Defi Wind Caribbean 2017.
The Defi Wind Caribbean organization is proud to announce its second edition of this windsurf and kite contest, which will take place from June 17th through 21st, 2017. This event is organized by Defi Wind organizer Phillipe Bru and 41 times world champion windsurfing Bjorn Dunkerbeck. This event will be hosted by Sorobon Beach Resort, and this location will be used as a starting point and also for ancillary events.
Bonaire has been chosen for the second year because of the island’s steady winds all year long, the beautiful scenery and water conditions, as well as for the pleasant temperatures.
The windsurfing race will have four categories, divided between men, women, and age. There is a maximum of 111 participants for the windsurfing event.
The kitesurfing race will also have four categories, also divided between men, women, and age. There is a maximum of 50 participants for this event.
Registration is already open. For additional information, visit the event website.
(Source: Defi Wind Caribbean)
Drones are becoming very popular vehicles for aerial photography, and so some passengers want to bring their drones to Bonaire for their vacation. However, you may wish to think twice before you pack it in your suitcase.
RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones)
This news provides information about the use of drones for either recreational or professional purposes in The Netherlands, which includes the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
The airspace above the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) is prohibited airspace or controlled airspace (control zone ⇒ CTR or aerodrome traffic zone ⇒ ATZ). It is not allowed to fly here with aircraft, including remotely piloted aircraft or model aircraft, without the permission of ATC or AFIS. At this moment, ATC and AFIS are not able to grant any permits. So please, leave your drone at home or keep it safely stored in your suitcase during your stay. Enjoy Bonaire the old-fashioned way, on the ground!
More detailed information about our airspace:
The Flamingo CTR at Bonaire is visible on the map. It is the large area with the mark 25 NM TNCB ARP. The area TNP-1 and TNP-2 are prohibited for all aircraft. The space between these two areas is only available for manned aircraft with a clearance of ATC.
List of Abbreviations:
||Airborne Collision Avoidance System
||Aerodrome Flight Information System
||Above Ground Level
||Aerodrome Reference Point
||Air Traffic Control
||Aerodrome Traffic Zone
||Islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba
||Civil Aviation Authority The Netherlands
||Flight Information Region
||First Person View
||International Civil Aviation Organization
||Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot working for an RPAS operator
||Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
||The Nature Conservancy Bonaire
||Visual Flight Rules
||Visual Line of Sight
(Source: Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport)
InselAir is currently experiencing delays and interruptions in service due to the maintenance inspections on some of their planes. On January 31st, 2017, InselAir posted information to provide passengers with the proper contact information, should their flights be affected.
BIA recommends that all passengers with InselAir flights in the coming days check with the airline for current status. The contact information is available here: https://www.fly-inselair.com/en/news/update-inselair-operations/
(Source: InselAir website)