Originally Posted by alpinelakespilot2000
Yeah, me too. I'd be curious about the longterm tie down fees especially.
The Bahamas were expensive. They dinged me $200 for an overnight. But, they did all the paperwork for me (flight plan, customs, gen decs, etc) and got me a hotel, ride, etc.
The DR charged me $50 for "services" which was basically calling a fuel truck and stamping the paperwork. I've heard they also help find transportation and hotels and act as a p.o.c. liaison, provide "security", etc. But, I didn't use any of that.
Millionare at Isla Grande (Puerto Rico) charged us $50 for four hours of parking one afternoon. They would only waive part of it for 20 gal of gas minium. I offered to buy some oil to make up the difference since we didn't need 20 gal, but they wouldn't budge. I even rented a car from them for the afternoon. Major ripoff. They literally did nothing for us for that $50. When we got back, there was a truck parked 6'' from the wing leading edge. Yikes! Will never do business with Millionare again.
Long term tie down in St Thomas was $70/mo. They wanted to charge me $25/night at first. But, I was like, "No way! Are those planes getting charged $25/day?" while pointing to the many wrecked/hurricane damaged ones scattered around the ramp. They backed down after that and gave me a number to get on the long term tie down list.
On the way back, I'd learned enough about the paperwork, cleaning customs, etc. from flying around a bunch, that I was able to do most of it myself and avoid the FBO fees.
Culebra, Anegada, Cieba, Rincon, Grand Junction, San Marcos, Miami Homestead, Fredricksburg, Spruce Creek, Las Cruces, Telluride were all awesome places to stop. Zero or negligible fees.