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ROAD TRIP

BY IAN J. TWOMBLY

KEY WEST

FLY TO THE SOUTHERNMOST POINT IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES

TAKE THE LEAP

CHANGES IN
LATITUDE

The hardest part of getting
to Key West is deciding
which way to fly

Getting there: Key West
International Airport
(EYW) can be easily
accessed from across
the Gulf of Mexico and
the Florida Bay or by
flying the length of
the Keys. The former is
faster; the latter gives
more emergency landing options.

AH, SUN, CLEAR WATER, GREAT DIVING, FUN SHOPS-AND THE MASSIVE PARTY SCENE. KEY WEST

is a place like no other. Every year thousands of unlucky travelers make the 113-mile trek along
the mostly two-lane Overseas Highway to get to the island. Not you. You can fly easily from any
point in South Florida with a little bit of planning and precaution. When you're there, make sure
to spend at least a few days to enjoy all the island has to offer, including close and easy diving,
fresh seafood, world-class fishing, and the legendary party scene. A must-see is the home of
writer Ernest Hemingway and his famous six-toed cats. It's a lazy, casual town where roosters
roam the streets and most people move around on bicycles or scooters. The weather is usually 80
degrees Fahrenheit or warmer with Gulf and ocean breezes and is usually consistent-although
hurricane season often can be unkind to the Keys. Ironically, one thing Key West doesn't have in
abundance is good beaches. The island's 4,800-foot runway is one of only two public landing sites
in the Keys. It has one-quite expensive-fixed-base operator (FBO).

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

A flying-over-water experience with land nearby.

22  FLIGHT TRAINING MARCH 2019

Plan ahead: Watch out
for Restricted Area
R-2916 on Cudjoe Key,
between Marathon and
Key West. It contains
a large balloon with
a practically invisible
cable. Stay to the south
of the highway and
you'll be clear. Also be
aware that Naval Air
Station Key West is just
east of the city of Key
West and will require
going well offshore to
avoid its airspace if you
are coming from the
east. Also keep in mind
that if you are flying
south from Naples
you will cross the Air
Defense Identification
Zone.



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