Gainesville Regional Airport
|Gainesville Regional Airport|
|IATA: GNV – ICAO: KGNV – FAA LID: GNV|
|Owner||City of Gainesville|
|Operator||Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||151 ft / 46 m|
|Total passengers||363,747 20%|
|Total enplanements||177,282 11%|
|Aircraft operations||70,876 1%|
|Based aircraft||185 21%|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Gainesville Regional Airport (IATA: GNV, ICAO: KGNV, FAA LID: GNV) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Gainesville, in Alachua County, Florida, United States. It is owned by Gainesville-Alachua Co. Auth. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Gainesville Regional Airport had 177,282 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2011, an increase of 11% from the 159,499 enplanements in 2010. The airport had 363,747 total passengers in 2011, an increase of 20% from 302,908 total passengers in 2010.
Construction of the airport began in April 1940 as a Works Project Administration project. In 1941 initial construction was completed. Upon conclusion of the construction by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the facility was known as the Alachua Army Airfield and was used by the Army Air Corps and the Army Air Forces.
At the end of the war, the airfield was declared surplus in September 1945 and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on October 1, 1946. The War Assets Administration deeded the facility to the city of Gainesville in 1948 as a civil airport. At that time, the field was known as the John R. Alison Airport and also as the Gainesville Municipal Airport. The city operated, maintained, and improved the airport over the years as the Gainesville Municipal Airport.
In order to recognize the role the airport carries in meeting the regional demands for aviation services, the airport was renamed the Gainesville Regional Airport in October 1977. The airline passenger terminal was dedicated to John R. Alison in 1979.
In 1986, the State Legislature passed a bill that established the Airport as the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. The Airport Authority, which consists of nine board members, five selected by the City of Gainesville, three by the Governor and one by Alachua County, continues to oversee the Airport to date.
Within recent years, the Airport has undertaken and substantially completed several large-scale projects that include the refurbishment of its primary runway (11/29), piping of an open ditch parallel to that runway, and completion of two phases of the Terminal Renovation project. Three passenger boarding bridges, covered walkways that connect the terminal building to the aircraft, have been installed.
Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500, operated its first factory service center in Gainesville until the company declared bankruptcy in 2009. In 2012 Silver Airways moved its maintenance facilities from Ft. Lauderdale into the existing Eclipse Aviation facility. Silver has since started providing commercial airline service to several destinations around Florida and Georgia.
The airport operates a control tower during daylight hours and is in Class D airspace during that time.
Current expansion activities
Phase three of the renovations include various renovations to the terminal area to increase capacity, improve aesthetics, and reduce environmental impacts. Parking lots were repaved, car rental facilities were expanded, and solar panels were installed on the roof. Vestibule entryways will replace sliding doors to reduce loss of conditioned air and energy-efficient LED lighting will be used on the exterior. In 2012, the airport conducted studies for a terminal expansion to allow for an additional security line and new concourses.
A new access road is also under construction. When completed, the two-lane, boulevard style roadway will connect the passenger terminal with nearby Waldo Road (SR 24) The new entrance road is awaiting additional curbing as well as traffic signage which has been ordered. • Notice to proceed has been given for the taxiway E rehabilitation and commercial apron connector. Work will be done in short segments as air traffic is re-routed around the construction zone. The project is funded with a $4.3M grant from the FAA. Work is expected to last about 240 days. • A bid went out for a new HVAC handling unit as well as some cosmetic improvements to restrooms. Work is expected to begin after the first of the year. • Design work continues with the FDOT regarding rehabilitation of runway 7-25. The FDOT will be using the runway as a testing ground for a new pavement rehabilitation measure. Some lighting work will be included in the project.
Facilities and aircraft
Gainesville Regional Airport covers an area of 1,650 acres (668 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 11/29 measuring 7,504 by 150 feet (2,287 x 46 m) and 7/25 measuring 4,158 by 100 feet (1,267 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2011, the airport had 70,876 aircraft operations, an average of 366 per day: 73% general aviation, 8% air taxi, 8% military and 1% scheduled commercial. There are 185 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 4% jet and 4% helicopter.
Gainesville Regional Airport is served by one full service FBO, University Air Center. Previously there were two, Gulf Atlantic Airways and Flight Line. Flight Line's contract with the airport authority expired and Gulf Atlantic became University Air Center. University Air Center provides a pilots lounge with TV, snack machines, aircraft rentals and charters, flight instruction, and fuel. A second flight school, Sky Chiefs Aviation, is also located on the airport and provides full service flight training and aircraft rental.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|Silver Airways||Orlando, Tampa|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte|
- FAA Airport Master Record for GNV ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (GNV: Gainesville Regional)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
- "17,000 greet President Bush on brief stop in Gainesville". Gainesville Sun. November 1, 2004.
- "Monthly Meeting Highlights" (DOC). Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. November 18, 2004.
- "The Travels of President George W. Bush". GWU.edu. October 2004.
- GIS Monitor newletter, February 6, 2003
- "Gainesville Airport gets new tenants". Gainesville Sun. April 28, 2009.
- "Turbulent times". Gainesville Sun. January 9, 2010.
- "Silver Airways bringing maintenance facility to Gainesville". Gainesville Sun. January 19, 2012.
- "Monthly Newsletter". Gainesville Regional Airport. July 2012.
- "Monthly Newsletter". Gainesville Regional Airport. August 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gainesville Regional Airport.|
- Gainesville Regional Airport (official site)
- PDF brochure from CFASPP
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GNV, effective November 14, 2013
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