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Bonaire’s Instructor Firefighters Train in Simulated Airplane Firefighting

On Wednesday April 12th the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department (Brandweerkorps Caribisch Nederland, hereafter referred to as BKCN) held an airplane firefighting training exercise on the grounds of Bonaire International Airport (BIA). BKCN is not only responsible for regular firefighting duties, but also for airplane firefighting on all three islands. The training exercise was an in-service training in the field of airplane firefighting and was intended for all BKCN instructors. The instructors therefore are able to give other colleagues within the department in-service training.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) applies very strict rules and requirements which the fire department must observe. It was a realistic training exercise with fire and smoke in an airplane during evening hours. These exercises took place on the grounds of BIA where a training object has been constructed from containers and other materials to imitate the fuselage of an airplane. There are two different mock-up cabins on the inside; one of a smaller airplane with one aisle and one of a larger airplane with two aisles. In case of an airplane fire it is important for the fire department to turn out and reach the fire within three minutes and to create a survivable situation as soon as possible in order to save as many human lives as possible.

Four shift leaders and three officers of service from Bonaire, and 1 shift leader and 2 firemen from St. Eustatius participated in this physically demanding training exercise. A total of 10 participants and 3 fire engines were deployed. The training exercise was organized by BKCN instructor Ab Hoek and Sergeant Major Frank Koenders, airplane firefighting instructor of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, in collaboration with the firefighting training institute BOGO. The airplane firefighting training exercise for instructors lasted 9 days, of which one day was devoted to theory and the remaining days were practical days.

During the simulation, emphasis was also placed on cooperation with other services, such as red cross, ambulance, police and the KMar.

(Source: RCN)

 

Think Twice Before Packing Your Drone for Bonaire

Bonaire's airspace is protected.

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:

ACAS Airborne Collision Avoidance System
AFIS Aerodrome Flight Information System
AGL Above Ground Level
ARP Aerodrome Reference Point
ATC Air Traffic Control
ATZ Aerodrome Traffic Zone
BES Islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba
CAA-NL Civil Aviation Authority The Netherlands
CTR Control Zone
EVLOS Extended VLOS
FIR Flight Information Region
FPV First Person View
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
NM Nautical Miles
RPA pilot Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot working for an RPAS operator
RPAS Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
TNCB The Nature Conservancy Bonaire
VFR Visual Flight Rules
VLOS Visual Line of Sight

(Source:  Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport)

 

The Silver Quality Coast Award is Bestowed Upon Bonaire

Bonaire has just been awarded another major accolade, the Silver Quality Coast Award.

Recently, The Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Henk Kamp, awarded Bonaire with the Silver Quality Coast Award, presented to the island’s Director of Tourism, Mr. Maurice Adriaens, during a recent Bonaire Economic Conference.

About the Silver Quality Coast Award.

The Silver Quality Coast Award is an award developed by the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC). This is a part of the “Green Deal” for sustainable tourism that was initiated in November, 2014 and runs through December, 2016. The aim of this initiative is to promote the sustainability of destinations, such as Bonaire.

This must be achieved by developing a joint vision on the manner in which the sustainability of the destination, along with the development of processes and resources, are considered. These criteria provide a measurement as to the sustainability of the destination.

How Did Bonaire Qualify for the Silver Quality Coast Award?

In recent weeks, Bonaire hosted  personnel who visited to make their initial assessment as to whether Bonaire is a green destination. Various Bonaire stakeholders were interviewed as well. After successfully completing the assessment, Bonaire was awarded the Silver Award.

Gold is the New Goal.

Having attained Silver status, Bonaire’s tourism entity, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, now has plans to jointly work together with the island’s private sector tourism providers to make improvements, which need to take place within one year in order to acquire a higher ranking for the next Bonaire Green Destination Assessment.

What is the Green Deal?

Green Deal is a collaboration between The Netherlands and the United Kingdom to support each other on individual efforts, especially in priority areas such as sustainable energy, nature management, sustainable tourism, and waste policy.

(Source:  TCB via InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

Collection of Marine Souvenirs is Against the Law

BIA would like to remind all departing airline passengers that the transport of marine souvenirs—shells, corals, sea fans, sponges, or any other similar artifacts that originated in the sea—from the island is expressly forbidden by law.  Not only is the collection of such souvenirs violating the regulations of the Bonaire National Marine Park, but it also violates the CITES Convention, of which The Netherlands has been a member country since 1984.  CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments and its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Luggage and carry-on items of departing passengers may be legally searched, and should items be found that violate these laws, the items will be confiscated.  Penalties, and even arrest, may result, so BIA urges its departing visitors to leave those items on the beach and “take only memories, leave only footprints.”

 

 

BIA Hosts Airport Development Meeting

On 5 February, 2016, Bonaire International Airport hosted a meeting on airport development. Attending this meeting were Mr. E. Ch. Michael Nicolaas, Mrs. Vanessa Tunk and Mr. Julio Statie on behalf of BIA, Mr. Gilbert Isabella, Dutch representative on behalf of the Dutch government and Commissioner Clark Abraham and Mr. Hennyson Thielman on behalf of the local government (OLB).

Mr. Michael Nicolaas presented a presentation with focus on development of the airport. The discussion covered the current business state of BIA, the daily challenges and the business and development opportunities, and how the local and Dutch government can help achieve the goals set for the development of the airport.

It was a very positive, interesting and lively discussion with both governments understanding the goals and are willing to do their utmost to achieve the projected developments for our Airport. A next meeting will be planned shortly.