By air: getting here ? getting around

By air: getting here ? getting around

Commercial flightsThe closest airport with scheduled commercial flights is in Pendleton. Three round trips a day from Portland serve Eastern Oregon Regional Airport. SeaPort Airlines flies nine-seat Swiss-built Pilatus PC-12s where every seat is both a window and an aisle. The 50-minute-flight offers breathtaking aerial views

SeaPort has a separate Portland terminal and a free shuttle from the main terminal. With SeaPort, there are no security checks and you can arrive just 15 minutes before departure. For information: (www.seaportair.com). The airport at Pendleton has a Hertz car rental counter or SeaPort can arrange for ground transportation, and it's a 2 1/2-hour drive to Wallowa County on State Highways 84 and 82.

Private planes Wallowa County has two private-aviation airports, one in Enterprise and one in Joseph. Private pilots often fly in to the Joseph Airport for Chief Joseph Days and once a year in July an antique aircraft fly-in lands at Enterprise Airport. Both airports provide fuel upon request.

Enterprise statistics:The landing strip is 2,800 foot long, 50 foot wide and runs northwest/southeast with a prevailing wind out of the northwest. The strip is slightly downhill for those landing to the north on runway 30. It is lighted year-round and plowed in the winter. Fuel (100 low-lead) is available by calling Dick Stangle 1-541-805-0364. A pilot's lounge/shed is open 24 hours a day with a phone for local calls. Enterprise has no taxi, but Stangle can help arrange a loaner with a little lead-time.

There are approximately 19 planes that operate out of the airport on a regular basis. Hangar space and outdoor tie downs are available from Bill Ables, 541-426-3868.

Dave Young of D&M Aviation is available for repair work, 541-426-4894.

Joe Spence of Spence Air Service flies scenic flights and air charters out of Enterprise and gives flying lessons, 541-426-3288.

Joseph statistics:The landing strip is 5,280 feet long and 60 foot wide runs north/south with a prevailing wind out of the south. The strip is uphill to the south. It is lighted year round and plowed in the winter. Fuel (100 low-lead) is available self-serve. There is a pilots' lounge with bathroom to get out of the weather but no phone. There is no taxi in Joseph and most folks walk the short walk into town (less than one mile).

There are approximately seven planes that operate out of the airport on a regular basis. There is no hangar space available but outdoor tie downs are available for visitors.

A new ASOS weather service tower is up and running - the frequency for that is 123.775 and the phone number is 541-432-0458. Pilots are advised to call for weather reports, especially in the winter.

The manager is Wup Winn, 541-602-8431.

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