Update on October 2015
ALERT 10/12/2015. THE NOTAM HAS BEEN LIFTED. THE AIRPORT IS OPEN! Also note, the runway lighting system still needs a component to have the pilot-controlled lighting to function. The plan is if that is not installed by Friday, 10/16, the County will turn on the lights, at low intensity, for the entire weekend of Seafood Festival.
Improvement Plan Progress
UPDATE October 11, 2015
All of the recent improvements to the airport have been completed. The work included:
The master plan still calls for major improvements to the runway by replacing the existing asphalt runway with concrete. It was not possible to accomplish this at this time because the present condition of the road bridges leading to the runway cannot take the weight and repetitiveness of the cement trucks to accomplish the project. The bridges have to be repaired or replaced first. The timing is uncertain for this, thus that is why the current improvements were performed to not allow the runway to deteriorate any further until then.
The one major issue that the Friends of the Cedar Key Airport has repeatedly been told by pilots coming into Cedar Key is the need for additional aircraft parking. Unfortunately the current improvements did not include this. We have been told by the County that the plan for next year to pave a new ramp area mid-field on the north side of the runway. Aircraft can already park there but risk loose sand and burrs to do so. There is a gate in the fence for egress located there. It is marked as Area 2 for parking on our suggested parking map.
Please continue to complete our pilot survey. We use this information to support our efforts with the County for improvements to the airport and operations. Thank you.
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!