The Angle of Attack Show

$100 Hamburger in Alaska — Angle of Attack Show EP 5

Subcribe and stay connected

[vc_video link=”″ align=”center”]

What better way to spend a day then to go get a $100 hamburger? Of course, these days it’s more like a $500 hamburger. This term basically means you’re spending a bunch of money in AVGAS just to go and get a meal. Restaurants are often located very near airports, making them popular pilot destinations.

Today we’d be heading from Homer to Cooper Landing, about an hour and a half flight. The weather is beautiful and clear, but as we approach Skilak Lake, we notice that fog had settled in. Desiring to know if it extended up into the mountains, and into Cooper Landing, I called up Flight Service to see if they had any more info. Turns out it WAS clear, so we continued out.

Along the way we saw many glaciers, some mountain goats, sea otters, the leaves changing, a hydroelectric dam, and overall just a different route than we’d taken and new places to see.

There was a bit of turbulence, and low fog coming through the mountains to Cooper Landing, and the Quartz Creek airport (JLA). With no safety concerns, we pressed on and inevitably found the airport.

Before the flight I had done some ‘recon’ by asking various Facebook groups about the airport. This gave me some real world info on the airport, mixed with what the AFD (now Chart Supplement) had to say. Armed with this information, our approach was made easier.

Landing at the airport one has to be aware of the winds, terrain, and also know how to control the airplane into some tight spots. While the runway is 2200 feet, and plenty long enough for a 172 with a few passengers, I still took care to make sure I landed early and on-speed.

Just as I was about to touchdown the air ‘dropped out’ from underneath me, something common when flying into a protected ‘bowl’ of trees. We settled in nicely, and completed our flight.

A short walk to the nearby Sunrise Cafe, and lunch, was a real treat. And, Chelsea laying next to Kenai Lake and taking a nap was a true memory we’ll cherish. Alaska is just so beautiful and healing to the soul. It reaches out and grabs one by the heartstrings, and draws you in.

Our flight back was uneventful, going through Soldotna for fuel, and then on to Homer.

Get email updates on future episodes

[contact-form-7-wrapper id=”1571″ _wpcf7_vsc_provider=”mailchimp” _wpcf7_vsc_mailchimp_list_id=”72457fb1c6″]


Chris Palmer

Chief Flight Instructor and President of Angle of Attack. Founded in 2006.


Crosswind Landings & Takeoff — Prep for PPL Checkride

Be a fly on the cockpit wall and watch as Leif and I go through some Crosswind Landings and Takeoffs flight training prior to his Private Pilot Checkride.

Read more

Operation Pumpkin Drop… from Airplanes

Broomsticks and bushwheels, witches and wings, pumpkins and props… it’s gettin’ spooky and festive, so watch your six! Halloween is here. What better way to celebrate than to drop perfectly plump and pretty pumpkins from a plane and try to nail a scarecrow. That’s right, it’s time for the annual pumpkin drop. Alaska pilots and …

Operation Pumpkin Drop… from Airplanes »

Read more

It all started HERE — First Flight Airport

[vc_video link=”” align=”center”] On December 17th, 1903, the Wright Brothers flew for the first time in the KillDevil Hills in North Carolina. This event would spark a new era of travel, exploration and discovery and would change the world forever. I’ve always wanted to go back to where it all began. So that’s exactly what …

It all started HERE — First Flight Airport »

Read more

BEST AirVenture EVER — Oshkosh 2018

[vc_video link=”″ align=”center”] Please support the D-Day Squadron on their journey to Normandy France next year. EAA AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh. What a blast this year! It’s certainly a place for me to get work done and network, but it’s hard not to have a little fun along the way. This year I decided to …

BEST AirVenture EVER — Oshkosh 2018 »

Read more

Stay Connected

Be the very first to get notified when we publish new flying videos, free lessons, and special offers on our courses.