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“At the edge of the clouds, a fantastic fly-in” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Airport in the Sky

Airport in the Sky
1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310.510.0143
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Ranked #11 of 48 things to do in Avalon
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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.
Long Beach, California
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“At the edge of the clouds, a fantastic fly-in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

As a pilot I have had the chance to fly to many small airports in private airplanes, and Catalina is one of them. This airport sits atop the edge of a cliff at one of the highest points on the island, flanked by cliffs on either side and a dirt strip used to land an old DC-3 flying cargo in from Long Beach (quite a sight, though I think they don't do that run anymore?).

The airport itself is quite challenging, and I have trained many pilots on the landing techniques used there. Certainly, not a place a private pilot should try without an instructor or the mentoring of a friend who has been there before. The runway is rough, with many bumps, potholes, and optical illusions. Despite this it is a fantastic place to fly.

During the summer they have bbq cook out nights right at the airport restaurant, with live music and delicious food. Even on a regular day, you can fly in, grab a buffalo burger and enjoy the serenity that is only a 30 minute flight south of the busy Los Angeles basin.

If you're staying in town, it's a fun place to visit for the unique atmosphere, some outdoor plaques and exhibits talking about the island, the yummy cafe, and the gift shop. With no fences, TSA, or any of the pains of a typical airport, this place really embodies what flying used to be to the general public, so grab a burger, sit at the edge of the runway and watch the planes touch the edge of the clouds that sit just at the end of the field.

Visited August 2013
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Upland, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“A rarity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Carved off the top of a mountain by Wrigley of chewing gum fame. Sports some nice historical pictures of aviation history. Can walk into the inland bush directly off the runway. Easy transportation into town. $26 per person round trip. Very scenic and perhaps scary with the hairpin turns. You may well come upon a buffalo, too.

Landing fees have gone up. No fuel. Must leave before sundown. Interesting cafe serving up local buffalo burgers.

Visited February 2014
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Chico, California
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“short visit at the airport.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Fun to have a bite to eat and watch the small planes land and take-off. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Tour to the Airport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I have been on this tour several times, and each time had a different driver, and each time learned something new. Although my girlfriend had spent several summers here with her family as a child, she'd never been out of Avalon proper, except to Descanso Beach, so she was soaking in all of the beauty that this tour has to offer, as well as learning a lot of the history of the island. The tour guides are all very knowledgeable, sharing silly jokes, and driving us safely there.
And the cookies available only at the airport are wonderful.

Visited January 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“just an airport where you can see up close”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

took it as part of tour. the airport is up in the mountains, you can go close to the small aircrafts,can see take off and landings if lucky. cafe is good too. certainly a must first time. after that no so much unless you are flying ofcourse!

Visited December 2013
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