Radcliffe, Iowa (2Y1) Airport

Radcliffe, Iowa (2Y1)

Smooth grass strip with Babe’s Steakhouse an easy ¾ mile walk away for some great prime rib.

Ackley, Iowa (4C7) Airport

Ackley, Iowa (4C7)

Walk right into town from the grass strip. ¾ mile walk to the restaurant at the Ackley Recreation Club.

Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin (KPDC) Airport

Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin (KPDC)

Frequent destination primarily for the Black Angus Supper Club which is right across the street from the airport with great food. There is also a liquor store down the street for importing of indigenous Wisconsin beer. Cabella’s no longer will reimburse taxi rides here but the casino will pick you up in the shuttle. Keep in mind the shuttle will pick you up or drop you off anywhere as long as you are coming to or from the casino.

Ottumwa, Iowa (KOTM) Airport

Ottumwa, Iowa (KOTM)

Modern FBO with new Chevy Cruze courtesy car. Small naval aviation museum inside the terminal. Plenty of places to eat in town.

Manchester, Iowa (C27) Airport

Manchester, Iowa (C27)

Nice lounge with easy access to Ford Fiesta courtesy car.

Marshfield, Wisconsin (KMFI) Airport

Marshfield, Wisconsin (KMFI)

Wildwood Zoo is free and right next to airport. Marshfield Hotel is within walking distance and has a good restaurant. Cranberry bogs can be seen from the air south of the airport.

Neillsville, Wisconsin (KVIQ) Airport

Neillsville, Wisconsin (KVIQ)

Fannie’s supper club is a mile walk down the highway. Pilot lounge open after hours.

New Lisbon, Wisconsin (82C) Airport

New Lisbon, Wisconsin (82C)

Located between two towns and on the edge of the Volk MOA but easy to access under the operating shelf. Courtesy car available with the keys under the prop in the pilot lounge. Ate at Roman Castle restaurant in Mauston which was good.

Allison, Iowa (K98) Airport

Allison, Iowa (K98)

Nicely maintained grass strip right next to town. No restaurants as of July 2018 but according to local residents, an establishment tends to pop up from time to time. No facilities or FBO although the owner’s wife heard me on the radio and swung by to see if I needed a ride.

Waverly, Iowa (C25) Airport

Waverly, Iowa (C25)

Nice facilities, easy access to courtesy truck (keys in vehicle). Plenty of restaurants in downtown Waverly. Ate at the Wild Carrot which was very good.

Belmond, Iowa (Y48) Airport

Belmond, Iowa (Y48)

Cattleman’s Steak House is an easy walk across the street from the airport and is located above the clubhouse of the golf course - great food with nightly specials.

Monmouth, Illinois (C66) Airport

Monmouth, Illinois (C66)

Longest continiously operating airport in Illinois. College town with several restaurants in the town square. Call ahead to arrange courtesy car (retired cop car).

Freeport, Illinois (KFEP) Airport

Freeport, Illinois (KFEP)

Nice airport with clean FBO. Courtesy car is an ex-government Impala. Nice downtown area with a variety of restaurants. “This Is It” restaurant was very good.

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin (61C) Airport

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin (61C)

Two restaurants within walking distance of the field. Ate at Lou’s Riverview which only had bar food / frozen pizzas, not recommended for food. The Edgewater Supper Club appears to be a better option (was closed on Tuesday night).

Bloomfield, Iowa (4K6) Airport

Bloomfield, Iowa (4K6)

Landed and spoke to the airport manager who indicated there was no longer a courtesy car here and no plans to get one. Nothing nearby to walk to and no taxi service available. Pilot lounge was open after hours.

Oskaloosa, Iowa (KOOA) Airport

Oskaloosa, Iowa (KOOA)

Stopped in to Fremont, Iowa to eat at JR’s Country Cafe. Great food, homemade Tenderloin and onion rings. Courtesy car was a Ford station wagon.

