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I know right now no one is flying.

But previously was there any way to fly into king man, bullhead, havasu etc commercially?

Wife’s new job and schedule have been nuts. Wanted to know if there was a way for her to fly out of LAX to the desert.

The idea being I could go pick her up on Friday nights and she could either fly home or drive back with me. Looks like Vegas is the only option?


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There was some flights into bullhead from Phoenix and I believe LaX.. I think they cancelled them though
 

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There was also a guy running a 210 as a commuter from some airport in the corona area to Havasu or Parker for like 75.00

it was called flight share.
I had heard about the bulkhead one. But when I punch it in on Kayak basically a PJ pops up at 5 grand.

When you go to Vegas is it an honest 2.5 drive?


Looking into trying that next weekend. Ill drive out Thursday night and go boating Friday. Then pick her up 7pm in Vegas. The problem is sending her home at 8pm Sunday from Vegas. After 2.5 hours we are halfway home.

Trying to decide if it’s worth it or if I’ll just drive home with her.


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Find a friend with a plan, bring your Visa card, works great.
 

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There's an App called BlackBird that's used for flight sharing but you have to have Baller Bucks to fly. Round Trip from SoCal to Havasu is around $1600 per person :eek: You could probably hire a Limo with All You Can Drink Booze for half of that, lol.
 

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You can also do netjets like some friends of ours do, its only $14,000 a month membership dues, with that you are guaranteed a jet to get you anywhere in the world in four hours. After that its roughly $5000 an hour for the rental with crew. People we know do this from John Wayne to Havasu every few weeks.
 

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A few commercial airlines used to fly commuter planes into Havasu from a couple of cities. I have forgotten who they were but I flew there a few times connecting out of Phoenix. That was 20 yrs ago.
 

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I keep saying it, commercial into Havasu will be back soon I'm betting. Place is just way to popular now.
 

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There's an App called BlackBird that's used for flight sharing but you have to have Baller Bucks to fly. Round Trip from SoCal to Havasu is around $1600 per person :eek: You could probably hire a Limo with All You Can Drink Booze for half of that, lol.
I would send mine for 1/2 that lol
 

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Why can’t you go get your PPL?

Then you can fly yourself and the Mrs to & from havasu whenever you want.
Problem solved.
 
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Why can’t you go get your PPL?

Then you can fly yourself and the Mrs to & from havasu whenever you want.
Problem solved.
That’s the ultimate goal. Just need to make it a priority over work lol


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Why can’t you go get your PPL?

Then you can fly yourself and the Mrs to & from havasu whenever you want.
Problem solved.
Cost . Never mind the license cost . Plane rental on something larger then a 2 seater ie .wife ,dogs,cooler the plane becomes expensive . For normal people it becomes cheaper just to take more time off work .
 

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I plant the seed all the time For Alaska Airlines to start service to Havasu. If it keeps growing it will be feasible, but some runway improvements would be ideal. The location of the airport with regard to the mountains is not ideal. It could also be a little longer and wider runway for heavy airplanes to deal with the performance in the summer heat.
 

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Cost . Never mind the license cost . Plane rental on something larger then a 2 seater ie .wife ,dogs,cooler the plane becomes expensive . For normal people it becomes cheaper just to take more time off work .
You might be surprised. Rented a Piper Cherokee a few years ago to go to Havasu for memorial Day weekend right after i got my PPL. Round trip from Upland to Havasu was right around $500 wet. The hard part is finding a rental with no daily minimum.
 

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You might be surprised. Rented a Piper Cherokee a few years ago to go to Havasu for memorial Day weekend right after i got my PPL. Round trip from Upland to Havasu was right around $500 wet. The hard part is finding a rental with no daily minimum.
PlusOne Flyers is about as good as it gets for rentals
 

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I plant the seed all the time For Alaska Airlines to start service to Havasu. If it keeps growing it will be feasible, but some runway improvements would be ideal. The location of the airport with regard to the mountains is not ideal. It could also be a little longer and wider runway for heavy airplanes to deal with the performance in the summer heat.
Honestly I hope they don’t bring that to Havasu. As convenient as it would be it’s nice not hearing jets take off and fly over head all the time. It’s one of the main things I notice when I go back to California or large cities
 

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Getting your PPL is a commitment. I will say a nice and rewarding challenge. I like being able to fly where and when I want to especiatlly now. I am working on my IFR ticket and building more hours. I fly at least once a week. As with anything - is it for everyone? No. I am not a netjet or blackbird customer prospect at this point either.
 
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The last time I flew into Havasu I was the one flying the plane. It's been a while though...
 
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If your wife can handle the crazy train that would be my suggestion. My girl works in Irvine hops on the train in Fullerton and I pick her up in Needles.
 

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"If your wife can handle the crazy train that would be my suggestion. My girl works in Irvine hops on the train in Fullerton and I pick her up in Needles."

