The 2nd Annual Bahamas Day will take place at Showalter Flying Service at Florida’s Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.
“Showalter’s hosting of this event is an indication of their commitment to working with us to get the word out on the beauty of our Islands as well as the simple procedures necessary to visit our country,” said Greg Rolle, chief pilot and aviation specialist for the Islands of the Bahamas.
Showalter will be the second Florida FBO to host the Annual Bahamas Day Event as last year’s event was held by Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale. Both FBOs are a part of the Bahamas Preferred Gateway Program, which are FBOs that partner with the Bahamas in educational and marketing initiatives to get the word out on the ease of flying to and around the 700 islands.
Bahamas Day is for pilots who want to fly their aircraft to The Bahamas as well as for non-pilots who desire information on charter flights and accommodations. The event will once again feature the culture of The Bahamas Islands – its food, including native peas ‘n rice and conch dishes; its music, the rhythmic sounds of a Junkanoo group; and its people, to be represented by a Royal Bahamas Police Officer in full regalia, available for picture taking opportunities.
Booths at the event will showcase information on accommodations, dining, activities and shopping in The Islands of The Bahamas, as well as general aviation pilot information and equipment.
As one of the main objectives of the event is to educate general aviation pilots on flying to the Bahamas, U. S. Customs will provide an eAPIS seminar to help pilots understand eAPIS requirements and how to file on-line. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Bahamian Customs officials will be on hand to answer any additional questions.