Bahamas Fly-In Welcomes LSAs

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Flying outside of the U.S.A. can be a challenge for sport pilots, but not if they want to visit the Bahamas. The island country is the first foreign nation to allow sport pilots to fly there in light sport aircraft, even if they don't have an FAA medical certificate (click here for the full details). To celebrate, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has organized the first International Bahamas LSA Fly-In, coming up Dec. 10 to 12. General aviation aircraft of all sorts are welcome to join the event, which takes place on Grand Bahama Island. Participants are eligible for special rates at a local Radisson resort.

Participating pilots will gather at Banyan Air Services at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for a 10 a.m. departure on Dec. 10. All LSAs will land at the Grand Bahamas International Airport. The group will depart for the return flight at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12. "We see this as a tremendous, fresh opportunity for LSA pilots to enjoy their aircraft in an exciting adventure," said Earle Boyter, a spokesman for Remos Aircraft, one of the sponsors of the event. "We are certainly encouraging all Remos and other LSA owners to join us in this delightful flight to a paradise resort." For more information, e-mail Boyter or call 1.479.246.0045. Pilots who enjoy the visit might want to consider another trip, to help out a new project organized by Bahamas Habitat. The charitable group recently won a $50,000 grant to build two cottages for abandoned children. Pilots who want to help out with volunteer flying missions in the region can contact Bahamas Habitat to sign up. The Bahamas also is offering a $300 credit to private pilots who book a stay in the islands before Feb. 9; click here for details.