Airport of the Month - Project Spotlight
Mahnomen County's New Arrival/Departure Building
May 1, 2021
When Orville stepped off the Wright Flyer on Dec. 17, 1903, the first thing he said was, "Where's the bathroom?"
Well, maybe not. But once flights got longer toilets became a high priority after landing. When flight plans and IFR clearances were invented, a telephone became the second thing pilots needed.
Back in the "old days" rural airports often had an "out house" and a phone booth to fill the need. If phone booths are a mystery to you, think "Tardis."
As General Aviation evolved, what Minnesotans call Arrival/Departure or A/D buildings became common. Often resembling a small house, the...