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“airport in the sky” 3 of 5 stars
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Airport in the Sky
1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310.510.0143
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Avalon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Owner description: The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center of the Catalina Island, 10 miles from the city of Avalon. It's a great destination by tour or shuttle bus, bicycle, on foot whether hiking the Trans Catalina Trail or walking over from Black Jack, or of course, via private or chartered small plane. Its single 3,250-foot-long runway was constructed by blasting and leveling two adjacent peaks, then using the resulting debris to fill in the gaps.The image is of a T-34 Beechcraft that flew in to participate in one of the Airport in the Sky's monthly Aeroclub Fly-In Days.
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“airport in the sky”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Positive: decent food, nice ambiance, friendly workers.
Negative: pricey food, not much to see, restaurant chilly.

Visited January 2013
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“A Worthwhile Visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you have never been - it's definitely worth the trip. There are a lot of interesting historical sites along the way.

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“Great place to eat!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Had a great breakfast prior to a 10 bike ride back to Avalon - downhill :-) We love the hummingbirds, and were told about the great BBQ's hosted here in the summer with entertainment!!!!

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“great place for lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Didn't fly in, but our tour stopped there for lunch. Staff was super friendly, and lunch was good and a reasonable price. The view out back was spectacular, and the cookies were AMAZING!!

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“Airport in the Sky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Completed in 1946, the Airport in the Sky is1602 feet above the Pacific Ocean. It is built between two mountain peaks in the middle of Catalina Island. There are essentially two ways to get to the airport. The first is by plane. The runway is asphalt paved and is 3250 feet long. It is convex shaped, higher in the center. This creates problems during the approach and landing. Visual perception is misleading. Too fast you could go over the end or too slow you could encounter downdraft. This is not for inexperienced pilots. It does accommodate planes up to a DC-3. The Wrigley family used the airport as did John Wayne. The other way to get to the airport is by land. That is how I arrived. It is about 40 minutes from Avalon through land owned by the private conservatory. The terrain is rugged with steep narrow inclines, gravel roads at times and switchbacks. Shuttles run about $28 round trip and inland excursions can be booked. At the airport there is a restaurant (Buffalo Springs Station) which serves good Buffalo burgers and their "Killer Cookies" which are huge. The staff is super friendly and will help you in any way. There is a nice gift shop, clean public bathrooms, hiking and biking trails and a history display of early settlers. A huge map of Catalina Island is in the courtyard. On your way to the airport you are likely to encounter free range buffalo, fox and other wildlife along with scenic vistas and photographic opportunities galore. It is unique.

Visited October 2012
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