The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) recently conducted its annual Fly-in adventure into Marsh Harbour, Abaco in The Bahamas, with some 20 Cirrus airplanes and forty-six persons. The four days fly in which began from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport was organized by Leonard Stuart, aviation specialist, at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and Banyan Air Service, one of The Bahamas’ fixed based operators in Fort Lauderdale.
Pilots and their guests participated in a welcome reception hosted by the BMOT and The Abaco Beach Resort, explored Abaco’s historic and adventurous sites, relaxed, snorkeled, participated in boat expeditions to near-by islands, Elbow Cay and Hope Town as well as enjoyed live Bahamian entertainment performed during beachside bonfires.
According to Mr. Stuart, The “BMOT was happy to put on the special fly-in for the high-end income COPA group, who travelled from Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Florida. These pilots pump thousands of dollars into our local economy for fuel, landing and clearance fees, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, entertainment, etc. and we were honored to have them visit and enjoy our beautiful country and experience the warm hospitality of our people,” he said.
One of the most expensive typed aircrafts built, ranging in price from $38,000 to $499,000, all of the 4-seater single-engine Cirrus aircrafts are equipped with a whole-plane emergency recovery parachute system.