General Aviation Airports
A Different Kind of Animal
By Robert Olislagers, A.A.E
To borrow the tagline “A Different Kind of Animal” from Frontier Airlines, the Denver home-grown airline that is trying to stay viable in an increasingly
consolidated commercial market, general aviation
is truly “a different kind of animal” when it comes
We do not have the run-of-the-mill concessions
seen at commercial airports. No hordes of people,
so no book and apparel stores, no last-minute
international duty-free shops, no spam-can fast
food joints, and no one-off sports bars with predictable menus featuring the same greasy food.
Nope, your local general aviation airport is lucky
to have a restaurant, some of questionable ancestry,
yet others that have been mainstays for the flying
public for decades.
A favorite restaurant that comes to mind is
Chino (Calif.) Airport’s Flo’s Cafe. The waitresses
have been around for decades, the short-order
cooks still make your omelet the same way you
remember eating it 10 years ago, and, yes, the
decor has not changed since it opened in the ’70s.
Predictable, and just the way I like it. Countless
GA airports, as we affectionately like to call them,
feature such hidden gems, but, unfortunately, they
are the exception to the usual parade of “here
today, gone tomorrow” types.