Take off from Los Roques Airport and check out the many small islands of the Federal Dependencies of Venezuela.
Round trips: 51 nm: Entire route | 60 nm: Isla La Orchila. A rather barren island HDG 120 for 20 nm. Mysteriously, it does have a 9,839 ft runway!
NOTAM: Los Roques runway is only 2,652 ft long, so choose a suitable aircraft for your flight. Dos Mosquisos has a small strip at 1,635 ft.
Carriacou (meaning Land of Reefs) lays about 14 m north of the main island of Grenada. More picturesque than the main island, check out it's charming bays and beaches as well as the islands of Petite Martinique NE and Large Island to the south.
NOTAM: Lauriston TGPZ runway is 2,615 ft.
Entire route: 21 nm
Guadelope is a Caribbean region of France with six inhabited islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, two Iles des Saintes. Take off from Pointe-a-Pitre TFFR in the capital Les Abymes and visit all six main islands. Alternatively you can make shorter trips using the suggested routes. The island of La Desirade has spectacular cliff faces on the northern shore.
139 nm: Entire route
Round trips to local airports:
30 nm: Saint-Francois TFFC 1965 ft at WP 6 |
40 nm: Bailliff TFFB, 1999 ft at WP 2 |
48 nm: Le Saintes TFFS, 1897 ft at WP 3 |
52 nm: Desirade TFFA, 1979 ft at WP 5 |
54 nm: Maria Galante TFFM, 4060 ft at WP 4
Fly from Cap Haitien on Haiti's north coast to the westernmost point on the island, about 45 west of Cuba. Start by flying west over the rugged terrain of the Gros-Morne Arrondissement (adminstrative area), Nan Palmiste, then follow the spectacular coastline south and east back to Gonaives.
Return trips: 68 nm: Gonaives | 101 nm: Gonaives and Nan Fort | 162 nm: Entire route
Fly out of Port-au-Prince to the highest peak in Haiti, a challenging 9 hour drive, or a short and comfortable flight in your aircraft!
Return flights: 44 nm: Direct to Pic la Selle | 48 nm: Direct to Malpasse Dam | 65 nm: Entire route
Fly out of Cap Haitien on Haiti's north coast to the island of Tortuga. Pass the coastal areas of the Baie de I'Acul, Boyeou, Chouchou, Le Borgne, Grand Fond, Anse a Foleur, Cap Rouge, Saint-Louis-du-Nord and La Pointe.
Return flights: 30 nm: Boyeou, Chouchou | 40 nm: Le Borgne | 50 nm: Grand Fond, Anse a Foleur | 60 nm: Cap Rouge, Saint-Louis-du-Nord | 107 nm: Entire route
Fly around the rugged scenery in Jamaica's eastern region and stop for a martini, shaken, not stirred, at James Bond Beach on the northern shoreline. This beach featured in the movie 'Dr. No', starring Sean Connery as Bond and based on the book of the same name by ex-secret agent and author Ian Fleming.
Fly back south via the bauxite mines at Ewarton.
Round trips: 31 nm: Great Pond of Yallahs at Pamphret, WP 1 | 40 nm: Bauxite mine at Ewarton WP 7 | 58 nm: Bath Airfield MKGO 2794 ft WP 1,2 | 80 nm: Ian Fleming International Airport via WP 8,7,6,5 | 132 nm: Entire route
Explore the western regions of Jamaica, flying out from Sangster International Airport at Montego Bay. Fly down the west coast and return over Cockpit Country, which refers to the proliferation of shallow caves in that region. Along the way fly over several smaller aerodromes: Negril, Port Esquivel, Kirkvine and Silent Hill. Check the runway lengths before attempting any landings! Round trips:
20 nm: Falmouth Harbour
27 nm: Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort / Lucea Harbour
53 nm: WP 1, WP 2 - Negril Aerodrome MKNG 2490 ft
72 nm: Direct to Kirkvine Airstrip MKWI 2219 ft
Entire route: 168 nm
Fort-de-France is the capital of the Caribbean island of Martinique, a French overseas territory. Take off from Le Lamentin (TFFF) 9842 ft. There are two distinctive mountains which are visible from all points on the island. At the north end Montagne Pelee at an elevation of 4583 ft/1397 m. and 6 miles south "Twin Peaks" (my nomenclature) at 3871 ft/1180 m.
20 nm: Le Marin
24 nm: Tartane
34 nm: Montagne Pelee
74 nm: Entire route
Take off with caution from Gerald’s / John A. Osborne International Airport TRPG located on a hill in the centre of the island. I say carefully not so much because of the volcano at Soufriere Hills, but because the runway is only 1,935 ft in length. The Soufriere Hills volcano last erupted in the 1990s.
