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Shreveport, LA (KDTN)

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Identifier : KDTN

Location : Shreveport, LA - Downtown Airport

Elevation : 179 MSL

Pattern Alt : 1600 MSL

Runways : 14/32 (5018x150) and 5/23 (3200x75) both asphalt

Frequencies : 120.225 TOWER (0700-2200) CTAF fm 2200 thru 0700

.................... 121.65 GROUND

.................... 119.9 APPROACH/DEPARTURE

.................... 118.525 AWOS ( 318-425-7967 phone)

 

FLYING IN :

 

Flying into Shreveport-Downtown Airport makes for a unique entertainment experience. If you're into gambling, Vegas-style cabaret shows or fine dining then Shreveport is the place for you! All can be had within five miles of the downtown airport.

 

Downtown Airport is literally just down the street from the "action" - downtown Shreveport - a mecca of nightclubs, casinos, restaurants and entertainment. Back in the 70's and early 80's, it was known for its concentration of nightclubs. By the late 80's, the area had started to lose its charm, however. With the arrival of the gambling boats in the early 90's, the riverfront area of both Shreveport and Bossier City has been reborn and rebuilt better than it ever was in its former heyday.

 

Have a current sectional and be aware of your surroundings when flying into the airport. Barksdale Air Force Base is 5 miles to the east and its 11,000 ft. runway is easily visible while Downtown airport is a bit more difficult to spot near the buildings and casinos of Shreveport. DO NOT cross into Barksdale's Class C airspace and DEFINITELY do not accidentally land at Barksdale - it will ruin your trip and cause you to have to fill out a lot of unnecessary paperwork. There are also a lot of B-52's and A-10 warthogs flying out of Barksdale, so watch for heavy hardware in the area.

 

Downtown Airport is also underneath the Class C airspace for Shreveport Regional. Contact Approach within 10 miles of the airspace on 119.9 if arriving from the west or 123.75 if arriving from the east. When departing, remain within 1 1/2 miles if you are NE to SW of the airport to keep from entering Barksdale's airspace.

 

The airport is about 2 1/2 miles from The Eldorado Casino (formerly the Hollywood Casino) and the riverfront area. The airport has rental cars available, but I rarely use them as there are multiple taxi services serving the city. Unless you plan on doing a lot of travelling around the city, a taxi is the way to go. All of the casinos and many of the fine dining extablishments are situated within 5 miles of the downtown airport.

 

The riverfront area across the street from the Eldorado Casino has a number of nightclubs, supper clubs, restaurants and bars. Inside the Eldorado is a 50's style diner, a nice steak/prime rib restaurant and two different buffets. If you want to impress a date with a really nice fly-in experience, I recommend Earnest's Supper Club and restaurant. It's about 3 miles south of the airport on Market Street. Earnest's is fine dining at it's best. Pricey, but worth it!

 

If you're going to fly into Shreveport, you might as well make a weekend out of it. If you're going to stay over, book a room in advance. The rooms fill quickly for the weekends and availability is slim to none during racing events. Come in the Spring or summer and go to Louisiana Downs for some prime thoroughbred racing, sit at the casino and take your chances at the roulette wheel or the blackjack tables or just meander through the new riverfront mall with its many shops on the Bossier City side of the bridge.

 

Walt's Rating :

 

Fun Factor Flying In : 6 (be on your toes and don't mistake Barksdale for DTN)

Ambiance ............. : 10++ (there's too much to see)

Food .................... : 8-10+++ (You can't beat Earnest's for fine dining)

Fun Factor Flying Home : 10 - Another nice night flight experience if you're from the DFW area. If you're not fond of flying at night, you can hug the interstate where there will almost always be an airport within gliding distance.

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*** UPDATE ***

 

I just flew to Shreveport on Sunday afternoon for a day at the casinos. There is a diner in the FBO building. It was late and the whole FBO was closed by the time that I arrived, but it looked like it would make a good place to stop if you're on the way home or on the way to points east.

