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Pilot Destination Update - Suncoast Cafe, Venice, FL
"Sharkeys restaurant is very close to airport but too far to walk. There is a free shuttle! Very nice people at FBO only $10 if you don't buy gas or eat at their cafe. Worth it to go to Shakeys for lunch or if you go to beach" - Submitted by Jimsak.
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Pilot Destination Update - Westgate's River Ranch, River Ranch, FL
"Flew there last weekend with another pilot, a first visit for both of us. The staff was very friendly and they gave us a ride in the golf cart from the airstrip to the main lodge where we could rent a golf cart for a few hours for about $11. It's well worth getting one if available if you're planning on cruising around the ranch it's fairly spread out. There are plenty of activities to enjoy some free and some for a fee. After hearing about our trip, my wife and I flew back down the next weekend and spent the afternoon. It's their off season so it wasn't crowded and was very relaxing. The airport is easy to get in and out of and there are no parking fees. There's only a handful of tie-downs, but a staff member told us that they've accommodated over 100 planes before during a fly-in. We were also told that they do have pilot-controlled runway lights for night operations. This airstrip makes for a nice day trip." - Submitted by Justin.
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Pilot Destination Update - Runways Restaurant, Hagerstown, MD
"Great food and atmosphere. Nice view of the runway." - Submitted by Sandra.
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Pilot Destination Update - Kingman Airport, Kingman, AZ
"Looking for places to fly in the Pacific NW, for camping, hiking, fishing etc. with a plane." - Submitted by glen.
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New Aviation Event - New Years Day Fly Out, 2015, Smoketown, PA - Thursday, Jan 1, 2015
1 Jan 2015 New Year's Fly-In to Smoketown, PA! -Here comes 2015! And what better way to start the year off than by FLYING?! All rally at the Smoketown Airport, Smoketown, PA S37 FBO at 1130 on 01 Jan 2015! Short walk to Gabriella's Pizza 100 yards for lunch - yes, they are open we called and checked! VFR flight only if it's good to fly, we go. Weather back-up date is 01 Jan 2016! This has been a great tradition for Keystone Flight with as many as 30+ attending - great fun on New Year's Day! Spread the word all invited! Mike Marra, 1977 Cessna 150M N714AJ, Carlisle, PA N94, 717-448-5295

Featured Fun Place to FLY! Runways Restaurant, Hagerstown, MD
"Great new resturant in new FBO at Rider Jet Center. A fine place to dine with good food and drinks, relaxed comfortable atmosphere, just like home, where old friends will meet and become best friends again. Located off I-81 at the MD PA State Line Exit in the Rider Jet Center facility with a view of the Hagerstown Airport (KHGR). The restaurant faces the runway and the planes will pull right up to the restaurant." - Submitted by Dave Forrester.
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Pilot Destination Update - Crosswinds Cafe, Owosso, MI
"Crosswinds Cafe will be closed for some winter remodeling. We will re-open March 7, 2015" - Submitted by Ron Jones.
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Pilot Destination Update - Hard Eight BBQ, Stephenville, TX
"Went here on 11/26/2014. There were no golf carts, but the people from Hard Eight came and picked us up quickly. Good BBQ place. Sort of crowded around noon but the entire hold up was the fact that they had one person taking and filling orders for everyone that came in. Other that standing outside and waiting 35 minutes just to place our order, all was good." - Submitted by Steve.
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Featured Fun Place to FLY! Barnstormers, Norfolk, NE
"Great on-field restaurant called Barnstormers. They serve lunch and dinner with breakfast being served on Sunday starting at 10:00 AM. It's one of my favorite haunts on a Sunday morning. I love the steak eggs." - Submitted by Tom Mann.
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New Aviation Event - Christmas Fly-In and Breakfast, La Porte, TX - Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
Safety Meeting at 10:00 am on Winter Operations. Static Aircraft Display and Aircraft Decorating Contest. Santa will be stopping by between 9:30am-10:00am for pictures with all of the good little boys and girls. Bring a toy to help support the La Porte Police Department's Blue Santa Program and the Boys and Girls Harbor.

Pilot Destination Update - Flight Deck Bar and Grill, Rochelle, IL
"Flown in here a few times throughout the summer/fall of 14'. Makes for a good trip from Milwaukee area. Every time I bring someone new they comment on how nice the place is. The atmosphere is fun although the food is hit or miss but I keep going back!" - Submitted by Max.
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New Aviation Event - New Years Day Fly In, Jacksonville, TX - Thursday, Jan 1, 2015
START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT !!! Visit the New Year’s Day Fly In at Cherokee County Airport and enjoy ham, black eyed peas, greens, cabbage and all your other favorites. 11 AM to 1 PM. If it is cold we will be inside a nice warm hangar to encourage lots of hangar flyin’ and lyin’ !

