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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.


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.

A GA Family Adventure

Article | Dec 01, 2004

I'm coming up on PREDA Intersection and 7,000 feet on my departure from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The Tiger snaps left on Bahamas Route 70V toward Freeport, and I'm concentrating so intently that I'm startled by a squeal of delight from the backseat — Corinna thinks she just saw a dolphin.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Mark R. Twombly recently bought into a partnership in a Piper Aztec affectionately called "The Aztruck." The year is developing nicely.

Topics Bahamas, Travel

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

AOPA ONLINE International trip reports What is more valuable than firsthand experience? If you are planning your first international flight to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada, or over Cuba, learn the inside scoop from your fellow AOPA members. "Trip Reports" submitted by other pilots can help your flight go more smoothly.

Return to Norman's Cay

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

Welcome to Norman's Cay Dick Fayssoux Remains of a drug lord's home Norman's Cay Debris from N3244W and other victims Gene and Dick Fayssoux Sidney Kirkpatrick "We're going to complete the vacation we never finished back in 1982," Gene Fayssoux announced as she climbed into the sporty V-tail. The Beechcraft Bonanza would take her back to the Bahamian island that nearly claimed her life 21 years ago.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

AOPA ONLINE A form for everything Looking to renew your AOPA membership? Want to make a contribution to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation? Need to file a NASA form? Planning a trip to the Bahamas? Selling your airplane? AOPA Online can help with an exhaustive list of links to the various forms pilots may need or want. Getting ready for your medical renewal? Here's the link to TurboMedical, AOPA's exclusive preparatory medical form that can identify red flags before you submit your application to the FAA.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

Glider soars toward the heavens Taking a glider to 42,000 feet seems like more than just a test flight, but not if your ultimate goal is 100,000 feet. Members of the Perlan Project, named after rarely visible high altitude pearl clouds, have been flying their modified two-place DG-505M glider out of California City, California, carefully inching their way toward the world altitude record of 49,009 feet set by Bob Harris in 1986.

Answers for Pilots

Article | Jan 01, 2003

A few things you need to know East Coast pilots have always enjoyed the pleasure of heading to a tropical paradise in the Caribbean when the temperatures turn colder. Depending on where you live, the trip may require only a short flight across a crystal-blue ocean.


Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

A general aviation paradise awaits just over the Caribbean horizon in the Bahamas Fortunately for general aviation pilots, the adventure of visiting the Bahamas has nothing to do with flying. Instead, you'll find adventure throughout the islands after you've parked the airplane and stepped down to the beach for snorkeling, scuba diving, bone fishing, or deep-sea fishing.


Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

A few days ago I reached one of life's biggest milestone birthdays, one that many vainly—and in vain—try to deny, or at least ignore. I decided to take a different approach.

Topics Bahamas, Travel


Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1999

Five islands in five days Flying yourself to the Bahamas this year? If the answer is "yes," then you'll discover that a lot of the bureaucracy usually associated with traveling in the Bahamas has been vastly streamlined. Now you can travel from island to island on a single permit, called a C7A.

Scribes Hit the Beach

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1997

Flying to a secluded spot in the Bahamian Out Islands is always a fun way to spend a vacation. But it's even more fun when the stay's on the house.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1996

Go ahead — cross that international border. It's fun and easy to fly yourself to Canada, Mexico, or the Bahamas.


Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1996

Flying to the Out Islands — so close, yet so far away OK, a show of hands. How many of you have thought about flying to the Bahamas and doing a little island-hopping? Hmmm, I thought so.