Jumbolair Airport

  (Redirected from Greystone Airport)

Coordinates: 29°16′49″N 082°07′29″W / 29.28028°N 82.12472°W / 29.28028; -82.12472

Jumbolair Airport (FAA LID: 17FL) is a private-use airport. It is located in the unincorporated community of Anthony, which is seven miles (11 km) northeast of Ocala, Florida, United States. Frank Merschman owns and operates Jumbolair.[1] The airport has two runways: 18/36 with an asphalt pavement measuring 7,550 x 210 ft (2,301 x 64 m) and 9/27 with a grass surface measuring 3,640 x 100 ft (1,109 x 30 m). According to FAA documents, 9/27 ""Greystone"" grass airstrip was once so degraded that only the smallest aircraft could use it.[2]

Airport typePrivate
OwnerJumbolair Inc.[1]
OperatorJohn Travolta
ServesOcala, Florida
LocationAnthony, Florida
Elevation AMSL100 ft / 30 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 7,550 2,301 Asphalt
9/27 3,640 1,109 Turf
Entrance to Jumbolair


Jumbolair Aviation Estates is an aviation-related gated community and airpark situated alongside the airport's runway, the largest private paved airfield in the United States.[3]

A 380-acre (150 ha) horse ranch built by Muriel Vanderbilt, which was purchased by Arthur Jones (inventor of the Nautilus cam) in 1980, sits at the community's center. The 550-acre (220 ha) development contains two 3-acre (1.2 ha) lots connected by taxiways which lead to the runways.

John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston were some of the first land purchasers. The runway length allowed Travolta, a pilot, to operate his Boeing 707 jetliner. Travolta announced in May 2017 that the aircraft had been donated to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society near Wollongong, Australia.[4] In January 2007, litigation prevented all property owners in the subdivision from accessing the runway with their aircraft. The access issue was resolved when Jumbolair purchased the adjacent land and remaining airport rights.[1]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On August 26, 1985, a Luscombe 8E Silvaire, registration number N47BM, was observed to make two steep turns and enter a spin at an altitude of about 200 feet (61 m) AGL immediately after takeoff from Runway 9 at Greystone; the ensuing crash killed the pilot and passenger and destroyed the airplane. Witnesses reported to investigators that the pilot had previously exhibited a lack of control coordination in the aircraft and had engaged in reckless flying on previous occasions. The accident is attributed to the pilot's loss of control and his subsequent stall/spin and uncontrolled descent. The pilot's "ostentatious display", "improper use of procedure", "overconfidence in [his] personal ability", and "overconfidence in [the] aircraft's ability" are noted in the report.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b c Rick Cundiff (6 September 2008). "Greystone Airport owners sell to Jumbolair". Star-Banner. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  2. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for 17FL PDF, effective 2009-03-12
  3. ^ Homes With Plenty of Tarmac Appeal
  4. ^ Media, Australian Community Media - Fairfax (2017-05-27). "John Travolta donates his Boeing 707 to HARS in Albion Park". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  5. ^ "NTSB Probable Cause Report MIA85FA239". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 21 October 2014.[dead link]
  6. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Accident Luscombe 8E N47BM, 26 Aug 1985". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  7. ^ "National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Final Report – Accident number MIA85FA239". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2021-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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