Many Apopka residents have often wondered "What is happening at the formerly sleepy airport I drive by on HWY 441?" The purpose of today's blog is to answer that question.
The Orlando Apopka Airport used to be known as Orlando Country Airport before 2004 when it was purchased by a developer who turned the airport into a Land Condominium. What this means is the owners own the land under their hangar and an undivided share of the common area including the runway. Each owner pays an association fee to maintain the common areas but they don't have to maintain their neighbor's building.
The airport has always been open to the public and subject to inspections by the FDOT. It still remains open to the public, just the hangars are private.
The new hangars you see have all been built after 2004 and meet the current Florida wind codes of 110MPH. Some are even built to higher standards. All have fire sprinkler systems as well. The airport now has public utilities and cable. The runway is not much different in length but has been widened from 27' to 60'. All of the airport details may be found on Airnav.com.
These privately owned hangars often have rental space available for other aircraft besides the owner's. Over the last two years the space has began to fill up. It was a slow start as aircraft owners realized that the airport was open for business again after many closures during the redevelopment.
If you are an aircraft owner, this airport is a great alternative to the congestion found at most surrounding airports. As a flight instructor I always liked the fact that my students didn't have to pay for the extra flight time to get to the "practice area." At X04 you take off and you are there!
Now you know the "scoop" on Florida's Newest Old Airport!