Top 6 small airports in Southern California

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  1. mr_happyland

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    In my latest video, I put together a list of my favorite airports to fly to in Southern California. My criteria was a combination of factors such as restaurants, transportation, cool things to do etc... There are many good ones to choose from but this is what I came up with:

     
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    1. kern valley
    2. oceano
    3. big bear
    4. santa ynez
    5. catalina
    6. camarillo
     
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    I like everything on this list except for I would swap out Santa Monica with Camarillo
     
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    I strongly disagree. The city of Santa Monica does not want you there. They charge you for every landing (something like $14 last time I was there). They closed the Typhoon restaurant and I believe nearby Spitfire Grill is closing soon too. They want to drive away all business even before they shut the airport down entirely in 2028. Meanwhile Camarillo embraces general aviation. That place is packed on the weekends.
     
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    Damn, really?

    Camarillo is a cool spot, but it's almost TOO busy on the weekends
     
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    As usual, nice editing......and the best airframe.
     
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    Lol, no.

    Spitfire is getting a new owner, and I still don't think SMO will close

    Camarillo does get way too busy sometimes, but for good reason.

    Too bad he doesn't fly it as fast as he should :p
     
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    No Palomar? The Landing is easily the best place to fly into and eat in SoCal.
     
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    6? That’s easy...
    Chino
    Cable
    Corona
    Catalina
    Compton
    Camarillo

    Any airport that starts with a “C”:)
    FYI - Compton is a beautiful little airport with a lot of nice people based there.
     
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    it's a cool spot for sure and I brought my dad there and a lot of my flying friends there as well however as far as doing anything else it's limited.. places like Kern, AVX, etc, have stuff to do outside the airport. Doesn't revolve purely around aviation
     
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    Probably the weight and aerodynamic drag from all the GoPro's. :D
     
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    Camarillo has lots to do in and around it. You can go outlet shopping!
     
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    How about 6 of the most depressing/deserted So. Cal Airports(ok, yes, I was based in San Diego at the time):
    1. Banning
    2. Brawley
    3. Chiraco Summit
    4. Calipatria
    5. Blythe
    6. Imperial
     
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    What about Columbia?

    I like it better than Big Bear, since it is less touristy...
     
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    I vaguely remember going there so maybe I just blocked it out, or maybe I never went there.
     
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    Haha...that's a great idea actually. At least Chiraco Summit has some old WW2 stuff to look at.
     
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    I want to be in one of your videos one day. That would be cool.
     
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