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Old 12-17-2018, 01:18 PM
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KFPR Customs synopsis:

They open at 1000 so we filed to arrive at that time. Coming over West End airport, got a shortcut from Miami Center, direct KFPR which shaved off 15 minutes of flight time. Landed at 0945 and parked in front of Customs waiting for them to open. A Mooney arrived 5 minutes after us to park and wait also. They finally opened at 1015, no big deal, we were still on island time. Wheeled our stuff inside and while we waited for them to get set up, the agent with the sniffer box, poked his head in the office and asked “who’s the pilot for N151TK?” I respond that’s me. Zero acknowledgement but he tells agent number two to issue a citation to me for arriving early. I protest and agent one says “you could be hauling drugs and if you land early we would not know about it. You’re getting a ticket”. I had to bite my tongue to not say “listen here &#$@!, IF I was hauling drugs, I wouldn’t be standing here waiting for you to open late.” I stayed quiet and took my lumps while agent one and two proceeded with the same act on the couple that arrived right after us.
Finished our paperwork, proceeded to the metal detector and X-ray machine. I asked agent three where I needed to go pay my fine. He was really nice, waived us through and told us to forget about the whole issue.
I clear Customs on a regular basis in my day job and I have NEVER come across agents that were as rude as the first two agents. KFPR, never again!!
I have some similar stories, but at FXE not FPR. I've only been through FPR once and it was a reasonable experience. Unfortunately, there are some real head cases in Customs and it's a gamble some times. I've met some very nice professionals at Customs and some you'd swear had escaped the local supermax prison. It's a job that seems to attract power freaks.
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:23 PM
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It's a job that seems to attract power freaks.
Badges, we don’t need no stinkin’ badges.....
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:39 PM
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KFPR Customs synopsis:

They open at 1000 so we filed to arrive at that time. Coming over West End airport, got a shortcut from Miami Center, direct KFPR which shaved off 15 minutes of flight time. Landed at 0945 and parked in front of Customs waiting for them to open. A Mooney arrived 5 minutes after us to park and wait also. They finally opened at 1015, no big deal, we were still on island time. Wheeled our stuff inside and while we waited for them to get set up, the agent with the sniffer box, poked his head in the office and asked “who’s the pilot for N151TK?” I respond that’s me. Zero acknowledgement but he tells agent number two to issue a citation to me for arriving early. I protest and agent one says “you could be hauling drugs and if you land early we would not know about it. You’re getting a ticket”. I had to bite my tongue to not say “listen here &#$@!, IF I was hauling drugs, I wouldn’t be standing here waiting for you to open late.” I stayed quiet and took my lumps while agent one and two proceeded with the same act on the couple that arrived right after us.
Finished our paperwork, proceeded to the metal detector and X-ray machine. I asked agent three where I needed to go pay my fine. He was really nice, waived us through and told us to forget about the whole issue.
I clear Customs on a regular basis in my day job and I have NEVER come across agents that were as rude as the first two agents. KFPR, never again!!
Wow. Hate to hear that. You know there are probably camera's all over the place that would see you unloading all your contraband. So, in the end. No fine. That is good. Are there any fees to pay when you come back in?
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:46 PM
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I used a product called Oracal 631 that worked great for temporary 12” numbers (someone else on this forum had recommended this). I’ve got military markings on the fuselage so I used a black sheet of Oracal then placed the white numbers on top. I installed them prior to leaving TN on our trip. Nothing fancy, but I made cardboard templates and cut them by hand. Survived the whole 10 days through rain, sun and 200kt speeds. Removed them when I got back home with zero residue.

https://www.amazon.com/ORACAL-Matte-...31+vinyl+white
Thanks for the info. I don't have any other signage that would be covered up so I think I will just remove the smaller numbers and replace them with Larger ones so I can go on a moments notice in the future. I see you are at M54? I am on a private strip over in White House. I fly in to M54 occasionally. I am sure we have some mutual friends. I hope to see you and your airplane sometime soon.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:51 PM
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You never know what you'll get when crossing the border. I have traveled doing music for over 30 years. Sometimes it is easy, sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is hard because of the poor choices and checkered past of your work mates... Sometimes it is because the agent has issues, or an axe to grind...
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:30 PM
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....Sometimes it is because the agent has issues, or an axe to grind...
99.9% is a power trip.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:08 PM
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Check out this series of nine videos documenting the first trip to the Bahamas by a husband and wife who BOTH are air traffic controllers. Unlike a lot of travel videos, this couple share with us the radio transmissions as well as the in-flight conversations, so they give us a really good introduction to communicating with ATC in the Bahamas. They go to three different islands in this week-long adventure.

If you're pressed for time, you can skip ahead to subsequent videos to hear their conversations after they get to the islands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLYSCjCoYP8

Definitely entertaining and educational for those of you planning to make this trip.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:19 PM
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I see you are at M54? I am on a private strip over in White House. I fly in to M54 occasionally. I am sure we have some mutual friends. I hope to see you and your airplane sometime soon.
Hey Jeff, I’m actually down at KMBT for now while we put a runway in just north of the racetrack and west of Fall Creek. Should have my ride home by next summer. I’m sure we’ll cross paths sometime in middle TN. I do know several of the folks that are based at M54 and up at M91 close to you.

Customs power trip does sum it up. What goes around, comes around. Bad karma will catch up with those fellows sometime when they least expect it.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:53 PM
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Mr. Kristensen. Sorry, I can't help you with the Bahama trip, but, thanks for posting a link to your build site. I did enjoy a tour of your workshop. Sadly, of all your many successful designs, I could not find even a single pattern plane, not one RC transmitter, or even one of your many trophies. Yes, sad indeed. However, those were great days! Thanks for your contribution.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:58 AM
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I'm wondering about how much these Bahamas trips are costing you guys. Here's why. I'm thinking of going on one of those "escorted" journeys to the Bahamas Feb 10 to the 19th. It's with Air Journey---they're usually at Sun n Fun each year. It's $3640. Ain't cheap, I know---includes accommodations, food, Bahama's insurance coverage, taxi to the hotels, and that eAPIS thing you need to do for customs. 5 islands in the 9 days. They do all the flight planning and weather briefing. Obviously, I gotta buy my own gas.

Whadaya all think?
Is that $3640 per person? If so, seems a bit steep for me but what do I know. I can spend that on one airplane gizmo Sounds like fun either way. It all depends on what you want to do. Spend your time flying around islands or on the beach. Just like picking an RV model, first step, define your mission. If you like someone else holding your hand the whole way then it sounds like that’ll work for you. I tend to be more independent, so to each their own.

Can’t remember the exact cost but I think we spent around $3.5k for a 2B/2B house right on the beach, beater rental car to get groceries, food and beverages, customs fees and fuel to and from middle TN for one week. The big variable is accommodations. You can go crazy and rent a mansion on the beach with all the water toys included, all inclusive resort, tent on the beach, or a boat in a marina. All depends on what you want. We traveled at the end of April so you’ll see variations in rates throughout the year.

As far as insurance, you should not need separate coverage for the Bahamas. Call your broker though to confirm. My coverage through EAA includes Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas for no extra charge. Points south require rider coverage for a defined period. eAPIS is pretty simple. Buy your aircraft sticker from CBP online. They run on a calendar year basis so don’t buy it now if you’re traveling in 2019. Aircraft radio license good for 10 years is also available online. Can’t remember the cost but I think it was $110. Best overall advice is to buy the AOPA Bahamas guide and bring suntan lotion.
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