Airport Services

Fixed Base Operator (FBO)

Since 1978, Orchard Beach Aviation has provided pilots services and resources at Manistee County Blacker Airport (MBL):  These services include:
  • Pilot Lounge
  • Crew Car
  • Rental Cars (provided through Victorian Car Port – 231-723-9840)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Conference Room
  • Catering
  • Ice
  • Aircraft Maintenance if needed (through Cadillac Aircraft Service)
  • After Hours Services
  • Tie Downs
  • Flight Planning Computer
  • Towing (limited aircraft)
  • Hangars (small aircraft only, when available)
  • Shuttle – transportation to Casino (Provided by Little River Casino Resort)
Summer – 8am – 8pm Daily
Fall – 8am – 7pm Daily
Winter – 8am – 5pm Daily
Orchard Beach Aviation
2323 Airport Road



Aircraft Rental

Located inside of the Manistee Airport, Orchard Beach Aviation offers aircraft rental to pilots who wish to fly and enjoy the local area, or explore the beauty of northern Michigan. Our Cessna 172M models are extensively maintained, and are available to you after a brief checkout with our experienced pilots.

Aircraft rate is $120/hour wet (fuel/oil included) and fuel bought on a flight will be reimbursed (based on current fuel prices).

For more information call Orchard Beach Aviation at 231-723-8095 or visit