WELCOME TO THADEN FIELD (VBT)
A jumping off point for adventure, the portal to backcountry, a basecamp: Thaden Field, ICAO Identifier (VBT), is the hub of Arkansas’ FLY OZ network, Summit Aviation’s fix base operation, home of Game Composites, and OZ1 flying club’s “hideout”.
The new FIELDHOUSE shelters a flight school, an exhibition hangar, an FAA knowledge testing center, scenic flights, discovery flights, lawn games, fuel, provisions, bikes, and a full service, all day menu at cafe LOUISE. This spring you’ll be able to rent a canoe and paddle out on Lake Bentonville.
DINE WITH LOUISE
Born in Bentonville in 1905, Louise M. Thaden took to the skies in 1927. By 1928 she was setting records in the air and breaking barriers for women on the ground. Louise was the first woman to win a National Air Race, the first to take a Bendix Trophy. Now you can dine in her honor at the new LOUISE.
LOUISE is a modern all-day cafe located in the Fieldhouse at Thaden Field that serves diner-style breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. LOUISE has both indoor and outdoor seating facing the runway, providing great views of planes taking off and landing as you enjoy great food!
FLY OZ - BACKCOUNTRY AVIATION
If you're interested in recreational aviation and backcountry flying, this is the place for you. We’ve created an Airfield Guide to share information about airfields not generally available to the public. We expect the geographic region this site covers to grow as more airfields are added.