As noted in yesterday’s post, taking one of the extra-cost “Up Close Tours” of the Kennedy Space Center can make this SUN ‘n FUN side trip worth the cost. For me, seeing the original Cape Canaveral was my ticket back in time.
SUN ‘n FUN is coming up soon. If you are heading to the show in Lakeland, Florida, what else can you do while you’re in Florida? Of course, there’s always Disney World, but why not see the hub of America’s space program, the Kennedy Space Center?
Granted, it ain’t cheap and without advance planning, you could be disappointed. But its “Up Close Tours” are a unique opportunity to see America’s aerospace heritage. And its display of Space Shuttle Atlantis is second-to-none.
In our January print issues, we’re going to focus on Destinations, including trips to Washington, D.C., the Caribbean, Austin, Texas, and more. We’d like to hear from you as to where your favorite destinations are when you take to the skies.
Share with us your favorite locales, what airport (or airports) you fly into, and near-by attractions that are a “must-see” for GA pilots. If you’ve got any tips on flying into the airport, where to get deals, or best way to plan that epic journey, please share them as well.
Feel free to include photos! We’ll print as many as we can in the January issue.
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SOUTH BIMINI, Bahamas — Bimini Sands Resort & Marina is offering a rebate of up to $75 to private pilots who fly into Bimini International Airport (BIM) and stay a minimum of two nights at the resort. This rebate is intended to help cover the new processing fee of $50 to $75 for private pilots entering the Bahamas, which went into effect July 1.
GREAT FALLS, Montana –Officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) report that a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals largely upholds the backcountry airstrip designations on Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Schooner Bay Harbour Village will host its First Annual Invitational Fly-In and South Abaco Discovery Weekend on Aug. 23-25.
By BILL WALKER
Air charter company owner Will Johnson built a successful business over the past three decades flying tourists, hunters and fishermen around Alaska. And, in the process, the 20,000-hour pilot, who operates Yute Air Taxi in Fairbanks, has had plenty of time to formulate advice for aviators contemplating their first trip to his home state.
The Bahamas government has instituted new aviation taxes: $50 for arriving private aircraft and $75 in and $75 out for commercial operators. This tax, labled a “processing fee” for General Declaration forms, also applies for technical fuel stops.
Current Island, Eleuthera in the Bahamas is a little bit nicer, thanks to the generosity of pilots. Zion Children’s Home dedicated two homes, June 23, that can accommodate sixteen abused or neglected boys and girls. Volunteer pilots from Bahamas Habitat over a two-and-one-half year period, “flew about 25 aircraft loads of supplies to the islands.” AOPA’s Alyssa Miller wrote a nice story which is posted on the AOPA website. This is the kind of cause we need to share with our non-pilot friends.
By BILL WALKER
For Alaska pilot Karl Kisser, the day trips he considers routine are the stuff of dreams for many of his counterparts in the Lower 48. He is a private pilot living in Anchorage and often flies from his home base at Merrill Field to backcountry destinations all over the state.