Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Bahamas Featured at International Aviation Show.
Oshkosh, WI - July 31, 2011 - The Islands Of The Bahamas flag flys high along with U.S. and Canadian flags on the International Federal Pavilion at EAA AirVenture, the largest aviation show in the world. At this year's show, the Pavilion provides a backdrop for photo below of hundreds of U.S. Federal Officials and Military as well as Bahamian and Canadian Border Officials that make up the International Federal Partnership at the show each year. Of significance in the group photo at far right knelling second to right on second row is Greg Rolle, Chief Aviation Specialist for The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA), who began his two year chairmanship of IFP at the closing of this year's EAA show on Sunday (July 31st). Kneeling beside, the new chairman is outgoing chairman Aaron Sauer, a Senior Air Safety Investigator with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.
Also featured in photo, on top row in white hat and shirt, Senior Bahamas Customs Official, Raphael Whyms, a member of The 2011 Bahamas team at the Bahamas booth in the Federal Pavilion. Other members of the team at EAA 2011 included, Jeannie Gibson, Communications Department, BMOTA, pictured kneeling front row left. Members of the team not pictured include, Leonard Stuart and Karen Wring, BMOTA; Anthony Dean, Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers; Hubert Adderley, Bahamas Civil Aviation Department and Bahamas LSA Flying Ambassador, Mike Zidziunas; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board was represented, Out Island Hotels represented were, Stella Maris, Long Island; Small Hope Bay, Abaco; Fernandez Bay, Cat Island and Cape Eleuthera and Bahamas Preferred Gateway FBO's represented were Banyan Air and Sheltair Aviation
U.S. Federal Agencies including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Air National Guard, Field Operations and Air and Marines, Customs and Border Protection Agency, FAA, and NOAA, along with Canadian Government departments began participating together in 1990 at the EAA AirVenture and later came to be known as the International Federal Partnership. The Islands of The Bahamas with its Civil Aviation, and Customs departments joined the group in 2002.