Entire route (as the crow flies): 16 nm
Circumnavigation: 23 nm
Nueva Esparta (New Sparta) has red soil, characteristic of high levels of Iron (Latin: Ferrum). It is a Caribbean province of Venezuela consisting of three islands: Margarita Island, Coche Island and Cubagua Island. Take off from Santiago Marino airport SVMG in the capital Porlamar and fly to the extreme compass points.
23 nm: WP 9 El Guamache (southernmost point of Isla de Coche)
34 nm: WP 2 Hill at Cabo Negro (most northerly point on Isla de Margarita)
54 nm: WP 7 Beach: Playa Punta Arenas (most westerly point on Isla de Margarita)
113 nm: Entire route
Take a light aircraft and have fun landing at this selection of tiny airstrips. Aerostato de Lajas is a launching station for lighter-than-air vehicles (blimps). You will be flying out of Rafael Hernandez International TJBQ near Aguadilla Pueblo on Puerto Rico's north west coast. Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is on the south west extremity of the island.
13 nm: WP 1 - Communication Facility
68 nm: WP 4 - Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
98 nm: Entire route
Fly out of Mercedita airport in Ponce, cruise the south coast and then travel to Puerto Rico's second largest island, Vieques.
NOTAM: You may want to do an airshow at Salinas Speedway? Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport TJVQ 4296 ft is 3,5 nm west of Vieques City (WP 6).
36 nm: Salinas Speedway
152 nm: Entire route
Take off from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and explore the north eastern corner of Puerto Rico's main island. Some of the coastal resorts you will see are Fajardo, Playa Fortuna, Coco Beach Golf Club, Suarez, and the capital San Juan.
12 nm: WP 2 - Carraizo Dam
15 nm: WP 1 - San Felipe del Morro Castle on San Juan Bay
23 nm: WP 6 - Fajardo Harbour
77 nm: Entire route
Visit the famous radio telescope at Arecibo and enjoy the beachs of Puerto Rico's central north coast.
NOTAM: Antonio/Nery/Juarbe Regional Airport Pol TJAB 3979 ft is 2 nm SE of Arecibo. You will pass it on the N and W.
31 nm: West along the coast to Dorado
68 nm: West along the coast to Los Molinos
96 nm: Entire route
Saint Barthelemy aka Saint Barts boasts a very short runway which ends right at the beach and, incredibly, accepts heavy aircraft from international destinations! Search the web for St. Barts landings and hang on to your towel!
NOTAM: The runway at Saint Barthelemy / Gustaf III Airport TFFJ is only 2107 ft long, so dress appropriately.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a Commonwealth nation and the capital city is Basseterre, located on the larger island of Saint Kitts. Take off from Bradshaw TKPK 7221 ft on St Kitts and fly around both islands.
Entire route: 48 nm
directions20 nm: WP 1 - La Soufrie Volcano,
25 nm: Bequia Island,
74 nm: Union Island,
109 nm: Entire route nm
Climb to the volcano at the north of Saint Vincent and then take a leisurely flight down the rigged west coast. Hit the open waters to visit a few of the 32 islands in the Grenadines group to the south: Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit Saint Vincent, Mustique, Baliceauz and Battowia.
NOTAM: Plan your ascent to La Souffrie carefully as the lip is about 4200ft in elevation. Better to gain altitude over the water than risk stalling into the mountainside during a max performance climb. Not that it ever happened to me!
The caribbean island of Saint Martin is shared by two separate countries. In the north Saint-Martin (France), and in the south Sint Maarten (Netherlands). In this flight you take off from Aeroport de Grand-Case and follow the border between Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten to the south.
San Andres and Providencia are territories of Colombia consisting of three islands: San Andres to the south and Providencia and Santa Catalina 50 nm to the north. Take off from El Embrujo SKPV 4232ft and cruise the coast, from Santa Catalina in the north to the treacherous reefs extending up the east coast.
San Andres and Providencia are territories of Colombia consisting of three islands: San Andres to the south and Providencia and Santa Catalina 50 nm to the north. Take a flight along the coast on San Andres, from Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airport SKSP 7788ft.
The caribbean island of Saint Martin is shared by two separate countries. In the north Saint-Martin (France), and in the south Sint Maarten (Netherlands). In this flight you take off from Princess Juliana International TNCM 7537ft in the capital Philipsburg and follow the border of Sint Maarten.
Entire route: 16nm