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 Work on the runway is still progressing although the estimated time to completion has been extended.

For one thing, it's the beginning of the rainy season...

...and Alligator mating season

Plus ...


this guy was spotted heading toward the airport,

but, our formidable Park Rangers from the National Park headquarters next door snagged it!

Aside from these few setbacks, things are actually progressing!

Stay tuned....



Work on the runway upgrade is proceeding straight and level

  The runway surface has been ground up and removed;

                                                        Out with the Old

 Subsurface laid down, graded, leveled, and the first layer of asphalt rolled out!!

In with the New



This Must Be The Place!!!



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 could end up making a splash landing into Florida Bay.  A more prudent choice would be to follow the Florida coastline to Flamingo, then a heading of about 150 degrees to cross over less open water, with lots of smaller land masses, toward Islamorada.  
Check notams for the aerostat balloon restricted area R-2916 north of the Keys which extends up to 14,000 feet.  Contact Key West approach on 124.025 for advisories of intense military operations on Boca Chica Key
The route will add about another 10 or 15 minutes to Key West; your passengers will feel more comfortable and you will add a few more minutes to your logbook.