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

IATA: noneICAO: noneFAA LID: 17FL
Airport type Private
Owner Jumbolair Inc.
Operator Frank Merschman
Serves Ocala, Florida
Location Anthony, Florida
Elevation AMSL 100 ft / 30 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 7,550 2,301 Asphalt
9/27 3,640 1,109 Turf
Source: Federal Aviation Administration
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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. 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.


Jumbolair Aviation Estates is an aviation-related gated community and airpark situated alongside the airport's runway.

Terri Jones (formerly Terri Brantner), a former Revlon model and flying enthusiast, manages the estates. A 380 acres (150 ha) horse ranch formerly built by Muriel Vanderbilt and purchased by Jones' first husband Arthur Jones (inventor of the Nautilus cam) in 1980 sits at the community's center. The 550 acres (220 ha) development contains two 3 acres (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 allows Travolta, a pilot, to operate his Boeing 707 jet. 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.

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