Frequently Asked Questions

Who operates the Vero Beach Regional Airport?


Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) is owned and operated by the City of Vero Beach. The Airport Director’s Office may be contacted at (772) 978-4930, by mail at P.O. Box 1389, Vero Beach, FL 32961-1389, or via email at airport@covb.org.




What agency oversees and licenses the operation of the airport?


Vero Beach Regional Airport is licensed as a Class 1 Air Carrier Airport under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, which establishes the airport’s safety, operational and procedural standards. A Class 1 Airport is authorized to receive operations by Large (Over 30 passenger seats) Air Carrier (Airline) aircraft. However, the vast majority of aircraft operations at the airport are general aviation aircraft, which simply means all types of aviation other than scheduled air carrier aircraft. This includes private, flight training, charter and corporate aircraft operations.




Does the Airport have commercial airline service?


Yes. Commercial airline service is currently provided by Elite Airways. Please visit Elite's website: www.eliteairways.com or call 1-877-393-2510. Aircraft charter service is also available with Elite or locally at the Vero Beach Airport through one of our Fixed Base Operators (FBO).




Are there any other types of passenger air service available at the airport?


Several airport businesses (FBOs) offer on-demand aircraft charter service. For more information, click on the “About VRB” tab on the top of our Home page, then select Tenant Directory.




What other types of aviation services are available at the airport?


Vero Beach Regional Airport is home to several full-service Fixed Base Operators, who provide a full range of aviation services, including fuel sales, aircraft storage and maintenance, and flight training. For more information, click on the “About VRB” tab at the top of our Home Page, then select Tenant Directory.




How many businesses are located at the airport?


There are over 100 small to large businesses located at the airport, including Piper Aircraft, Skyborne Airline Academy, C.J. Cannon’s Restaurant, Sun Aviation, Paris Air, Corporate Aircraft Service, JP Aviation, Continental Jet Charter, iThink Financial, Walking Tree Brewery, Vero Beach Distilling, Dragonfly Boatworks, Complete Marine Services, and many others. Contact the Airport Director’s Office or the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce for more information.




What is the economic impact of the airport?


A Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study conducted by FDOT began in October 2016, and was completed in March 2019. This state study concluded that the Vero Beach Regional Airport contributes $1.3 Billion in direct, indirect, and induced economic impact, including over 5,500 jobs, to the local community.




How is the operation of the airport funded?


Vero Beach Regional Airport is not an independent taxing authority. All airport expenses are funded by airport-generated revenue which includes land or building rentals from private and government organizations, fuel flowage fees, and gross receipts payments. In addition, Federal and/or State grants help to fund larger capital maintenance or improvement costs. These grants are funded by aviation system users as well, with taxes collected from domestic airline passenger tickets, domestic airline passenger flight segments, international passenger arrivals and departures, air cargo waybills, and aviation fuel sales. No local ad valorem (property) taxes are used to fund the airport’s operations.




Are there plans to expand the airport?


The Airport currently has sufficient property available which is currently being marketed for commercial aviation and non-aviation development. During the airport’s regular master planning process, the future of the airport is always discussed with input from the community via public meetings of the Airport Commission and the City Council. The Airport will begin a Master Plan update in 2022, which will take several years. Watch our website for Master Planning questionnaires and public meeting schedules.




Does the airport have any noise abatement procedures in effect?


Voluntary procedures are in effect. Information for pilots is published in FAA publications and locally distributed by FBOs. More information on the airport’s voluntary procedures is available on this website by clicking on the “About VRB” tab at the top of our Home Page, then select “Noise Abatement Program”.




Does the airport have instrument approach procedures?


There are published non-precision approaches to 2 of the 3 runways at Vero Beach Airport.




How long has the airport been in existence?


Construction on the original 100 acre Vero Beach Municipal Airport (then also known as the “Silvertown Airport”) was completed in 1929, and the airport was dedicated over the weekend of March 3rd and 4th, 1930. The Airport has operated continuously since then. During World War II, the US Navy took over the airport, expanded its facilities to about 2,300 acres, and established Naval Air Station Vero Beach, where the Navy conducted dive bomber and night fighter training. The airport was deeded back to the ownership of the City in 1947. With FAA-approved land sales over the years to Piper Aircraft, Brooklyn Dodgers, and FlightSafety International, the airport reduced its size to about 1,660 acres, comprising over 20% of the land within the City’s municipal boundaries. The airport’s name was formally changed by the City Council to Vero Beach Regional Airport in 2015.




Is there a control tower at the airport?


Yes, the FAA currently operates an Air Traffic Control Tower from 7:00 AM until 9:00 PM local time.




Is the airfield portion of the airport open 24 hours a day?


Yes. As a federally-obligated public airport, the Vero Beach Regional Airport must remain open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Airport Administration Office is open during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM), and the Air Traffic Control Tower operates as indicated above.




Does the airport rent T-Hangars?


The airport’s T-Hangar complex features hangars in six different sizes: small, medium, box, and three variations of executive hangars. For general information, select the “Develop” tab at the top of our website Home Page, then select T-Hangar Layout Map for hangar and contact information.




Are aircraft tie-downs available?


Tie-downs are provided by the Fixed Base Operators. For more information, click on the “About VRB” tab on the top of our Home page, then select Tenant Directory.




Are rental cars available at the airport?


Currently, four rental car companies serve the airport: HERTZ, located at Sun Jet Center, AVIS, located at the Airport Terminal, and Enterprise and National, located at Corporate Air. Other car rental companies offer pick up and drop off service to airport customers. Contact the rental car company directly for more information.




Are there restaurants at the airport?


Yes, there are several restaurants on the airport property. Please consult your phone book or internet for restaurant locations and hours of operation. C.J. Cannon’s Restaurant (772-567-7727) is located at the Airport Terminal Building.




Is there business space available at the airport?


Yes. Information about leasing opportunities may be found on this website by selecting the “Develop” tab at the top of our Home Page, then select “Leasing Program” and “Vacant Parcel Maps”.




Is ground transportation available for airline passengers?


As these services are updated regularly, please consult your phone book or the Internet for current public and private transportation options and their hours of operation.




Does the airport operate under a TSA security program?


Yes, the airport currently operates under 49 CFR 1542.103 (b) Supporting Program. Airport users and businesses that access the airfield will need access credentials. The airport has a badging office located in the administrative office at the Terminal Building. Hours of operation are by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 772-978-4930 x107.