Gainesville, Florida Airport Breaks Ground on FBO

 - May 7, 2019, 10:34 AM
When completed next spring, the terminal at Florida's Keystone Heights Airport will also provide a new home for the airport's administrative offices.

Florida’s Keystone Heights Airport has broken ground on a new terminal for its municipally-owned FBO. Funded entirely by the state department of transportation, the $1.2 million project at the Gainesville-area airfield will include a 3,684-sq-ft building with a pilot lounge, flight planning area, snooze room, shower facilities, and 30-seat conference room, along with 767 sq ft of covered porches.

Upon its completion in spring 2020, it will replace the existing 1970s-era, 1,500-sq-ft terminal, which was last renovated nearly two decades ago. That building will be retained for aeronautical business use.

A former World War II U.S. Army airfield, Keystone features a 5,050-foot main runway and sees approximately 100 operations a day.

"Our new facility will increase the size of current airport administrative offices as well as provide an updated pilot planning area, pilot lounge and showers, and a break room,” said airport manager Maria Hitt. “Our new FBO will be a welcomed site for local and transient pilots."