November 13, 2010
By Mike Collins
Private pilots who fly to the Out Islands of the Bahamas and stay at a participating hotel for four nights can pocket up to $300 in instant savings in a promotion sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and the Bahama Out Island Promotion Board.
The offer is good for travel through June 30, 2011, but pilots must book their stays by Feb. 9. A full listing of participating islands, hotels, and other details are available online.
The board hopes the promotion will encourage private pilots to fly beyond the more familiar islands of Exuma, Abaco, and Eleuthera, and explore islands they haven’t visited before. Flights to Nassau and Grand Bahama are not eligible. The archipelago includes 700 islands and cays.
In 2009, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism stepped up its marketing efforts to private pilots. Recently a Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association group of 42 aircraft flew to Abaco, and about 50 general aviation aircraft took part in the Caribbean Air Challenge of the Governor General’s International Air Rally.
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
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