Tampa Bay AviationKCLW
10 reviews

Tampa Bay Aviation is conveniently located just outside of Tampa and 3 miles from Clearwater Beach. Whether you travel here for vacation, business or live in the area, our fleet is ready to fly where you’d like to go. Take advantage of a central location in Florida allowing you to travel to any Florida destination in a timely manner, Clearwater to Key West in under 2 hours. For Pilots with an additional rating in sight, we are a flight school for both Fixed Wing and Rotorcraft training. We believe our reasonable rates combined with our accommodating staff set us apart from the rest, and we welcome you to come fly with us.

• Free loaner headsets
• Free WiFi, TV, and computer with internet access
• Snack machines
• Free coffee
• Full-size refrigerator, freezer and microwave

CFI Rate: $65.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $65.00/hr
Aircraft Rental Sales Tax: 7.00%
Misc. Items Sales Tax: 7.00%


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

Notify the FBO front desk for any fuel request.

Access to Aircraft

During business hours: Let the office personal behind the desk know that you have an OpenAirplane reservation and they will give you the keys.

After business hours: We will leave the keys and aircraft rental sheet out where you can access it as long as it's before 9:00pm, which is when the FBO building closes

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Park aircraft, tie down, retrieve Tac and Hobb times and return keys and folder to front desk.

After business hours: If it's before 9:00pm, you can leave the keys and folder at the front desk, but if it's after 9:00pm, you can leave them on the floor of the plane.

Mechanical Problems at another airport

If you have any mechanical issues, please give our front desk a call so that we can consult with the maintenance department to find the best course of action.

Securing Aircraft

Park plane on the concrete slab where it was originally taken from. Tie down aircraft after each flight and secure control lock

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

Aircraft are typically not refueled after each flight so it gives you latitude on choosing how much fuel to take on. If you may need to have no more than a certain amount, please give us a call at least one day in advance and we can make sure it doesn't exceed that amount for your flight.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard departure procedures

Due to a noise abatement area to the northwest of the field, there is right traffic for runway 34 and left traffic for runway 16. Departing runway 34, turn to a heading of 020 until clear of traffic pattern. Departing runway 16 make right traffic and depart midfield if going west at 1000 feet. Be aware that the shelf of class B is about a mile east and starts at 1200 feet. Class D is approximately half mile to the southeast (KPIE).

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Contact Tampa Approach on 125.3 once clear of the Clearwater Airpark traffic pattern.

Local reporting points

Typical reporting points for ATC are over Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Tarpon Springs.

Typical TFR considerations

There are occasional TFR's issued for VIP's and other reasons, but the only permanent TFR is one near Orlando that is over Disney World.

Routine radio position reports

Typically we report over the CTAF our position in reference to Clearwater Beach when we're west of the Airpark and our distance from the Airpark from any other direction.

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiing to the runways

Hard Stand 172s: 172s located on hard stands in the grass must exit and enter the hard stands using the north taxi way by the fuel farm.

All aircraft located directly off the taxi way must enter and exit the hard stands from the center taxi way south of the hard stands.

Run up area

We do our run-ups at the departure end of the runways.

Traffic pattern altitude

1,071 ft MSL

Noise abatement procedures

For runway 34, turn to a heading of 020 degrees after takeoff and make right hand traffic.

Preferred pattern entry

If crossing from the west, crossing over mid-field is preferred. And if coming from any other direction, entering the downwind at the 45 is best.

Special cautions for flying the pattern

St. Pete/Clearwater Tower will sometimes route military and IFR traffic through the pattern so it's important to keep a watch for traffic transitioning through that probably won't be on the CTAF.

Airport restrictions

Touch-and-go's are not allowed and takeoffs and landings are not permitted from 11:00pm to 7:00am.

Local Flight Planning Tips

Noise sensitive areas

There is a noise abatement area for a neighborhood just to the northwest of the Airpark as well as a wildlife santuary over Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, and Anclote Key which are all to the northwest of the Airpark. It is recommended to fly at least 2,000 feet over the wildlife sanctuaries, if possible.

Local Hazards

There are trees and obstructions on both ends of the runway so it's important to stay on the glidepath for the VASI, especially at night.


There is a 1,500 foot tower about 8 miles to the north of the airport.

How to easily identify boundaries of overlying or nearby airspace

Gulf to Bay Blvd. (the second large east-west road that is south of the airpark) is the north boundary for the Class Delta to our south. U.S. 19 is roughly the eastern side of the 1,200 foot Class Bravo shelf while the shoreline to our west is the boundary for the 3,000/6,000 foot shelf.

Air carrier arrival paths to be avoided

Large aircraft tend to arrive into St. Pete/Clearwater (KPIE) by paralleling U.S. 19 into 18L when the wind is favoring that runway. It's good practice to stay west of U.S. 19 whenever you aren't in contact with ATC.

Unique weather challenges / microclimates

Summer thunderstorms tend to pop-up quickly in the afternoons and it isn't unsual for a strong seabreeze to create the opportunity for cross-wind landing practice. The wind coming from the west that flows through the trees lining the side of the airport usually create some mechanical turbulence so it's important to be prepared for that when taking off or landing.

Best airports to visit in the area

The Florida Keys are beautiful to visit and there are numerous airports in the area that have great restaurants on the field or with a shuttle such as KLAL, KSPG, and KVNC

Best sights to see nearby from the air

The beaches of Pinellas as well as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Density altitude considerations

The summertime can bring pretty hot, humid weather so it's advisable to check the performance calculations before departing.

Nearby stadiums

Raymond James Stadium is just east of Tampa International and is the only professional/college open-air stadium in the local area.

Traffic flows around local sites / terrain features

Aircraft typically depart and return from the west over the midfield so it can sometimes get congested on that route.

April 1, 2014, 5:06 p.m.

Tampa Bay Aviation is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews.
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Operator Info

1000 N. Hercules Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 461-5229
Tampa Bay Aviation
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