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Kmac

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Kmac last won the day on October 11 2019

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  1. I live on the edge of the presidential TFR. I was outside working at about 10am and I heard a very loud jet. I look up and see an F16 in a tight right hand turn. A few seconds later a C172 comes into view. The F16 circles the 172 two more times and looks as though he is forced toward KRDG. At 8pm I was putting my kids to bed and hear another F16 outside. I go out and see another Cessna getting circled and forced towards KRDG. Please pay attention out there.
  2. Sold my C in Sept. '19. Still here almost every day. Placed an offer on a spectacular B last July but lost out. I want a '64 E, a B or an IO upgraded 62-64 C and actively looking.
  3. We use the same for our 3 and 5 yr old. They work well.
  4. My dad had a 177rg that came out of annual. When he took off he went to trim up but the nose went down. He trimmed up more and the nose went down further. He realized that the trim was installed backwards and landed safely. Annuals can be scary...
  5. She did try to charge me for someone else's gas... I spent as much time in the FBO trying to pay for gas I didn't want almost as long as it took to eat breakfast. I simply thought the service was poor in relation to the fees charged or the hoops needed to jump through to reduce fees.
  6. It basically boils down to this... Again, this is just my recommendation... If you are from out of the area I recommend searching for another local more pilot friendly airport of which there are plenty... Looking at my logbook I was at MQS 3 times in 2017, the year the restaurant on the field closed. To the local pilots who haven't been there in a while, which included myself, it has not improved and, in fact, has become even more of a hassle. Once more, this is just my observation and recommendation. If you are interested in any of the other FBO's and airports on my list check out the following website: www.mooneyspace.com
  7. You are obviously in the "Don't mind any fee for any amount for any reason" camp... I thought part of Mooneyspace was so people could share their personal experiences with others and they could make up their own mind... I was simply sharing my experience with Signature at this particular airport which happened to also include fees; even fees that I am not entirely opposed to as stated a few posts up... You are more than welcome to go to Signature/MQS...just be prepared to jump through a few unnecessary hoops and pay more money to wait around...
  8. Would like twice if I could...
  9. I agree that we all see thing differently and to varying degrees. While one person may see a benefit for the services I was (or was not) provided another may just see inconvenience. Before Signature acquired the FBO I believe that it was just run by the county and, to my recollection, just as well. All of the same facilities were present. The county does still own the airport. It isn't even the fees which really caused me to start this thread...it was the overall inconvenience. Again, someone was at the front desk, she was alone and had no other customers the entire time I was there. Don't you think that when I said I didn't need fuel that she could have tried to help a customer by saying there will be a $29 handling fee then? Again, I have no issues with paying money for a benefit. I also have no issues paying fees to an airport that is busy and they need lineman to move aircraft and fuel airplanes,. What I am saying is, in this case, if the lineman and office person weren't there at all I would have had a better experience...and don't forget...I was the only one there. Last year I flew to Put-In-Bay. They had an FBO where you paid the tie-down fees on an honor system. If I could land at Chester County and talk to no one but slip a $5 in an envelope it would be better... Also last year I dropped my brother off at Trenton airport to catch a commercial flight. I used FlightServ there because I was able to use the crew car to drive around to the commercial side of the airport to drop him off. I didn't create a thread bashing FlightServ then because I received a benefit for the money I gave them... I would imagine, though, that Signature must be making a profit or else they wouldn't be there...I am sure they are not in the business of losing money. I just don't see how they made money off of my visit anyway, or, why they should... The reason I am "boycotting" this airport is because of the inconvenience that the FBO causes...not even necessarily the fees... As @orionflt stated, the FBO made it inconvenient for people just to go to the restaurant...
  10. Thanks for the recommendation. I would like to go there...also never landed in Delaware yet...
  11. Ah...your saying I should not have used my previous experience with Signanture at the very same airport as a guide instead of calling... If I had called and they would have mentioned the new fees over the phone I would not have gone out of principle, not due to cost. I can not find an excuse to charge a handling fee when absolutely nothing was handled whatsoever. I was already willing to pay the $5 infrastructure fee. I was prepared go in there and give them $5 and not even get anything for it... In your estimation, where do the fees such as this become unreasonable? Is a $15 infrastructure fee and $50 handling fee unless you buy fuel reasonable? What about $25/$75? The airport was already dead and will only get worse. As stated I will not be returning. Many others have already decided that any landing fee is unreasonable and would not go there or any airport with a "landing fee". When I began flying I always thought "who cares about a cheap landing fee"... after yesterday I now side with the pilots who won't go to any airport with fees such as this out of principle... Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying money for something...I got the opposite of that there yesterday. With my money I only bought hassle. The lady at the desk was nice, but after I told her I wasn't buying fuel she could have mentioned that there was going to be a handling charge of $29 before I went to breakfast...
  12. Looking for a short flight to breakfast yesterday (8/9/20) and staying clear of the TFR I decided to fly to Chester County (MQS). The Flying Machine Cafe has been closed for a few years now but a diner is only about a quarter mile walk from the FBO. The last time flew there the fee was $5 for single engines and $10 for twins but if you ate at the restaurant or purchased fuel the fee was waived. I figured this time out I would fuel up at my home drome and save more than the $5 on fuel cost difference, have a merry meal and pay the $5 fee. On our way in I spoke to a nice woman at the desk. I said I knew there was a fee and wouldn't need fuel. She told us to go eat and she would have the paperwork ready for us upon our return since it takes a very long time. When we get back she informs us of the charges...$5 infrastructure fee and $29 handling fee... I then asked if the fees are waived if I buy fuel and she said the handling fee is waived but the infrastructure fee stays. I told her that I just added fuel and it wouldn't take much. She said she wasn't sure but the handling fee is waived after either 5 or 10 gallons but would waive it no matter what now that I am getting fuel. So she calls out to the line guy to deliver fuel. So I top off with another 7 whole gallons and then attempt to pay so I can finally leave. Of course the payment she is trying to have me make is for a different aircraft...she says that the computer system was made by the three stooges and it will be a little longer...another 10 minutes in the FBO and I tell her that I would like to leave now...she requests to make a copy of my credit card and she will email me my receipt once she gets it all figured out... I did finally get my receipt... I am not going back to Chester County Airport until Signature is gone... By the way...while in the FBO she tells me that the Flying Machine Cafe is for sale if I'm interested...
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