Canadian Xpress November 2021 Monthly Challenge: National Parks I – Dry Tortugas
Written by cxa001 on November 2, 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park is a national park in the United States about 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The Park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago’s coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida Keys reefs. The Park is accessible only by seaplane or boat with overnight camping is limited to 8 primitive campsites.
Fort Jefferson is a massive but unfinished coastal fortress. It is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere and is composed of more than 16 million bricks. Planning for a fortification began almost immediately after American acquisition, and construction started in 1847. Work was half complete in 1860. This bastion remained in Union hands throughout the Civil War. It later was used as a prison until abandoned in 1874. During the 1880s, the Navy established a base in the Dry Tortugas, and it subsequently set up a coaling (refueling) and a wireless (radio) station there as well. During World War I, a seaplane base was established in the islands, but it was abandoned soon thereafter.
This month, we are doing a round trip tour flight to Fort Jefferson and back.
• This is a float plane event.
• There are no aircraft services, so you’ll have to plan your fuel for the flight out and back – no adding or removing fuel between flights is allowed.
• The flight will be made as 2 separate flights and must be made on the same day.
• Both flight logs must be submitted in one email, single flight logs will be rejected.
• The average of both legs will determine your score.
Your mission is to fly from Key West (KEYW) to Fort Jefferson (RBN) with any Canadian Xpress freeware or payware Amphibious Float freeware or payware aircraft that you have the rank to fly.
Join Canadian Xpress today in order to participate as there are some great prizes to be won including:
• Aerosoft Products
• Bonus Flight Hours
• Canadian Xpress Monthly Challenge Award
The November 2021 Monthly Challenge is open to all Canadian Xpress pilots from November 2nd until November 29th, 2021, so join Canadian Xpress today by visiting https://canadianxpress.ca.
* Canadian Xpress accepts 50% of your VATSIM, IVAO or other virtual airline hours with no limits.