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Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 18, 2014

Octopus Flying Club expands from Maryland to Florida.

Bahamas Pilot Challenge winners announced

Article | Mar 14, 2014

PilotMall.com announces the winners of the 2013 Bahamas Pilot Challenge.

Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

Question of the week: Flying to the Bahamas

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Question: You are a U.S. citizen and you plan to fly to and stay in the Bahamas for a couple of days. Which personal documents must you have when you arrive as pilot in command?

Question of the week: Airports of entry

Article | Sep 16, 2013

When flying from the United States to an airport in Mexico, you must land at a Mexican airport of entry. When flying to Mexico from the Bahamas, your first landing must be at one of only two airports. Which airports are they?

Pilots help open children’s home in Bahamas

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Abused or neglected children on Current Island, Eleuthera, in the Bahamas now have a safe place to go—Zion Children’s Home. Two new houses, dedicated June 23, can accommodate eight boys and eight girls, along with a house parent in each.

Guide to Member Services

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Become an AOPA life member AOPA life members are dedicated to general aviation and promoting GA safety. "AOPA's life members rank among the greatest heroes of the past 100 years," says AOPA President Phil Boyer.

Pilots wait hours to clear customs, cross border

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Pilots trying to clear customs to return to the United States are feeling the effects of sequestration up close and personal—sometimes stuck in their aircraft for hours before being permitted to deplane. Rick Gardner, AOPA’s authorized representative for the Bahamas, Mexico, and Central America, contacted AOPA staff from Fort Lauderdale Executive after waiting in his aircraft for more than two hours to clear customs.

A look back at GA travels around the world

Article | Dec 20, 2012

In 2012, AOPA staff traveled the world to offer advice to budding aviation communities, report on emerging technology, and step into the shoes of pilots who fly over different topography and in a foreign regulatory landscape.

Organizing a Fly-Out to the Bahamas

Article | Dec 15, 2012

For pilots living in colder climates this time of year, the idea of a quick jaunt to a tropical island for a few days would be the perfect holiday gift. But you don’t have to live where it’s cold to take some R&R in a tropical paradise. The Bahamas is a year-round destination for two clubs are based at Page Field (KFMY) in Fort Myers, Florida. The Sundowners and the Fort Myers Flying Club hosted their latest Bahamas Fly-Out the weekend of the Dec. 7 - 9.

Answers for Pilots: Ah, the Islands!

Article | Dec 01, 2012

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. 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.

PilotMall.com sponsors 2012-2013 Bahamas Pilot Challenge

Article | Oct 13, 2012

PilotMall.com has teamed up with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to give pilots a little extra incentive to visit the islands, about 45 miles east of Florida.

Topics Bahamas, Travel

Missing men, a mythic triangle made for television

Article | Oct 11, 2012

On April 20, 1980, a Greensboro, N.C., pharmacist called home from the Bahamas and reported he had one more stop to make before flying home in a Cessna 310. He was never heard from again.

Bahamas Habitat nominated for charity award

Article | Jun 19, 2012

Disaster-relief charitable organization Bahamas Habitat has been nominated for a prestigious nonprofit sector award for flying missions to provide clean drinking water to more than 143,800 people in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

Island hopping GA style

Article | May 31, 2012

The Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board is hoping to attract private pilots to more islands by offering an incentive package to those who fly to multiple Out Islands during their visit.

Topics Bahamas, Travel

Donated Baron to fly familiar route for Bahamas Habitat

Article | May 02, 2012

Air Journey President Thierry Pouille was flying so much to keep up with demand for his aviation tours that the family aircraft sat idle on the ramp. Rather than see the Baron E55 twin decline, Pouille donated N63JL to Bahamas Habitat.

Redbird, Bahamas Habitat donate wings to island missionary

Article | Apr 02, 2012

Bahamas Methodist Habitat Executive Director Abraham McIntyre could soon earn his wings and the freedom "to be able to move when I need to move" after natural disasters thanks to Redbird Flight Simulations and Bahamas Habitat.

