From facilitating dream flights for World War II veterans to relocation flights for sea turtles, New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport is making a difference in our community.
Such was the case this morning when four juvenile loggerhead sea turtles were successfully flown in by father & son team Andy & A.J. Reinach of Turtles Fly Too, a nonprofit organization that receives requests for emergency aviation transport from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, zoos, aquariums, and other rescue organizations.
Originally hailing from New England, these four turtles are slated to be released into the wild near Apollo Beach, located at the northern end of Canaveral National Seashore, with the help of local personnel including Karrie Minch of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Jaymie Reneker of NSB Turtle Trackers.
"This is a great example of just one of the cool things that happen here every day," said Airport Manager Adam Lo Bianco. "Having a local airport here in New Smyrna Beach provides us the flexibility, agility, and proximity to be able to do our part and help get these turtles back in the water as soon as possible."
Would you like to know more? Please click on the organizations mentioned in this post to learn more about each and contact airport staff at email@example.com or (386) 410-2680, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Photo: NSB Turtle Trackers biologist Jaymie Reneker and Turtles Fly Too pilot Andy Reinach move a container with a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle inside as FWC representative Karrie Minch and co-pilot A.J. Reinach coordinate unloading another.
Photo: A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle with the number 550 drawn on its shell cranes its neck for a better view after being placed in the bed of a pickup truck for transport to Canaveral National Seashore.