December 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
Winter escape! Island Retreat! Glorious vacation! I’m referring to the islands of the Bahamas—a popular aviation destination, and it’s easier to fly there to than you may realize. In addition to the clear turquoise waters and white sand, there’s a contest this year and next, sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and administered by PilotMall.com to encourage you to do some island hopping. Pilots who document landings at 12 of the 20 Bahamas airports of entry before Nov. 30, 2013, will be eligible to win free nights at resorts on various islands. Not sure what’s involved in flying across the border? Here’s a rundown of the requirements for a general aviation flight from the United States to the Bahamas.
For more tips and access to travel resources, visit AOPA’s international web section or call the AOPA Pilot Information Center, 1-800-USA/AOPA (872/2672).
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