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College Station Easterwood Airport (KCLL)  
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3032 times:

Anyone fly into CLL? It's a small airport about 80 miles NW of Houston, TX. Continental Express and American Eagle fly there. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences flying into or out of this airport (good or bad, pilots and non-pilots).


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User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2986 times:

Nothing too exciting -for me at least. Typical small college town airport. Reminds me alot of Ithaca, NY (without the scenery or the jets).

Used it when they still had the old, one room terminal to board my Britt Air Metroliner to IAH for a CO conenction.

I would guess in the future it will see RJs.


User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2967 times:

Yep, I have been there for a few football games on a CO EX B1900D. Nothing too fancy. It was just, well a small town airport.

User currently offlineMinuteman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2968 times:

The best thing about Easterwood is the five-minute drive to Freebirds!

User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2961 times:

Freebirds is the best ever! Have you been to the one in Austin? It is awesome, I order the super monster with guacamole, rice, and black beans. It is incredible.

User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2958 times:

Never flown into it, but driven by it a lot. Don't they have a few runways with surfaces in disrepair?

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Great! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one on a.net who has been in CLL. KAUSpilot, runway 4/22 isn't in the best condition, but it's usually closed in favor of runway 16/34.


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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Here is a picture of the airport kind of. See the plane (what type?) in the background?



User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

I try posting pics from Easterwood on this site, but they have always been rejected. I went out one time with my brand new digital camera, but security chased me away. I'll probably try again soon. Anyway, your pics is probably a single Piper or Mooney, I'd guess.


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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

AND









View of George Bush Library from approach end of runway 22.

Waiting for Rick Perry.




These are the aircraft that CLL has gotten:

AH-64 EMB 120
B-17 P-40N T-34

CH-46 SAAB 340
C-9 RC-12 T-37

CH-53
Boeing 737
C-17 T-1 T-45

UH-1
C-130 T-2

UH-60 C-141 T-6

SU-26

Pitts

 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

More detailed.



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

Wow! Thanks for posting all the pics!


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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

I have more of all of the aircraft ever to visit CLL if you want those. Just specify which ones.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

I'm interested. Where did you get this information?


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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

Oh, just some photos I find here and there. I find all of the photos in the Photo Requests Forum for people. I guess you can just say I have some connections. So, do you want any of the aircraft types I listed?

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

I haven't ever seen a CO 737 in Easterwood. How often does this happen?


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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

Almost never, it was charter I think. I think when the Aggies played U of H in Houston and they flew.

User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

I live in College Station and fly out of easterwood airport...I did my private pilot training at United Flight Systems on the east side of the airport.

Easterwood airport is operated by Texas A&M University from which I should graduate this May (anyone looking for a good aerospace engineer?). American Eagle and Continental Express serve the airport. The reason you see CO 737's is that the KCLL is a diversion airport for Continental. Normally, we only get Embraer 120's , Saab 340's, private jets (there's an outfit with 2 falcons), and charter aircraft for visiting college sports team (such as Planet Airways 727)

The longest runway is 16/34 (north/south). When I trained this summer, I exclusively used 16.

It's a neat little airport, with a 2-story terminal on the West side for commercial traffic and a modern GA terminal on the east side.

Koopas
Gig'em!



User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Hey Koopas, we don't need to subject the innocent members of this forum to Gig Em.  Big thumbs up



User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

Koopas, it's a small world; I probably know you. Anyway, I find Easterwood to be an ideal training airport due to the good blend of civilian, military, and air carrier operations at the airport along with all the necessary instrument approaches. I have a hard time believing that the football team took a chartered jet to Houston to play U of H, but I supposed it's possible. Watch the university pay for a charter plane for us next time we take a Corps Trip and march in from out of town! Did the Aggie football team get a chartered jet to the GalleryFurniture.com bowl?


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User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

ILS: Let me guess...you fly out of Bergstrom  Smile

Jhooper: It is a small world indeed. The only Corps folks I am around are seniors in aero engineering....so unless you are one of them, I probably haven't run into you. I really like Easterwood: as you said, excellent blend of civilian, commercial, and GA traffic in Delta airspace. I was always #1 for takeoff during the summer...so you don't run the hobbs meter ($) waiting on the ground. The controllers are pretty friendly, except for one prick. It's amazing the amount of nice private jets on game day parked on runways 4/22 on game days.

Have you flown at Coulter Field in Bryan? Do you have your private pilot's license? I am waiting to take my checkride.

Oh..and no, I don't know if the Aggies chartered a jet for the bowl game in the Astrodome.

Koopas '01



User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Hey Koopas, good to hear from one of our counterparts to the east (I'm an ase major also).

Did you participate in the compition they have at Giddings every year between the various university flying clubs/aviation programs in the state? Sounded like fun, but unfotunately I was unable to attend on UT's behalf (not like could do much w/o the PPL yet anyway). I plan on being there next time, however.

Trivia: What's the Busiest day of the year for KCLL????


User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Busiest day of the year for KCLL? Must be when the Aggies are creaming the Longhorns at Kyle Field a few miles to the East of the threashold of runway 16.