Another Day, Another Island

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Three minutes after pushing the Cessna Caravan’s power lever forward at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport,
AOPA President Craig Fuller guides the lumbering airplane across the Florida coast and out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

“Americans are notoriously bad at geography, and I’m afraid that I fit that stereotype,” says Senior Editor Dave Hirschman. “I knew the Bahamas was somewhere off the east coast of Florida, but I had no idea just how close and accessible the islands are via general aviation” (“Another Day, Another Island,”).

Topics Bahamas, Travel

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

When AOPA's founders first gathered at Wings Field outside of Philadelphia almost 73 years ago, they were part of a small but growing

Cirrus 'chutes to safety off Bahamas, none hurt

Article | Jan 11, 2012

Dr. Richard McGlaughlin was level at 9,500 feet msl when the engine stopped, freezing the propeller over warm Atlantic Ocean water near the island of Andros, Bahamas. Accounts of the successful deployment of the Cirrus SR22's parachute, and the Coast Guard rescue of McGlaughlin and his daughter, Elaine, 25, drew national attention. McGlaughlin recounted part of his experience on the AOPA Forums.

2012 'Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide' available

Article | Nov 04, 2011

The thirty-fourth edition of the Bahamas + Caribbean Pilot's Guide has been published. The 2012 edition of the 400-page spiral bound book includes newly designed island maps and an extended Haiti section for humanitarian aid pilots, according to Pilot Publishing Inc.

Answers For Pilots: Flying to the Islands

Article | Nov 01, 2011

The Bahamas took a beating in August from Hurricane Irene – said to be the worst storm to hit the islands since the Nassau Hurricane of 1926 – and while some airports sustained flooding and damage, most were restored to service within a couple of days. The airports provided a valuable service to Bahamian residents, as government officials flew to Cat Island, Acklins, Inagua and Long Island to assess the local damage. General aviation played a vital role in bringing food, water, and supplies to many who suffered tremendous loss. Organizations such as Bahamas Habitat responded quickly with disaster relief airlifts, then followed up with longer-term restorative efforts in the islands.

Member Guide

Article | Nov 01, 2011

AOPA's Aircraft Financing Program, with financing provided by Bank of America, is a great choice for your next aircraft purchase, refinance, or upgrade. When you decide to buy an airplane, you are faced with many decisions, but AOPA has made one decision easy for you. Trust the AOPA Aircraft Financing Program, where Bank of America has been the sole provider of financing of AOPA members for more than 15 years.

Pilots:

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Less than 72 hours after the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Cameron King was unloading a Piper Aztec on the ramp at the airport in Port-au-Prince. In the near chaos of the first days, only a few people took notice of King, who looks more like a teenager than a young woman of 23 years.

Rally GA: Flight for Survival

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

A distant whir quickly grows to a roar as a red and blue Piper Aztec buzzes the Cat Island coastline after takeoff, its two 250-horsepower Lycoming IO-540 engines at full power. All conversation stops; necks crane skyward to follow the Aztec's path. It's a signal that the pilot just dropped off food, water, and construction tools at the Arthur's Town Airfield.

Flight for survival

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Looking out over the turquois Caribbean Sea from Cat Island seems like paradise. But look left, right, or inland across the street and it looks as if something exploded. Trees are twisted and uprooted, asphalt washed off the street like tar paper, mattresses and furniture piled in heaps, sides of home collapsed or missing. Hurricane Irene pummeled parts of the Bahamas Islands, and general aviation pilots are working to provide food, water, and shelter to those in need.

Inside Bahamas Habitat’s mobile command center

Article | Sep 01, 2011

Bahamas Habitat mobilizes quickly after natural disaster, as was proven by the organization's leading role in the Haiti relief flights in 2010 that earned the National Aeronautic Association's Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying award. The group sprang into action just as quickly for the Bahamas Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

WSI provides Hurricane Irene updates

Article | Aug 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene is currently entering the Bahamas chain, packing sustained winds of 115 mph. This Category 3 hurricane is capable of "devastating damage," according to the National Hurricane Center, and pilots should closely monitor its progress.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

By the time I leveled off at 11,000 feet, a quick glance at the Garmin 530 showed that I was only 20 minutes from Freeport, Bahamas—20 more minutes of deep blue Caribbean below me. My Bonanza is a headwind magnet, but today we were tooling along with about 20 knots on the tail, so the miles to dry land were ticking by quickly.

