Friday, February 27, 2015

New pilot’s lounge at Orofino Municipal Airport looks great

By Charlie Pottenger

The Orofino Municipal Airport recently completed the new pilot’s lounge facility, which should be a source of pride for local residents and visiting pilots alike.

The new terminal offers pilots and passengers luxurious facilities to rest and relax during a stop in Orofino.

The small but beautiful facility has a handicapped accessible restroom; a refrigerator generously stocked with water, juices, and energy drinks; a couple of coffee makers; snacks; and magnificent furnishings, including a 55-inch flat screen television.

The interior furnishings and appliances were generously provided with a gift from Lonnie and Shannon Simpson, local supporters of the Orofino Airport’s improvements.

Instructions to pilots posted on the door provide ease of entry. Use of refreshments is currently on an as needed basis; however, donations are appreciated.

Pilots travelling in the North Idaho area are encouraged to stop and visit. Fuel (100 LL) is available by calling the Airport Manager weekdays between hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 208-476-4725. Outside those hours call the sheriff’s office at 208-476-4521. Help with fuel systems will be sent.

Payment for fuel may be made by cash, check, or an invoice will be sent to your mailing address of your choosing. The city is contemplating a card lock system where credit cards can be utilized at the pump.

In addition to this fine terminal facility, Orofino is a great little airport nestled in the Clearwater River valley, home of great steelhead and salmon fishing and in the heart of Idaho’s best recreational area. Pilots are encouraged to come, see and visit Orofino!

Here’s a panorama view of the Orofino Airport’s comfy new pilot’s lounge. Photo by Charlie Pottenger

This is an exterior view of Orofino Municipal Airport’s new terminal and pilot lounge. Photo by Charlie Pottenger

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