Update on January 2015
Improvement Plan Progress
Times are Changing!
Be aware that Cedar Key is not as lost back in time - improvements have been made to the airport, primarily the entire airport has been fenced-in. The parallel road has been moved and is outside the fence area. Please check the updated safety tips HERE. Please also see recommended aircraft parking notes on the right.
-- RESURFACING --
November 3, 2014 Update
We received word from the County today that due to the condition of the road bridges to drive out to the island the runway is located upon, and reduction in weight restrictions of the bridges, the FDOT has extended the County's funding time frame from 12/30/14 to 3/31/2016 to allow for work to deter further deterioration until the bridges are repaired as discussed at a recent public meeting held by FDOT. That project is being developed now to include such work as remove old runway markings and remark runway, clean and seal runway cracks, apply an approved runway surface sealer to entire runway,install new runway lights, upgrade electrical vault complete with a 35kw generator, etc. The County does not expect to go out for bids, etc until after the holidays.
The improvements to the Cedar Key Airport are to continue. Some time at the end of April or into May, the runway will be closed for resurfacing. As of today, a request for bids has not been put out by the County to select the paving contractor. So it won't be any time soon. Please stay tuned to NOTAMs and this website for updates. We will try to keep this website up-to-date with the latest news. The plan was to have the runway resurfaced with concrete, but apparently that cannot be done within the planned budget. So it will likely be resurfaced with asphalt. And they are aware and are hopefully going to have funds available for paving some additional ramp space for aircraft parking! YES! We need parking space. As per the Airport Master Plan, the area to be paved would be the large area that is mid-field on the north side of the airstrip (which is the recommended parking area now when the primary ramp is full). It is very exciting to have all these improvements coming and to make KCDK a better and safer airport.
While the runway is being resurfaced, the plan is to also pave 5 or 6 car parking spaces along the road in the Southwest corner of the field near the normal ramp area.
Aircraft parking can get tight here. With the fence installed around the perimeter of the entire airport, the primary aircraft parking area was affected. The photo above shows the recommended aircraft parking areas.
The 1st area for parking is the normal ramp area in the southwest corner of the airport. It has space for 5 or 6 aircraft. Only two spots have tie-downs. There is a walk-through gate - code is 5-2-3. There is a drive-through gate with a key lock. If you need to have a vehicle drive out to your aircraft, contact the Cedar Key Police at (352) 543-5180 to arrange for access.
For all parking on the grass: PARKING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Also be aware of the concrete pads along the runway edges that house the runway lights. These can snag your nose wheel and cause your prop to get close enough to contact the concrete. Also be aware of loose sand and it is easy to get your plane stuck in the sand. Basically, if you see sand, avoid it.
The 2nd recommended area is mid-field on the north side. PARKING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. There is space for approximately 15 aircraft. Park as far back from the runway into the tree-line as possible. The ground is generally well-packed, but still watch out for possible loose sand. There are no tie-downs, bring your own. Beware of numerous sand spurs and prickly pears. Please stay clear of the concrete pad area, this is an emergency helipad reserved for EMS helicopter use. This area too has a walk-through gate. Code 5-2-3. There is a also a drive-through gate with a key lock; contact Cedar Key Police for access if necessary.
The 3rd recommended area is on the north side straight across from the primary parking area. PARKING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. There is space for approximately 4 aircraft. Park as far back from the runway next to the tree-line as possible. The ground is average and there is some loose sand. There are no tie-downs, bring your own. There is no gate in this area, it is necessary to walk across the active runway for egress.
Avoid the area in the Northeast corner of the airport. There is a lot of loose sand and easy to get your plane stuck. This is a good place for HELICOPTER parking. There is a gate located here.
For additional operational and safety tips when flying into KCDK, please read our Airport Info Page!