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First Bahamas LSA-GA Fly-In Coming in December

'No shoes, no medical, no problem'

Bahamas flyer

September 30, 2010 — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism will sponsor the first Bahamas Light-Sport and General Aviation Fly-In December 10-12, and Bahamas officials are cordially inviting EAA members to participate. EAA’s Chapters Office recently notified chapters in the Southern United States of this unique, first-time event that carries the catch-phrase, “No shoes, no medical, no problem.”

Ongoing conversations the past several years between EAA and Bahamian Civil Aviation officials at AirVenture’s International Federal Pavilion led to a significant milestone announced at AirVenture 2010; The Bahamas accepted the U.S. sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules that allow sport pilots to use their drivers license as evidence of medical certification. That makes the Bahamas the first country outside the U.S. to fully accept sport pilots and their use of a U.S. driver’s license as an approved alternate proof of medical certification, paving the way for this December’s fly-in.

“EAA appreciates the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Captain Patrick Rolle for recognizing the fastest growing segment of recreational/general aviation - sport pilots and light-sport aircraft - and the opportunities the new pilots and aircraft category bring to aviation,”  said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. “When the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism approached EAA about their desire to fully sponsor and coordinate a fly-in to celebrate this milestone, we pledged to inform our members about this historic event for sport pilots.”

A group departure from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport’s (FXE) Banyan FBO is scheduled for December 10, flying to Grand Bahamas International Airport (MYGF) – a distance of approximately 83 nautical miles. Pilots who wish to participate must complete a registration form and e-mail, fax, or mail it to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (Leonard Stuart, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, 954-236-9292 or 800-327-7678 or lstuart@bahamas.com). Those who wish to participate but don’t have an aircraft can write, “No aircraft, please find an empty seat for me” on the form where it asks for List of Passengers and the Ministry of Tourism will try to find an empty seat for you.

Those wishing to fly commercial can also participate by flying via airline to Freeport (FPO). Servicing airlines include Bahamasair, US Airways, and Continental Airlines.

Additional fly-in information can be found on the EAA Aviation Calendar of Events. Search under Bahamas in the Search by State or Country section. The Bahamas Light-Sport and General Aviation Fly-In is supported by EAA and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA).

Listen to Leonard Stuart talk about the Bahamas fly-in on Flight Time Radio.

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