May 2017

May 2017

Airport : Palm Springs International Airport

Unfortunately when I think of Palm Springs my thoughts of palm trees and In-n-Out are over shadowed by the thought of large fees at the FBO's at KPSP. We load up from KBIH and get our seat belts on for the rest of the bumpy flight to KPSP. It should be about 1:30 in flight and we hope to land by 4pm to make our 6pm event. We booked a room for the night at the Hilton Palm Springs close to both the Palm Springs airport and the Palm Springs Aviation Museum where the event were attending is being held. Before we left Bend in the morning, Mama Pilot called both FBO's to see what their fees were in addition to their very high fuel prices listed on Airnav. I also called the FBO at KUDD (Bermuda Dunes) to see what their fees and rental car availability were. Heres the Breakdown: Atlantic Aviation KPSP: Fuel : $6.99/gal + $40 facility fee (waved with 15 gal) +20 each night Signature KPSP: Fuel: $7.36/gal + $40 facility fee (waved with 8 gal) +$25 each night + $5 security fee The other interesting thing with these posh destinations I learned was that they also corner the market on rental cars with Go Rentals. Go rentals normally will rent you a higher end luxury car starting at $129/day. Papa pilot gets a great Avis rate through work and we pay about $30/day. We like to spend more time flying and less at one place on the ground. Another option besides KPSP is KUDD (Bermuda Dunes) which is about 30 minutes drive from Palm Springs. KUDD is more reasonable when it comes to general aviation their gas is $5.09/gal + $10 per night tie down fee. They also only carry the Go Rentals. We were quoted a Toyota Camary for $89/day! We tried to see if the local Avis would deliver to the FBO, but they were out of cars, so the fees we would say would be made up for in the rental car. Therefore we tankered up in KBIH and went to Atlantic in KPSP. We went to Palm Springs for the night for the opening of the new Vietnam/Korea Hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Since it is a more casual event we event took little dude. The Palm springs air museum prides itself on having flyable aircraft that people can get up close too. The Little Dude was in heaven because he was the only kid there. It was so fun to get a generational photo with Grandpa, Papa Pilot and Little Dude in front of Grandpa's Dad's Squadron painted P-47 Mustang! After the event, it was time to wind down for the night and rest before our planned early departure to Sedona. We also planned after the event that we would head to Park City, Utah after dropping off Grandpa in Sedona. ^ Always bring your chain saw to cut rocks on the ramp ^The pool at the Atlantic FBO in KPSP

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