I am flying out of Orlando in a couple of weeks and was going to have a friend drop me off in a light Cessna. I was wondering if anyone had some advice about an FBO and also if they charge any big landing fees. Any advice would be helpful.
I would HIGHLY suggest flying into ORL instead of MCO. JT is right about Signature and the airport not being to friendly with light a/c. About the lightest thing I've EVER see fly in (other than myself shooting an ILS at 12:30 am in a 172) is a King Air. With landing fees and ramp fees, if you were flying OUT of MCO, it might be cheaper to land at ORL and then take a cab.....
If you do wind up at MCO and get over to the Southwest Airlines side, let me know.
I fly into MCO in a cherokee 180 alot, no problems with anything. I go to Jet center, as long as you go before or after the rush hours you will be fine. If you arrive after 7p.m. or so, and get some gas they won't charge you any extra fees. I get their courtesy car and zip over to the terminal drop/ pick up well within the time limit for the car. I would not waste time going to ORL and driving over, too much time.
I was not in yesterday. The weather was horrible so I cancelled the flights I had. In any case, I am there part of today and then gone on a trip with a student until Thursday. I'll be back full time after that.
Getting into MCO is cheap AND easy. There is a designated runway for GA traffic. 18R/36L. Go to Galaxy. It's cheap (free) and they usually let you use their crew car. If there isn't one available ask someone to give you a ride to the terminal. I've been there several times and I've never paid a cent to park and pick up a friend. I do tip the driver when the crew car isn't available.
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You haven't been to Galaxy in a while. They charge a minimum $25 ramp fee for single engine, and $45 for multi.
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I don't know if you would consider 3 weeks "a while". As a matter of fact, I just got off the phone with them because I wanted to make sure my information was current and correct. No ramp fees for a single or light twin if you're just going to be there for an hour or so. They encourage you to purchase fuel, but it's not a requirement. They are VERY friendly and I reccomend going there. If you don't believe me, call them at (800) 704-4147.
As far as going there, be prepared for delaying vectors and requests to maintain max forward speed. Bring an airport diagram (on your Jepp or NOS plates) so you can plan where you're going, especially if your used to smaller airports. ATC there is good about giving long landings, intersection departures, etc... so you can cut your taxi times down. I've never had a problem there.