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Destination Details

  • Destination: Payson
  • State/Province: Arizona
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  • Airport ID (Check airport ID here): KPAN
  • Activities: I've known about the Payson Airport for a couple of years but never seemed to be in the area when I had time to stop. A trip to Prescott was necessary to pick up our niece so I decided it was time to visit Payson and the Crosswinds Grille for breakfast. The approach to the airport is pretty and I was surprised at how large and upscale the homes are. The airport is on a mesa with a long wide runway. Both the runway and taxiways are in excellent condition. The airport doubles as an airpark. A gate opens on the west end of the taxiway leading to nice homes with hangars. Fuel prices were below average. Pay with a 66/76/Conoco card and you'll get an additional discount. There are some sights to see around Payson including a natural bridge but transportation is an issue. The only way around town is by taxi. This airport would be well served with a couple of rental cars. Camping is available on the field with bathrooms and showers free to those who fly-in. The Crosswinds Grille is a nice little place with a good view of the airport. Too bad the food was below average and poorly prepared. I'm not a picky eater but you could have better food most anywhere. Adding insult to injury the staff vacuumed the carpet with a noisy electric vacuum while we were eating breakfast. Is 11:00am on Saturday too late for a quiet breakfast? Next time I'm in the area I'll go to Sedona for breakfast! I'll keep Payson in mind for fuel stops only.
  • About Your Plane: 2007 Diamond DA40XL.
  • Flying Tips: Best time of the year to go? All year Flight time in a Super Viking from KAJO? 2.1 Food on the airport? Yes - Crosswinds Grille Fuel on airport? Yes - Good price. No self serve. Landing or Handling fees? No Comments about arriving and departing. Watch Density Altitude! Things to do at or near the airport. Taxi right up to the Crosswinds Grille Rate this stop with 10 being best, 5 average. 8.0 - Nice food but the only way to town is in a taxi.
  • Best Season: Yearround

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