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Posted by:Aug 6th 2003, 11:35:45 am
Fig Tree News TeamAmateur-built Aircraft Operations Approved in Bahamian Airspace

A new travel option was opened to thousands of homebuilders Saturday when the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that registered amateur-built aircraft can now fly in that country.

The creation of a “special airworthiness certificate-experimental” authorizes Canadian or United States-registered amateur-built aircraft to operate in the Bahamas subject to certain minimal, non-onerous conditions.

“We’re pleased that the Bahamian government announced that Canada or United States-registered amateur-built aircraft can now operate in Bahamian airspace, and that it was announced here at AirVenture Oshkosh,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny.

“Many foreign countries have restrictions against homebuilts, prohibiting pilots from flying their aircraft into their airspace. The country that is the closest for GA aircraft is the Bahamas, but they have always had a restriction against experimentals, so people could never take their airplanes into the most accessible part of the Caribbean. Now they can do it, and in an unrestricted way. This is historic.”

EAA and the Bahamian government have been in ongoing discussions on the issue. The Bahamas has also been officially participating more and more at EAA AirVenture each year, including this year as a part of the Can Am Pavilion.

Conditions include having a valid certificate of registration; compliance with operating limitations; compliance with the Bahamas Civil Aviation  (Safety and Navigation) Regulations 2001 while in Bahamian airspace; avoidance of large population centers except when directed by air traffic control or in an emergency; pilots are to advise Bahamas ATC of the nature of their flight upon establishing communications; and some others, none of which should create any burden for homebuilt pilots.

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