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I've flown into DTN twice. One was at around 1400h and maybe the on airport diner is open for lunch and dinner, but not in between. It was closed then. We just looked around and took off again.

 

The other time, I flew in around 1830. Aside from the Tower and the friendly gentleman at the FBO, the airport was vacant. The diner was closed again, but oh well.

The friendly guy at the FBO called Sams Town casino for me, and they sent a LUXURIOUS van over to pick us up. It was very nice (especially after 1.4 hrs in a 152). I could have fallen asleep in that van. We got to Sams town (which is right next door to El Dorado). We gambled a bit at Sams Town, then again at El Dorado (i won at black jack that night! [not enough to pay for the flight, but still, i won]) We walked down the river a little ways. It was pretty dead that night, but it was a Thursday night.

I then spent some of my winnings to buy dinner at the restaurant (just like they wanted me to). Decent food at a much more reasonable than expected price. I will recommend the El Dorado restaurant.

 

Flew out around 2230. I guess the casinos close at 2300? How is that possible? I'm not 100% on that, so dont take my word for it.

 

It was a great trip! I cant wait to do it again!

 

PS i'd say

Fun factor flying in = 8. If you can enter Left traffic to 32 you get to fly right over the pretty downtown lights and tall buildings. (safely above of course)

Ambiance = 6 not nearly as classy as say... Vegas, but overall a friendly atmosphere (tower, fbo, casino service)

Food = 7 Good food, decent price El Dorado casino

Fun Factor Flying Home = 9 I agree, very nice night flight. I did it at 2230-0200 making a stop in TXK and SLR on the way back. Great relax time after gambling! :)

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Ooops. I thought that I'd posted this. It's old news now.

 

The diner at KDTN is CLOSED! Unless someone's bought the business, there are no plans on reopening it any time soon. I haven't flown into there in a few months now, but I doubt that there's been any major change in that news in the meantime.

 

It's still a GREAT place to fly. You can fly there, grab a taxi and be gambling or out to dinner within 20 minutes of your arrival. A taxi ride to the downtown area is less than $10.

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Update-

 

The diner in the FBO building is open again, but they have odd hours, I think something like 1000-1400 on weekdays. Since I live about ten minutes from DTN, I went out one Saturday a couple of weeks ago, bored and with nothing else to do, to see what I could see. Walked in, saw the diner and was going to stop in for a late, 1300ish lunch, but found out they are NOT open on Saturdays. Very strange, in my opinion, you'd think that's when you'd get the most business. Anyway...I might try it again at some point and give a further update in the near future.

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Although I didn't notice their hours, I was there for lunch on Thursday Apr 1 and Monday Apr 5, stopping through on my way to and back from Biloxi, MS. Great little stopover. SS Fuel was 3.99 and the diner was pretty good. Their lunch specials had a lot of food on the plate!

 

The waitresses were nice, and remembered me between the two trips, but I'm under no illusions - that had more to do with my almost-3 year old daughter than me!

 

Towered field, good runway, instrument approaches, diner, FBO with weather, what more could you ask for?

 

I'll be traveling there a lot starting in June, when my best friend moves to Barksdale AFB.

 

Now that I think about it, the diner had a "lunch specials" area of their menu, which would be odd if they weren't open for dinner.

 

Russ

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Further update-

 

Once again mildly bored, I wandered out to the airport, and I checked on the diner while I was there. Hours listed on the board outside are 6-2 M-F, Sat 8-1. Hope that's helpful.

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Yet another update-

 

There's an awesome new FBO at DTN, Millen Air. Posh inside, four new-model aircraft on the rental line (182, two 172s and a DA-20), and the girls behind the desk aren't bad to look at either!

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The "Stone's Throw Cafe'" is open at KDTN from 11:00am til 2:00pm on weekdays. I ate there yesterday before flying home. Their meat pie dinner is outstanding! They have a really nice menu selection - much more variety than you'd expect from a small airport restaurant. The food was delicious and I highly recommend it.

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