BahamasAviator.com is a fast paced video site designed to give private aviators all the resources necessary when planning a trip to the islands. View our Proceedures Video to get an overview of the basic regs and flight proceedures. Take an island tour, and the go to the heart of our site: our Resorts page. Here you can view many videos, all map located, to find the perfect getaway spot for your trip. With the great Bahamas weather and numerous airports, many pilots make multiple stops during their trip to experience the different islands. Gas up, fly out, and see you in the islands!
To Leave The Islands of The Bahamas Private Pilots Need:
a) One copy of The Bahamas Customs General Declaration Outward Form (C7) (click here for PDF)
b) To turn in The Bahamas Immigration card copy
c) To file a flight plan
d) Call and Advise U.S. Customs of your ETA via a land line and get “code” from Custom Officer (click here for U.S. Customs contact information)
All persons, six years and over leaving The Islands Of The Bahamas, pay a Government Departure Tax of $25.00.
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 U.S. coast and throughout the most frequently traveled routes in the Bahamas. Interested in taking a quick glance at our Aviation Map? Click here to view a PDF.
*No Landing fee—for single engine private planes under 6,000 lbs. on a non-commercial trip at any government-owned airport. Landing Fee may apply at private airports. *Remote Communications Outlet now available--making radio contact throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas is now easier with the recently restored RCO system.
*No Overtime Customs and Immigration Fee—for private aircraft visiting The Islands Of The Bahamas where the pilot declares that he/she does not receive any remuneration and the flight is for recreational purposes.
*No Transire—(C38) is needed for private pilots passing through The Islands Of The Bahamas for pleasure (a copy of the C7A will suffice).
*No Tie Down Fee—at any government owned airport. Tie Down Fees may apply at private airports.
*A Flight Plan must be filed—activate prior to entering The Islands Of The Bahamas and close after landing. When leaving The Islands Of The Bahamas it is mandatory to file a new flight plan.
*No Landing fee—for single engine private planes under 6,000 lbs. on a non-commercial trip at any government-owned airport. Landing Fee may apply at private airports.
*Remote Communications Outlet now available--making radio contact throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas is now easier with the recently restored RCO system.
What are the closest islands to Florida?
From Palm Beach / Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Bimini is only 50 nm and Grand Bahama Island only 60nm.
What equipment is required to fly to the islands?
a) You must have a Mode C transponder,
b) 12" tail numbers,
c) U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board.