Now that I got the greeting out of the way, let's talk aviation  Smile

No, I didn't participate in that competition...I didn't even know about it. I flew into KAUS at night and landed on 17L. Took me a while to see the runway though...I didn't see it until I was on short finals  Smile At first, thought that one of the major roads that runs by there was the runway. It was a great flight though...I could see the Austin tower beacon shortly after takeoff from CLL being such a clear night.

Do you fly at AUS or Georgetown (GTU)? A friend of mine flies at the latter...apparently a very busy uncontrolled airport.

What year are you at UT? How are classes?

Koopas



User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

Yeah, the runways at AUS can be a bit tricky to locate from a distance, even for me, flying out of there 2 or 3x weekly. There are just too many other lights around the airport and the runway lights themselves are not all that strong. Even during the day I have to look closely to spot the pavement. Since Berg's runways are paralell and spaced pretty closely, AUS just isn't visible from a distance as are other airports with intersecting runways, IMO. San Marcos (KHYI), for example, is soooo easy to spot.

Like I said, I fly out of AUS; just finished my final requirement for the PPL checkride last night (dual night xc Austin-Temple-Austin). I'm hoping to get at least my CPL and MEI before I graduate......About GTU, I think there's a big school called "Lone Star Wings" up there which introduces a lot of traffic to the area.

Anyway, I'm a freshman and classes are very enjoyable thanks for asking! M408D (Sequential and Multi Var. Calculus), ASE 201 (intro to comp prog.), ASE 102 (Intro to ASE), Physics 306, and CC302 (History of Rome). Got screwed on the scheduling this semester so I got stuck with the Rome class. Gotta love this massive beauracracy.

If you don't mind my asking, what do you plan to do after graduation from A&M?


User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

KAUSpilot is probably thinking of the old Army Air Corp base that is just outside Bryan/College Station. Since he is from Austin, he would probably drive right by in since it is located on the road that goes to Austin. It now belongs to Texas A&M and is used by various parts of the Texas A&M System. I work out there so I've been out on those runways plenty of times.


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25 Minuteman : KAUSpilot, The school up in Georgetown I recommend is Pilot's Choice. I got my PPL there, they're cheap, GTU is building a tower right now, and you do
26 Redraider : I'm surprised A&M has running water, much less an airport.
27 JonPaulGeoRngo : During my time at A&M, 83-87, I saw a good many commercial airliners depart/arrive carrying college football teams. I vividly remember a United 727 ba
28 Post contains images Tripple7 : The best thing about College Station Easterwood airport is that it is only a 5 minute drive away from Fitzwilly's to have an awesome Cowboy's Choice .
29 KAUSpilot : B757300, I think you're right. From looking at the pictures, I don't think the airport I've driven by is KCLL.....the one I've been driving by isn't t
30 Post contains images Hoffa : Two Aggie pilots named Bubba and Earl are flying a four-engine transport aircraft across country hauling a load of sheep. When one of the engines conk
31 Jhooper : Koopas, Yes, I've flown out at Coulter. I'm a local CFI here in College Station. Are you still waiting for a checkride with Gandy (I think he's the on
32 IAHERJ : Good ole CLL. I used to be a regular there in the COEX EMB-120. I think we now use more ATR's than 120's and will probably go all ATR or be closed in
33 Post contains images ILS : Yeah I fly out of AUS. I can eat an entire super monster too. Anyway, it is glad to see all of the central Texans here. I am kind of worried. I saw 10
34 Koopas : KAUSpilot: Well, I am hoping to get a job in the industry. Lockheed Martin is hiring lots of engineers in the wake of the JSF contract award. Northrop
35 Post contains links B757300 : Here @ CLL, COEX flies all EMB-120's except there is an ATR-42 around 1:45 P.M. An ERJ-135/145 shows up on occasion but I would guess it is as an equi
36 Jhooper : I instruct out at the A&M Flying Club, but all of our work is considered freelance. I charge $18 an hour. A few months ago I was using Flight Explorer
37 Jhooper : B757300, thanks for sharing those pics. Last time I tried standing right where those pics were taken, a security guard ran me off. Are you sure all Ea
38 B757300 : Well, I wouldn't be surprised to see an AE ATR now and then but I haven't seen one personally in a long time. As for the ERJ's, I know most are flying
39 Jhooper : How can I find out what Airlines have ever flown into Easterwood (charter, scheduled, or otherwise)? I know ASA once flew there, but has a Delta aircr
40 IAHERJ : Well Koopas, when you consider that the night flying is all training, and the FAA examiner or company check airman is on board watching your every mov
41 Hole_courtney : There is a long list of airlines that used to fly into CLL. Among them are Rio Airways, Royale Air, ASA, and the current AE an Co Express. I have been
42 B757300 : I remember Rio. When I was 5 or 6, my Dad had a period where he used to fly a lot for TAMU so my Mom would take me to the airport to see him off or co
43 Post contains links and images JT8D727 : I worked for Rio Airways from Oct. 1982 to May 1983. We flew Twin Otters into CLL from both DFW and IAH. Prior to Rio Airways, an airline named Davis
44 JonPaulGeoRngo : During the very early 80s there was an airline that had a nonstop from San Antonio...of course I can't recall the name..maybe Permian. It seems they f
45 B757300 : I'm shocked it got more than 10.
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