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This week in Everglades City there will be lots of activities going on for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival.  The event pays tribute to one of the grand legends of preservation of the everglades wilderness.  

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) was an author, a journalist and environmental activist. Her best-known work, Everglades: River of Grass, was published in 1947. It drew attention to the fact that water is the key to the Everglades and presented the concept that the Everglades was not simply a swamp to be drained for homes and businesses, but a vital part of the ecosystem of South Florida. 

check here for a full schedule:

The year 2017 also marks the 70th anniversary of the National Park; dedicated by President Harry Truman in 1947 here at X01




You and your passengers can land at X01 and rent a kayak or two at the Everglades National Park or from one of the many tour boat renters in town.  They will deliver the boats to the Park and pick them up when you return.  This is a great way to see up close the areas that you just flew over. 

You too can get stuck in the mangroves..... Great Fun!



The National Park System under Federal jurisdiction includes many locations with unique values that merit special environmental protection. 
Some areas provide opportunities for solitude and natural quiet and allow visitors to experience nature unaffected by civilization. 

  1. Avoidance of noise-sensitive areas, if practical, is preferable to overflight at relatively low altitudes.
    b. Pilots operating aircraft over noise-sensitive areas should make every effort to fly not less than 2,000 feet above ground level. 
The intent of the 2,000 feet AGL recommendation is to reduce potential interference with wildlife and complaints caused by low flying aircraft over noise-sensitive areas.

   c. Departure from or arrival to an airport, climb after take-off, and descent for landing should be made so as to avoid prolonged flight at low altitudes near noise-sensitive areas.

To truly appreciate the tranquility of Everglades National Park, you can rent a canoe or kayak in town or at the park, or sign up for a ranger guided canoe tour out into the 10,000 islands.



When you’re in the area for Florida's many aviation events,  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 around 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.  Unless you’re in a twin or amphibian and if you have a problem you will most likely 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 that adds 15 minutes to your flight time.   
Your passengers will feel more comfortable and you will add a few more minutes to your logbook. 
  Make sure to check the Aerostat Balloon notifications.