Spotlight on Jumbolair-Greystone Airport
Jumbolair-Greystone Airport is the most exceptional small private jet airport in the United States for private jet charter flights, and for the take-off and landing of private aircraft like John Travolta’s Boeing 707. Set in a residential airpark, the unique amenities are small but exclusive.
Jumbolair-Greystone Airport infrastructure
Jumbolair Airport (FAA LID: 17FL) has two runways with ground lighting for night flights. The first is an asphalt runway measuring 7,550 feet long and 210 feet wide – able to accommodate a Boeing 747. The second is a turf runway of 3,640 by 100 feet. Set in the exclusive 550-acre residential Jumbolair Aviation Estate, the $6 million runway is the largest paved, private airfield in the United States.
There are around 400 residential airparks in the U.S. built around tarmacs and airstrips that give billionaires, busy executives, and flying enthusiasts the ability to park their private aircraft in their very own private hangar next to their home. Each house has a street in the front and a taxiway at the rear, so private aircraft never meet four-wheeled vehicles by accident.
Jumbolair Airport, in the hilly horse country of central Florida, refers to itself as America's "premier residential aviation community" and offers extreme luxury for individuals traveling by private jet hire, and "a lifestyle and a dream that few people will ever experience" for those, like John Travolta, who can buy homes on the luxury estate. Their motto is: “Bring your Boeing”. A mile of road can get you to a few places, but a mile of runway can get you anywhere in the world.
The entire Jumbolair gated complex enjoys state-of-the-art security. You won’t see any of the usual amenities on offer at traditional airports but, as one of the best private airports in Florida, Jumbolair does not disappoint. Residents and passengers traveling on a private jet hire can enjoy a wet bar with billiard table and, to stretch out the muscles, there’s a Nautilus workout center, Olympic-size pool, and tennis center. For those traveling to Ocala on business, there is a conference center that can accommodate 400 people and a ballroom of 9,000 square feet, where two gourmet cooks spoil visitors with culinary delights. The estate also has a large warehouse complex.
If you’re looking for hotels near Jumbolair-Greystone Airport, you won’t get any closer than the Jumbolair Inn and Country Club. No need to set your alarm for an early start because a stay at the inn makes Jumbolair-Greystone departures as easy as rolling out of bed.
The Old South-style mansion is decorated with fine-art antiques and is located along an estate road lined with 200-year-old oaks. The inn’s five suites have large bathrooms with gold-plated fixtures and porcelain tiling. Two suites have balconies that look out over meadows and horse barns. Horses run a close second to private aircraft in the Jumbolair-Greystone stakes – thoroughbreds being walked or ridden through acres of untrammeled pasture is a common sight.
Don’t worry about looking for Jumbolair-Greystone parking because you won’t need it. As is the case when landing at most private airports, your personal private jet charter account manager – who is on call 24/7 to take care of all aspects of your private jet hire – can organize transport to the inn, conference center, or one of the many hotels near Jumbolair-Greystone Airport.
If you’ve been flying into private airports or by private aircraft to the best airports in the United States, you’ll be familiar with the exclusivity, convenience, and comfort of Jumbolair-Greystone arrivals and departures.
Attractions and hotels near Jumbolair-Greystone Airport
The Equus Inn, close to historic Downtown Ocala, is the only boutique hotel in Ocala. It offers visitors 67 king rooms, 75 double queen rooms, four king suites, two double queen suites, and two grand honeymoon suites. Décor is fresh, modern, and high-end. The hotel has all the amenities you’d expect of luxury accommodation, as well as parking for large vehicles and horse trailers, and pet-friendly accommodation.
Courtyard Ocala is a good bet if you want contemporary luxury close to the center of town. The hotel is near the I-75, with easy access to Ocala Regional Medical Center, Ocala National Forest, and the Appleton Museum of Art. If you’re arriving or departing at Ocala International Airport, you’re just 3.5 miles away.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ocala at Heath Brook has everything you need to make your stay in Ocala a comfortable one, including a gift shop, Jacuzzi and spa. If you need to be in the heart of Florida’s horse country, head to the Ocala Hotel. Billed as a resort-style hotel, you’ll enjoy views of green hills and giant oaks, while still being conveniently close to the I-75 – just 25 minutes south of Gainesville and one hour north of Orlando. The hotel’s luxury amenities and convenient location make it a favorite for weddings and family vacations, as well as business trips.
Other hotels near Jumbolair-Greystone Airport include Hampton Inn and Suites, Residence Inn Ocala, and Comfort Suites Ocala. All give easy access to Ocala’s great outdoors and the many activities on offer – from zip-lining and hiking to kayaking. Don’t miss a trip along the waters of Silver Springs State Park in a glass-bottom boat. From the park, you can explore the woods and lakes of the vast Ocala National Forest to the east.
Ocala puts you 64 miles from Orlando, 84 miles from Jacksonville, 88 miles from Tampa, and 90 miles from Walt Disney World® Resort. Ocala has no shortage of attractions to enjoy – you’re on the doorstep of Downtown Ocala with its vibrant art, shopping, and nightlife. East of Downtown Ocala, you’ll find Fort King National Historic Park, while the collection at the Appleton Museum of Art includes pre-Columbian artifacts and contemporary art.
When planning private jet charter flights to Florida, keep in mind that Ocala’s dry season runs from October to May, when there are uninterrupted sunshine and little rain. The wet season, with almost daily thunderstorms, is from June to September.
If you’re planning to travel to Florida, get in touch with Air Charter Service for expert advice about the best private airports in Florida, as well as the most efficient routes and aircraft for your next journey.
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