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Old 04-17-2013, 07:27 AM
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It's Salt Island! Great story about the sinking of the Rhone and a good dive to be had there.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:33 AM
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Default Day 12: Flying from the BVI (back) to the Dominican Republic

I'm up just after 0800 on April 17th, and we are packing up so we can catch the 1030 ferry back to Trellis Bay for the short walk to the airport terminal.

Here's our direct routing to get to Santo Domingo (MDSD):


This flight (Beef Island to Santo Domingo) will be Keys/my fourth flight across the northern coast of Puerto Rico :-) We are hoping to be wheels up ~1200 EST for the ~2 hour flight.

One tool that I have been using extensively and must give due credit: Jim Parker of Caribbean Flying Adventures. Jim's website has a WEALTH of information that he constantly updates, including current fuel prices, videos of the approaches to the Island runways AND detailed instructions on where/what/who/how/(fill-in blank) to enter/exit a country wiith minimum hassle.

Also, besides using e-mail, you can call Jim DIRECTLY on the telephone, and he will answer the phone.

Caribbean Flying Adventures is a website portal we are using to plan all of our stops on our '2013 Caribbean Flying Adventure'.

I've met Jim at OSH on several occassions, and if you were at Sun 'n Fun this year, you too may have met him!

Jim Parker is a real person: He's not a book

Rosie & Tuppergal
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:29 PM
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now that was an incredible post of pics and emotion for me. 30 years of vacationing there and seeing you flying over it is too much!!!!!!! you got most of the details correct. the fact that you are down there enjoying the islands in those rvs is very cool. i could of coached you on a few nice beach bars to fly over but might have and did a grand job of it anyways. carry on.



From Rosie: Turbo, we had dinner at the Mine Shaft but "Linky" wasn't there
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:50 PM
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Hi All,
We are here in Santo Domingo, hurray! We were able to 'sleep-in' today since the ferry did not leave until 1030. Jailbird took Sharkbait, Steph, Opie and his wife e-Stitch to the ferry port at 0800 since 1) Steph was traveling back to Colorado on the 'big' airplane (she only had 2 weeks vacation) 2) Sharkbait, Opie & e-Stitch flew to Grenada enroute to Brazil for their 'below the equator' run. We'll meet back up with them when we arrive to Grenada on April 22.

We got on the 1030 ferry, and after arrival to Trellis Bay, a van carried us the very-short distance to the terminal. We had pre-filled out our GenDecs at home so we proceded to the west (arrivals) door then pounded on the door (which was closed since no planes were inbound). A guard opened up, we showed him our pilot license and GenDecs then he escorted us to the Immigration office. No money was exchanged and he kept one of the GenDecs then sent us back out the door to pay the departure tax.

If there's one thing you need to know about Island life is "Patience is the key here in the islands". What you think should be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time may take much longer than you think. I was first in line to pay the 'little planes' departure tax for my passenger ($40 since Tuppergal could not produce a pilot's license). All week, the locals on the ramp referred to us as "The Little Planes".

After paying, Tuppergal/I went through the security line like everyone else, except you show your Pilot's license along with your Passport, and that is your 'ticket' to the ramp (unescorted access). We figured Keys, Jailbird and Indira would be right behind us...No, didn't happen. They were at least an hour inside...we had time to pull their planes off the grass to the ramp, and sort their luggage next to the planes. And we waited while it rained (short bursts then the sun comes out.

I believe we departed Beef Island around 1300 for the just-less-than-two-hour flight. We had quite the showers in the BVI area, and I actually called Axel to get a PIREP for Puerto Rico. He gave me a great one, and we departed with a little bit of zigging and zagging to get out of Beef Island. Once we cleared the western edge of Puerto Rico, it was clear skies. While enroute, I checked the GPS route that included our next over-water leg to Curaçao, and at 160 knots, flight time on Friday (April 19) is planned at 2 hours 15 minutes from Santo Domingo (MDSD) to Curaçao (TNCC).

Upon arriving the the eastern coastline of the DR, it was overcast with big puffies over the entire island, and we got rained on the last 40 miles. The controller had me at 3500' on a westbound heading. I had to follow the coastline for a direct entry to the right downwind for runway 17 as I could not get to a base entry as requested. We flew the last 10 miles in light rain and funny thing was we got wet on downwind but not on the runway.

Customs was easy to get through since we NEVER had to go see them. The FBO Servair (and representative Jose) was very helpful after we ´called off´ the handlers that wanted to charge us for something we could do ourselves (Thank you Jim Parker). We finally convinced somebody that we needed to tie the planes in the grass and were allowed to place the nose in the grass just enough to beat a stake in the ground and tie the wings down (tail is not tied down).

We will be here for two nights so we have a full day planned on Thursday (April 18) starting with a 5-hour tour to see old town Santo Domingo.

