June 17, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has established a network of “gateway” Florida fixed-base operators (FBOs) to make it easier for general aviation pilots to fly to and from the islands. The FBOs have been trained by staffers from the Bahamas Tourist Office, with the emphasis on arrival and departure procedures. Up-to-the-minute customs and immigration information is also available, as are pilot supplies.
The first four FBOs are: Miami Executive Aviation at Opa-Locka Executive Airport, Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Galaxy Aviation of Palm Beach at Palm Beach International Airport, and Air Center/Fort Pierce at St. Lucie County International Airport.
“Our Bahamas-preferred FBOs have proven to be a great resource for us,” said Gregg Rolle, the Ministry of Tourism’s chief aviation specialist. “And the co-op initiatives with the Bahamas’ key FBOs, such as the educational seminars and trade shows, give additional quality of service to the FBO’s valued customers.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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