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EAA Chapter 1674 Monthly Meeting
Planning a trip to the Caribbean/Bahamas
Date and Time:
Saturday, December 16, 2023, starting at 09:00 Eastern Standard Time Download Calendar File
Mike Kelley
Brief Description:

The two-hour meeting starts at 09:00 with a social event with refreshments, followed by a brief business meeting, followed by the guest speaker.

Have you ever wanted to fly your private plane to the islands but felt intimidated by the distance or the procedures? Living in Florida, we are blessed with an abundance of great tropical fly-out destinations which are easily reachable by typical general aviation aircraft. However, most pilots don’t know how to plan these trips. This presentation will cover the requirements and planning for Caribbean/Bahamas trip, including the paperwork, aircraft prep, customs, and CBP procedures to safely reach the islands. But more importantly, we’ll also discuss how to execute the procedures of safely getting “back into the USA” without being escorted by F-16s! We’ll also share some of our “lesson learned,” and make suggestions how you should plan your first “island trip.”


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Location of Seminar:
Right Rudder Aviation
4250 S. Airport Rd

Inverness, FL 34450
Directions to Venue:

Meeting will be at the FBO (Right Rudder Aviation) on the SE Corner of the Inverness Airport (INF).  Both Ramp & Auto Parking are available.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
Yes  INF
35 seats at the facility, 25 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
Orlando FSDO FAA Safety Team
Contact Information:
Ray Heyde
Phone: (940) 453-2852
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

Special thanks to Right Rudder Aviation (407-734-1442) for providing space for the event.

Speaker Mike Kelley is a Private Pilot with his instrument rating. He and his wife moved to The Villages, Florida from Independence, Oregon where he had been President of EAA 292 in for the past 4 years, and had launched that Chapter’s VMC and IMC clubs. Mike has owned and flown a variety of both certified and experimental aircraft over the past 35 years and is currently flying a Sonex, which he finished in 2012, and a Lancair, which he completed in 2019. Recently, he’s made multiple trips to the Bahamas & Caribbean and has been promoting general aviation flights to these areas.

COVID-19 Statement: Prior to attending a seminar, please be sure to abide by CDC, State, and Local public health guidelines.

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Master WINGS
1 Credit for Master Knowledge Topic 2
FAASTeam Project Information:
NPP08, NPP13, et al
National Project:
Conduct or support an EAA Chapter safety meeting
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