Big Bear City and LA
The airport at Big Bear City is situated between two lakes at an elevation of 6,748'
Having flown for a few hours at about 10'000', I didn't
have to descend much to reach Big Bear. This beautiful resort is at about 7000', with the
airport located between two lakes encircled by mountains.
The people at Big Bear City Airport were very helpful.
They apologized for having to charge $3 overnight fees, and helped me find my way to a
camping ground. When I asked a local pilot if he had change for a $100 bill, he replied : "Do
you think my wife gives me that much...?".
Maybe she doesn't... but he explained to me the complexities of LA airspace and we devised
a way of keeping clear of the controlled zone.
On leaving the airport, I received what must be the
standard joke up there "And above all, beware of the Bear!".
The camping was cold and quite rough. I spent the
evening preparing for the next day's flight by the light of my candle lantern, pondering
If you want more information on this beautiful resort,
go to the excellent Big Bear City Website.