Cross-country in a Cub

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Noting the minus-20 degrees Fahrenheit temperature outside and the jagged peaks all around, I asked myself—not for the first time on this journey—What is a flatlander from South Florida doing in the middle of winter flying a light sport Cub through the Rocky Mountains? I found myself grinning ear to ear at my response: Having a ball and rediscovering the art of real flying! After 28 years and more than 3,000 hours of flying between the Bahamas and the southeastern United States, I parted with my trusty 1973 Cessna 310. The trigger for that decision: an Alaskan fishing trip to the Tikchik Lodge that awoke a new spirit of flying in me when a guide landed his Super Cub on the gravel bar at one of our river camps.

AOPA’s Haines to receive Bahamas travel writer honors

Article | Dec 01, 2010

AOPA Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been named Bahamas Travel Writer of the Year by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.

Seizing the day

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

The dismal data confirm a grim, well-known reality: 2009 was a disastrous year for aircraft manufacturers—and owners felt the pain as the value of used aircraft plummeted, too. Less visible, however, was the fact that some bargain shoppers recognized the down market as a chance to snap up deals on highly discounted aircraft.

Flying into Haiti

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

Click the image above to view a slideshow. Ahead of us lay the Bahamas island chain, stretching 435 miles to our destination on the north coast of Haiti.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

I read with great enjoyment your recent article (“Bound for the Bahamas,” December 2009 AOPA Pilot). I first visited the out islands of the Bahamas in the mid-1970s as a fisherman on a budget, then in the mid-1980s as a corporate yacht captain, and from 1994 to 2002 as a private pilot flying a 1978 V-tail 35 Bonanza.

Pilotage:

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

I had just started fueling the first of four mostly empty 37-gallon bladder tanks when a perky little Piper Tri-Pacer taxied over and took up a next-in-line position at the Aztec’s four o’clock. A youngish pilot hopped out and sauntered over.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2009

This month’s award for most envious assignment goes to Editor at Large Tom Horne and staff photographer Chris Rose. In “Bound for the Bahamas,” Horne refreshes our Bahamian flying knowledge database, and takes us on a brief tour of four islands.

Answers for Pilots: Bahamas calling

Article | Feb 01, 2009

So, you’ve had enough of winter weather and thoughts of flying to the Bahamas have spurred you to make plans for a balmy vacation. You know the basic requirements—passports for all, and for you, a pilot certificate, medical certificate, and restricted radiotelephone operators permit.

Trip Report, November 24, 2009: Bahamas RCOs

Article | Jan 12, 2009

Click image to expand During our post-AOPA Summit Fly Out to the Bahamas, I took advantage of the opportunity to test navaids and RCO’s in the Bahamas. Our route took us over Bimini, Andros (north end), Nassau/New Providence, the central Exumas, Eleuthera (south end), Cat Island and Long Island.

Member Guide

Article | Dec 01, 2008

Flying to the Bahamas? As the cold weather settles in, the islands may beckon you south, enticing you with their balmy weather, sunny beaches, and piña coladas. If you wanted to fly to the Bahamas for a long weekend, could you just pick up and go? Do you, your passengers, and your aircraft meet the requirements for international travel? Find out the specifics online in AOPA’s Web pages dedicated to providing you with information on what’s required to fly to the Caribbean.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Aviation writer Mark R. Twombly lives in and writes from Southwest Florida.

Topics Bahamas, Travel

Guide to Member Services

Article | Oct 01, 2006

Parade of Planes event See more than 80 aircraft taxi from Palm Springs International Airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2006. The Parade of Planes is a prelude to AOPA's annual convention, to be held November 9 through 11 in Palm Springs, California.

Island Life

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

"Aim for that hill there. Keep it on your right." "So, basically, go between those two hills?" I say this as the second hill is coming into sight.