new airstrip on Rum Cay has been completed by the Bahamas
Government. The smooth, sand-finished, paved runway is 4500
feet long and 100 feet wide. Wide borders have been cleared and it
is fenced in to keep the wild cattle off the runway, which lies
due east and west.
Two taxiways go to the aircraft parking area south of runway. A new paved road runs from the airstrip to Port Nelson 2 miles to the south.
The west end of airstrip pavement at center line is 23º 41.010' N/ 74º 50.575'W.
The east end of airstrip pavement at center line is 23º 41.011' N/ 74º 49.763'W.
The two paved taxiways intersect the runway at 74º 49.914' W and 74º 49.805'W.
No fuel or other services are available at this time.
Cat Island Air (242-377-3318) flies roundtrip from Nassau Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Over Under Aviation specializes in transportation to the Islands of Rum Cay, Long Island, N. Eleuthera, and Cat Island. If you are planning on visiting these islands, please check with them, as they often have empty seats available and will put together pooled charters.. Phone 201.240.4952 or 305.852.8015
currently scheduled flights are available from the US.
Flyers wishing ground transportation may call Sumner Point Marina on channel VHF 16.
RumCay (MYRP) does not yet have customs. You must land at an Airport of Entry before proceeding to Rum Cay.
You can leave directly from the U.S. non-stop to:
Stella Maris (MYLS)
is located on the North-end of Long Island and has a 4000 ft
runway 13 / 31, Avgas and Customs/Immigration. (note :
during the winter months, expect cross winds from the left -North
when landing at Stella Maris. It gets a bit bumpy on short final due to
hills and large trees off to the left and the winds just roll over them
making it quite some “work” to keep level, sometimes )
Exuma (MYEF) is
also an option about 25 miles further west than Stella Maris. Also
Avgas, Customs. Exuma however does not use Unicom (122.8)
as RumCay and Stella Maris does. Exuma has an advisory frequency
(tower) at 118.0
You must file an international flight plan 305-233-2600 Miami FSS for the flight to the Bahamas. Flight plan cancellation with Nassau Radio 124.2 is difficult close to the destination. No matter where you end up flying to, you can call EXUMA TOWER at 118.0 shortly before landing at Stella Maris and ask them to close the flight plan OR call Nassau Flight Service from Stella Maris.
There is a direct dial telephone ( it actually works ) in the customs
area, you punch #31 and it dials 242-377-7116 by itself.
This telephone also dials US-customs at the various airports for the
required one-hour-prior-arrival report requirement!
When you get to Rum Cay make sure to fly over the town of Port Nelson on the SE side of the island to get someone to come out to the airport. The airport is not quite walking distance (2 miles) from the settlement.
For those planning to fly by private plane into Rum Cay, here is some helpful information:
Download the required Bahamas Customs C7A form here. You need to fill this out in triplicate and present to customs upon entering the Bahamas. Upon Leaving, you will need to present Form C7
Download the U.S. Customs forms here in PDF format.
For more information on flying in the Bahamas, check out the The Bahamas.com Airport Guide.
The 2009 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide has color photographs of every airport, maps, pilot information, customs and immigration, hotel and recreation phone numbers, a survival section, approach plates, U.S. section...don't fly the islands without a current copy!
U.S. Customs require all aircraft to have 12" or larger N numbers and an outside data plate. Also, all aircraft must have altitude reporting capability incorporated in the transponder.
Air traffic rules in the Bahamas are very similar to those in the States. There are few restrictions except in the controlled areas around Freeport, Nassau and Exuma International airports.
Massive cloud build ups are often a sign of land. It is very common to mistake shadows formed by clouds as land masses. A coloring of the water from dark blue to light blue, or a green shade are usual signs of land.
For the nervous first time island bound pilot it may be comforting to remember that you are never out of sight of land for very long. A properly trimmed single-engine airplane can glide, power off, for more than 25 miles, and stay aloft for more than 10 minutes from an altitude of 10,000 feet.
It is illegal to fly below 2000’ MSL over populated areas or assemblies of persons, except when necessary during take off or landing operations. VFR operations over ocean waters at night are exceedingly dangerous for the VFR pilot and are prohibited. IFR is easily accomplished. However, a filed flight plan and clearance must be secured prior to official sunset.
FROM FLORIDA TO THE BAHAMAS:
1. File an International Flight Plan DVFR.
8. You can cruise the entire Bahamas with a C7A cruising form for private pilots, but your last point of departure from The Bahamas must be an airport of entry. They will give you clearance to leave the country
FROM THE BAHAMAS TO FLORIDA
1. You must depart from an Airport of Entry (AOE).
Beginning in May, pilots who fly internationally will have to provide passenger information to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using a new electronic reporting system. But CBP’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information System, better known as eAPIS, is available now, and pilots may begin using it on a voluntary basis to file passenger manifests before launching on any international flight.
In order to use the system, pilots must register for an online account. Once the account is approved—a process that CBP officials say will take about one week—the pilot will be able to use the system to file passenger manifests electronically. Under the new rule, those manifests must be filed at least one hour before departing or arriving the United States, but the new system allows pilots to file as far in advance as they wish, giving them the freedom to provide information for their return trip before leaving home, where they have Internet access.
1. Fuel is NOT available on every island, but you are never
more than 20 minutes flying time away from fuel.
Customs and Immigration procedures into and out of The Bahamas are relatively routine, and always conducted with courtesy. Almost all the standard Caribbean area customs regulations also apply in The Bahamas.
When entering The Bahamas, visitors must complete and sign an Immigration form. A portion of this card (returned to you by the immigration official clearing you for entrance) is required to exit The Bahamas. Don't loose this TINY, "check stub size", immigration document!
When you enter The Islands Of The Bahamas, you will be asked for a verbal baggage declaration. However, your luggage is also subject to customs inspections. If you are carrying dutiable items, you will need to fill out a Baggage Declaration Form.
Custom Duty: Each adult is allowed 50 cigars or cigarettes or one pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits free of Customs Duty, in addition to personal effects. In addition, purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars ($100.00) are permitted by all arriving passengers.
Household effects, such as small appliances (such as blender etc.) are dutiable at 45% of the cost. Linen and china are duty free for each arriving visit. Computers such as laptops are considered a part of your personal effects and therefore are duty-free.
When departing, visitors are required to pay a departure tax. Children six years and under are exempt. US citizens may take up to US$600 worth of merchandise without paying tax. The next $l,000 is taxed at 10%. Certain antiques, artwork and other merchandise categories have special tax exemption limits. Gifts valued up to $50 may be mailed home duty-free. One liter of wine, liqueur or liquor and five cartons of cigarettes may be taken duty-free.
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