The Breakfast Club

An Affiliate of the Arizona Pilots Assn



The Knife & Fork




Breakfast Club Visits Ryan, Todd’s Restaurant





13 Nov 2010

by Warren McIlvoy



To get us into the festive mood of the up-coming holiday season, the Breakfast Club thought that it would be nice if we went south (literally) for a visit to Tucson, Ryan and Todd’s Café.  After we were turned loose by Phoenix Tracon, I dialed-in our group flight following frequency to see who would be joining us for this fly-in event. 


If seems that we were near the vanguard group and well ahead of those who got a late start.  We all avoided the airspace around both Eloy and Marana due to the sky diving activities that are quite heavy on the weekends.  The drill is to listen-in on Tower frequency to get an idea of the traffic load and make the appropriate plans to avoid traffic.  It did seem a bit strange that there were few other aircraft in the patter as there is at least one flight school down here to help clog the traffic pattern. 


I was cleared to land on 6R as 6L was closed for maintenance.  6R is always the runway of choice as everything on the airport is south of the runways.  Taxiway B has a blue line alongside the yellow centerline that will lead you to the transient parking that is at the extreme south end of the airport.  It is at this location that you will the self-serve fuel, the pilot lounge, and the most important place, Todd’s Restaurant.


I certainly can not speak for the weekday trade at Todd’s but at least on the weekends, this place is always busy.  Todd’s is not only a local favorite but it is also a “go-to” place for the pilot looking for the “$250 ham & eggs” at a discount.  Due to the number of folks crowding the dinning area, we were not able to seat everyone in the same place.  We were just a bit scattered but it was not hard to find everyone as a “starving aviator” has a certain “air” about them.  The one good thing about the smaller seating areas is that you get to share conversations with folks that are closer to you. 


After breakfast, I did get some photos of the Breakfast Club people before they headed back out to the ramp.  I did have a conversation with one of the owners of Todd’s and she stated that both of the flight schools had closed thus cutting their weekday trade rather severely.  She said that they deeply appreciated our stopping-in and dinning with them today.  The way that I see it, is that it would be a crying shame to loose a place like this due to bad economic conditions.  Let us all do our part in supporting the out-of-the-way places like Todd’s Restaurant.


The Ryan Gang


  • Warren & Jeri-Ann McIlvoy in 93MB, BC-1 & 1.5
  • Tim Yoder and Trent Heidtke in 52TY, BC-52 & BC-112
  • Larry Jensen in 14LJ, BC-65
  • Glen & Judy Yoder in 31TC, BC-007
  • John Rynearson in 3501S, BC-117
  • Tim Greer in 259SW
  • Adam Rosenberg in 8377W, BC-72
  • Rich Kupiec and Austin Erwin in 6693M, BC-47 & BC-86
  • Austin Goodwin in 4351X, BC-317
  • Tom Roche in 2931M, BC-31
  • Tim Bottcher in 8127T
  • Richard Spiegel, Sam Foote and Julie Feeney in 15040, BC-3, BC-3.5, and BC-53


What’s Next?


Our December fly-in is slated for Chiriaco Summit but we will be squarely in the heart of the holiday season so I will most likely change that to Winslow and the La Posada Hotel.  That’s all for now but remember, fly safe.


To view photos of the Ryan fly-in, click on the Ryan Link