Ruckel Airport, Niceville, FL, USA

Ruckel Airport (FL17), located in Niceville, is a private limited use grass airstrip. Facilities are limited and operations are restricted.

Current Weather

This weather station is still under development and should be considered experimental.

  Fri, 17 May 2024 08:24:37 PM

Other Local Weather

KDTS 180053Z VRB05KT 3SM BR BKN005 BKN014 OVC020 26/25 A2983 RMK AO2 SLP102 T02610250
KVPS 180100Z AUTO 18009KT 9SM BKN006 OVC011 27/25 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP111 $
KEGI 180115Z AUTO 19006KT 10SM FEW012 SCT017 BKN055 OVC075 26/24 A2983 RMK AO2 SLP101 $
KCEW 180111Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM FEW002 SCT018 OVC047 23/22 A2986 RMK AO2 T02280222
KPNS 180053Z 33005KT 10SM BKN011 BKN016 OVC025 24/22 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP099 T02440222
KECP 180053Z 13008KT 10SM -RA SCT005 BKN025 OVC050 27/25 A2985 RMK AO1 LTG DSNT NE SLP118 P0001 T02670250

TAF KVPS 180100Z 1801/1907 19012KT 9999 OVC008 QNH2980INS 
  TEMPO 1801/1805 BKN005 
  BECMG 1808/1809 21015G25KT 9000 -SHRA VCTS BKN015CB BKN060 QNH2983INS 
  TEMPO 1810/1815 20015G25KT 9000 -TSRA BKN007CB BKN040 
  TEMPO 1815/1820 20015G30KT 6000 -TSRA BKN007CB 
  BECMG 1819/1820 26012KT 9999 -SHRA BKN015 QNH2988INS 
  BECMG 1903/1904 25009KT 9999 NSW BKN020 QNH2987INS TX28/1819Z TN25/1809Z

Flight Operations at Ruckel

Ruckel Properties publishes a guide to flight operations at Ruckel. Ruckel's guide is the definitive place for all information. Here is a summary of the highlights.


122.90 - Unicom-like communications in the pattern
124.05 - Eglin Approach, call after take-off for further clearance
134.625 - Eglin ATIS, you may or may not be able to receive this


Normally take-offs to the north and landings to the south are preferred due to noise abatement. The landing pattern be on the east side of the runway. Traffic patterns will be within one nautical mile of the airport. Traffic pattern altitude is officially “at or below 800′ MSL” but by common consent among the pilots it is normally at 700′ MSL.

Transient Pilots

Transient pilots should contact Ruckel Properties in advance at 850-678-2223 or and be approved before landing.

Flight Instruction and Other Services at Ruckel

There are no touch and go's at FL17 but that doesn't mean there is no flight instruction. See the Flight Instruction and Services page for more details.

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Email List

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Links to More Information

Real time aircraft positions via local ADS-B receiver.

Delayed aircraft positions via FlightAware.

Ruckel Properties

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