January 28, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
Banyan Air Service at the Fort Lauderdale Executive airport is holding Bahamas Day on Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Banyan says Bahamas Day is an opportunity for pilots to come together to learn about the benefits of flying to the Bahamas and how to make it happen.
The FBO will be transforming a hangar into a tropical scene, and there will be exhibitors and seminars geared toward visiting the island nation. U.S. Customs will have a seminar on how to use eAPIS (Electronic Advance Passenger Information Service), the Web-based application pilots must fill out to both leave and enter the country. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s seminar on flying to the Bahamas will cover information about gateway airports and paperwork requirements. Finally, Premier Aircraft, an East Coast Diamond dealer, will present a forum on preparing your aircraft for overwater flight.
In addition to the seminars, attendees can enjoy Bahamian food and a band, along with learning about life in the Bahamas and resources to get there from various exhibitors.
The Bahamian Ministry of Tourism’s aviation division is helping to host the event as part of its FBO gateway program.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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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