Winter Haven Municipal Airport - Gilbert Field (GIF) is located in Central Florida, close to the geographical center of the state. The Airport is owned and operated by the City of Winter Haven and it provides a full-range of services to the general-aviation community.
The Airport is located immediately south of U.S. Highway 92 and public access to the Airport is achieved directly from U.S. Highway 92. The Airport covers 520 acres and the airfield has an elevation of 145 feet above mean sea level.
Major cities in the vicinity of the Airport are Tampa (51 miles) and Orlando (46 miles). In addition to the City of Winter Haven, the Airport serves its immediate neighbors including City of Auburndale, City of Lake Alfred, Polk City, and Haines City.
GIF has two runways, Runway 5/23 is the primary runway and Runway 11/29 is the crosswind runway. Runway 5/23 meets the design criteria for an Airport Reference Code (ARC) of B-II and Runway 11/29 for an ARC of B-I.
The central location of the airport within the state and its close proximity to the many attractions, such as LEGOLAND, Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, and Busch Gardens, make the Winter Haven Municipal Airport a great place to land. The airport's natural resources, its five surrounding lakes, make the Winter Haven Municipal Airport the premier location for seaplane activities within the state.
For over 50 years, Winter Haven has been the single largest location of seaplane training in the country! Because of its abundance of freshwater lakes and superb flying weather, seaplane enthusiasts and visitors from around the world have chosen Winter Haven as the ideal location to enjoy this invigorating flight activity.