Once you’ve flown a general aviation airplane to the Bahamas, you start counting down the days until you can return.
Freeport, Grand Bahama, is just 80 nautical miles from Fort Lauderdale. Photo by Lisa Wood.
In my case, it was close to five years. I’d first joined a group of pilots doing a group fly-out to the Out Islands in 2014. We flew from Virginia to Fort Pierce, Florida, to Cat Island, part of the Out Islands or “family islands” chain. I was a backseat passenger for most of that trip. I got some left-seat time in a Piper Seminole—that was a thrill in itself—but I never lost the desire to take the reins and fly myself back to the white sandy beaches and turquoise ocean water. Read more >>