Flying your plane to The Bahamas?

Banyan Air Service is your gateway FBO to the Caribbean. The Caribbean has more than 7,000 islands, inlets, reefs, and cays. These islands are part of the larger West Indies, which consists of the Greater Antilles on the north, the Lesser Antilles on the south and east, as well as The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

We work with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation to provide a check list that will make your flights to and from the Islands a pleasant experience. Our Bahamas Kit includes: Airport information with airports of entry, important phone numbers and some of the most frequently asked questions about flying to The Bahamas. Click the Free Bahamas Kit link below to have one mailed to you.

Safety & Survival Gear

Banyan Air Service is ready to help you with all of your needs for flying to the Caribbean – from renting survival equipment, purchasing charts, guides, GPS’s, etc. to assistance with Customs paperwork. Contact our Customer Support or Pilot Shop.

A U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest is mandatory for each person on board

Life vests and rafts are available for rent at Banyan:

Life vests are $7.50 US per day. A deposit of $75.00 US per vest is required on a major credit card. If you choose to rent a life vest from Banyan, please do not open the plastic bag containing the life vest unless an actual emergency calls for it. Once opened, the life vest must be re-certified resulting in an additional cost to you.

A life raft is highly recommended when flying to The Bahamas but is not required. Life rafts are $35.00 US per day. A deposit of $1,500.00 US on a major credit card is required for each raft. Reservations are recommended. The raft holds four to six people (survival equipment is included) and weighs approximately 25 pounds.

Survival equipment in each raft includes:

  • canopy
  • canopy mast
  • 3 flares
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 raft repair kit
  • 1 first aid kit
  • 1 sea dye marker
  • 1 signal mirror
  • 1 food ration
  • 8 water rations
  • 1 signal whistle

Phone Numbers

FXE Customs (open from 8 AM — Midnight)

FLL Customs

Customs USA (after hours contact)


Out of Country FSS

Banyan Air Service

Banyan Pilot Shop


FXE Tower

FXE Ground

FXE Clearance


MIA Radio*
126.7 / 126.9 / 118.4

MIA Departure

Nassau Radio*
128.0 / 124.2

Freeport Radio*

Bimini VOR
122.1 to receive 116.7

Banyan Unicom

*Reception at altitude of 3,000 ft.

Free Bahamas Kit

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