New Bahamas Pilot Challenge Announced
October 17, 2012 - Pilots can win hotel stays in the 2012-2013 Bahamas Pilot Challenge announced at the AOPA Summit last week. Pilots who document landings at 12 of the 20 Bahamas airports of entry before November 30, 2013, can be eligible to win one of five hotel prizes.
First place is eight hotel nights at top resorts (two nights each) on Grand Bahama, Bimini, Harbour Island, and Cat Island. Second is six hotel nights on three islands, third is four hotel nights on two islands, and fourth provides three hotel nights on one visit. A bonus prize awards a two-night stay.
"The Challenge is designed to motivate pilots to explore islands they had not previously considered visiting, as well as to attract pilots new to the Bahamas," said Neil Glazer, one of 11 Bahamas Flying Ambassadors in the U.S. and president of PilotMall.com, which administers the contest for Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
Prize nights include accommodations at some of the Bahamas' best known out-island resorts, including the Hemmingway Suite at the Bimini Big Game Club, and a luxury junior suite at Harbour Island's Valentine's Resort. Other featured destinations include the Bimini Bay Resort and the Stella Maris Resort Club on Long Island.
Winners will be selected at random in December 2013 from among those completing the 12-airport challenge. Every pilot submitting properly validated proof of landings at 12 qualifying airports during the event will also be awarded the official Bahamas Pilot Challenge T-shirt, and those documenting landings at two of the airports receive an official ball cap.
Pilots can register on the Bahamas Pilot Challenge website and will receive an official Bahamas Pilot Challenge "passport," which must be validated by Customs at each qualifying airport, plus a Bahamas VFR planning chart and a private pilot guide. There is no charge to enter, but registrants pay the postage cost of obtaining Challenge materials and submitting their validated "passport."