Destination: Fly Into Sunny St. Petersburg

With Ridge Landing being centrally located in Florida, it’s almost impossible not to leave the airpark and explore what our great state has to offer. After all, Ridge Landing is only a 20-minute flight away from some of the best beaches in Florida; why not take advantage of the convenient location? Fly into SPG and take a day trip westward to “The Sunshine City” of the Sunshine State, St. Petersburg, and prepare for a day full of fun.

Albert Whitted Airport is the perfect place for personal aviation pilots to fly into for a destination trip to St. Pete. There’s a reason this city is one of the most popular destinations in Florida; it boasts some of the top-rated beaches in the state as well as a vibrant downtown area rich with history. Are you ready to experience St. Pete? Try one (or both!) of these two day trip ideas when you fire up the engine and take flight to Florida’s Gulf Coast. (more…)

Taking A Flight Up To Cedar Key From Ridge Landing

Places To Fly In Florida

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.


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.


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.


Grab A Bite At The Happy Hangar Café

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.

Top 5 Florida Aviation Destinations

Aviation Enthusiasts take a look at the Top 5 Florida Aviation Destinations in 2013.

In the United States there are 304,337 general aviation aircrafts, Florida encompases 21,220 registered aircraft about 7%. (AOPA Aviation Statistics) For the other 93% of American Pilots, should you wish to visit Florida with your aircraft we welcome you by sharing some of our favorite aviation destinations.


Fly In to West Gate River Ranch FL from Ridge Landing Airpark


Today’s trip is a very short flight but an excellent one for all those aviation people who enjoy the outdoors. River Ranch is only 21 nautical miles from Ridge Landing Air park, needless to say this is a very short flight. West Gate River Ranch has so many activities to offer such as: Air boat Rides, Authentic Ranch Experience, Petting Farm and Pony Rides, Rooms up to 1,400 Square Feet, Wedding Chapel On site, Horse Back riding, Heated outdoor pool and Hot tub, Dinner Hayrides, Trap and Skeet Range, Full service Marina, and most popular is Rodeos every Saturday!

This atmosphere fits every family big or small, young or old

Come Visit West Gate River Ranch A Cowboy Theme Park Resort!

River Ranch is such an great place to get away from it all and relax, that it was awarded by www.tripadvisor.com winning a certificate of excellence in 2012


River Ranch Contact Information

3200 River Ranch Blvd, River Ranch, Florida 33867 • Call Robert: (863)692-1321


Runway Information

Runway ID: 2RR

Runway 16/34

Dimensions: 4950 x 75 ft. / 1509 x 23 m
Surface: asphalt, in fair condition
Latitude: 27-47.134500N 27-46.386667N
Longitude: 081-12.420833W 081-12.050500W
Traffic pattern: left right
Displaced threshold: 200 ft. 1000 ft.
Markings: NSTD, in fair condition NSTD, in fair condition
Obstructions: 16 ft. brush, 283 ft. from runway, 5:1 slope to clear
45 ft. tree, 445 ft. from runway, 45 ft. left of centerline, 5:1 slope to clear



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