Having read about some of your experiences I felt compelled to write a few lines.
I moved to Boulder, Colorado from Cork last year. Although I fly a jet for a rich guy I genuinely love to fly piston twins/singles.
Many of you will be well aware of just how good it is flying in the U.S.. However I can assure you that living here and flying on a daily basis is phenomenal. For example - Last night myself and a friend flew from our local airfield Boulder (1V5) down to a field called Centennial (KAPA) for dinner.. KAPA is one of the busiest GA fields in the USA. Upon arrival we were instructed to park our Cessna 206 between a Citation Bravo and a Citation 10. The FBO treated us with courtesy and respect even though we were flying a simple Cessna single. Absolutely no snobbery whatsoever. They chocked our airplane and then drove us in the golf buggy to the airfield restaurant. The COST for this excellent service ? Not a single dime. Upon leaving the guy simply said do come back and see us again soon.
Flying back north again towards Boulder we are overflying Denver and I get on with Denver Departure with request. I ask them if I could shoot an ILS in to Denver International and the guy asks aircraft type. When I tell him he says "sure not a problem"... Denver International is a very big and busy airport. In fact it has 6 runways (12 with reciprocals) of which 4 are 12000ft and 2 are 16000ft in length. However they in our light single treated us just like anyone else. The cost ? Nothing.
The range of places to fly is just mind blowing. From my home here in Boulder I can draw a circle on a sectional of say 200NM.. From there I can visit airfields such as Aspen Ski resort, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Yellowstone to the north or the Black Hills, South Dakota. You are guaranteed to be treated well every time you touch down.
Of course Ireland is a beautiful place to live and fly. However for those of you that have not experienced G.A in the USA I would heartily recommend it at your first opportunity.
I don?t mean to sound as if I am gloating because I assure you that is not the case. I really just want to share my experience with a group of people whom I feel very much apart of having lived in Ireland for most of my life.
If any of you would like to do some flying here in Colorado then please do not hesitate to get in touch. I can hook you up with virtually brand new aircraft (mostly G1000 equiped). Also the weather here is CAVOK more than 300 days per year. BA have direct flights from London to Denver !