Bahamas LSA/GA Fly-In Update
No transponder, no problem - but you’ll need a waiver for eAPIS
November 3, 2010 — Pilots who wish to participate in the first Bahamas Light-Sport and General Aviation Fly-In December 10-12 - but whose aircraft lacks a transponder - can still do so, according to a recent announcement from the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority. They’ll just have to do a little more advance planning, and with the fly-in a little more than a month away, it’s recommended they get started.
The Bahamas CAA announced October 20 that a transponder is not mandatory for travel to the islands. Such aircraft, however, will need to obtain a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) International Waiver, in addition to the other U.S. Customs eAPIS border crossing requirements.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol requires at least two hours’ notice prior to takeoff for eAPIS filing requirements; however, the TSA’s “No Transponder Waiver” could take up to seven days to process, so it’s very important that pilots flying without an operational transponder plan ahead by first registering with the TSA and then applying for the waiver.