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N737GA landing at El Monte Airport
Landing at El Monte Airport is a little like landing in the ally behind your house..

Best time of the year to go? Anytime
Flight time in a Super Viking from KAJO? 0.2
Food on the airport? Yes, above average.
Fuel on airport? Yes, right in front of the restaurant
Landing or Handling fees? No
Comments about arriving and departing.  Hard airport to find. Surrounded by homes
Things to do at or near the airport. Place to eat and a pilot shop.
Rate this stop with 10 being best, 5 average. 7.0

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Landing at the El Monte Airport

I get email from local pilots wondering why I never visit airports in the LA basin. I don't know other than I really don't like flying under the Los Angeles class B, traffic, visibility and turbulence!  My new mission is to visit some local airports and add them to160knots.com.

I've always heard El Monte has a good restaurant right on the field and I've never been there before. I spent about 10 minutes reviewing the Los Angeles terminal chart looking for a route to avoid Class D, C and B and picked up some landmarks along my route. The flight was so short I didn't feel the need to call SoCal approach.

I heard the El Monte Airport is hard to see. The GPS was reporting 3 miles right on the nose and I still couldn't find it. Finally I saw a Cessna climbing though my altitude and followed his path back to the airport. I know a local pilot examiner who takes Private Pilot applicants to El Monte on their check rides just to see if they can find it.  

After landing taxi to transit parking which is the first row north of the fuel island. I found Annia's Kitchen a nice place with a large patio set 6 feet above the ramp and a good view of the runway. The patio will easily sit 50 people as will the inside dinning room. The menu looked good for both breakfast and lunch. After eating I sat nursing an iced tea for about an hour while watching airport operations.

In the terminal there is a pilot shop and on the terminal walls you'll find old pictures of the airport when they were trying to pick out the land to use. The
airport has a friendly feel with more students in the control tower than in the pattern.

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Annia's Kitchen at El Monte Airport (KEMT) Annia's Kitchen is located right in front of the fuel pump. Should have taken this picture an hour earlier when I got the last table on the patio.

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