Wet winter weather leaves you wanting a warm bowl of homemade soup. So taking a reader suggestion, I headed to the Salem Airport to try out Flight Deck. It's located one driveway south of the main terminal on 25th street. Look for the pole sign on the west side of the road. The sign as you walk in says "seat yourself," but the restaurant was so busy that the server asked us to hold on a second. Most of the tables were full with locals and travelers waiting for their chartered flights. It didn't take long to get a table next to the huge window with a view of the tarmac. I've always enjoyed watching airport activity so this made for nice lunch conversation with my family. There's a helicopter school at the airport and you can watch as students buzz over the runway. Now for the food. I ordered a bowl of clam chowder and a salad. The soup was not as rich with flavor as other chowders that I have eaten like Mo's, but it didn't feel heavy. Sometimes when people suggest things on this blog, my expectations get raised and when I actually try the food it's not as good as I hoped. This was one of those times. But it was still good enough to eat every last drop in the bowl. As I slurped the the final spoonfuls of soup, I noticed my son's hamburger from the kids meal. It looked fantastic. The patty was thick and juicy with grill marks perfectly burned into it. That is the sign of a chef with a lot of patience and good timing. Next time I will have to try one of these burgers with the thick cut french fries. So much for eating light. For the atmosphere and friendly service, Flight Deck is worth a try. I know I'll find other things on the menu I'll like better than the chowder even if I have to order off the kid's menu. Salem Airport does have a commercial flight that flies between here and Salt Lake City a couple of times a day. This flight takes off and lands between noon and 1pm everyday except Tuesday and Saturday. Otherwise most of the air traffic is fixed wing airplanes and small jets.