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Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:45:53 PM »
Introduction:
A nice little airport in the Willamette Valley, right beside Interstate 5, Albany Municipal has a spacious paved runway (3000' x 75') plus what looks like a shorter grass runway east of the paved one, and (at least when I was there recently) quite decent fuel prices.  There's no FBO these days, although the former FBO building is open for local and transient pilot use (use the secret code to enter the locked office, with well-maintained rest rooms and a big pilots lounge).  There's no courtesy car, but there are plenty of services located nearby and a few right outside the airport (including a Chinese restaurant immediately outside the airport fence and within easy walking distance).  There are a few interesting airplanes parked around the expansive ramp, too.

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« Last Edit: August 13, 2012, 09:51:48 PM by davidh »
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 08:20:44 AM »
I just flew in here Friday, Aug. 10th to drop off a friend. It's a nice airport however when taxiing back out to 34 I followed the taxiway south past the last intersection to 34 and over a small bridge and ended up in the parking lot for the Chinese Restaurant. It is bordered by a small fence to keep out pedestrians.  I thought it might connect to the displaced threshold but not so.
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2012, 06:20:58 AM »
Probably thought you were coming in for 'take out'! :D :D
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2012, 08:08:52 AM »
If the photo in the original post is correct, the areas defined by the displaced thresholds on this runway are not available for takeoff or landing (yellow chevrons, AIM 2-3-3. Runway Markings)
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 09:29:37 AM »
I concur.
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 11:22:30 AM »
THAT'S NOT A GRASS STRIP on the east side (even though the photo sure makes it look it!)

This is one of our local fields and I've tried landing in that grass there a few times on my Tundras and its so horribly
maintained it should only be reserved for Tundra equipped planes due to the deep ditches that cross it in multiple
places, windsock, and rolling terrain.  I'm a regular off-airport field/terrain pilot, and this is not a landable surface
by most people's standards.

The photo sure makes it look like a strip, and it sure WOULD have been excellent grass if someone had
developed the land properly.   Don't do it without walking it and a properly equipped STOL plane.  I keep going back
and trying it because it LOOKS good, and even with my Tundra shoes on I usually regret it after trying to restle it down
though the bounces. :)

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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 11:55:25 AM »
Good to know, Crazed, thanks for the local knowledge/PIREP - always appreciated.

BTW, welcome!
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2013, 11:57:02 PM »
Went to the Chinese restaurant and it is very interesting how you get there. You taxi by the end of Rwy 34 go over a bridge and then it opens up into a very large parking area for airplanes.  All asphalt. Walking distance is about 100 feet.  Most interesting route to a restaurant without leaving the airport I have found.
The menu is quite diverse and has a lot of options. Good food to boot and very reasonable.

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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2014, 03:16:18 PM »
This airport is a ghost town.  No one on duty, and very seldom any traffic other than training traffic from nearby Corvallis and Lebanon.   There's a lounge with a bathroom, and self-serve fuel, but no FBO.   The runway and taxiway surfaces are in decent shape and it's easy to find, right off of I-5. 

There is another restaurant associated with the hotel to the northeast of the field (just to the right of the 16 in the pic above) if you're not feeling daring enough to try Albany Chinese.
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2015, 10:37:27 PM »
Wait!  I am here at S12 now!  Come stop by the FBO anytime.  If we are not open, the lounge is open 24 hours a day so come in and relax and enjoy cookies before they are all gone by the tenants!  :)
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2016, 04:25:05 PM »
Tony has done an excellent job fixing up the FBO facilities at Albany.  The lounge got a complete facelift and now there's actually fuel in the tanks.
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2016, 01:49:30 PM »
Used Albany to pick and and later drop off a passenger yesterday.  Fuel price was reasonable.  The FBO was closed, but they still had the cookies out in the pilot lounge.  Nice little airport.  I wish I lived near one like it.
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Re: Albany Municipal Airport (S12) - Overview
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2016, 04:30:37 PM »
Thanks for flying in and sorry we missed you.

The lobby is open 24 hours a day using the Runway Numbers (1634) as the door code, and unless we get a bunch of people flying in and eating all the cookies (which sometimes happen), we will have them available in the kitchen area.

If you need special services like taking the courtesy vehicle or need any sort of assistance, please call or email us beforehand and we will have someone here waiting or come up with a solution. 

Once again, thanks for stopping by and please let me know if you run into any issues or have any suggestions on what we can do better.
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