Preparing for Flight - Flying in The Bahamas Out Islands
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Flying to The Out Islands of The Bahamas

The Bahamas weather is “severe clear” nearly every day. Cumulus clouds generally dot the sky at around 2,500 feet in the morning, if at all, rising to 7,500 feet in the afternoon.

Flying in The Bahamas is just as popular as the nautical experiences. The nearly continuous excellent visibility makes for great flying for private pilots flying to Exuma, Bahamas, and other exotic locations. Some small aircraft pilots enjoy cruising over the gorgeous waters and scenic landscape of the Out Islands of the Bahamas at a comfortable altitude. In the morning, cumulus clouds drift by at about 2,500 feet, but by the afternoon they’ve risen to 7,500 feet, and the coast is clear.  
With so many Bahamas vacation spots to choose from, airports are plentiful and at your disposal. Just about every major Bahamas vacation spot has its own airport where you can safely land including Nassau; Grand Bahama; Marsh Harbour International, Abaco; San Andros, Andros; Governor’s Harbour and North Eleuthera, Eleuthera; Exuma International, Exuma; Great Inagua; Stella Maris International; and Long Island.


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Flying in The Bahamas is also extremely affordable. Single-engine planes usually aren’t subject to a landing fee, while twin engine planes incur a charge of between $6 and $15. The many landing strips throughout the Out Islands of the Bahamas enable you to safely reach your favorite vacation spots in the Bahamas.

For the traveler who wants to avoid the hassle of arriving at a commercial airport, catching a ride on a charter has become commonplace for tourists flying in The Bahamas. These limo services of the sky are popular options for flying in the Bahamas.

One of the most coveted airspaces for pilots and passengers alike is the Exumas, Bahamas. Visitors flock to the Great Exuma’s International Airport, which caters to small crafts and jet airliners. It’s loaded with all of the amenities, including 8,000 feet of paved runways and state-of-the-art fuel facilities. When flying into Exuma, Bahamas, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking site of 365 cays and islands surrounded by turquoise seas.

The Bahamas Fly-in program is designed to introduce pilots, their families and their friends to the beauty of the Bahamas while also introducing them to other pilots who enjoy island hopping. Bahamas Fly-ins cater to both experienced and veteran island-hopping enthusiasts, as well as flying associations from around the world. Fly-ins are held the first weekend of every month. (Includes travel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.)

Abaco Club at Winding Bay offers flying for visitors. Staniel Cay Yacht Club on Exuma Island has a 3,000-foot airstrip that allows for frequent flights for passengers and freight to the U.S.

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