Belle Plaine, Iowa (KTZT) Airport

Belle Plaine, Iowa (KTZT)

Lincoln Cafe restaurant is popular and OK food. Neat downtown area next to train tracks. Nice lounge in FBO and easy access to car. There appeared to be a bike available as well. Code to garage is 1228 (CTAF - 1).

Portage, Wisconsin (C47) Airport

Portage, Wisconsin (C47)

B&B Hitching Post restaurant near field (Supper Club atmosphere). Other restaurants close by, too. Scenic area with the airport embedded in the town. http://www.air-portage.com

Monroe, Wisconsin (KEFT) Airport

Monroe, Wisconsin (KEFT)

Monroe downtown square (swiss restaurants, chocolate, cheese, etc), Minhas Brewery and Distillery tours and shop (cheap beer and liquor). Taxi vouchers in bathroom in cabinet - fill out and call taxi. Cheese festival every 2 years.

Elkader, Iowa (I27) Airport

Elkader, Iowa (I27)

Shorter grass strip on top of hill in a scenic area. OK supper club away from downtown and an Argentian restaurant downtown by river. Call ahead to coordinate courtesy car with airport manager - easy transaction.

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin (91C) Airport

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin (91C)

No courtesy car. Prairie House restaurant is good food and easy ½ mile walk from airport. Sauk Prairie Taxi Service operates Monday - Friday from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. You can reach Sauk Prairie Taxi Service at (608) 643-9616. This city is the location of the original Culvers fast food restaurant.

Traer, Iowa (8C6) Airport

Traer, Iowa (8C6)

Easy Scenic ¾ walk to Main street. Several restraurants including 1901 Chop House open on sundays. Ate at Sunnyside Cafe which was good classic food and cheap. FBO is bare bones.

Mount Pleasant, Iowa (KMPZ) Airport

Mount Pleasant, Iowa (KMPZ)

Highly recommend River Rock Cafe - Iowa Pork Producers best tenderloin 2013. Eclectic restaurant in an unexpected location.

Chicago Aurora, Illinois (KARR) Airport

Chicago Aurora, Illinois (KARR)

Class D, very nice FBO with courtesy car and awning for aircraft parking. Easy in and out. Ate at Calamity Jane’s which was so-so.

Washington, Iowa (KAWG) Airport

Washington, Iowa (KAWG)

Two courtesy vans available with easy after hours access. Dodici Cafe is a great place to go. Large town square had lots of restaurants / shops.

Tipton, Iowa (8C4) Airport

Tipton, Iowa (8C4)

Tipton Golf and Country Club next to airport. Walk 7 minutes or so straight east of the airport towards the highway. Good food, outdoor seating.

Lone Rock, Wisconsin (KLNR) Airport

Lone Rock, Wisconsin (KLNR)

Lone Rock has a restaurant on-field recently named Picadilly Lily which serves good cheap food. They are also known for a fish-fry during certain parts of the year. The scenery near this area is spectacular in the fall time but also other times of year as it is on the brink of the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Prior visits: 8/1/2010

Mineral Point, Wisconsin (KMRJ) Airport

Mineral Point, Wisconsin (KMRJ)

Good lounge, easy access to the car 24x7. Great downtown area with a variety of shops & restaurants. Be sure to go to the downtown area vs. the surrounding residential area. Ate at Kusaka Japanese restaurant (homemade noodles) - worth another trip. Brewery Creek Inn is very good as well at the bottom of the hill downtown.

Rochelle, Illinois (KRPJ) Airport

Rochelle, Illinois (KRPJ)

Flight Deck Bar & Grill restaurant on-airport (indoor/outdoor seating), watch out for skydiving. Follow the walking path behind the hangars to find the restaurant.

Keosauqua, Iowa (6K9) Airport

Keosauqua, Iowa (6K9)

Scenic area, neat approach. Grass turf deserves its “poor” rating, the Cessna 150 rattled hard on the roll out. Easy 5 min walk into town over the bridge.

