Private Flying In The Bahamas
Nearly every day, our weather is as clear as our water. The cumulus clouds dot the sky at around 2,500 feet in the morning, rising to 7,500 feet in the afternoon. These are the perfect conditions for flying. Wherever you’re headed, just about every vacation spot on The Islands Of The Bahamas has an airport where you can safely land. Plan a trip. File a flight plan. Take off, touch down, refuel your soul! The West End Airport, Grand Bahama Island Now Open click here for more information. For monthly pilot updates and news, please subscribe to our monthly pilot’s e-newsletter, click here to sign-up.
VFR Flight Planning
Flying The Bahamas is truly simple, well within the capabilities of the lightest single engine aircraft. Leaving the Florida east coast, first landfalls occur at Grand Bahama Island (60 NM) or Bimini (50 NM). Overlapping VOR/DME of NOB signals provide course guidance from the US coast and throughout the most frequently traveled routes in the Bahamas. Interested in taking a look at our 2016-2017 Bahamas Pilot Guide? Click here to view it.
Your island experience begins with the warm welcome and exceptional service that awaits at one of our Bahamas Gateway FBO’s. The staff at these US FBO’s have the information you need and the ability to assist you in getting your flight to The Islands of The Bahamas off to a perfect start.
Then enjoy the service and attention that awaits you at one of our Bahamas FBO’s.
Meet our current US-based Bahamas Flying Ambassadors, who assist The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism by making themselves available to share their knowledge of The Bahamas, especially the ease of flying across the Gulf Stream to The Islands Of The Bahamas.
Long Island is best known for its twin churches and the famous Dean's Blue Hole, said to be the world's deepest underwater sinkhole dropping to a depth of about 200 meters. Bonefishing and water sports abound on this picturesque 80-mile Island.
Nassau & Paradise Island
The capital of The Islands Of The Bahamas, Nassau, is an exciting city offering its visitors a plethora of things to see and do while soaking up the Island flavor. Nassau’s downtown, one of the most exciting in The Caribbean, features a fusion of political, religious, historical and cultural sights and activities within a few mile radius. Paradise Island, separated from the mainland by a two short bridges, is home to the mega resort and entertainment mecca, Atlantis.
Abaco Island is a popular destination for GA pilots who, once landed, enjoy the myriad of activities there including a power boat ride zipping across the waters to visit neighboring Cays.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island offers two different types of experiences—a city atmosphere with casino and nightlife and an ecotourism destination with unlimited nature and outdoor activities including kayaking, bird watching and exploring a wonderland of caves and blue holes.
The Exumas, known mostly for the Annual Regatta (sailing competition), boast some 365 cays. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is known for its sparkling blue waters on top of coral reefs brimming with unique and mysterious marine life.
Bahamas Civil Aviation Notices
NAS: VFR and IFR flights operating in and through the Nassau Terminal Control Area must file a Flight Plan with Nassau Radio on 128.00 MHZ OR 124.200 MHZ prior to 25 DME from the Nassau VOR (ZQA).
ELT: The exemption previously issued is no longer required as operators may now have 121.5 MHZ ELTs and/or a 406 MHZ ELT.
Light Sport Aircraft: The Islands of The Bahamas will accept the
certification of a US/Canada sport flying pilot.
Experimental: August 2nd, 2003, Validation Special Airworthiness
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Private Pilot Challenge
The Challenge: Visit 12 of the 20 Airports of Entry (AOE) 2013
Participants are given a promotional passport book upon registration. Visits to the different Airports of Entry (AOE) are validated by Bahamas Immigration and/or Customs officials who will stamp the promotional passport books. Great rewards for participants!
The 2013 winners have been announced, click here to view!
The Ministry of Transport & Aviation is pleased to advise that the Staniel Cay Airport has been re-opened to air traffic, effective, November 18, 2015. Click here for more information.
Trade Show Schedule
Nearly every day our weather is as clear as our waters. The cumulus clouds dot the sky at 2,500 feet in the morning, rising to 7,500 feet in the afternoon. These are the perfect conditions for flying. Wherever you’re headed, just about every vacation spot on The Islands Of The Bahamas has an airport where you can land safely. Plan a trip, file a flight plan. Take off, touch down. Refuel your soul!
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