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Airport in the Sky

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Address: 1 Airport Rod., Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-0143

The Airport in the Sky occupies a 1,602-foot-tall mountaintop at the center...

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.

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Swoop Over This Magical Isle, then Enjoy the Area.

Great spot for a $100 hamburger, assuming you like buffalo. We had the buffalo brisket tacos - very good. We flew in and for pilots, note that it is usually below minimums until... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
Denise K
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great spot for a $100 hamburger, assuming you like buffalo. We had the buffalo brisket tacos - very good. We flew in and for pilots, note that it is usually below minimums until around 1030 or later. But then, you can enjoy a flyover before you land, seeing areas you probably won't get to during your trip. Everything's accessible, assuming... More 

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Lomita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Our tour bus stopped at the airport for a 30 minute break so we all went into the gift shop to look around. You have to get one of their cookies while you are here, they are amazing. I have heard pilots fly over just to buy cookies to take home, I do not think they are quite worth that... More 

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Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Airport in the sky is an interesting place to visit..not just any pilot can fly here...Be sure to see the end of the runway..it just drops straight down!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I really liked the store portion of the airport in the sky. They had a lot of great items and the view off of the back patio is awesome. I only ordered fries on break from a tour and they were great, but everyone was raving about the buffalo burger. Its a unique place and the employees were really nice... More 

Thank Terrence M
Temecula, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

If you are lucky enough to fly or have a friend that flies a private aviation plane, this is such a fun trip. The landing and take off are almost a bit scary due to the curve of the runway and so-so condition. The cafe and buffalo burgers are a must. If you don't fly in, you can take the... More 

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Don't skip the self-guided tour on the left side, and get yourself some homemade cookies whilst there! We were on a tour with Allan from the Catalina Transportation Services who was a wealth of historical information - must look him up!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

It was a very interesting and long ride to the airport. Saw three buffalo (bison) on the way up. So sad to see how dry the island is with the drought. Once we got to the top had a little time to look around. Not a amazing place but interesting. Saw the Wrigley plane fly in while we were there.... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

travel to Catalina's interior and see sights unavailable by boat. Enjoy a flight, bison tour or buffalo burger.

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Santee, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We really wanted to see the airport as well as do the "airport loop" hiking trail and taking one of the tours up there wouldn't have allowed us to do that so we took the airport shuttle. The ride up takes longer than you would think and they drive it pretty fast. There are several areas with some scary drop... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I had a friend on the island drive us inland to see the sights. We stopped at the Catalina airport for breakfast. I had a breakfast sandwich and the son-in-law had a burrito and the grandsons also had breakfast sandwiches. They were prepared beautifully! A great meal. Also, the grandkids loved the gift shop.

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