Richland Center, Wisconsin (93C) Airport

Richland Center, Wisconsin (93C)

Nice area, easy walk to Duffy Slades (restaurant seems to change hands often - check the internet before travelling). There appeared to be a courtesy car available with keys hanging on interior bulletin board of FBO (key pad = CTAF). Duffy Slades 0.8 mi walk, looks like scenic area, called May’15 and no courtesy car BUT saw keys pinned to the corkboard in FBO and crappy car parked outside

Muscatine, Iowa (KMUT) Airport

Muscatine, Iowa (KMUT)

Button museum, lake front stuff, hot dog stand near the river. Good Earth restaurant near field is CLOSED but replaced by Villains BBQ near the airport.

Rushford, Minnesota (55Y) Airport

Rushford, Minnesota (55Y)

Took the courtesy car into town this time and ate at Shawnees and ice cream at the The Creamery. Great views coming in. On top of bluff, cool views of valley, comfortable trailer lounge, car accessible afterhours, dinner & ice cream.

Preston, Minnesota (KFKA) Airport

Preston, Minnesota (KFKA)

Easy access to courtesy car (available after hours). Best to call and reserve. Branding Iron is a great place to eat and great views. Mystery Cave is nearby but check website for when the tours are.. In bluff county (Deters aviation).

Galesburg, Illinois (KGBG) Airport

Galesburg, Illinois (KGBG)

Enseason restaurant (fresh menu, very good) within walking distance (open THURS - SAT), drive in theater.

Forest City, Iowa (KFXY) Airport

Forest City, Iowa (KFXY)

Winnebago RV Factory Tour is definitely worth the visit. 2 hour free tour visiting 4 different manufacturing buildings. Several good food options. Courtesy car available.

Vinton, Iowa (KVTI) Airport

Vinton, Iowa (KVTI)

Easy access to courtesy car afterhours (keys in car). Some places to eat downtown. Cafe De Klos is closed now although a fellow flier recommends Fifth Street Koffee Haus which has great coffee, lunch sandwiches, and soup (open from 7am - 2pm weekdays though). Jolly Roger Pizza has very good pizza and is open for dinner (Closed Mondays).

Platteville, Wisconsin (KPVB) Airport

Platteville, Wisconsin (KPVB)

Easy 24 hour access to the two courtesy cars and a large grocery / liquor stores in town. There’s a nice downtown area with not a whole lot of variety of restaurants. Steve’s Pizza is worth visiting again.

Maquoketa, Iowa (KOQW) Airport

Maquoketa, Iowa (KOQW)

Several restaurants in area including Perxactly Bar & Grill (top 10 best burgers in iowa). Cop car for courtesy car, shops downtown, drive in movie theatre, Bluff lake catfish farm (open Fri-Sun). 2015: Courtesy car accessible after hours via lockbox key. 2009: Dropped in here on a Sunday and the town was not active although several places were open to eat at.

Waukon, Iowa (Y01) Airport

Waukon, Iowa (Y01)

Airport could use some lovin but was easy to get in and out of. Airport is right next to the road to get into town and is about a mile walk to the main drag. Good cheap food at the Waukon City Club - recommend the pizza.. airport next to town, 15 minute /0.7mi walk into town

Pella, Iowa (KPEA) Airport

Pella, Iowa (KPEA)

Stopped in Pella on a Saturday and the town was packed with people. Lots of examples of Dutch heritage and plenty of places to eat or get coffee/baked goods. Recommend Jaarsma Bakery. Red Rock Lake, Dutch stuff. Tulip Days shuttle people in.

