Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
7:01 pm EST
Friday, February 26, 2021

A soft landing

City Manager Al Minner says, “The city of Leesburg is extremely proud of the new seaplane ramp. It was funded primarily by the city’s airport fund but received grants from Lake County and the Florida Department of Transportation.” The ramp at the Leesburg International Airport provides yet another access point to the city for business and leisure visitors and direct access from Lake Harris to the airport. It is one of the main parts of the airport’s master plan. “The ramp was built as an economic development incentive to encourage Wipaire to locate their headquarters in our community. Wipaire is one the nation’s largest manufacturers of civil aviation floats,” Al says. “So not only does the seaplane ramp improve the transportation services that are offered at the airport, it was another major accomplishment in leveraging the airport to be an economic incentive which can bring new investments and jobs to the region.” Being multi-modal means Leesburg’s airport provides an advantage for the aviation industry and may bring more airport tenants. The ramp is designed to accommodate both amphibious and straight-float aircraft.