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Wed, Jan 13, 2010

Aero-Eval: The Best FBOs We Visited/Worked With In 09 -- 2M2 Lawrence Co Airport

In Well Over 400 Hours Of Flight Time, ANN Sure Got Around This Year

Final Compilations by ANN Editor-In-Chief/Cheap-Fuel-Finder, Jim Campbell

It was a busy and wide-ranging year for ANN. Since taking the plunge and buying a Cirrus G3 Turbo in the wee hours of 2008 (literally on New Year's Eve), and we've been spending a LOT of time on/over the road and with some 300 hours in our aircraft and nearly 200 more in a few others (including a long/great trip in a Columbia/Cessna 400) and quite a few hours in a really sweet Turbo-Aztec (with all the ice-fighting goodies... one of the most rugged workhorses in the M/E world). In so doing, we've been to a number of airports, FBO and maintenance facilities in the course of the year... many of which truly distinguished themselves... and a few that truly did not. That being the case, we wanted to recognize some of the better experiences we had this year in the hope that the word will get out that these are aviation businesses worth frequenting and have demonstrated their ability to earn our business... and a return visit when the opportunity arises.

On a fall trip to the West Coast, N377SR got to see the best and worst of a number of Southern tier FBOs... among those that truly stood out include:

2M2 Lawrenceburg/Lawrence County Airport, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

We can't close 2009 without noting the exceptional experiences we've had during a few fuel stops in ever-so-rural Lawrenceburg Tennessee, a 'countrified' location that's becoming one of our favorite "middle of nowhere" refueling locations. We must also admit to a little bit of favoritism for such a wonderful little country FBO out in the middle of America that has managed to do its thing with courtesy, class, professionalism and value in such trying times. I'm a sucker for the little guy... especially the one that has a will to survive.

Such is the overtly positive experience we have had on a number of occasions while swooping in to refuel at the uncommonly cost-effective pumps at a single runway airport in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. In the middle of a visage awash with gorgeous green landscapes, Lawrenceburg is a sweet site to stop in whether coming through in the best of VFR, or while muddling through the miasma of an IFR approach to minimums. Lawrenceburg is anything but a fancy airport, with just enough of a facility to get the job done... but it's what it does with what little it has that makes all the difference in the world. The fellow who pumps the fuel is courteous, careful, just chatty enough to be friendly, and constantly worrying about how to keep the price of his fuel down so that people will find a good reason to visit Lawrenceburg and keep flying. The little FBO on the top of the hill that oversees the fuel island is clean, reasonably equipped, and the sodas in the fridge are available for sale on the honor system -- just leave your change in the cup. It's simply a nice place to visit -- one which has never disappointed me each time I dropped in and it usually boasts an unusually for low fuel price which originally served as the initial attraction for my first landing... and later revealed the calm sweet nature of a country airport that mirrors the best of the fields I once visited while a student pilot in my mid teens. Such Mom and Pop FBOs warm my soul and give me such immense hope for the future of aviation -- even now.

Lawrenceburg is like a lot of little FBOs -- they can't be making a whole hell of a lot of money, but they know what they're there for -- to provide the best that they can with professionalism, courtesy and the ever present wistful hope that things will be better for general aviation sometime soon. For the sake of such lonely but lovely little air-patches that dot the American landscape, we hope that aviation collectively comes together to find proper powerful solutions that will allow them to survive and thrive in the future.

The little country airport, whether it be named Lawrenceburg or something else equally American, deserves to survive not just for the services they provide but because they are uniquely as Aero-American as anything I know. If you get the chance, check into Lawrenceburg Tennessee, (2M2), and be sure to tell them that the folks at ANN said hello -- and that we'll be back soon.

Aero-Verdict: Good Service, Great Value, Very Pleasant Field, Highly Recommended.
FMI: http://lawrencecoairport.tripod.com, www.tennessee2m2.com 

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