Sully, Iowa (8C2) Airport

Sully, Iowa (8C2)

Watch out for 900ft displaced threshold on runway 26. Winds were calm enough we just landed the other direction (runway 8). Great food at Coffee Cup Cafe which is 3 blocks from airport. Airport is right next to town and entire town can be walked to.. Grass, airport right next to town, coffee shop / restaurant 3 blocks away (closed sundays, serves bfast and lunch and dinner some nights a week).

Clinton, Iowa (KCWI) Airport

Clinton, Iowa (KCWI)

Great FBO, easy drive into town. Not much open on Sunday. Wild Rose Casino also has a shuttle if van is unavailable. Casino, bakeries, riverfront

Osage, Iowa (D02) Airport

Osage, Iowa (D02)

Socktober fest, restaurants within walking distance of airport, airport right next to town, Stans Drive-in (food), Lucy’s. No courtesy car but airport is right next to the town. The downtown area has several restaurants including Telluwut grill & pub which was good. Stopped by Stan’s Drive-in on the walk back (which is closer to the airport) for ice cream.

Viroqua, Wisconsin (Y51) Airport

Viroqua, Wisconsin (Y51)

Great airport and unusually active for a weeknight evening. Good pilot’s lounge and two courtesy cars are available (call ahead to get garage code, was 9563). Several restaurants in the area, Viking Inn Supper Club was good but may be out of business now.

Reedsburg, Wisconsin (C35) Airport

Reedsburg, Wisconsin (C35)

Originally shot for Hillsoboro, WI but hit the rudder limit with a cross-wind on approach. The alternate was Reedsburg, WI which is situated right next to the main town. Landed and walked down the street to a Mexican restaurant (Cancun) - there was nothing notable about this restaurant. There is a courtesy car which I’d recommend taking and finding a better place to eat. Martys in voyager hotel has buffet til 11am on sundays, mexican place is standard, liquor and beer store.

Decorah, Iowa (KDEH) Airport

Decorah, Iowa (KDEH)

Decorah offers alot for such a small city. Took the new bike loop around the city and was able to visit most of the major sites including the fish hatchery, Pulpit Rock campground and eagle’s nest (near fish hatchery). Magpie restaurant, airport not attended sunday (no courtesy car on sundays), bike rental, trout hatchery, wifi in lounge

Lacon, Illinois (C75) Airport

Lacon, Illinois (C75)

Lacon is a small river town with a nice airport. There is a restaurant across the field called Kenyon’s Place which has a nice 70’s feel on the inside with old fashioned (but cheap) food. It is worth a visit. Took the courtesy car into the small downtown area which had a coffee / gift shop. There’s not much going on near the river.

La Pointe, Wisconsin (4R5) Airport

La Pointe, Wisconsin (4R5)

There’s no obvious courtesy car on the island but if you call Motion to Go they will give you a ride in town. Since most of the island is accessible by bike, its worth renting a bike or moped. Big Bay state park is worth a visit. Pick up fuel in Ashland (KASX) as there are no fuel services on the island.

Cresco, Iowa (KCJJ) Airport

Cresco, Iowa (KCJJ)

Ellen Church Field lies within a long walking distance of Cresco - no courtesy cars are available. Unfortunately, the weather was against me today as the 10% chance of rain came true which discouraged the walk into town. Teluwut Grill House seems to be a favorite and is a local chain in this area.

Peoria, Illinois (3MY) Airport

Peoria, Illinois (3MY)

Nothing noteable. Flew in on the memorial day weekend and Peoria was dead. There’s several good places to eat and the normal amenities of a mid-sized Midwest city. Ate at One World Cafe which was good.

Cassville, Wisconsin (C74) Airport

Cassville, Wisconsin (C74)

Cassville offers a scenic and challenging airport to fly into. Extra caution is necessary with low powered or loaded aircraft (use all the runway). The Sandbar restaurant is right across the railroad tracks from the airport. Eagle watching.

