University Air CenterKGNV
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Welcome to University Air Center! We are a full service FBO located in central Florida, home of the Florida Gators.

University Air Center is class D towered airspace with new 172S G1000 airplanes. Our in house maintenance facility and avionics shop are committed to providing the safest airplanes for our pilots to fly.

Gainesville Regional Airport has the advantage of being a low congestion airport, yet in close proximity to popular places such as major Florida cities and beaches. Come check us out for some fun flying and a remarkable rental experience!

Courtesy Cars available. Snack and beverage machines. Maintenance facility and avionics shop. Flight planning room and pilots lounge with 2 big screen TVs. Friendly and professional staff open 24/7!

CFI Rate: $49.50/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $49.50/hr
Aircraft Rental Sales Tax: 6.00%
Flight Instruction Sales Tax: 6.00%
Misc. Items Sales Tax: 6.00%


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

Linemen will fuel planes nightly and upon request.

Access to Aircraft

FBO is 24/7. Pilot will always have access to and from ramp.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

Pilot will have to pay for fuel at another airport if needed. University Air Center will reimburse pilot for any fuel purchased at current base rate (not retail).

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

a. When an aircraft is away from Gainesville, FL and requires maintenance to return it to airworthiness condition, the rental pilot must contact the Flight School Manager, Chief Instructor, UAC Director of Maintenance, or UAC General Manager prior to authorizing the start of any maintenance on the aircraft. The pilot MUST receive a written or electronic authorization from the FSM, Chief Instructor, or UAC DOM before ANY work is performed on a UAC rental aircraft. Once authorized, the aircraft maintenance must be completed by an FAA certified A&P mechanic.

b. The rental pilot is responsible for ensuring that the maintenance facility/A&P has accepted responsibility for the security of the aircraft prior to leaving the aircraft at the maintenance facility (if unable to remain with the aircraft during maintenance).

c. If the pilot is forced to return before repairs are made, the cost of returning the aircraft and applicable storage fees revert to UAC. Transportation expenses for the return of pilot/passenger(s) or hotel/motel/meals are not reimbursable.

Securing Aircraft

Pilots are expected to park in designated tie down spot and secure airplane including putting the wrap around cover and pitot tube cover on.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

If it is first flight of the day the plane will be topped off unless coordinated the day before. Additional fuel is always available. Reductions in fuel must be coordinated prior.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard departure procedures

ATIS: 127.15 Ground: 121.7 Tower: 119.55

Frequently asked to “hold short at 11 approach area” if departing from runway 11 or 7.

Controllers are accommodating and very friendly!

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Contact Jax Approach on 118.17

Local reporting points

Possible places are the University of Florida stadium (the Swamp and/or the Odome) and Paynes Prairie.

Local Airfield Operations

taxiway/runway incursion hotspots

11 Approach Area. B taxiway leading to runway 25. The intersection of runway 7 and 11.

Traffic pattern altitudes

1200 MSL

Local Flight Planning Tips

Local Hazards

Limited areas to emergency land east of the airfield.

Nearby special use airspace

Several restricted areas east of the airport. Special military operations area north of the field (See sectional chart).

Unique weather challenges

Fog in the mornings during the late fall/winter months. Afternoon thunderstorms during the summer.

Air carrier arrival paths to be avoided

Occasional regional jet traffic in the area

Best airports to visit in the area

Cedar Key (KCDK) and Flagler County Airport (KXFL)

Best sights to see nearby from the air

Silver Springs and Paynes Prairie

Restrictions which apply to any nearby national parks

Ocala National Forest

Optical illusions

"Black holes" are common around airport at night

Nearby stadiums

University of Florida


Frequent military activity near airport.

The following applies to all renters going to Cedar Key:

No takeoffs or landings are allowed at Cedar Key Airport unless the renter has been checked out by a UAC flight instructor (in the most complex and highest horsepower aircraft in which the pilot is qualified). Demonstration of short field takeoff and landing technique at any airport is acceptable to satisfy this requirement. Flight instructors will endorse the renters log book once this requirement has been completed. If this requirement has not been met and the rental pilot damages a UAC aircraft at Cedar Key, the rental pilot will be liable for 100% of the aircraft repairs, including any transportation of personnel and equipment related to the repair of the aircraft, and all aircraft relocation expenses.

July 30, 2014, 10:38 p.m.

University Air Center is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews.
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Operator Info

4701 NE 40th terrace
Gainesville, FL 32609
University Air Center

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