AN INVITATION FROM THE BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM GENERAL AVIATION 2008 - Greg Rolle
Come and Discover the 700 Islands Of The Bahamas
Very short distances over water46 nm to Bimini60 nm to Grand Bahama IslandBeautiful sceneryMultitude of airportsGood facilities for General AviationEasy custom, arrival and departure proceduresNo landing fees at Gov. airportsFuel cost similar or lower than the USFlying to the Bahamas is relaxing!
Government is Investing:
Infrastructure and Logistic For General AviationNPRM New Proposed Rule MakingBahamas Host Program Availability of phones at All POEsBetter radio coverage Aviation Red Carpet for Pilots Night Flight flyingChange from IKO to FAA Flying to the Bahamas is relaxing!
The Islands Of The Bahamas
Bahama Out Islands
General Information Government Airports:-All airport owned and operated by the Bahamas Govt ALL Pilots are welcomedPrivate Airports:-Airport independently ownedMOST welcome visiting pilot.Airports Of Entry (AOEs)Airports with Customs and Immigration facilitiesMust be used for your first and last stop (just like in the US)
Getting to Florida the Hardest Part of the Trip
Aircraft must have a 12 N NumbersNO need to depart from an AOE File International Flight PlanNote: IFR flight plan mandatory for landing AFTER official sunsetRegister Firearms with US Customs prior to departure.Aircraft custom DecalCan be purchased at any Custom OfficeCarry:Pilot License, Medical, Aircraft registration, Aircraft Airworthiness certificate, and InsuranceDeparting From the US
En route to the Bahamas Must have Coast Guard approved life jackets for each person on board.
Activate your flight plan before leaving Florida on 122.2, 122.4 or 126.7 (Miami Radio).
Prior to landing, close your flight plan on 124.2 or 128.0 (Nassau Radio). If unable to close in the air, call 1-800-WXBRIEF or 242-377-7116
Forms to fill out: Its very simple!Three (3) copies of C7A General Declarations formC7A form is also a cruising permit to fly to other Bahamian airportsOne Bahamas Immigration Card per person
First land at an AOE
CLOSE flight Plan
Present Identification Pilot LicenseAnd for US Citizen: Proof of Citizenship Passport or Birth Certificate and Picture IDFor non US Citizen: Passport
Present forms:Three General DeclarationOne Custom card per person
Be cooperative with Customs and Immigration. All will be very happy to help you.ENTERING The Bahamas
LANDING in The BahamasControlled Airports:Nassau and Grand Bahama InternationalContact approach control or tower approximately 25nm out for landing instructions.
Uncontrolled Airports:Announce: Aircraft, Identification, Location and Intentions over Unicom frequency 122.8.Fly over airport at 1,000 MSL and enter LEFT traffic pattern.All landing and takeoffs at uncontrolled field should be into the wind.
Experimental Aircrafts Standardized ValidationA valid Certificate of Aircraft Registration The nationality and registration marks assigned to the aircraft by the FAA Special Airworthiness CertificateAll validation must be carried on board the aircraftExperimental Operating LimitationsPilots LicenseMedical Certificate
Visiting the Islands
For decades we have noted the importance of the private flyers and have simplified our procedures to accommodate easy movement throughout The Bahamas, once they would have made the initial report Inwards. In this vein, we have combined the General Declaration form and our Inter-Island (coastwise) Movement Form (Transire), as to avoid the issuance of a new form for each Bahama Island on any visit duringthat particular travel to The Bahamas.
As noted in the Bill of Rights, those persons who are flying for pleasure only are not required to pay any Customs Overtime irrespective of the port of arrival/departure or time of day.
Again, in keeping with the governments Open Arm Policy for Private Flyers, we in the Customs Department welcome all visitors to The Bahamas and hope that you would enjoy our warm hospitality to the fullest. Your experiences on any subsequent voyage should be even more embracing.Mr. John A. RolleComptroller of CustomsBahamas Customs Department
Visiting The IslandsNo Landing fee for single engine private planes under 6,000 lbs. on a non-commercial trip at any Government owned airport. Landing Fee may apply at private airports.
No Overtime Customs & Immigration Fee For private aircraft visiting The Islands Of The Bahamas where the pilot declares that he/she does not receive any remuneration and the flight is for recreational purposes
No Tie Down FeeAt any Government owned airport. Tie Down Fee may apply at private airports.
Visiting the IslandsFuel: Available on many islands Max 20 minutes from fuel.Night Flying:Only Nassau and Freeport have lighted runways that allow flying at night. FBOs: Five established FBOs ( Two in Nassau, One in Grand Bahamas Islands, Two in the Out Islands)Maintenance and Repairs:Mechanics will fly from Nassau with parts etc. Price similar or lower than in the US.Runways Length: Average 5,000 FeetWeather Information:1-800 WX BRIEF 1- 242 377 71781- 242 377 7116
Departing the BahamasMust Depart from an AOE.
File an International Flight Plan at 1-800-WXBRIEF,
CALL / Advise US Custom give ETA and A/C + PAX details and get code from Custom Officer
Presents Forms:Give One copy of Gen DecTurn in immigration card.Show Copy of Flight Plan
Pay Departure taxes $15 per person over 6years old.
Departing the BahamasAfter Take off:Activate flight plan by contacting Nassau or Freeport Radio on 124.2, 128.0. If unable to contact Nassau or Freeport: Miami Radio 126.7 or 122.4. For flight following: Nassau on 121.0 or Miami on 125.7
Entering the USGet transponder code from FSS 126.7 Miami Radio 15 minutes before penetrating the ADIZ from flight Service NOT from approach.
Close flight plan in the air on 122.2, 122.4, or 126.7. If not able, close at Customs office with 1-800-WXBRIEF
Land at an AOE such as OPF,MIA, FLL, FXE, PBI or FPR.
Wait for custom for Instruction in penalty box:Walk to Custom and leave A/C doors openOr take all your baggage and go directly to Customs
Prepare U.S. Arrival Report and Customs Declaration cards (in advance if possible).
Bahamas Fly-inOnly 46 nm from the Florida Coast !Great experienceFun eventSuperb way to discover the IslandsComfortable and scenic accommodationsDesolate beachesSnorkeling, Diving, Fishing, Boating
Bahamas Fly-in A great way to:Introduce you the pilot, your family and friends to some of the most beautiful and relaxing places on earth. Meet other pilots while Islands hopping.Explore more islandsGo to places most tourist will never see
Ideal For: First-time flyer to the islandFlying Clubs and Associations Flyers fearful of flying over water by themselvesPilots seeking to discover new placesPilot looking for camaraderie and funPast Bahamas Fly-in participants
FORMAT:Lead Pilot Provides:Full Pilot Briefing (at airport of Departure)Walk you through the simple paper work (at Arrival)Selection of FBO along East CoastBureau of Tourism ProvidesEscort upon arrival for custom etc
ITINERARY:Will be sent to you on receipt of registration fee
LISTING of all water and sports activities (and prices) Sent ahead of time to allow for early booking.
PRICE:Registration Fee: $40.00Plane, Bahamas Fly-in T-shirts and Fly-in bag Maps and charts, approach plates, frequencies, etc....Forms for Bahamas and US Custom Escort
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