Flying your plane to The Bahamas?

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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 closely with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to provide you with all the requirements needed to make your flights to and from the Islands a pleasant experience. The links below provides pilots with everything they need to know, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Customer Support.

Banyan is the Gateway to the Bahamas

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 sale or rent at Banyan Pilot Shop:

Life vests are $7.50 US per day. If you choose to rent a life vest from Banyan Pilot Shop, 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. Part 91 life rafts are $35.00 US per day and Part 135 rafts are available in a variety of sizes and prices. Reservations are recommended. Typically, the 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) 954.491.5647

FLL Customs 954.359.1160

Customs USA (after hours contact) 800.973.2867


Out of Country FSS 305.233.2600

Banyan Air Service 954.491.3170

Banyan Pilot Shop 954.493.8615


FXE Tower 120.9

FXE Ground 121.75

FXE Clearance 127.95

FXE ATIS 119.85

MIA Radio* 126.7 / 126.9 / 118.4

MIA Departure 119.7

Nassau Radio* 128.0 / 124.2

Freeport Radio* 122.3

Bimini VOR 122.1 to receive 116.7

Banyan Unicom 130.8

*Reception at altitude of 3,000 ft.

Bahamas Private Pilot Guide

Bahamas Pilot Guide 2018-2019