Pilot Getaways is the bimonthly travel magazine for pilots and their families. We focus on having fun with your airplane at destinations from backcountry strips to exclusive fly-in resorts.
Welcome to the first issue of 2014! This issue has everything you need to start your year in style. Our authors dig deep to reveal hidden treasures in places you thought you knew, from Mobile to Monterey. For those who love to party, Mobile, Ala., is the place to get an early start on Mardi Gras festivities, with parades, jazz, and great cuisine. Monterey, Calif., is close to the world-renowned Pebble Beach golf courses and home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but there’s so much more to explore in this jewel by the sea. As a special treat for backcountry fliers, this issue features three airstrips you can fly to even in winter when most other mountain airstrips are snowed in. Camp beside the Snake River at the bottom of Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest canyon, or stay in a comfortable lodge beside the canyon’s premiere airstrip and enjoy great food plus all the hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, or hunting you can dream of. We’ll also take you to a secret slot canyon deep in Utah’s red rock country that few have ever seen. One of our authors hatched a plan to fly to a nearby airstrip and raft the river down to the slot canyon; we’ll show you how you can recreate that adventure!
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I started flying when I was 17 in Coeur d'Alene Idaho, also known as COE, in pilot speak. Other than my cross country flights during training in a C172, I had never been able to make what I considered to be a true cross country: more than 500 miles. The biggest reason for this was the fact that renting an airplane for that amount of time simply to fly somewhere far away, is an expensive proposition for a college kid.
The holidays are coming up soon, so why not start planning an unforgettable flying vacation? This issue features adventures across the country that are suitable for families as well as romantic couples. With mild winter days, sunny beaches, and luxurious spas, not to mention the Legoland Theme Park and a new Legoland Hotel, our cover story, Carlsbad, Calif., is a real treat for kids and their parents. Pilots flock to McCall, Idaho, for excellent winter sports and a unique carnival held at the end of January. Branson, Mo., is one of America’s entertainment capitals, and they really put on a show at Christmas. Downhill and Nordic skiing, tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are all enjoyed at Deep Creek Lake, Md., but the lake is also an elegant setting for romantic candlelit dinners or long snowy walks. Whichever adventure you pick, enjoy yourself this holiday season.
Redbird Skyport, a multi-faceted general aviation services facility, flight school, and aviation laboratory at San Marcos Municipal Airport has teamed up with big names in the aviation business world to offer 100LL at the breathtakingly low price of $1 per gallon through October 15, particularly during AOPA Summit. Jeff Van West, Director of Redbird Media, says the goal is to determine how big a role fuel price plays in flying activity, and, if fuel price isn’t the barrier, what it is.