Thursday, March 15, 2012

Brand New Pilot Wins Bahamas Pilot Challenge 2011

An Exciting Bahamas Pilot Challenge 2011 Sets the Stage for 2012 Competition

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (March 5, 2012) – With the ink still wet on his Pilot’s License, Indiana flying enthusiast, Dale Dellacqua, flew to 12 Bahama Islands in four days to nab the coveted Bahamas Pilot Challenge , sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and Pilot

Launched in 2011, The Bahamas Pilot Challenge offered exciting prizes to general aviation pilots to fly to 12 of The Islands Of The Bahamas airports of entry (poe) to win amazing prizes; which included the grand prize of an eight night stay on four different, islands in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism and Aviation partnered with, embracing the opportunity to allow private pilots to experience the beauty of the 700 archipelagic Island chain, as well as its culture and diversity. Most importantly, however, those taking part in the challenge discovered the ease of flying across the Atlantic Ocean to an International destination a mere 55 miles off the U.S. coastline.

Announcing the 2012 challenge,’s President, Neil Glazer noted that, “We are ecstatic that the 2011 Bahamas Pilot Challenge was such a great success and we hope to have even more pilots participating in 2012. This unique, annual challenge gives pilots one more great reason to experience the beautiful Islands Of The Bahamas.”

Winner of the 2011 Pilot Challenge, Mr. Dellacqua adding to Glazer’s comments about the beauty of The Bahamas, said that what he loves best about the Islands is that “the people are spectacular and always greet you with a smile.” He also said that although he feels a special affinity for Cat Island, located south in the Island chain, his most coveted memory was flying over the Glass Bottom Bridge in North Eleuthera and witnessing the narrow strip of land dividing the waters of the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean sea on the other.

Another of the winners of the Challenge shared that what she loved most about the Islands was the diversity. She said that the difference in each Island is so great that going to a different Island each day was like going into a different world each time. She noted too that not experiencing more than one Bahama Island is like missing much of the charm of The Bahamas Islands.

The 2012 event promises exciting new challenges that may be viewed online at the Bahamas Pilot Challenge website ( The first 25 pilots to sign up for the challenge will be eligible for a reduced entry fee of merely $25! As was the case last year, this entry fee includes the official Bahamas Challenge T-shirt, ball cap and challenge passport book. Entering into the program also qualifies pilots for exclusive discounts at hotels, resorts and restaurants throughout the Bahamas!

More information regarding the 2012 Bahamas Pilot Challenge can be viewed at

Information on 2012 Bahamas Pilot Challenge will also be available at the Pilot Mall booth at Sun N Fun Aviation Show, Lakeland, FL, March 26th-April 1st.