December 4, 2014
UPDATE: APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 20
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: December 4, 2014
Release No.: 2014-89 Contact: 702-293-8691
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR GUIDED DIVING ON SUBMERGED B-29
BOULDER CITY, Nev. –The National Park Service is offering two business opportunities to operate guided scuba diving tours on the B-29 Superfortress Bomber submerged within Lake Mead.
The plane crashed into Lake Mead July 21, 1948, while engaged in high-altitude atmospheric research. The crew of five survived the crash, but the plane was lost in the depths of the lake. It was discovered by local divers in August 2001.
In June 2003, archeologists from the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center mapped and documented the wreck for management and educational purposes. The area has been closed to diving in order to protect the historical resource.
The two-year commercial use authorizations will include the authorized services of scuba dive guiding on the B-29 site, limited to 100 client dives during each 12-month period of the permit, and unlimited scuba instruction and scuba charter for other locations at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The CUAs will be issued following a competitive selection process based on resource protection, ability to operate safely and the ability to interact effectively with National Park Service staff.
To view the opportunity, visit https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=16c0c31b099ec1e68828f4e249dbca0d&_cview=0.
All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 20. For more information, contact Heidie Grigg at 702-293-8923.
B-29 Application Checklist
B-29 CUA Application Form
Attachment A: List of Approved Services
Attachment B: Fee Schedule and Payment
Statement of Guide Dive Certification
Individual Dive Authorization
B-29 CUA Monthly Report
Annual Report for Diving on the B-29 Site and SCUBA
Acknowledgement of Risk Form