Centerville, Iowa (KTVK) Airport

Centerville, Iowa (KTVK)

The Centerville airport is the closest airport to Rathbun lake (Honey Creek Resort). The airport has 2 courtesy cars and they do permit the 30 minute drive to the resort. The resort is quiet but does have a marina with boat and jet ski rentals.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin (KEAU) Airport

Eau Claire, Wisconsin (KEAU)

Heartland Aviation provided use of the courtesy car. State park in the area has a surprisingly nice zoo. Leinenkugel’s Leinie’s lodge is worth a stop for beer samples.

Grinnell, Iowa (KGGI) Airport

Grinnell, Iowa (KGGI)

Grinnell Steakhouse (cook-your-own w/ great salad bar) is about a 10-15 minute walk from the airport. Theres probably more stuff going on near the college or in the town but haven’t made it past the steakhouse everytime we go here. Car not accessible afterhours but there appears to be one available during the day (maybe the owners?).

Oshkosh, Wisconsin (KOSH) Airport

Oshkosh, Wisconsin (KOSH)

Flew in for Airventure 2010 which turned out to be relatively painless - just stay relaxed. Be sure to monitor the status of the a/c parking and campgrounds before flying in. We flew in on Friday morning and the traffic was light. Airventure, EAA museum

Union, Illinois (55LL) Airport

Union, Illinois (55LL)

Flew in to watch some glider flying at the Sky Soaring Glider Club. It’s free to watch and cheap to take part in.

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (KSUE) Airport

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (KSUE)

This is an easy airport to arrive into to visit Door County. Rental car is on-site and hotels are nearby. Ephraim-Fishcreek (3D2) has rental bikes available and a courtesy van.

Burlington, Iowa (KBRL) Airport

Burlington, Iowa (KBRL)

Flew in to Burlington after finding out the courtesy car at Keokuk was MIA. Late 80’s courtesy car was available and successfully navigated snake alley. Catfish Bend casino and Fun City are right next to each other. Several restaurants can be found near the river. Fun City, Catfish bend, Big Muddys (restaruant on river).

Mason City, Iowa (KMCW) Airport

Mason City, Iowa (KMCW)

This is a fun airport to fly into as it has a TSA security checkpoint for commercial flights right next to the general aviation entrance. Rental cars and courtesy car are available to take to the lake (Clear Lake). Jet ski rentals and several restaurants are located on the lake. Buddy Holly memorial.

Guttenberg, Iowa (IA23) Airport

Guttenberg, Iowa (IA23)

Private - land on an island. Flew in to Abel Island for annual fly-in. This was a unique experience landing on an island in the middle of the Mississippi. It is private so normally requires permission but was not required for the fly-in. Nothing notable for visitors when the fly-in is not happening.

Delavan, Wisconsin (C59) Airport

Delavan, Wisconsin (C59)

Check the NOTAMs for this airport before landing to make sure it is still open runway is safe. Runway was being overcome by grass and concrete was not in the best condition. Walk across the street to the resort which has golf and water sport (jet ski / kayak rentals). Restaurant & deli.

Kewanee, Illinois (KEZI) Airport

Kewanee, Illinois (KEZI)

Kewanee has a neat Pilot’s lounge worthy of a fuel stop. Took the courtesy car to downtown to visit Good’s furniture store. There is not much else going on downtown. The restaurant in the basement of Good’s was surprisingly decent.

Middleton, Wisconsin (C29) Airport

Middleton, Wisconsin (C29)

Read NOTAMs for noise abatement procedures before arriving. Mustard Museum is worth visiting. 5th Street Diner has good food and specializes in pies. Capital Brewing company is nearby. Courtesy car and rentals available.

Winona, Minnesota (KONA) Airport

Winona, Minnesota (KONA)

Winona offers a scenic approach in a river valley. Supposedly there is an ice cream shop around the airport but I couldn’t find it. There is no courtesy car so took a taxi into the downtown area which was small but had a variety of restaurants and coffee shops. Without a courtesy car its not worth much of a visit. No courtesy car, taxi only, scenic approach.

