Now this airport is a pilot's dream stop. 398nm from NEW, stopping at Madison Municipal Airport in GA left us with 455 to go to FDK. Unfortunately we didn't have the blessing of a usual tailwind from the west, Tropical Storm Beryl had other plans. A line of storms were forming along are path and it appeared that time was of the essence to hurry up and land and gas up at our halfway point, 52A, Madison Municipal Airport. After a nail biting landing from crazy crosswinds and wind shear we made it on the ground and gassed up at the self serve pump. We later read that if the winds are OK for it, it is best to land on runway 14 which is uphill and take off the opposite runway for downhill. This works best with the surrounding trees and displaced threshold as well.
There is a Crown Victoria courtesy car for the taking (just call ahead to make sure no one else has it or you may have a bit of a wait), all they ask is that you put a gallon or two in the tank in return. Take the Victoria (not me) just short 5 minute drive (or 30ish minute walk) across the railroad track and into historic downtown Madison. The drive is along a wooded road with historic southern plantation style homes on each side. Madison is full of cute little shops, stores filled with sweets and cafes and restaurants. Our restaurant pick was recommended to us by the airport manager, the Madison Chophouse Grill. There is indoor and outdoor seating and lots to choose from. If you ever need a halfway stop or looking for a $100 hamburger excuse in the GA area, a stop to Madison is likely to hit all of your "must haves".
Are you a Yelper? Check out my $100 Hamburger list there as well as here on my blog!