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.

2023 Second Annual Open Hangar Gathering

Here it is…. that time of year when we’ll get together and open up the Hangars and gather with others that reside at Ruckel.

We’re getting limited on space and it’s always good to put a face with the N number and Aircraft.

Get the latest 411 on what’s going on in and around FL17!

Who - Concerned Ruckel Airport Pilots

Where - FL17, Ruckel Airport Hangars - A11 and B11 for table set up

When - Sunday November 19th @ 2pm til…

What - Taco Bar provided , Donations appreciated

Dress Code - Appropriate Airport Attire, Hawaiian Shirts not required…

BYOB, BYOC (bring your own chips) , Ice on Hand

RSVP to Terry Hagle, text to 850-974-5608 or email to

Current Weather

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

  Fri, 8 December 2023 12:38:02 AM

More weather information on the Weather Stats page.

Other Local Weather

KDTS 080553Z AUTO 08003KT 10SM FEW041 12/08 A3015 RMK AO2 SLP210 T01220083 10128 20100 401610072 56013
KVPS 080555Z AUTO 01003KT 10SM SCT041 BKN210 09/06 A3015 RMK AO2 SLP217 T00880055 10112 20086 401580021 57011 $
KEGI 080555Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM BKN210 06/04 A3015 RMK AO2 SLP211 T00600043 10080 20053 401631018 57014 $
KCEW 080553Z AUTO 00000KT 9SM FEW038 05/04 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP215 T00500039 10072 20044 401611022 58016
KPNS 080553Z AUTO 08008KT 10SM CLR 12/06 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP205 T01220061 10133 20122 401670044 58016
KECP 080553Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR 09/07 A3016 RMK AO1 SLP225 T00890072 10106 20078 401670022 56012

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.

$100 Hamburger

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Aircraft Services

Need some work done on your airplane? Here are some places to get aircraft service.

Email List

  • Looking for a safely pilot for flying some approaches?
  • See something dangerous on the runway, like a mower or a feral hog?
  • Need some help with your airplane?

Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to reach out and stay informed?

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Links to More Information

Real time aircraft positions via local ADS-B receiver.

Delayed aircraft positions via FlightAware.

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