ORL (KORL)

Orlando Executive Airport
Orlando, Florida, United States

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Controllers are great but...

At KORL... Due to Class B ceiling above and catering to the executive jets, a regular joe can wait at the end of the runway or be sent on a cross country while in the pattern just to accommodate a biz jet that hasn't yet made the IAF. It wastes tons of time. Neither MCO or SFB are convenient for quick business trips.

One day I was cleared to land same time a student was right below me on instruments. Tower was not aware. Thanks for the guy behind me turning base.

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KORL is awesome!

I've been coming to KORL for the EAA Chapter 74 meetings and events hosted there ever since I was 10 (when Showalter owned the FBO), and I started my flight training there in late 2016. Things have changed since my first visit: the FBO is now owned by Atlantic, but the service is still as great as ever. There seem to be more jet activity too, which can be a little overwhelming. However, the ATC controllers are super nice and will even tell you a little about the local area when they're not busy. If you fly drones and live in the nearby residential area, PLEASE FOLLOW THE FAA REGS! There are a lot of nervous student pilots out there, and there's a pretty good chance that not everyone will see you. On a more personal note, when you park on the FBO ramp and walk in through the automatic doors, you may see a tall chair with a little plaque on it. That is a sort of memorial for my first flight instructor, John Nadon. He was a fixture at the airport until he died of cancer (when he got me to the pre solo level of my training). If you remember John, do check that out. I could say a lot more nice things about KORL, but you really have to go there yourself to experience the friendly atmosphere!

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VISITED DURING TRAINING

ORLANDO EXECUTIVE IS AN AIRPORT THAT IS STUDENT FRIENDLY, WHAT DO I MEAN BY THIS? SOME AIRPORTS THAT YOU VISIT AS A PILOT ARE NOT TO KEEN IN HELPING YOUNG INSPIRING OR NEW PILOTS AND THE TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS SCARE THE HELL OUT OF THEM, ORLANDO EXECUTIVE BEING A BUSY AIRPORT (AND ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT ACCOMPANIES THIS TRAFFIC) IS VERY EASY TO ENTER ITS AREA OF OPERATION FIRST TO THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ON DUTY, THEY ARE ALL VERY PROFESSIONAL AND HELPFUL. THE PEOPLE IN SHOWALTER FBO ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY AND ORIENTED TO HELP ANYONE.


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