Houston’s west side: KIWS or KTME?

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    Looking to do a trip from Indy area to Houston later this month.

    I think I’m favoring KIWS for the location & FBO, but airspace looks kinda wild, with obstacles to where I wouldn’t wanna “sneak under” anything. Perhaps file IFR, but then not sure how wide they’ll send me out, I’m coming in from northeast side (recent IR grad). Might just be easier to go KTME?

    Opinions/thoughts, suggestions, and jokes all welcome.
     
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    Depends on which part of Houston you are headed to after landing.
     
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    Cinco Ranch/Katy. Both are as convenient ground transport-wise, I think?
     
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    For those locals, I’d choose KTME.
     
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    If it’s TME or IWS, just flip a coin... both have great FBOs with easy access via ground/air.

    Don’t be intimidated by West Houston IWS airspace or obstacles; in/out is easy below 2000’ to stay clear of Class B and the pattern isn’t that busy except for a few trainers flying B-52 patterns. The only obstacles are the Missouri City antenna farm, but that’s to the southeast and shouldn’t be a factor. I’m in a T-28 partnership based at IWS and have been in/out a bazillion times... it’s really easy.
     
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    For Cinco, it’s TME by a mile.
     
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    If you go to IWS, try to find Pat Brown to say howdy, shake his hand, and thank him for his hard work as the main AOPA rep in Texas.

    And if you can go fly with him, DO IT!!! He is an awesome instructor and fun to learn from.
     
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    Both are good. So is SGR - I used that on trips to the Galleria area.
     
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    ^^^THIS
     
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    I just did this over the weekend. KTME was super nice. Laura at the counter and line guy were awesome, especially considering I’m in a 40+ year old plane. Amazing place.
     
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