Ft. Lauderdale to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
38Trip End Mar 30, 2013
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The weather was brilliant; just low clouds hugging some of the islands strung along under my route. The larger ones have names I found on the charts, but there are many, many others. I’ll never get tired of flying over islands rimmed with white sand beaches and surrounded by turquoise water.
Along the way I flew into a new air traffic zone above the transition altitude so I reset the altimeter to 29.92 inches and started using flight levels (FL090) instead of altitudes in feet. All familiar from my RTW flight. Miami Center kept communication, control and radar coverage all the way to BTLER where I was handed to Providenciales (Provo for short) Approach for my descent into MBPV. There were a few gaps in comms but I got picked up again at Mayaguana Island. I really don’t know the extent of Miami's radar coverage.
There were 20 kts winds on the surface at MBPV, fortunately blowing right down the runway so landing was no problem. I started to turn off the runway at the first turning but was instructed to taxi all the way to the end (Charlie) where the Provo Air Center and GA parking is located
I was listening to XM satellite radio all the way down. The satellite coverage footprint ends somewhere outside the borders of the US but I don’t know where. I guess I’ll find out when I ventured farther south.
TCI Immigration and Customs is available right at the FBO so it’s a breeze to get through and jump on the shuttle provided by the FBO to get to the hotel. I booked a nice place on Grace Bay beach. After staying in some really low level places on the RTW flight, I’m determined to enjoy myself when I can. 60 minutes after landing I was at the beach bar, starting my way through the list of drinks with little umbrellas. In Seattle this time of year, drinks come with little gore-tex parkas.
I’m here for three nights and intend to make the most of the fine weather and fine dining.