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Ridge Landing Airpark Wishes You Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from all of us at the Florida Airpark.

For those spending the holidays in the aviation community we are thrilled to have you. For those wishing to visit, please let us know so we can make accommodations. In the meantime take a look at our fly in pilot homes for rent.

Best Fly In Destinations For Private Pilots

If you have been reading our aviation blog you already know we have been compiling a list of our favorite fly in destinations around Florida. Most are only a short flight from our aviation community and perfect for a day trip, weather grabbing a bite to eat or pursuing something more adventurous we wanted to make sure you could always keep a full itinerary if relaxing by lake or pool isn’t your ideal afternoon.

Community of International Pilots

Since we are an international aviation community we wanted to expand our horizons. Airpark Real Estate owners include folks from Venezuela, Holland, Brazil, Italy, Philippines and Ukraine. And we are excited to have made friends with Siljan Airpark in Sweden whose members will be visiting us early next year for Sun N Fun.

In light of all of this we started asking our readers what their favorite destinations were and we were pleasantly surprised with the responses as we discovered many spectacular places for private pilots to spend the day at. The responses below.

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Florida Airpark at EAA Airventure Oshkosh Fly-In July 28 – August 3, 2014

Ridge Landing Airpark visits the EAA Airventure Oshkosh every year celebrating the aviation lifestyle with the most passionate pilots.

The EAA with over 180,000 members worldwide unite under a collective passion for all things aviation. EAA is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, hosts the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In & Convention every summer. This year July 28-August 3, 2014.

Visit the official EAA Airventure website for a complete schedule of events, from aerobatics to a variety of educational workshops for the aviation restoration enthusiast including metal shaping workshops.

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Taking A Flight Up To Cedar Key From Ridge Landing

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A view of the George T. Lewis Airport runway from a single engine airplane.

While the name may have anyone new to the area thinking Cedar Key is one of the infamous Florida Keys, this quaint little area is actually on the Gulf coast and about an hour drive Southwest of Gainesville. However, just because it isn’t a small piece of land sitting in the ocean, there are still beautiful sites to see – and we’re going to tell you just what they are.

Flying Into George T. Lewis Airport

When you’re planning your trip to Cedar Key, Florida – the most convenient airport would be the George T. Lewis Airport which is a little less than a mile from Cedar’s main amusements. Defined as an “old fashioned” vacation spot, Cedar Key is kind of like a tropical version of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With lush nature walks, preserved parks, great fishing spots, and a lack of traffic lights, this is the best low-key location to get away for a few days.

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Planning Your Visit To Merritt Island

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Merritt Island is not only Florida’s largest island, but also one of the most entertaining spots to plan a weekend getaway to. Whether you want to indulge in the history of the Kennedy Space Center, or catch some of the waves on Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island is the place for you and your family to do both. Of course, we often write about the great golf courses that the sunshine state has to offer, but this has to be one of our favorite spots to visit for the overall area.

So, let’s get the basics out of the way – how do you get there from our Ridge Landing Residential Airpark? While there are a few local airports you can fly into, we recommend landing your aircraft at the Merritt Island Airport which is a section of the Titusville-Cocoa Airport. With the flight totaling around 36 minutes, you may want to stay the night and take advantage of the short trip, and even better news – their tie down fees are very affordable.

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Accessing Marco Island From Ridge Landing Airpark

While some residents of Florida may have lost their “vacation,” feel for the sunshine state, there are still plenty of hidden treasures that will allow our residents at Ridge Landing to feel like a tourist once again. One of our favorite flying destinations is just a swift flight to the Gulf Coast and contains 100 miles of waterway within just 24 miles of land. Marco Island, although familiar sounding, is a place that many residents of Florida never travel to. However, we’re going to lay out everything that you need to know to plan your personal flight and visit to Marco Island.

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Enjoying Some Aviation History At Earhart’s Runway Grill

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A view of the bar area within Earhart’s Runway Grill

It’s no surprise of the history that Amelia Earhart left behind within the aviation world – and it’s that passion for aviation’s history that led one married couple to open Earhart’s Runway Grill located in Lakeland, Florida. At Ridge Landing Residential Airpark, along with being flight enthusiasts, we appreciate those pilots who paved the way to travel in the sky the way we currently can – which is why we highly recommend flying into this grill.

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