Orchard Beach Aviation, Inc.KMBL
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Fly with Orchard Beach Aviation and see for yourself the beauty northern Michigan has to offer!

-Crew car
-computer for flight planning
-head sets

CFI Rate: $35.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $35.00/hr


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

Aircraft are fueled at the fueling pumps near the terminal during regular business hours by Orchard Beach Aviation personnel.

Access to Aircraft

During business hours: Obtain keys and headsets at front desk

After business hours: Let us know and we will arrange for the keys and headsets (if needed) will be either in the office or aircraft

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Aircraft can be returned to hanger, or fuel pumps if low on gas. If in doubt, ask on UNICOM After business hours: Either in front of hanger or in tie down spot if windy conditions present.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

You will be reimbursed up to our cost of fuel

Mechanical Problems at another Airport

Please call office, Instructor, or Director of Maintenance

Securing Aircraft

If needed, tie downs are available on ramp if aircraft is not to be put back in hanger.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

Usually full (38 gal usuable). Give as much advance notice as possible is different fuel load is needed.

Local Airspace Considerations

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Minneapolis Center on either 120.85 or 132.9

Local reporting points

Downtown Manistee (3nm), Manistee Lake (5nm), Portage Lake (5nm), Shoreline west of airport (2.5nm)

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiing to the runways

Back taxi required to reach runway 36

Run up area

Holding short of 9,27,18. Taxiway “A” for 36 (prior to back taxi)

Noise abatement procedures

Use caution on early morning departures on 36, upwind goes right over casino and RV park

Traffic pattern altitudes

1600’ MSL

Runway Surface

Hump crossing runway intersection taking off 18/36

Local Flight Planning Tips

Noise sensitive areas

Use caution over casino late at night or early morning. Flight path for 36 departures and 18 arrivals go right over casino RV parking lot.


Tower south end of Manistee Lake (1165 MSL)

Nearby special use airspace

Restricted area/MOA middle of Lake Michigan (rarely active) Restricted area around Grayling/Gaylord area (often active)

Local terrain considerations

Rising terrain off runway 36 towards casino

Best airports to visit in the area

Traverse City, Bellaire, Mackinac Island, Beaver Island

Best sights to see nearby from the air

Sleeping Bear dunes, Silver Lake sand dunes, Big Sable Point, Point Betsie, Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, Manitou Islands, Fox Islands, Beaver Island, Mackinac Island

Optical illusions

18/36 runway lights may disappear behind trees on approach at night. Airport beacon blends with airport lights approaching from south, hides behind hill approaching from North - Northwest

Feb. 4, 2014, 12:54 a.m.

Orchard Beach Aviation, Inc. is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 1 review.
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Operator Info

2323 Airport Road Manistee
Manistee, MI 49660
Orchard Beach Aviation, Inc.

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