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GAINESVILLE’S FIXED BASE OPERATOR TARGETS GENERAL AVIATION COMMUNITY WITH FUEL PRICE REDUCTION

GAINESVILLE, FL November 5, 2013– University Air Center (UAC), Gainesville Regional Airport’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO) is aiming to attract more general aviation business to the area with a fuel price reduction.

“This is part of our continuing effort to support general aviation,” says UAC manager Bill Pokorny. “The price was already low and this should be good news for local pilots or aircraft owners traveling through our area on their way to other, great Florida destinations.”

The price of 100LL self-serve fuel is being dropped from $5.10 to $4.98 per gallon. Pokorny hopes the recent trend in lower fuel prices will continue.

“Regardless, we intend to continue our commitment to support our piston engine airplane owners and operators by pricing as low as we possibly can,” says Pokorny.

GAINESVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT SECURES MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN GRANTS  FOR TAXIWAY AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS

GAINESVILLE, FL September 19, 2013– The Gainesville Regional Airport will receive millions of dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the coming fiscal year for a taxiway and apron project. The City of Gainesville has been awarded a $2,487,157 discretionary grant to rehabilitate the taxiway and construct a new connector to runway 11-29, the main commercial runway. An additional $1,790,270 in Federal Aviation Authority entitlement funds from the Airport Trust Fund will help complete the $4.7 million project.

The project includes repaving the airport’s main commercial taxiway, replacing lighting and signage, relocating a connector between the taxiway and apron.

“The new connector to the taxiway is important to the safety of pilots traversing from apron, to taxiway to runway,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. “The connector is also the first step in expanding the apron to our west, allowing for safer passenger boarding.”

The airport has also been approved for a $170,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation for parking lot improvements and a smaller grant for improvements to the airport’s general aviation terminal.

Anderson Colombia of Lake City won the bid for the taxiway and apron project with a bid amount of $4,292,821.70.  There are additional costs for engineering and project inspection and testing services to be provided by URS, Inc. out of their Lake City office.  Total eligible project costs are expected to be $4,753,196.40.  The FAA pays for 90% of all eligible project costs.  FDOT will also contribute $237,660.00.

Work on the projects could begin as soon as November of this year and continue for about 7 months.

GAINESVILLE, FL, August 2, 2013–The Florida Airports Council (FAC) is honoring Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) for recent sustainability projects. GNV was singled out among commercial airports for the 2013 J. Bryan Cooper Environmental Award during the Florida Airport Council’s annual conference held in Orlando the last week of July.

Projects garnering recognition for the airport include the rental car service facility, the rooftop photovoltaic solar panels and energy-efficient additions to the phase III terminal renovations.

“This is the community’s airport and the facilities and operations are a reflection of the entire region,” says Ian Fletcher, chairman of the Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. “Our efforts in sustainability are something in which our passengers and local residents can take pride.”

Photovoltaic solar panels with the capacity to capture 292 kilowatts of power adorn the roof of the John R. Alison commercial terminal, as well as the roof of the rental car wash facility just west of the terminal. The car wash facility features a wastewater recovery/reuse and surface water management systems, as well as an irrigation system utilizing well water.

The annual award is presented for promoting, implementing or undertaking environmental projects and programs that have a positive effect on the Florida aviation system.  The FAC looks for projects that demonstrate a balance between environmental benefits and financial viability. They also recognize the importance of partnerships with entities outside of aviation. The photovoltaic solar panel project and the participation in Gainesville Regional Utilities’ Feed In Tariff program were important.

“We are thankful to have so many great partners involved in our efforts at GNV,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. “The staff at GRU was supportive and accommodating. GNV has had the assistance of focused engineers with Reynolds Smith & Hills and Passero & Associates who put all these pieces of the puzzle together. We must also thank our colleagues with the Florida Department of Transportation for assistance in securing funding for these initiatives.

GAINESVILLE, FL February 8, 2013– The Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority (GACRAA) will cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of Phase III airport renovations. The ceremony will be at 3:30pm, Thursday, February 28th in front of the John R. Alison terminal. The public is welcome to attend.

Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) completed updates which are not only aesthetically pleasing, but the renovations result in easier accessibility for passengers as well as energy efficiency.

  • All non-insulated store front glass has been replaced with energy efficient glass.
  • The airport's main entryways are now vestibules to reduce the loss of air conditioning or heating. The curbside drop off, sidewalks and crosswalks have been redone with a unique pattern of colored cement with curved lines.
  • Exterior, pillar lighting was replaced with new, energy efficient LED lighting for energy efficiency and the safety of late arriving travelers.
  • Fresh paint, new benches and new landscaping create the new welcome for both residents and visitors to the community.
  • The new irrigation system replaced the source from utility domestic water to well water.
  • Disabled parking areas and ramps to the sidewalk were repaved at the front of the short term lot.

Terminal Renovations Phase III began in June 2012 and final touches were completed in February 2013 with a construction cost of $1.3 million.

The airport is in the process of updating its Master Plan. Also at the ribbon cutting ceremony, initial concept drawings for future terminal expansion plans will be on display.