The aviation team of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is out in full force at the 2019 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh Show, taking place July 21-28, 2019 in Wisconsin.
The team was led by Captain Greg Rolle, senior director of Sports and Vertical Markets in the Ministry of Tourism, and Frederick Donathan, aviation consultant.
Now in its 50th year, the EAA AirVenture Show is the largest general aviation show in the world, and each year attracts in excess of 500,000 pilots, aviation enthusiasts and media and industry professionals from around the world, as well as over 10,000 airplanes ranging from homebuilts to war birds.
“The Bahamas receives an injection of a substantial amount of dollars into its economy from general aviation business derived from this show, which is especially beneficial for our Family Islands,” said Rolle.
“Just two days into this year’s show, and we have already registered some 300 private pilots who attended our seminars and are interested in flying to The Bahamas.
“We have also received an unprecedented number of enquiries and expressions of interest from visitors and other private pilots visiting our booth.”
In 2018, The Bahamas reached a historic milestone in general aviation and welcomed more than 122,000 private pilots to its islands, up from the previous year’s performance of 92,000 private pilots, and generated in excess of $387 million into its economy.
The Bahamas is also the number one ranked destination in the Caribbean and Eastern Seaboard for general aviators.
The Bahamas is one of three nations, including the United States and Canada, that are members of the International Federal Partnership (IFP), consisting of federal government agencies committed to education, improvement and protection in aviation.