My dream: Flying an airplane by myself in the Dominican Republic!
You only have to bring your own aircraft, as it not possible to rent one there. So I flew on 13th April 1999 with American Airlines to Miami, where a friend of mine joined me. At the same day I did the checkout for the aircraft. The next day we used for some flying in Florida.
The following day we left early towards Puerto Plata:
To Puerto Plata: Date Flying-Time Distance
Kendall - Exuma 04/15/99 2:55 297nm/550km
Exuma - Providenciales 04/15/99 2:28 233nm/431km
Providenciales - Puerto Plata 04/15/99 1:45 172nm/318km
Back to Miami:
Puerto Plata - Stella Maris 04/23/99 3:20 372nm/689km
Stella Maris - Kendall 04/24/99 3:00 320nm/592km
Here a selection of photos:
Kendall-Tamiami Executive KTMB
Shortly after takeoff from Exuma
The photos can´t really reproduce the turquoise water around the Bahamian islands.
During our second refueling-stop at Providenciales. The fuel would have been sufficient to go nonstop to Puerto Plata. But with more than 100 NM over water north of Puerto Plata it would not have been enough to fly back to Grand Turks in case of a thunderstorm or other problem.
Approach to runway 08 in Puerto Plata
The man in the white pants became a pain in the a.. during our stay in POP. Every day he came up with new rules and regulations, but he couldn´t give us real information.
Along the coast: Rio San Juan...
Hotel Caribbean Village Playa Grande with beach
“Our village”: Abreu
Playa Diamante, southeast of Cabrera
Shipwreck between Cabrera and Nagua
Low Approach in Santiago
On the way back to the USA...
Approach to Stella Maris
Our aircraft (a Cessna 172) and I at Stella Maris, in the background the terminal ;-)
(More aerial photos on the pages about Monte Christi and Samana as well as in the “Special: Northcoast” )