Key West, Florida (PRWEB) July 28, 2012
The National Park Service has awarded local business, Key West Seaplane Adventures (KWSA) the only Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) to provide seaplane service to Dry Tortugas National Park. The award was granted based on an impeccable record of visitor safety, resource protection, relevant experience as a seaplane tour company and credit history. Key West Seaplane Adventures had the contract for the past two years under which they flew 18,000 passengers to the historic Fort Jefferson and crystal waters of the Dry Tortugas National Park.
Superintendent of the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Dan Kimball says, “KWSA continues to provide an excellent service for our visitors so they may experience the spectacular natural and historic resources of the park.”
KWSA is run by long-time Key West resident and seaplane manager, Peter Green. The company is an extension of Promech Air based in Ketchikan, Alaska. With over 30 years of experience, they are the largest seaplane operator in Southwest Alaska, flying up to 600 passengers per day to the Misty Fjords National Monument and Neets Bay for bear watching.
Owner and South Florida native, Marcus Sessoms says, “We knew the first two years operating in Key West we would be building a foundation for a much bigger seaplane operation. Winning this permit gives us the stability necessary to start our expansion plans. We will be adding more aircraft and new tours in the very near future.”
KWSA currently offers morning, afternoon and full day trips to the Dry Tortugas, located 70 miles west of Key West. It is one of North America’s least visited National Parks, and is home to Fort Jefferson, the largest brick structure in the Western Hemisphere. The park is renowned for its marine life, pirate legends, and its sheer unspoiled beauty. Visitors can tour Fort Jefferson and snorkel the living reef straight off a white sand beach. These pristine waters are one of the most beautiful experiences the Keys have to offer.
The 10-passenger aircraft used for the Dry Tortugas is DHC-3 DeHavilland Turbo prop Otter - one of the largest and most dependable seaplanes on the market. The low altitude sightseeing flight offers some of the most spectacular views of the Florida Keys. Spot sharks, dolphin, turtles and shipwrecks. Flight time is 40 minutes each direction.