Tips, Trips, and Opinions
This section of information offers opinions, tips, and trips from members of AOPA's International Alliance, which is a group of international service providers who are very familiar with operations in the Bahamas and who can share their information here.
This content reflects the opinions of the providers, including occasional operational tips and experiences. Some of the perspectives expressed here may not reflect AOPA's position, but they bring a valuable viewpoint members should be aware of when traveling internationally. Questions or concerns should be directed to the information providers, whose names are hyperlinked below for easy access.
Tips (and Updates)
040414: From Rick Gardner, Caribbean Sky Tours
One of our members experienced an unusual situation while flying IFR in the Bahamas. We had to do a fair amount of research to get to the bottom of it. The bottom line is that all IAP’s in the Bahamas, with the exception of Nassau and Freeport are NOT AUTHORIZED. We felt that this should be shared with AOPA members as Miami Center was not even aware of this. We have forwarded recommendations to Bahamas Civil Aviation as posted in the forum and have sent the NOTAM to Miami Center as well. Click here to link to the post.
022814: From Thierry Pouille, Air Journey.
I just returned from the Bahamas this past week-end with the Bahamas Treasure Hunt. We received excellent service and I can attest that the $50.00 arrival fee is compensated by the ongoing promotion from the Bahamas Tourist office with a $150.00 credit per plane. Details at: http://www.myoutislands.com/island-hopping-promo.cfm
These are upcoming private aviation trips to the Bahamas sponsored or escorted by an international service provider.
Baja Bush Pilots. Explore Cuba. Date TBD.
The date and itinerary is still to be determined however, we will meet in Miami where we will take a charter flight into Habana where we will be spending seven days exploring Cuba as well as discussing with Cuban officials the requirements and safety procedures for Cuban overflights. In addition, we will be visiting a small airport near Habana where a small aircraft museum has been created showing the history of flight in Cuba.
Opinions and Experiences
These are solely the opinions or experiences of the ones to whom they are attributed. Occasionally, you may see conflicting opinions or differing experiences.
Trip to San Salvador Islands, Bahamas
By Craig Peyton: Bahamas Aviator
Photo courtesy of Craig Peyton
The JPI 830 was getting my full attention as I headed offshore near KPMP climbing to 7,500. The IO360 had just been overhauled with about 8 hours so far. With about 450 overwater miles to go, watching the CHT temps rise and fall during engine break in was a bit nerve-racking. The Mooney was headed southeast to San Salavador Island, the furthest east you can fly in the Bahamas. It's out there, and you start to feel a little lonely by the time Cat Island is on your tail. The ever changing engine temps had me thinking about the legendary service record of my Lycoming engine...which I hoped to uphold this fine morning.
My mission was to shoot video for Riding Rock Resort, an inviting, well run family business. Customs was easy, but please note there is a new fee in place. You now pay a $50 “processing fee” when you enter the country, filling out the usual C7A form. On leaving you pay the $25 per person departure tax. That made the total customs cost for my solo trip $75.
Read the whole article here.
Member List: AOPA's International Alliance
Air Journey: Escorted flying journeys to destinations around the world. Travel in a small group on a pre-arranged itinerary, or customize a trip.
Bahamas Aviator: Bahamas flying and resort information for private pilots.
Bahamas and Caribbean Pilots Guide: Publish guide books for pilots: The 2014 Bahamas Pilot's Guide and 2014 Caribbean Pilot's Guide.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. The official travel site of the Islands of the Bahamas.
Baja Bush Pilots: A membership organization providing information, resources, and escorted flights for private pilots in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association: A membership organization that protects personal aviation and promotes it as a valued, integral and sustainable part of the Canadian Community.
Caribbean Sky Tours: A membership association providing information, resources, and escorted flights to Mexico, Central America, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
Pilot Getaways: Pilot Getaways is the bimonthly travel magazine for pilots and their families, focusing on fun flying to destinations from backcountry strips to exclusive fly-in resorts.