SVEND AAGE OVESEN JR. SEAPLANE TERMINAL
Christiansted, St. Croix
The Svend Aage Ovesen Seaplane Terminal on St. Croix is located in Water Gut in Christiansted.
Seaplane service is available from this facility daily from Christiansted to downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Flights are also available to San Juan Puerto Rico, and packages are offered to connect passengers to the British Virgin Islands via inter-island ferries. Visit Seaborneairlines.com for more information about other destinations.
Captain Svend Aage Ovesen Jr.
Svend Aage Ovesen Jr. was a skilled and highly respected Virgin Islands aviator. He was born on January 6, 1942, in Frederiksted, St. Croix to Svend and Josephine Lee Ovesen. After high school, he joined the Navy and was in communications. In 1963 he started to work as an operations and communications agent on St. Croix at Pan-American World Airways. He worked his way up to director of the airlines until 1976 when Pan-Am ended operations on St. Croix.
In 1998 Ovesen earned his license to operate seaplanes, single and multi-engine planes. He got his first pilot job in 1978 flying for Antilles Airboats. He was the first native Virgin Islander to captain an Antilles Airboat that serviced the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Ovesen and his wife had their own charter air service, Crucian International Airline, using an executive eight-seat aircraft. He was one of the principals and founders of St. Croix Air Park. The Ovesens expanded their charter services to include medical emergency evacuations.
In April 1995 Ovesen and Irvine Clifford set two-speed records flying a III Astra AJ 24 jet from St. Croix to New York City and Boca Raton, Fla., to St. Croix.
Ovesen died in a plane crash in Puerto Rico while flying a charted medical evacuation flight on April 15, 2002. The seaplane facility in Christiansted, St. Croix was named in his honor by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands via Act No. 7335.