Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News
People en route to the Sundance Film Festival take time to snap some photos after landing their plane at Heber City. Many celebrities fly into the rural airport.

HEBER CITY — The overcast ceiling is at 6,000 feet. Visibility is 10 miles. There is zero wind. The snow-covered mountains all around look beautiful.

It's a good day for celebrities headed to the Sundance Film Festival to land at OK3 Air in Heber City.

Actor Brittany Murphy came through a few days ago. She was in and out of the airport, quick as wind over ice.

The celebs don't get special treatment here, but they do get privacy. And they can park their planes on eight acres overnight, if there's room.

At peak times, 30-45 planes can land at OK3 Air during the day. During Sundance each January, OK3 hits peak traffic.

Airport president Nadim AbuHaidar has noticed that the more influential the celebrities are that are using the small airport, the more polite they seem to be. He's not a "celebrity hound," however, so he doesn't have much to say about who among the Who's Who comes through.

Once they get to Park City, a business like Alliance Transportation is eager to drive them around.

Not everyone, however, does it with as much style as Robert Wainman and a partner, who have a fleet of vehicles that includes Hummers, Cadillacs, Mercedes, BMWs and Lexus cars.

Wainman isn't shy about saying he's got clients like George Clooney, Matt Damon (both in town for a celebrity poker tournament), Cisco Adler, Ryan Secrest, members of R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Charlize Theron.

In the past, Wainman has personally driven for the likes of Daisy Fuentes and David Letterman.

"Both were extremely nice and generous with tips," Wainman said.

He describes his job at this time of year as "tons more excitement," with a need to hire over a dozen extra drivers just for the festival. They work long hours and sometimes the tips aren't that great. But when they are, whoa!

One of Wainman's drivers received a $300 tip just for driving about four miles. Unfortunately, that's where Wainman's generosity with celebrity names ends. He wouldn't say who unleashed the hefty tip.


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