Imagine the convenience of being able to fly your plane any time you want simply by walking out your front door. Well that dream is achievable at Ridge Landing Airpark in Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometime over the past few decades, the TSA became an intimidating resource – which could be the overall point – however, it can sometimes be inconvenient for frequent flyers that pilot their own planes and want to fly into more exclusive, once stunning airports. In Florida, it can be difficult to find a landing strip that isn’t surrounded by layers of metal fencing, but for our Ridge Landing residents, we’ve found the perfect hangar hangout that takes you back in time.
The Happy Hangar Café is one of the best hangar’s to fly into whether you want a scenic view that isn’t blocked by fencing or great food – this is the place to go. Located in Tampa just off Wesley Chapel Blvd, you know this is the place to be when they have some of the best ranked wings in town – and there’s nothing like a smooth morning of flying across the sunshine state to then grab some amazing food.
Ridge Landing Airpark has partnered with One of our favorite destinations in the Keys, The Island Fish Company featuring fantastic Florida Sunsets, views of the tropical waters and some of the best seafood in the Nation.
The Island Fish Co. Tiki Bar Restaurant in the Florida Keys is the most unique restaurant being that you can reach it by land, air that is if you own a helicopter or sea.
The coordinates for the Heliport are N24° 43.991, W81° 01.156.
The restaurant has its own licensed heliport, If you don’t have access to a helicopter, you can fly your private aircraft into The Florida Keys Marathon. Another great advantage are the courtesy cars (first-come, first serve). Plan your day trip to the keys and Fly Into The Island Fish Company Open 11:30AM – 11PM everyday.