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Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUTH TAXIWAY IS COMPLETE

The south taxiway at X01 has been completed and the surrounding turf re-sodded.
Now during busy times departures can line up on the taxiway for full length takeoff rather than waiting to back taxi on the runway.

The helicopter landing pad had to be eliminated as part of the new paving project; however, an alternative helo landing pad will soon be designated.

So, get up and come on down to the most unique airport in the most unique town in Southwest Florida 
Everglades City


photo by John Apte - aerial photography Chokoloskee Island

Monday, May 19, 2014

TAXIWAY AND MORE

Work is underway for completion of the south end of the airport taxiway.  The scheduled target date is sometime around mid June.  Due to the new configuration there will most likely be some changes to the location of the helicopter pad, but the added taxiway length will greatly enhance Runway 33 takeoffs on those busy fly-in days.


Be sure to check notams for the latest updates. 

And you may wish to mark June 28th as a landing date at X01 - the City of Everglades will hold it's "bigger than Disney" fireworks display following the big parade.  During the day there will be lots of activities, music, displays, and events to celebrate our Independence Day. You may even want dress up and join in - or maybe add a flyover (check the regs first) during your visit.

more info at: http://www.evergladesmulletrapper.com/pdfs/SPOT.pdf


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LAST AND FIRST STOP


When you’re in the area for Sun n’ Fun and decide to take an aftershow or anytime trip to the Florida Keys you may want to put X01 as one of your waypoints.  We are the last stop on the Gulf coast before crossing to the Keys.  We are also the first stop on your return flight.   

Our 100LL is generally between one and two dollars less per gallon than anywhere on the Keys and is also highly competitive in the region.

If you decide to head on out to Key West you should consider the route carefully.  X01 to KEYW direct is about 90 plus miles mostly over open water.  If you have a problem, and unless you’re in a twin or amphibian, you could end up making a splash landing into Florida Bay.  A more prudent choice would be to follow the Florida coastline to Cape Sable and cross over less open water, with lots of smaller land masses, toward Marathon Key (KMTH).  The distance is about 80 miles and offers a lot more to look at.  From there to Key West is another 40 miles which adds about 15 minutes to your flight time.   
click on the map to enlarge
 
Your passengers will feel more comfortable, have great views of the Everglades and the Keys, and you will add a few more minutes to your logbook. 
 





Friday, February 14, 2014

FIX YOUR WINGS?

Owner Performed Maintenance
 What a non-licensed mechanic is legally allowed to do.
How aircraft maintenance regulations apply to you
What you may and may not do yourself 
How to properly document it

Saturday, February 22, 2014 , starting at 12:00 pm EST 
Own your own aircraft?  
Who has the authority to perform regular service and maintenance, ground an aircraft or return it to service? 
This seminar will cover what items you as an owner may perform, including a review of tips to keep your aircraft engine and airframe running at their peak.  
We will discuss items that are practical in everyday operations but are seldom reviewed.  Light Sport included. 
Speaker: Chuck Gretzke, ATP/Comm (ASEL, ASES, ROTORCRAFT, GLIDER); CFI-II, MEI; A&P, AI. 

Plus FREE pancake with sausage breakfast to all attendees from 10 am to Noon!   
The class will be held at 12 Noon to allow participants and guests to spend the rest of the afternoon trekking and exploring Everglades City restaurants, airboats, fishing guides, Everglades National Park boat tours, Chokoloskee island and the many other local attractions in the area.  Bikes are available to rent at the airport  Restaurants, lodging facilities, and most others will pick you up on call. 
Overnight underwing Dry Camping permitted at X01 for $12.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

3 DAYS IN EVERGLADES


Friday February 7th is the start date of the famous Annual Seafood Festival in Everglades City.  Every year this event draws tens of thousands of visitors for three days of fun, games, country music, bands, and, of course, a wide variety of fresh seafood for your dining and overindulging pleasure.  Fly in to X01 with family and friends and join in the fun.  There will be free van shuttle service to and from the festival site, or you could rent a couple of bikes, or even just walk - it's only about a half mile down the road.

Copy and paste the following for more information:  http://www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org/

Here for lodging and other links:  http://www.evergladeschamber.com/

Tent camping is also available at the airport.  Call for further; Mike 239-595-4203



Monday, January 13, 2014

RULES AND REGS REVIEW

Show us your Landing Skills and have pancakes and sausage with us.


Saturday, January 18th at 10AM we will be hosting a free pancake breakfast followed by the FAA Safety Team presentation of Review of Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 91 & 61.  In these days of more intensified scrutiny of security and general aviation flight operations, it is incumbent on fliers to make sure they are up to date on the latest rules and regulations. 
The Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 91 & 61 cover the rules for general aviation flights.  It is essential that aviators are familiar and compliant with them.   In this seminar, we will highlight areas that pilots often overlook, or haven't reviewed in a while and will lead a discussion about commonly misunderstood topics that apply to general aviation operations.   We will also review recent changes in the FARs.    
For further check this site: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=52879&caller=/SPANS/events/ModifyEventList.aspx
Our sponsors are offering a FREE pancake with sausage breakfast to all attendees from 10 am to Noon!  The class will be held at 12 noon to allow the attendees and guests to spend the rest of the day visiting 'Art in The Park' trekking / exploring the area. Overnight underwing Dry Camping permitted ($12 fee).  Most of the town is within walking distance and there are bikes for rent at the airport, and restaurants will send a vehicle for free pick up; the Everglades National Park is a five minute walk around the corner.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fly-in to Everglades X01 December 21st and stay for the day

Saturday, December 21st will be a special day in Everglades City and at the airport.  
Beginning at 10AM Chuck Gretzke will be hosting a free pancake and sausage breakfast until noon. 
Afterwards the FAA Safety Team will present a program on Water Survival and how to prepare for overwater flights, featuring Amy Laboda an ATP licensed, CFII-MEI.  Ms. Laboda actually lost an engine in a single engine aircraft while flying to the Cayman Islands and ditched her aircraft South of Cuba.  Her story along with the course materials should make for some very interesting discussion.
http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=52878&caller=/default.aspx

Later, you and your passengers can rent a bike to take an airboat ride, visit the Historical Museum, and Everglades National Park, call a restaurant for pickup at the airport, or just tour the town and maybe stick around for the annual boat parade down the Barron River ending up at the Oyster House Restaurant; just down the road from the airport.
Or rent a room for the night and join in the post parade party with food, drinks, and music until 11PM.
For further information call Mike Klein at 239-695-0595 or 603-831-1701,cell.
Meanwhile have a look at some of our visitors from the November 23d event; Tamiami Civil Air Patrol; Collier County Search and Rescue; and a recently completed Kitfox.