Fly Into Americas Oldest City – St. Augustine

Hello Aviators!! today’s trip is to Americas oldest city, St Augustine Fl this city is completely filled with old Florida shops restaurants

King Phillip II of Spain named Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Spain’s most experienced admiral, Governor of Florida, and instructed him to explore and to colonize the territory. When Menendez arrived off the coast of Florida, it was August 28, 1565, the Feast Day of St. Augustine. Eleven days later, he and his 600 soldiers and settlers came ashore at the site of the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy with banners flying and trumpets sounding. He hastily fortified the fledgling village and named it St. Augustine.

Utilizing brilliant military maneuvers, Menendez destroyed the French garrison on the St. Johns River and, with the help of a hurricane, also defeated the French fleet. With the coast of Florida firmly in Spanish hands, he then set to work building the town, establishing missions to the Indians for the Church, and exploring the land.

Thus, St. Augustine was founded forty-two years before the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts – making it the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent.

From Spanish colony to British rule to statehood, St. Augustine’s long history and varied cultural influences are evident in its streets, buildings and the people who call it home. St. Augustine’s historic sites and museums are great places to learn more about the history and culture of this unique city.

Castillo de san Marcos

St. Augustine’s most historically significant structure is the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort constructed by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695.

The need to fortify the tiny garrison town was understood as early as 1586, when it was attacked by Sir Francis Drake, an English corsair whose fleet of ten thousand men sacked and burned the town.

Later, in 1668, the English pirate Robert Searles assaulted and plundered the settlement. At the same time the threat of English colonization in the north had significantly increased, and Queen Mariana of Spain authorized the construction of a stone fortification.

The fort was built of coquina, a type of shell stone indigenous to the area and quarried from Anastasia Island.

The Castillo has never been conquered despite attacks by English General James Oglethorpe who attempted to subdue the town in 1740. Firing from the tip of Anastasia Island, he found his cannonballs were no match for the unusual consistency of coquina which absorbed the blast rather than crumbling.

Shortly after Florida became a territory of the United States, the fort was renamed Fort Marion in honor of Revolutionary War General Francis Marion. It retained that name from 1825 to 1942, when the Castillo appellation was restored.

In the 1870s and 1880s, the fort housed Indians detained by the U.S. Government. The Castillo and Fort Matanzas have been under the auspices of the National Park Service since 1933. The fort is open to the public daily, except for Christmas.


Fly In Restaurants – Earhart’s Runway Grill

Hello Aviators! Hallback’s Grill opened it’s doors in April of 2010. We are located on the 2nd floor of the terminal building at Lakeland Linder Regional airport. We are a general aviation themed restaurant paying tribute to the legacy of Amelia Earhart. We offer hardy Breakfasts (Friday,Saturday and Sunday) including a large Breakfast Buffet.We also serve a fantastic Sunday Brunch from 11 am to 2 pm. Our Lunch and Dinner Menu has a variety of Signature Appetizers, Sandwiches,Burgers, Salads, Homemade Soups as well as Steak, Chicken, Pasta and Seafood dishes prepared to perfection by Chef Ro. Come and enjoy fantastic food and friendly service with an amazing view and see Direct Air’s commercial fleet of aircraft servicing Lakeland Airport as they roar off the runway right in front of your table!

Hours of Operation
Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mon. – Tues. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3900 Don Emerson
Lakeland, FL 33813


Instrument approach:
Obstructions:30 ft. tree, 1250 ft. from runway, 100 ft. right of centerline, 34:1 slope to clear
Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records
Phone 863-834-3298
LAKELAND, FL 33811-1340
Phone 863-834-3298

Fun Flying Destination in Florida Fly Into the Orlando Science Center

Hello Aviators today’s trip is to sunny and popular Orlando Florida to visit  the Orlando Science Center, flying  into the Orlando airport the science center is only 7 miles away

The Orlando Science Center is an amazing learning adventure. They have packed so many exhibits into this building you may not be able to fit it all into just one day.

Some of the exhibits include:

Nature Works: which will have you up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles,you’ll step back into the prehistoric age.

Kids Town is an interactive world dedicated to our smaller explorers.

Xperience Factory is part education, part entertainment, their shows will provide you with a hands-on, interactive look at science.

Dr. Phillips Cine Dome: Experience the wonders of the deep ocean or the sensation of flying on our majestic 8-story screen.

Crosby Observatory:  Explore the mysteries of the outer limits through the largest publicly accessible refractor telescope in the state of Florida.

Special Events: Throughout the year, the Orlando Science Center offers a variety of special events to keep you engaged and entertained.


Orlando Science Center

777 East Princeton Street  Orlando, FL 32803
Orlando Airport

Jeff Fuqua Boulevard  Orlando, FL 32827

(407) 825-2001

  • Directions From Orlando Airport to Orlando Science Center
  • Head southeast toward Orl Tower Rd
  • Turn right onto Orl Tower Rd
  • Turn right onto Andes Ave.
  • Turn right to merge onto FL-408 W
  • Take exit 12B for Crystal Lake Dr
  • merge onto E south st
  • Turn right onto S Crystal Lake Dr.
  • Continue onto Maguire Blvd
  • Turn left onto E Colonial Dr.
  • Turn right onto N Mills Ave.
  • Turn left onto E Princeton St Destination will be on the right

Fly-In to Everglades Airport and Oyster House Restaurant from Ridge Landing | 4FL5

Florida Aviators must fly in to another magnificent Florida Aviation Destination the The Florida Everglades, This trip is 132 nautical miles south of Ridge Landing Airpark. FAA Identifier: X01

Upon landing we are of to Oyster House Restaurant to get some of there world class oysters and seafood menu.

The Oyster House Restaurant is a family owned and operated seafood restaurant in South West Florida. In 1992 Pat Miller, her husband Robert Miller, and son Robert Miller Jr. decided they had enough of the hustle and bustle of the New York area. They were lured by the charm of this old Florida town and untamed nature surrounding Everglades City.

The world famous Oyster House Restaurant offers an impressive selection of fresh seafood, straight from the fisherman’s nets. Open year round for Lunch and Dinner from 11:00 AM.

Fly Into St. Petersburg from Ridge Landing Airpark

Hello Aviators!! Today’s Trip will have us landing into Albert Whitted Airport is located on the Tampa Bay waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg about 50 Nautical miles due west from Ridge Landing Air park. Within walking distance or a short cab ride away are at least a day or two of unique museums, attractions, resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, antiques. St Petersburg is a hot spot for all kinds of daily activities such as surfing fishing and museums

Museum of Fine Arts


 255 Beach Drive Northeast
St. Petersburg
(727) 896-2667
475 Bayshore Drive Southeast
St. Petersburg, Florida
(727) 823-3767
335 2nd Avenue Northeast
St. Petersburg
(727) 894-1052
Albert Whitted Airport

107 8th Avenue Southeast  St. Petersburg, FL 33701  (727) 893-7654

Airport Manager:
Rich Lesniak (727) 893-7657

Fly Into Crane’s Beach House Hotel and Tiki Bar

Crane’s Beach House is home to one of the most popular hot spots in Palm Beach for tourists and locals alike.  Tiki Bar is located at the waterfall pool! The Tiki Bar serves up the finest wine, beer and specialty drinks with live entertainment
on select evenings!

Best of all you can grab a cocktail and go directly to the beach, the pool, or straight to your room!  No need to drive anywhere! The beer is cold, the bartenders are friendly and the location cannot be beat.  It’s the place to meet, have fun and enjoy the sunshine!


A Typical Day Trip Flying out of Ridge Landing Airpark

For those of us from Ridge Landing Airpark This is a typical day trip?


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