Great Lakes Meet Up 1/18 or 1/19

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  1. azure

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    It's official now, they're expecting more snow for the VLL area and less (if any) rain. Looks like 6-7 inches. Also the timing is being pushed back, so more snow in the late afternoon and evening. Tomorrow would have been a real mess.
     
  2. German guy

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    The updated TAFs are out. :rolleyes2:

    KIND 011720Z 0118/0224 VRB06KT 4SM -SHRA BR OVC025
    TEMPO 0118/0121 2SM RA BR OVC015
    FM012100 28009KT 3SM -RA BR OVC007
    FM020300 33010KT 3SM -FZRAPL BR OVC004
    FM020600 34010KT 2SM -SN BR OVC004
    FM021300 33011KT 5SM BR OVC010=

    Not for me, thanks. :no:

    In the Detroit area, the weather will however probably be decent. If I'm lucky and they already cleared the taxiways from snow by tomorrow morning, I will hopefully at least be able to do some pattern work and to go for a $100 burger. :goofy: :yes:
     
  3. tmyers

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    Hangar doors are free, just in time for some more snow, WooooHoooooo
     
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    Just leave the dang things open :D
     
  5. tmyers

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    I would if I didn't have stuff in there like tools, snow blower, and grille.
     
  6. azure

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    What, no airplane ??
     
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    No room!!!
     
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    Plenty of room and snug under a sleeping bag
     
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    That's similar to how I answer the question "where do you see yourself in five years"
     
  10. PPC1052

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    So, after three failed attempts, is everyone just over this one?
     
  11. azure

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    I can't speak for everyone else, but until this all melts, I'm not going anywhere in my plane. Heck, I doubt I would even be able to open the hangar door.
     
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    I'm going to be flying skiplanes. Maybe next weekend...
     
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    It will be a few weekends before I have time to attempt it again. Can't snow forever. It's this global warming I tell ya!!!
     
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    May want to start a new thread for next attempt, I think I'm out until the April event.
     
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    My wife and I will tomorrow fly to either Eagle Creek (KEYE) for lunch or to Columbus, IN (KBAK) for breakfast or lunch.
    We will fly in from the Detroit area (Ann Arbor) and possibly have one or two stops enroute.

    So - if someone wants to spontaneously tag along / meet with us, just let me know. :)

    Cheers,

    Oliver
     
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    Hmm... Considering it. Hangar is dug out, but plane is down. (May be fixed this afternoon)
     
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    Man...

    I can't. I'm flying a dog to OKC.

    Wrong direction.
     
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    Joe,

    If you get your plane fixed and decide to join us, let me know.


    Tim,

    Good luck with your flight. :)


    We decided, that we will fly directly to Eagle Creek for lunch. We should arrive at the airport at around 11:30am.
    Our plane is a Piper Archer, white with a orange belly, N419W. Phone (248)310-5860

    Cheers,

    Oliver
     
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    Wish I could join you guys. My hangar door is still broken

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
     
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    Sorry I missed you guys.

    How did you like Rick's?
     
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    Rick's was nice - we had brunch. My wife an I found the food to be decent, albeit nothing special and relatively expensive. Even though we weren't too excited about the restaurant, I still think that it's a great place for a fly-in, because of its location directly between the lake and the airport.

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    Cheers,

    Oliver
     
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    Yeah, the food at Rick's is decent, but not exceptional. (Although I have yet to go to an airport based resteraunt with what I consider to be good food.) I tend to go with the more casual fare at Rick's, as it tends to be more reasonably priced for what you get. The view off the back patio will be much better when it finally warms up, and there are sail boats on the reservoir.
     
  23. saracelica

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    I was impressed with the restaurant at Muncie (KMIE) but that was after flying for over an hour so anything would be good. :)
     
  24. flyingcheesehead

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    There are four I've found that have good food:

    1) Pilot Pete's, 06C, Schaumburg, IL.
    2) Mi Tierra, 05C, Merrillville, IN.
    3) Final Approach, KSBM, Sheboygan, WI.
    4) Perfect Landing, KAPA, Denver, CO.

    One of my other favorite $100 burger stops is 3D2, where there's a courtesy car waiting to take you into town for any number of yummy choices.

    OTOH, there are plenty of airports out there with crappy food. :(
     
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    I haven't been to the others, but was thinking of mentioning Mi Tierra myself. Definitely good. Two others that come to mind as pretty good:

    Airport Restaurant & Spirits, KJXN, Jackson, MI
    Liberty Diner, 3DA, Flushing, MI

    Not strictly airport-based, but within easy walking distance of the tie-down area:

    Sal's Ristorante, KBVI, Beaver Valley, PA
    Sorrentos, 3DA, Flushing, MI
     
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    Meh. MIE is edible. Rick's is gourmet by comparison.
     
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    Really? I thought it was pretty substandard when we went there last year for our Midwest fly in. I had a good time nonetheless. I got to meet EdFred and Doc. Bruce in person!
     
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    My wife and I went a few weeks ago to the 'Tin Goose Restaurant', a 50s style diner and the Liberty Aviation Museum, both located at the 'Carl R Keller Field Airport KPCW' in Port Clinton, Ohio. We enjoyed the burgers and the small museum was also nice.

    I believe, though, that some of you already went there last year, according to this thread? http://www.pilotsofamerica.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57262

    Cheers,

    Oliver
     
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    It varies... Probably depends what you order. Ask "What's cooking" - The owner will come out of the kitchen and have a chat with you about some special items for the day that aren't on the menu. You'll get some stuff that's good, and sometimes you'll get something amazing. My favorite so far has been his Carnitas Fajitas.
     
  30. timwinters

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    Actually I'll put Rick's in the top 10% of fly-in venues I've experienced. And I've experienced quite a few.

    The best ever? Sammy's Touch and Go @ Pell City, AL but, unfortunately, it's no longer open.

    Sammy's French grits were out of this world. And I HATE grits.
     
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    Primo Barone's at KFKL in PA.

    It's not even a contest.
     
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    Saracelica and I drove there along with spouse / oldest child respectively.
     
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    I met JoeSelch and her mom there last year (flying). The Goose has a very nice 50s atmosphere, but the food is pretty much "meh" as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    Meh. Messing with the TSA agents by getting to walk right past them and tread dangerously close to their precious yellow line is sweeter than anything I've had at Primo Barone's. It's a nice stop heading east, but I've had better food at the Olive Garden.
     
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    I don't recall any on airport Olive Gardens.
     
  36. flyingcheesehead

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    True - But the point is, most airport food is substandard and we accept it because it's on an airport. We're talking about places that have food as good or better than non-airport restaurants. Primo Barone's is OK, but if it were the same distance from my home as another ground-pounder Italian restaurant, I probably would never eat there.
     
  37. Jim_CAK

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    Sounds like a good place for one of the fly-ins. Some of the east coasters might be able to make it.
    It has been 10-12 years since I have been there, but I thought the food was good.
     
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    Tan-Tar-A at Lake of the Ozarks, MO. It's not on the field (Grand Glaize-Osage Beach---K15), but they'll send a shuttle bus up to get you and will do it in a very timely fashion.

    And, right across from the field is Jake Culpeepers Cattle Company steakhouse. Never been there. I hear it's pretty good though I'm not a fan of the typical "steakhouse" atmosphere.

    A fly in for brunch at tan-tar-a would be a hoot. It's a great atmosphere with far better than average food. They have breakfast buffet everyday from 7 to 11 am and a Sunday brunch from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. The Sunday brunch is particularly nice.