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eduroamEduroam is now available at Gainesville Regional Airport. UFIT installed the worldwide roaming access service this summer. Eduroam is a secure Wi-Fi hotspot that allows anyone with a valid GatorLink ID, along with community members of other credentialed institutions, to access the internet on campuses in dozens of countries. Connecting GNV to the eduroam service ensures the UF community has a secure access.

There are more than 6,000 eduroam hotspots at universities, research centers and related institutions around the glove. Before leaving campus, prepare your device for eduroam by checking that the eduroam connection link appears on your wireless device. Then, log in with your GatorLink credentials and save them. Your device is now ready to use eduroam. Contact the UF Computing Help Desk if you have questions about how eduroam works or if you need assistance preparing your device.

RunwayThe rehabilitation of Gainesville Regional Airport’s (GNV) secondary runway is garnering accolades, including State Project of the Year from the Florida Department of Transportation. GNV executives accepted the award late last month at the Florida Airports Council annual conference.

To be considered for Airport Project of the Year, a project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate exceptional professional skills and must represent a significant contribution to airport development, sustainability, efficiency, capacity and/or safety
  • Be a project funded under the FDOT Aviation Grants Program
  • Be completed in the state fiscal year in which it is nominated.

Runway 7-25 is a secondary runway used by general aviation and corporate aircraft. It was built by the U. S. Army in the 1940’s when the field was Alachua Army Airfield. The runway was last rehabilitated about 40 years ago.

“Traditional rehabilitation or full depth reconstruction was not within the project budget,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. GNV took advantage of an opportunity to work with the FDOT on a demonstration project that will test several construction products and methods not typically used at Florida’s airports. “The FDOT covered the full cost of the project and will be monitoring the condition of runway sections to compare products.”

“One of the most challenging aspects of the project was maintaining airport operations during certain phases of work,” notes airport Facilities Manager Paul Adjan. In the runway intersection area, most of work was performed at night while the main runway (11-29) was shortened by 1000 feet because part of the work area was in the runway safety area. Each night, the contractor and airport staff installed temporary lights and reworked signage and other systems so the main runway could remain open all night. Systems were returned to normal operations by morning. The project was completed by AECOM Technical Services and Whitehurst & Sons, Inc.

The unique runway project was recently awarded the “District 2 Special Project” award by the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida and it was featured in an article in the November-December 2015 issue of Airport Improvement Magazine.

AM jet smCORPORATE JET INCIDENT CLOSES GNV RUNWAY OVERNIGHT AFFECTING FLIGHTS

GAINESVILLE, FL June 7, 2016—The main runway at Gainesville Regional Airport was closed overnight after a corporate jet landed and ended partially off the runway and stuck in the mud. The Cessna Citation jet came in during heavy rains just before 11:30pm on Monday night. There were two pilots and one passenger on the jet, but no one was injured during the landing.

Gainesville Fire Rescue’s Air Rescue and Firefighting units were quickly on the scene. However, due to damaged landing gear, a crane crew was later called in to assist a team from University Air Center as well as airport operations and maintenance in removal of the plane. The Citation weights about 14,000 pounds. The jet was cleared from the runway shortly after 8am Tuesday morning.

At least two Atlanta flights were diverted to Jacksonville Airport. A 50-seat regional jet due in about 11:30pm diverted due to the jet blocking the runway. However, the first diversion of a Delta mainline 100-seat aircraft actually began around 9:30pm and was due to weather in Gainesville. The pilots were waiting out the storm before continuing on to GNV. But the flight was delayed further due to the jet incident. The regional jet flight was eventually cancelled and the mainline jet was rescheduled for 9:30am Tuesday morning. It is unclear how many passengers found alternate routes to Gainesville overnight.

All of American Airlines’ flights from Charlotte and Miami had arrived safely prior to Monday’s incident. However, two early morning departures were delayed about three hours until the runway was cleared.

The jet has been stored in a secure hangar pending investigation of the incident by the National Transportation Safety Board.

GAINESVILLE, FL January 11, 2016—Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) continues its growth trend with record passenger traffic to finish calendar year 2015.

According to enplanement numbers reported by the airlines, 18,562 passengers flew out of the local airport last month. The annual total came to 217,355, more than 2% above 2014 and just 892 passengers more than the previous record set in 1990 which was 216,463 enplanements.

“We have to thank our community for using their local airport more than ever this past year,” says GNV CEO Allan Penksa. “Strong growth will help the community in several ways, in garnering grant funds to expand our terminal, plus giving us a stronger case to take to airlines when we seek out new service.”

Growth in passenger traffic and growth in the business community are important factors weighed by airline route planners. The airport staff and community leaders work to pitch the area and lure new service from the airlines, just like attracting any other type of business.

“It’s really about what our market will bear. But a community with enplanements equal to population size is really doing well,” says Penksa. According to the 2010 census, Alachua County’s population is just about 250,000. “Reaching the population level will also be important to increasing our allotment of agents from the Transportation Security Administration.”

“It was really close coming into the final weeks of the year,” says Laura Aguiar, GNV Manager of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs. “We were helped out by added capacity to Charlotte over the holidays.”

American Airlines added flights over a two week period and even increased the size of the aircraft used on several of the regularly scheduled flights.

“The parking lot has really been the area where we’re feeling the growing pains,” says Facilities Manager Paul Adjan. Visitors and travelers have been parking in grass lots throughout the year. “That’s something that used to only happen during holidays.”

GNV recently finished more than $900,000 in customer service upgrades in the parking lot in 2015. With larger planes, there have been more people exiting the lot at one time. New automated pay lanes help to expedite the process.

“The next step is designing new paved parking for our passengers,” says Penksa. “We’ll also be seeing expansion of the apron for additional plane parking this year.”

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DELTA UPGRADES FLEET AND INCREASES CAPACITY AT GNV

 

DL5GAINESVILLE, FL, February 10, 2014– Delta Airlines will upgrade its fleet to offer area travelers a better product when flying from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV.) The mainline carrier will replace its current CRJ 200s with several CRJ 900s and one B717, all of which include first class accommodations.

The transition to larger aircraft will take place beginning April 1st. The replacement will mean first class seats will be available on all flights and one flight a day will feature First and Economy classes as well as Economy Comfort which offers more legroom.

The replacement reflects Delta Airline’s move toward a more fuel-efficient fleet. Currently, Delta serves GNV with 50-seat CRJs. The first flight of the day will be on a Boeing-717 which seats 110 people in three tiers. The remaining flights will be on CRJ 900s, a 76-seat aircraft that features first class cabin space.

“Gainesville is a business travel market,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. “Since many of them earn the upgrades, first class service is an opportunity our most frequent Road Warriors have been asking for from our airlines.”

As the planes are replaced and more seat capacity is added at GNV, the flight schedule will be consolidated. Although GNV will go from seven to five daily Delta departures, there will actually be an 18% increase in the number of available seats each day.

GNV travelers can begin booking flights on these aircraft today.

Schedule Starting April 1, 2014

7 am                      B-717                     110 seats
10:15 am              CRJ 900                 76 seats
1:10 pm                CRJ 900                 76 seats
3:25 pm                CRJ 900                 76 seats
6:15 pm                CRJ 900                 76 seats

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