|IATA: none – ICAO: none – FAA LID: 17FL|
|Elevation AMSL||100 ft / 30 m|
Jumbolair Airport (FAA LID: 17FL) is a private-use airport. It is located in the unincorporated community of Anthony, which is seven miles (11 km) northeast of Ocala, Florida, USA. Frank Merschman owns and operates Jumbolair. The airport has two runways: 18/36 with an asphalt pavement measuring 7,550 x 210 ft (2,301 x 64 m) and 9/27 with a grass surface measuring 3,640 x 100 ft (1,109 x 30 m). According to FAA documents, 9/27 ""Greystone"" grass airstrip was once so degraded that only the smallest aircraft could use it.
Terri Jones (formerly Terri Brantner), a former Revlon model and flying enthusiast, manages the estates. A 380 acres (150 ha) horse ranch formerly built by Muriel Vanderbilt and purchased by Jones' first husband Arthur Jones (inventor of the Nautilus cam) in 1980 sits at the community's center. The 550 acres (220 ha) development contains two 3 acres (1.2 ha) lots connected by taxiways which lead to the runways.
John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston were some of the first land purchasers. The runway length allows Travolta, a pilot, to operate his Boeing 707 jet. In January 2007, litigation prevented all property owners in the subdivision from accessing the runway with their aircraft. The access issue was resolved when Jumbolair purchased the adjacent land and remaining airport rights.
Accidents and incidents
The following occurred at the airfield itself, immediately after takeoff, during the final landing approach, and/or during an attempted go-around:
- August 26, 1985: A Luscombe 8E Silvaire, registration number N47BM, is observed to make two steep turns and enter a spin at an altitude of about 200 feet (61 m) AGL immediately after takeoff from Runway 9 at Greystone; the ensuing crash killed the pilot and passenger and destroyed the airplane. Witnesses report to investigators that the pilot had previously exhibited a lack of control coordination in the aircraft and had engaged in reckless flying on occasion. The accident is attributed to the pilot's loss of control and his subsequent stall/spin and uncontrolled descent. The pilot's "ostentatious display", "improper use of procedure", "overconfidence in [his] personal ability", and "overconfidence in [the] aircraft's ability" are noted in the report.
- Rick Cundiff (6 September 2008). "Greystone Airport owners sell to Jumbolair". Star-Banner. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
- FAA Airport Master Record for 17FL ( PDF), effective 2009-03-12
- "NTSB Probable Cause Report MIA85FA239". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
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