Remarks: Normally I wouldn't shoot an aircraft tied down on the ramp, but the backdrop at this airport was tempting. You can tell that the taixways and runways are elevated behind the GA ramp. That makes a challenge for spotting as approaching aircraft go below the hills, which are actually taxiways, as they near touchdown. However, spotting here is very interesting, and you can get pretty close to the action. Though the runway is angled away from the GA ramp, so while aircraft on final are easy to shoot, departures are not.
Remarks: This is the Military half of KFHU as seen from the GA ramp. As is evident in the photo, the mountians provide a very scenic backdrop to photographs of departing aircraft. However, it is difficult to get a clear shot given the distance of the runway from the GA side, the hot daily temperatures, and the haze rising off of the pavement. That being said, it is quite a sight to see a Cessna arrive inbetween 2 UAVs! The hangers below the tower house specially equipped Kingairs used by the Army, likely for Border Servaliance. Just visible in the right of the picture is the large pink hanger, which houses Customs & Border Partol UAVs. ANG A10s and F16s also frequent the airport. As do various army helicopters and a large blimp used to watch the border. FHU is joint Military and Civilian, so there shouldn't be a problem with spotting from the GA side. The folks in the FBO are very friendly, and there are pleanty of places to sit back and watch the action. I recommend a visit if you're in the area.
Remarks: This is the only commercial service Seirra Vista sees anymore. AMF1857/1858 to Phoenix arrives in the early morning and departs in the evening. The last airline service Sierra Vista had seen was to Phoenix on Mesa B1900Ds opperated on Behalf of America West, but that service ended in the 90s, forcing travelers to make the hour-long drive to Tuscon if they want to fly somewhere. This surprises me as Sierra Vista is larger than many cities with airline service in Arizona. My first time seeing Ameriflight or a B1900C in person, and this is the first shot in the database from KFHU.