Yeah, I did that a couple of times with my wife, we were living in Anaheim Hills at the time and it worked well.
 

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If your wife can handle the crazy train that would be my suggestion. My girl works in Irvine hops on the train in Fullerton and I pick her up in Needles.
Doesn’t that take like 18 hours ?


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Honestly I hope they don’t bring that to Havasu. As convenient as it would be it’s nice not hearing jets take off and fly over head all the time. It’s one of the main things I notice when I go back to California or large cities
It would most likely be a turbo prop, and only one or possibly 2 flights a day, so it wouldn’t be too bad. I totally understand your point though.


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Doesn’t that take like 18 hours ?


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It's been a while but I think it is a little less than 6 hours from Fullerton to Needles. The train leaves around 6:30 PM and gets there around 12:15 AM. It worked good for us when she couldn't get the entire week off. The train ride home is what sucks since the train leaves after midnight but she could get a sleeper if she wanted.

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It would most likely be a turbo prop, and only one or possibly 2 flights a day, so it wouldn’t be too bad. I totally understand your point though.


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Unless someone wants to kick in some money, it seems like the airlines want a whole bunch of boardings a year to start service.

Havasu used to be on the Essential Air Service list, which gave an airline Federal dollars to serve a city. I don't think there are any city's in AZ that qualify anymore though.
 

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You can also do netjets like some friends of ours do, its only $14,000 a month membership dues, with that you are guaranteed a jet to get you anywhere in the world in four hours. After that its roughly $5000 an hour for the rental with crew. People we know do this from John Wayne to Havasu every few weeks.
My buddy is a pilot for netjet. Good gig. He works 7 days on 7 days off. Has flown a bunch of stars around.
 

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I plant the seed all the time For Alaska Airlines to start service to Havasu. If it keeps growing it will be feasible, but some runway improvements would be ideal. The location of the airport with regard to the mountains is not ideal. It could also be a little longer and wider runway for heavy airplanes to deal with the performance in the summer heat.
I would be on the 1st Flight and using my my Alaska Frequent Flyer miles! Driving from OC to Havasu can be brutal on a Friday night. Sometimes it takes 2 hours just to get to Corona.
 

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If your wife can handle the crazy train that would be my suggestion. My girl works in Irvine hops on the train in Fullerton and I pick her up in Needles.
How long is that train ride and how much?


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I believe Prescott still gets money so flights from LAX to Prescott unless they are gone in CV19. It was U S Airways that flew for years on a turbo prop into Havasu from LAs Vegas, then PHX. I use to take the flights from SNA. No regular jet service into Havasu. If you push it you can drive from Havazoo to LAS in 2 hours. That would be the way to go. They do have commuter vans too, and check one way Hertz rentals too.
 

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Jet Blue flys Long beach to bullhead. A friend of mine has done it and its pretty cheap. But I'm not sure of availablity at the current moment
 

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So I found on Amtrak LAX/Union Station to Needles in 6 hours. Sleeper is 204 each way.

The return train leaves needles at midnight and gets in at 8am. Might not be bad way to go for now.


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So I found on Amtrak LAX/Union Station to Needles in 6 hours. Sleeper is 204 each way.

The return train leaves needles at midnight and gets in at 8am. Might not be bad way to go for now.


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So you are not buying a Gulfstream?
 

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So I found on Amtrak LAX/Union Station to Needles in 6 hours. Sleeper is 204 each way.

The return train leaves needles at midnight and gets in at 8am. Might not be bad way to go for now.


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$408 round trip, damn
 

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If your wife can handle the crazy train that would be my suggestion. My girl works in Irvine hops on the train in Fullerton and I pick her up in Needles.
My Wife kind of likes the train. I hate picking her up after midnight though. I don't have to do it again until tomorrow.
 
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It’s much cheaper if you’re not in the sleeper. $54 one way


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My Wife kind of likes the train. I hate picking her up after midnight though. I don't have to do it again until tomorrow.
I am sure your wife has some good stories about riding the train on Holiday Weeks. We don't call it the Crazy Train for nothing.
 

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I am sure your wife has some good stories about riding the train on Holiday Weeks. We don't call it the Crazy Train for nothing.
I used to take the train from Irvine to San Diego all the time. I enjoyed the hell out of it. Im sure it may be a different crowd on the Needles stop though. LOL
 

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I have taken the train numerous times so has the rest of the fam. fullerton to needles is right at 6 hrs....10 bux round trip....we usually only need to do one way tho...highly recommend
 

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I am sure your wife has some good stories about riding the train on Holiday Weeks. We don't call it the Crazy Train for nothing.
She doesn't come on Holiday's but yes she has good story's. Very trip is a new adventure.
 

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I have taken the train numerous times so has the rest of the fam. fullerton to needles is right at 6 hrs....10 bux round trip....we usually only need to do one way tho...highly recommend
Have you done the sleeper or just normal seats?


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