When you fly into Tampa, Fla., for AOPA Aviation Summit this week, secure your aircraft with art from the islands.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation will give away 30 special hand-painted chocks designed by students from the Out Islands of the Bahamas to pilots attending Summit. In addition, the host FBOs at Tampa Executive and Peter O. Knight airports will distribute hundreds of Bahamas-themed chocks to pilots who fly in for the event.
The tourism ministry's civil aviation department teamed up with its tourist offices in Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera, and Grand Bahama to produce the chocks, which highlight the diversity of the islands. Various Out Island high schools participated in a creative design contest through the Junior Achievers Program, and four winners were awarded a trip to Tampa to attend Summit. The program was intended to expose Bahamians to aviation business opportunities.
The Islands of the Bahamas booth in the exhibit hall at the Tampa Convention Center (booth #1735) will showcase the art during Summit, and a grand raffle drawing will send some pilots home with a reminder of sunny days and warm island breezes.
An additional 500 chocks, featuring “Islands of the Bahamas” on one side and one of the aviation department’s preferred gateway FBOs on the other, will go to pilots arriving at Tampa Executive and Peter O. Knight beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4. Host FBOs Leading Edge Aviation Services at Tampa Executive and Atlas Aviation at Peter O. Knight will distribute the chocks. Some of the chocks also will be at the wheels of aircraft on display at Airportfest at Peter O. Knight.
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