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Short Trips: Tamap
- Peter O Knight Airport
Here are some
shots of Peter O' Knight Airport in Tampa. It's located right downtown
on Davis Island. That's Davis Island Yatch Club nestled in that
basin by the airport. It's where I learned to fly, so I'm very comfortable
there, but it is some complicated airspace. Peter O' is in Class
G to 700', Class E to 1200', Then Class B for Tampa International
up to 10,000'. It's also about 1/2 mile outside of McDill Airforce
Base airspace, so you really wanna watch those downwind to base
turns on 03.
The longer runway
is something like 3300'. It looks a little intimidating from this
angle, but it's really plenty for most GA planes.
I've seen tarpon,
manatees, sharks, dolphins and schools of whatever's swimming down
there on regular occassions. That's Tampa Bay that the island is
Here's a shot
from the front doors. It's a small FBO that has a decidedly late
60's design that reminds you of an earlier time. It's a regular
stop for thirsty runners on the island, and pilots can often be
found just hanging out and shooting the breeze with each other.
It's the kind
of place where pretty much everybody you cross paths with is into
aviation in some way or another. Many of the line guys are studying
to be CFI's. Most fly often. I like knowing that the guy gassing
my plane knows exactly how important it is to double check those
caps and really take a good look at that oil. I take donuts in every
Saturday for the staff. It's pretty lame, I know, but it's a small
way for me to show my appreciation.
is Yadira and Roy. Roy is the head line guy, and Yadira works the
front desk at the FBO. This is the FBO from the flightline side.
This is the
city of Tampa, from just North of Peter O'. Click on the picture
to see the larger version. Check out all the cruise ships and freighters.
At one end of Peter O', are the fuel docks. These are huge tanks
where fuel is pumped off of ships and then sent inland by train
and truck. You don't want to get caught in an emergency here without
I work in the
tall building just to the right of the center of the picture. It's
kind of rose colored.
obsticle at Peter O'... Moving buildings! These big boys go up and
down the channel that runs accross the end of 21. You definately
wanna check both ends of the runway before committing to an appraoch.
Other port related
obsticles to be avoided include cranes, tall buildings, hospital
helicopters that run up and down that same channel, news helicopters
that use Peter O' because it's right in the middle of town, and
Air Force air-to-air refuelers landing at McDill
Here's the rest
of the island from about 900 feet. That's downtown Tampa in the
background. Click on the picture to see it full size.
All and all,
I really like Peter O' because of the people there. It's very relaxed
and un-hurried, and their rental rates are reasonable. I also like
the way that I can handle my reservations online in a realtime schedule
program tied directly into the FBO at Peter O', so when I make a
change or new reservation, it shows up on their desktop right then.
Drop in on them
and see some excellent scenery.