For Friday (April 19), our goal is to depart the hotel at 0800 and be in the air by 1100 for Curaçao. We'll fill the tanks there then I'll be a 2-ship with Keys to Bonaire for some great diving. Jailbird/Indira will spend one night in Curaçao and two nights in Bonaire.

Thanks again for following along and keep poundin´them rivets!

Rosie & Tuppergal

Ground track of Today's flying courtesy of Daryl Tolliver Notice that we had to again stay north of the island because the clouds form over the island:

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Old 04-17-2013, 06:10 PM
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Here's the Virgin Gorda airport that runs right along the coastline...and it's open ONLY to twin-engine aircraft:



Here's Saba Rock Resort, a rock's throw from the famous "Bitter End Yacht Club":



...and Leverick Bay:


Rosie, You got me!
Leverick Bay on Friday night (Jumbie night) is my wife's Favorite place around.
Bitter end was one of mine!
But to 2-ship around the BVI has got to be the total bast of a blast...I'm floored. I was going to ask why not land on the VG strip? Twins only?

Planning a BVI sail excursion for next year. Now maybe an RV/Sail/beach trip!?
Many questions when you get back...carry on!!

From Rosie: Thanks for checking in Tailwind! Yes, flying around these islands with friends is GREAT! Evidently, there was a fatal in single engine at Virgin Gorda so somebody in the BVI airport authority said 'No Singles'... I tried writing them but got no where...though we were 'blessed' to land Anegada Let's talk about next year as Jimmyb/I are already planning a commercial flight to make the same sail trip!
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:19 PM
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Default Day 12: Flying from the BVI (back) to the Dominican Republic

The beach at "The Baths" is a short walk down the single lane cement road to the end then down a short path to the beach:











These pictures are from the Southern Gables where we stayed. I was here before in 2010 with my Velocity-flying friends Craig & Denise Woolston and have been waiting three years to return :-) Howard & Irma Levenson manage this property along with other spectacular Virgin Gorda properties.







Today's ferry was a nice cabin cruiser:



This is the beach right next to the ferry dock:

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:19 PM
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Default Day 12: Flying from the BVI (back) to the Dominican Republic

All right...let's get geared up for the overwater flight! I wear a fishing vest under my life jacket that has a dye pack, mirror, 12"x40' orange streamer, brimmed hat, sunscreen and chapstick:



Load 'em up...



Let's Taxi...



Let's Roll!



Here's the famous Pusser's Marina Cay that has the telephone booth where you can take a picture:



We chose the path-of-least-resistance and flew on the south side of Tortola and Tuppergal shot this picture of the bay:



This is an over-the-shoulder shot with the US Virgin Islands below:



This is what we saw once we deviated slightlly left of course:



Here we are arriving to the eastern shore of Puerto Rico covered in clouds:



What I tried to show here is an over-the-shoulder picture of where we came from (e.g. picked our way through):

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:19 PM
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Default Day 12: Flying from the BVI (back) to the Dominican Republic

Here's the Aguadilla airport (again), this time from 8500'. I was flying directly over the airport so I had to 'turn' the plane to shoot this:



Leaving the western coast of Puerto Rico and Axel's old 'stomping grounds':



The WX we left behind...



My autopilot (roll) quit working so Keys has been doing a lot of the leading:



I believe this is the island we could see from Axel's Grandpa's house. Axel?



Handoff from San Juan Approach to Punta Cana Approach occurs at the 'boundary' line.



We passed within five miles of Punta Cana (MDPC) where we stopped for fuel inbound to Beef Island (TUPJ):



With Punta Cana off the right wing, here's the left wing:



Everytime I see a 'deck' in front of me, I ask myself..."Do I want to go over or under?" Condor taught me well...



Let's go under!



As you can guess from the picture above, we are probably going to get wet...
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:20 PM
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Default Day 12: Flying from the BVI (back) to the Dominican Republic

I mentioned it earlier but while cruising along, just to pass the time, I'll preload points farther along the router just to see what the leg time might be for our normal cruise speed. Here are the times to:

Santo Domingo - 12 min
Curaçao - 2:17
Bonaire - 14 min
Grenada - 2:17 (about the same distance as to Curaçao from Santo Domingo thus the same time)



This is a small coastal town just to the east of Santo Domingo airport:



The tower wanted me to report a two mile left base to runway 17. Due to weather, I declined and continued to follow the southern coastline until I could see the airport.

Oh...there's the airport! The picture looks worse than it really was



Left downwind for runway 27:







And to think I had to PLEAD with the ramp guy to get this little bit of grass so I could pound some stakes in!?!



We are staying at the Hotel Europa that has this cool staircase you only see in the movies!



So....if you've been following along...think "Caymans/Belize" 2015! Good night!

Keep poundin' them rivets because it's ALL WORTH IT! Rosie & Tuppergal
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:07 AM
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Wow thanks for the pictures/stories/adventure.
Brings back a lot of memories of sailing the Virgin islands, surfing Aguadilla and Kalik's in the Bahamas.
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