Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Fly The Bahamas
What you’ll need to know as a first-timer to the out islands
For many pilots, it’s a rite of passage; for others, it’s their daily work. Some are fearful at the thought of so much water below, and their first flight over an ocean becomes an adrenaline-fueled leap of faith.
Whatever the motivation, for those who’ve looked down at the Florida shoreline passing beneath their wings, and then looked ahead to see only water, a flight to the Out Islands of the Bahamas is beyond compare.
On the best days, the shadows of small clouds fool the eye as “cloud islands” on the sea below— false harbingers of land floating on water that change color as you head east.
|Governor’s Harbour Airport (MYEM), one of three airports on the island of Eleuthera, is a popular airport of entry for Americans flying to the Out Islands from southern Florida.|
Well before the plane’s wheels come to rest on the expanse of concrete at Governor’s Harbour (and especially for the first-time island flyer), a safe and trouble-free flight to paradise begins with planning and knowledge. The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there, and many are available free online.
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