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Old 03-15-2019, 09:50 AM
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One thing to keep in mind is that KAPA is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the US, so if you aren't used to flying into busy controlled airports it could be a little overwhelming at the wrong time of day. The restaurant on the field (The Perfect Landing) is definitely worth a visit though.

KBJC is a good option. It can get busy too but not like KAPA does and there's plenty of restaurants and hotels pretty close to the airport.

Longmont is a nice town and KLMO would put you closer to Estes Park which would be a great sightseeing trip depending on road conditions.

As for museums in Denver, I have been to Wings Over the Rockies and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and really enjoy both of them.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:14 AM
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If you donít mind uncontrolled airspace KLMO Longmont is the best. if you call (3037722202) me I can recommend some things. Probably can find a hangar.

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My vote as well. I would offer my hangar but that's too short notice. I think they have Enterprise on site plus plenty of "cheap" hotels really close on 34.
I will buy you beer if you come up to Estes Park. I have a restored Coke machine full @ $.25 each and I know where the owner keeps the key.
Or we also have three breweries.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:53 AM
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At Longmont, don't overfly the center of the field - that's where the jumpers land. They seem to be under canopy by 8k', usually, and the jump plane calls the drop on CTAF.

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Old 03-15-2019, 01:12 PM
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I spent a few days at BJC "Metro" and stayed at the Omni Interloken Hotel. It was a nice place but pricey (We got the discount rate of $132). They will pick you up at the airport. There are tons of restaurants in the area.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:05 AM
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I went with FTG. Got into their hangar for a fair price and they had a rental car ready for me. Getting in was largely uneventful, after getting within 3 knots of the 200kt club on descent with a hard tailwind, I flew under the 20 NM Bravo shelf and turned inbound from the east. Didnít see any VFR traffic, lots of the big boys in the Bravo. Landing was tricky with a strong gusty headwind but my biggest issue was ground handling. In Great Falls I thought Iíd lost my right brake but it came back, in Billings I had a pretty good shimmy in the nose gear and at Front Range I had trouble with steering on the long taxi to the ramp. Finally found my problem, my nose leg fairing popped out of the clamp at the bottom and that toungue was pinching tightly on top of the wheel fairing. It was inhibiting the castor quite a bit. Iíll fix that up before heading to Rapid City this afternoon.

Had a chat with a Cirrus driver on the ramp here, compared numbers. Heís twice my weight and cruises 40 kts faster. I won the contest when he ask my fuel burn, my 7-1/2 and his 19. The fact that his 40 KT faster plane cost 4 or 5 times the cost of mine didnít come up.
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:45 PM
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I just got back from a ski trip at Breckenridge just yesterday. Packed the RV10 full of baggage and wife and kiddos and flew into KFTG(formerly Front Range airport just southeast of Denver international. They are very accomodating and have reasonable rates for a heated hangar. Around $75 a night for the first night with additional days being aroung $55. They also have rental car services on sight for around $50 a day for a compact car and an Uber driver they coordinate with as well. I had considered flying into KBJC as it was closer to the mountains but hanger costs were aroung $175.00 a night! If you don't mind driving 20 minutes to Denver KFTG is a good choice. Come in from the east/souteast under 7000 agl will avoid Bravo airspace. This is about as easy as it gets flying into the Denver area.

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APA is large and convenient. I had a good experience going in there and will do so again when we go back late next week.

Larry
Living in the Denver area and I seldom visit APA. Easy to get into, a pain to get out.

You did not mention the museum you'll visit. I would suggest KFTG as the best airport to land. Rental cars and friendly service.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:40 PM
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I just got back from a ski trip at Breckenridge just yesterday. Packed the RV10 full of baggage and wife and kiddos and flew into KFTG(formerly Front Range airport just southeast of Denver international. They are very accomodating and have reasonable rates for a heated hangar. Around $75 a night for the first night with additional days being aroung $55. They also have rental car services on sight for around $50 a day for a compact car and an Uber driver they coordinate with as well. I had considered flying into KBJC as it was closer to the mountains but hanger costs were aroung $175.00 a night! If you don't mind driving 20 minutes to Denver KFTG is a good choice. Come in from the east/souteast under 7000 agl will avoid Bravo airspace. This is about as easy as it gets flying into the Denver area.

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KFTG is still Front Range Air Port.
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KFTG is still Front Range Air Port.
...and the very best overnight is at Gary's house! Ask me how I know, even if it is 33F, coming down the ILS into KFTG to 200-300'.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:44 PM
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KFTG is still Front Range Air Port.
You sure about that? I thought that it is now Colorado Air and Space Port.
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