Kick your summer vacation up a notch with a trip into the wild blue.
By Ami Robertson
Kick your summer vacation up a notch with a trip into the wild blue via OK3Air run by former Top Gun pilot Nadim AbuHaidar at the Heber City Russ McDonald Municipal Airport. Whether you are flying to Utah in your own plane (up to GulfstreamV and Global Express size) or want to “borrow” one for the day, this full- service, fixed-base operator can help you do most anything in the air.
OK3 is close to everything for your summer getaway. Heber City is a small western town with great dining options. Twenty minutes up Highway 40 is Park City with easy access to Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons where world- class hiking, biking, dining, and nightlife can be found.
Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort is 15 minutes in the other direction. Why not schedule a hike to the 11,749 foot summit of nearby Mt. Timpanogos? The view from the top after seven or eight arduous hours is fantastic. This majestic mountain fills the horizon just off Runway 22.
People flying into OK3 will find most everything they need: fuel, hangars, parking, catering, rental vehicles,
and a list of the air service’s favorite places to eat, sleep, and play. OK3 is also a certified Pilatus Service Center and provides consulting for airplane purchases.
For those arriving by land, OK3 offers flying lessons, aerobatic flights, scenic flights, and overnight desert adventures.
A 4-seater Cessna 172 is used for your flying lesson. Or perhaps you’d rather test your stomach in the Extra
300, a plus or minus 10G, unlimited category, carbon-fiber aerobatic plane. Video cameras mounted in the plane will provide lasting proof of your bravery.
For those with more time to spare, memorable day trips to Utah’s San Rafael Swell, the Henry Mountains, Boulder, and the west desert dry lake beds, just to name a few stunners, may be chartered for a group of five passengers. Picnics, hiking, biking, and even an overnight stay may be arranged in these red rock paradises.
OK3 was named for a perfect landing, or OK3, on an aircraft carrier. Like that perfect landing, OK3 strives to provide a perfect level of service.
For OK3 Air information:
1980 Airport Road, Heber City