Taxilane Extension and Seaplane Ramp

Taxilane Extension and Seaplane Ramp

Leesburg International Airport, Leesburg, FL

Cost $2.6M

Project Description

This seaplane ramp is located approximately 4.4 nautical miles to the northwest of the seaplane ramp at Tavares, FL, America’s Seaplane City. The Tavares Seaplane Base (FA1) opened in 2010 and currently has four based seaplanes and approximately 7,000 annual operations as it hosts several “splash-ins” annually. FA1 does not now nor does it currently plan on providing maintenance facilities to seaplanes. The next nearest seaplane base is Jack Browns Seaplane Base (F57) located 46 nautical miles to the south. F57 only offers minor airframe and power plant services. The City of Leesburg was interested in providing seaplane maintenance services at Leesburg International Airport (LEE) to assist FA1 as well as any other interested seaplanes.

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Project Highlights

  • Developed Focused Environmental Assessment (FEA) to examine potential environmental affects and identify mitigation actions required
  • Constructed new 800-foot long by 35-foot wide asphalt paved taxilane which connects with the existing airfield taxiway system
  • Constructed 40-foot wide concrete paved seaplane ramp which extends from the new taxilane 120 feet into Lake Harris shoreline
  • Constructed a floating dock adjacent to the ramp