New Aviation Event - EAA 518 Fly In Drive In Breakfast, Reedsville, PA - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
EAA 518 Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast 8 to 11 am.

New Aviation Event - Freeflight Aviation and Flying W Airport’s Annual Holiday Gathering, Medford, NJ - Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
May the warmth of hearth and home fill your hearts with joy this holiday season! Please join us for a Merry Holiday Gathering at the Flying W Airport, Saturday December 13th from 5 PM to 10 PM. Price is $20.00 per person includes 1 “Free” Drink from the bar The Bar will be Open with Live Music! Tickets MUST Be Purchased by Thursday December 11th. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT THE ATTACHED WEBSITE OR BY CALLING FREEFLIGHT AT 609-265-0399. ALL TICKETS WILL BE SENT OUT BY EMAIL OR PRINTED OUT AT FREEFLIGHT AVIATION. Happy Holidays!

New Aviation Event - FAA Safety Seminar at the Flying W Airport, Medford, NJ - Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
Don't miss this exclusive presentation titled The Doctor Will See You Now presented by featured speaker Dr. Merrill J. Mirman, DO. This insightful briefing is specifically tailored to provide pilots with an understanding of the aspects concerning pilot medical restrictions involving over-the-counter medications, surgery, other conditions that may affect an individual's fitness to conduct flight operations and much more! Please register online for this event.

Pilot Destination Update - Covington Municipal, Covington, GA
"EAA Chapter 1025 Pancake Breakfast every third Saturday. BEST $5 BREAKFAST IN TOWN!" - Submitted by Emory Geiger.
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New Aviation Event - LOW PASS = FREE BREAKFAST for PIC, Arcadia, FL - Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
All you can eat Pancake breakfast. $6 includes sausage, O.J. Coffee. Saturday December 6th 9am. Also see: Viet Nam Traveling Wall at Turner Center.

New Aviation Event - IMC Club Monthly Chapter Meeting, San Marcos, TX - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 6 PM. IMC Club International is a membership based 501c3 non-profit started to increase pilot confidence and proficiency by training in actual instrument conditions and discuss their experience in the environment of a chapter meeting. The club was established as a learning resource for instrument-rated pilots, and for students pursuing their instrument ratings. To accomplish this, monthly meetings are held at local chapters around the country to help pilots and students build and maintain their IFR skills, and to share stories and tips from their fellow pilots. The IMC Club Chapter at Redbird Skyport is designed to create a community of pilots in central Texas that share information, provide recognition, foster communication, promote safety, and build proficiency in instrument flying. Every month the Chapter will discuss an issue or situation as a group and the situation discussed will have a corresponding simulator scenario available all month to members that attend the meeting. The $3 monthly dues allow access to a Members Only section of the IMC Club website with an interactive knowledge database. Active members that attend the monthly meeting get 1 hour of full-motion simulator time to practice the situation in focus that month at no cost. Join the Skyport Chapter of IMC Club Today:

New Aviation Event - WWII C47 Christmas Light Night Flights Over DFW, Fort Worth, TX - Friday - Wednesday, Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
Christmas Light Night Flights Now Booking Filling Fast!!! C47 Christmas Light Ride for one, $99. C47 Christmas Light Ride for two, $189. Fly over beautiful downtown Fort Worth and the nationally known Lake. Arlington's Interlochen to look at millions of Christmas's like a magic carpet ride!!! Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee available before flight. We have space starting the day after Thanksgiving, Fri, Nov. 28 through Dec. 31!!! To purchase, click on this link: Flights times are 6, 7, 8 and 9 pm. Cookies, hot chocolate coffee will be served!!! Professional photographer will be available to capture the moment at a nominal price. Normal price is $350 per person, now just $99 for one, two for $189!!! Aircraft is a WWII C47, a true national hero!!! The plane holds 17 passengers per flight. Children age two and under may fly free in lap of paid adult, all others require a seat.

Pilot Destination Update - Wood County Regional Airport, Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green, OH
"I have flown into 1GO on several occasions to visit with my daughter who attends BG. The floks are always very nice and ready to help with any need you may have. Great stop in Northwestern Ohio." - Submitted by Jeff.
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