Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Flying to and from Bellingham International Airport (BLI)


Piper Arrow 997 at Bellingham International Airport (BLI).
Our airplane Piper Arrow 997 is home based at Bellingham International Airport (BLI). This is very convenient for us as we travel back and forth to Powell River.

BLI is located in northwest Washington near the Canadian border. This places it in an excellent position for border crossings. Customs and Immigration services are available on the field. It is also a good jumping off point for the San Juan Islands in the nearby Puget Sound (see San Juan Island Flying Adventure).

Final approach at Bellingham International Airport (BLI).
The airport is operated by the Port of Bellingham. There is plenty of transient parking on the ramp and services include fuel (Bellingham Aviation Services and Bellingham Fuel Services), maintenance and avionics. Bellingham is our home base and Whatcom Territory Aero Service (360-647-2376) is our maintenance facility.

Bellingham is also a very convenient airport for commercial operations.


Bellingham International Airport main terminal.
It's served by Alaska/Horizon and Allegiant airlines with destinations including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Oakland/San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and even Hawaii.

Bellingham has excellent public transportation. The Whatcom Transportation Authority Route 50 bus stops at the Airport and the service can take you throughout the area at a very reasonable price. There are rental cars available at both the general aviation and main terminals. And of course there are many taxicabs. You can even catch the Quick Shuttle to Vancouver if you don’t want to fly yourself.


Bellingham Farmers Market at Depot Market.
Things to do in Bellingham:

Downtown museums, restaurants and shops

Farmers Market Saturdays April-December plus a Winter Market

Hiking trails throughout the area

Mt. Baker Highway drive to Artist Point and ski areas

Old Fairhaven with many shops and restaurants

For more destinations click Flying at the right. You can also try adventurepilot.com where pilots post other interesting destinations.
Fly high and fast! -- Margy

12 comments :

  1. we have several friends here on Maui who are from Bellingham.

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    1. We get around, especially in the rainy season. - Margy

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  2. I like small airports. Big ones like Dulles and LA just exhaust me.

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    1. Small ones usually have a great restaurant too. - Margy

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    1. Thanks, everything from the air looks great. - Margy

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  4. Sounds like there is a lot to do there - Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We have a great section in the paper called Take 5 that lets us know all of the activities to choose from. - Margy

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  5. Nice to see suggestions for a city to the north of me. I'd love to ski Mt. Baker one of these days.

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    1. We have a lot to offer and we aren't that far north, maybe an hour and a half by car. - Margy

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  6. Great write up on Bellingham - we also have over 100 parks and green spaces - plenty of thing to here for sure. You have a great list of the kinds of activities available.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn - I find a lot of things to do from reading your blog posts. - Margy

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Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy