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Great airport for a rest and fuel stop, the staff, service and facilities at Berstrom are great.
Don't plan on stopping here unless you have a room reservation. The oil industry has every hotel booked solid, there must be at least 25 hotels in town. Thanks to the great people at Bismark Aero Center who saved the day. They have a sleep room with two beds and courtesy cars. Lack of accomodations is a problem at many towns in North Dakota.
Unless there is a strong wind from the lake, use a north bound approach and land uphill. With a strong wind from lake, approach from down river, stay close to the mountain, sharp dogleg to the left, full flaps when aligned with the downhill runway. Beautifull area, fantastic fishing, watch out for the grizzlies.
Avoid Landmark (Shell) at all costs, outrageous ramp fee ($80 plus HST) for a C182 and when my passenger needed to go to the terminal, everyone was too busy to take him there in their van, they did phone for a cab though. Use Millionair, they know what service is.
There is no accomodation available in Williston, all occupied by oil people. The FBO is wonderfull, offered coach and Crew Van, saved the day.
My 30 minute fuel stop turned into a 1 1/2 hr stop. The Snowbirds were there and all wanted to look at my Velocity, great bunch of pilots. Did not realize that the Tudor only has a 1 1/2 hr duration, even with belly tank. Main comment was "You came all the way from Ottawa without stopping?". Brandon has some of the friendliest people in that part of the country.
Great Little field with excellent food in Weedsport
Favourite Fuel Stop, great service from Lil.
Where I built my Velocity XL-RG