Cuba Overflight Permits, Safety Seminars Available through Caribbean Flying Adventures
Caribbean Flying Adventures (Booth A-074) may be known for publishing the continuously updated website Caribbeanflyingadventures.com, the pilot’s guide to flying to the Bahamas and Caribbean, but few outside of its subscription base realize that the organization is also a provider of Cuban overflight permits for private and business flights, major airlines, charter operators and ferry flights.
Caribbean Flying Adventures is authorized by the U.S. Treasury to work directly with Cuba’s Civil Air Authority. It can obtain a one-way or roundtrip Cuban Overflight Permit for $40. (Subscribers to the website can get one free per year.) Havana requires at least one hour’s notification before arrival at the boundary (file your IFR flight plan at least 90 minutes before departure) so rush service is available.
For charters operators and flights that are not strictly for tourism, Caribbean Flying Adventures will obtain the permit and wire transfer the “flight service” fees to a Cuban bank account. (Do not do this on your own without a U.S. Treasury license!)
At Sun ’n Fun 2013 the company is offering free Caribbean Flying seminars given by its founder, Jim Parker (10 a.m. Wednesday; Room 2) and special discounts on guided fly-in trips to the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico this year. Parker, a retired Foreign Service officer, specializes in demonstrating how to fly safely to the Bahamas and Caribbean in light aircraft.