Put-in-Bayby Dan Leonard
Spring is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about quick warm-weather getaways. A favorite around here is Put-in-Bay (3w2 is the identifier). The best route from Smith Field is KSMD KPCW 3w2. As you look at your charts, you’ll notice this route will keep you safely clear of the restricted airspace near the island. Be sure to look over the various airport remarks as there are a few abnormalities about flying in and out of this beautiful and entertaining island. The airport’s 2,870ft runway has been recently re-surfaced, making it very visible as you’re flying toward the island.
There’s a lot to do at Put-in-Bay, and you could easily fill a few days with all the local attractions. Popular destinations include Crystal Cave, the Butterfly Museum, and any of the many restaurants, or you can take an aerial tour, and/or grab a golf cart and go for a refreshing cruise around the island. My friend Steve Overy is flying helicopter tours on the island, so fly there and let him show you the sights from the air. Whatever you end up doing, Put-in-Bay is worth the trip