Airport, NY: 44N
Still a family owned/run airport, this is one of the quintessential GA airports. Built from a farm on the side of a hill, this airport is known for “the one where you have to taxi up that hill”. “The Barn” houses the FBO and the popular Perfect Landing Cafe. Next to the barn is an ice cream stand.