Showalter Flying Service’s Bahamas Day, a free event that will take place Feb. 19 at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) in Florida, is geared towards pilots who want to fly their aircraft to The Bahamas, as well as for non-pilots who desire information on charter flights, accommodations, and activities.
This event, which takes place annually at one of the Bahamas Gateway FBOs around Florida, will showcase the culture of The Bahamian Islands — its food, its music, and its people. Traditional Bahamian food like conch and peas ‘n’ rice will be available, while a Junkanoo band will be featured, plus a Royal Bahamas Police Officer in full regalia will be on hand 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.
To help educate pilots, Mark Griffin, an FAA Examiner for the North Florida FSDO and an experienced Bahamian traveler, will present “Let’s Fly to the Islands of the Bahamas.” After learning everything you need to fly to the Bahamas, listen to Amy Laboda as she recalls ditching her Cessna 210 in open water with four passengers. As an additional bonus, a live life raft demonstration will be conducted as well.