Boscobel, Wisconsin (KOVS) Airport

Boscobel, Wisconsin (KOVS)

Cool location to fly into near the river. FBO carries various canned goods for purchase. Took the courtesy car downtown on a Sunday but not much action to be found. Turkey hunting capital. Unique Cafe recommended.

Chicago Schaumburg, Illinois (06C) Airport

Chicago Schaumburg, Illinois (06C)

Schaumburg is about the closest non-towered airport to downtown Chicago. If you aren’t going into town, Pilot Pete’s restaurant is located on-field. If you are going into the city, Hertz and Enterprise offer drop-offs at the airport. Tiedown was $10/night but was waived with fuel purchase.

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin (KFLD) Airport

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin (KFLD)

Flew in to Fond Du Lac as a stepping stone to getting into Airventure (Oshkosh, WI). Fond Du Lac has a convienient shuttle system that frequently shuttles pilots into Airventure. They were selling parking tie-downs if you didn’t pack any. We arrived at 10am and parking was easy. Air traffic was hardly noticeable.

Dubuque, Iowa (KDBQ) Airport

Dubuque, Iowa (KDBQ)

Good destination (class D airspace) w/ choice of 2 brand-new courtesy cars to take into town. Paperwork says there is a 2 hour limit but its likely not enforced. Downtown Dubuque has several decent restaurants and Diamond Jo Casino. River Museum, Greyhound park.

Sterling Rockfalls, Illinois (KSQI) Airport

Sterling Rockfalls, Illinois (KSQI)

Whiteside County airport is right off of I-80 and I recognized it immediately upon driving into the town. It is a common place for travelers to stop on I-80. The downtown area of Sterling had a few shops including a decent chocolatier. There were mostly chain restaurants but Arthur’s deli was good.

Baraboo, Wisconsin (KDLL) Airport

Baraboo, Wisconsin (KDLL)

No courtesy car available but the Ho-Chunk casino shuttle will pick up from the airport. Wisconsin Dells, Devil’s Lake nearby.

Fairfield, Iowa (KFFL) Airport

Fairfield, Iowa (KFFL)

Lots of restaurants (vegetarian), Maharishi. Plenty of interesting places to see in Vedic City where the Maharishi live. Downtown square has interesting vegetarian restaurants that support this lifestyle.

Savanna, Illinois (KSFY) Airport

Savanna, Illinois (KSFY)

Flew in on a Sunday and terminal was locked. Supposedly there is a courtesy car but could not be accessed afterhours. Also, the closed Savanna Army Depot is neat to see from the air. Pilot lounge locked after hours, dealership will rent car for $37 / day

Bolingbrook, Illinois (1C5) Airport

Bolingbrook, Illinois (1C5)

Flew in to Clow International for the weekend. Coordination of rental car was easy. There appears to be an on-field restaurant named Charlie’s (didn’t eat here). As expected, the airspace is busy. Mini-golf course right outside airport grounds.

Oelwein, Iowa (KOLZ) Airport

Oelwein, Iowa (KOLZ)

Flew in for Oelwein Railroad Days which was a small event with limited selection of vendors and tours of the railroad cars. The fly-in was coordinated on the same date as this event. Several restaurants were downtown.

Independence, Iowa (KIIB) Airport

Independence, Iowa (KIIB)

Easy drive into town, food was pretty good at Bill’s. River Ridge Country Club is also a good restaurant with good views.

West Union, Iowa (3Y2) Airport

West Union, Iowa (3Y2)

Flew in to try and find some food but no courtesy car and no one manning the airport. Nothing of interest except for phonebooth on airport, no lounge, no transportation

Ames, Iowa (KAMW) Airport

Ames, Iowa (KAMW)

Annual fly-in. FBO has both courtesy and rental cars. Highly recommend Hickory Park for good cheap BBQ. Hickory Park, Iowa State University.