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)

 

Update and Status on InselAir Operations

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)

 

 

InselAir Launches Adjusted Flight Schedule

In the light of improving the on time performance and to further reduce costs, InselAir will put in place an adjusted flight schedule starting January, 2017. Next to downscaling operations, InselAir is also well on its way to achieve the cost savings project 2 million ANG monthly, started in October 2016. The company expects to reach this by the end of February. The adjusted flight schedule includes adjusted frequencies and, in some cases, temporarily taking out routes.

Major changes: Quito, Valencia, Miami – Haiti

InselAir will be temporarily taking out its South American destination Quito (Ecuador) during low season, from January 12 until June 19, but has planned to re-introduce Quito in high season with a direct flight from Curacao. Furthermore, InselAir will discontinue the Miami – Port au Prince and the Curacao – Valencia operations until the start of the next high season.

Havana: day change

The Curacao – Havana route will be temporarily discontinued the whole month of February and will be flown on Monday and Saturday (instead of Monday and Friday) starting in March.

(Source:  InselAir)

 

 

KLM Pronounced Safest and Most Punctual Airline!

With barely a fortnight into 2017, KLM has already won two prizes.

The German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has declared KLM the safest European airline. KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.

KLM is also the most punctual airline, Flight Stats recently announced. This aviation insights company publishes an annual list of international airlines with the best on-time performance records. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules, and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.

KLM President and CEO, Mr. Pieter Elbers, stated,

This is a marvelous start to the new year. I see this as a wonderful acknowledgement of all our efforts in safety, punctuality, and customer focus. We want to continue to give our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience in 2017.

(Source:  KLM)

BIA Celebrates Civil Aviation Day with a FOD-Walk

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 is Civil Aviation Day, first celebrated back in 1994.  BIA will celebrate this landmark day with a FOD-walk.

Foreign object debris (FOD) is a substance, debris, or article alien to a vehicle or system which would potentially cause damage, particularly in an aviation or aerospace setting.  It is imperative for safe operations to keep the runway and platform free of any FOD.

The ICAO Council’s motto is, “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind,” and at BIA, with this next FOD–Walk, we are amending that to say, “Working Together to Ensure No FOD is Left Behind.”

Thereby BIA would appreciate the participation of all organizations on the premises of the airport, to help commemorate this special day, especially those making use of the air-side at Flamingo Airport.  Besides BIA personnel, we invite all ground handlers, airlines, KMAR, Customs, RFFS, Swissport, CUROIL, Always Green, JCT Cleaning, Fundashon Mariadal, Tower, and Bonaire Aviation to participate.

The FOD-Walk will take place on 7th December from 10:25 AM to 11:25 AM.  It commences at the parking stand #6 and will end just past the Curoil building.  There will be refreshments for all participants, and a keepsake from Papa Pasku.  Do remember to bring your safety vest and shoes, and please join us to keep your Flamingo Airport FOD-free.

(Source:  BIA Operations)

 

 

 

BIA Was Represented at the ACI-LAC Conference, November 8-10, 2016

ACI Latin-America-Caribbean is the organization which represents the interests of the airport operators from the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. At present, ACI-LAC has 60 members, operating over 260 airports from the Latin American and the Caribbean Region.

Earlier this month, ACI-LAC hosted their annual conference in Brasilia from 8-10 November. This year’s conference and exhibition was very special, as it was commemorating the 25th anniversary of the organization. Bonaire International Airport was well represented at this important conference by BIA CEO, E.Ch.M. (Michael) Nicolaas. Mr. Nicolaas was joined by over 350 delegates from 35 countries.

acilac_2016

The theme to this year’s conference was “25 Years of Airport Management: Innovation and Changes, The Challenge for the Future.” The two-day conference was crafted to give delegates the chance to deliberate on issues of interest to airports.

Day one sessions included CEO insights on the future challenges and opportunities of the aviation industry in Brazil; collaboration and integration among industry organization as key factor for the development of the aviation industry; concessions contracts from the perspective of regulators and operators and Airport Infrastructure financing. Day two included sessions focused on enhancing capacity beyond infrastructure; facilitation challenges facing security threats, and airport commercial trends.

Of special note, Bonaire International Airport is delighted to report its election as a Member of the ACI-LAC Board for the period 2017-2018.  BIA CEO, Michael Nicolaas, stated,

“I look forward to helping advance the organization’s endeavors to provide support for a secure, stable, efficient and environmentally compatible airport system throughout the region.”

 

Also, it is with great pleasure that BIA introduces the new ACI-LAC Board:

CompanyRepresentativePositionCountry
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000Martín EurnekianPresidentArgentina
Corporación Quiport, S.A.Andrew O´BrianFirst VPEcuador
Aeropuertos Andinos del PerúEzequiel BarrenecheaSecond VPPeru
Grupo Aeroportuario del PacíficoFernando BosqueThird VPMexico
Aeropuertos del PerúEvans AvendañoTreasurerPeru
Miami Dade County AviationJoe NapoliAdvisor to ACI WGBUSA
Hector NavarretePast President & AdvisorMexico
Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR)David ScholzDirectorMexico
BH AirportPaulo de Souza RangelDirectorBrazil
GRU AirportGustavo FigueiredoDirectorBrazil
Aruba Airport AuthorityJames FazioDirectorAruba
L. F. Wade International AirportAaron AdderleyDirectorBermuda
Bonaire International AirportMichael NicolaasDirectorBonaire
V.C. Bird International AirportStanley SmithDirectorAntigua & Barbuda
Puerta del SurDiego ArrosaDirectorUruguay
Tocumen, S.A.Joseph Fidanque IIIDirectorPanama
INFRAEROAntonio ClaretDirectorBrazil
ECASARafael FrancoAdvisorCuba

 

AERIS Costa Rica was ratified as Host for the 2017 ACI-LAC Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.

(Source:  ACI-LAC)

 

 

Bonaire Maritime Film Festival Salutes Bonaire’s Sailors

The Bonaire Maritime Film Festival is January 14, 2017.

There’s no doubt there is an amazing allure and mystery about those hearty sailors who ventured out onto the world’s oceans and sailed the seven seas for their livings.  Bonaire’s seamen have been part of this sailing tradition, and the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation will honor them at the upcoming Bonaire Maritime Film Festival.

20151005-stormvogel-300x225Stormvogel Rising.

The festival will tell the saga about the rebirth of the Bonaire-built Stormvogel, the last of the sailing ships of the ABC Islands. This national treasure is currently being refitted to once again sail the region’s seas.

 

 


fishing_fleet_blessing_038-225x300Salute to the Sailors.

The film festival will also feature the original crew of Stormvogel, most of whom are now in the 80s.  They will be honored at this special festival evening by the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation. Some of these sailors are even well known to Bonaire visitors, and include Ismael Soliano, captain; Jan Felida, boat building crew; Luis Coffi, cook, and deckhands Lucio Soliano and Boechi Frans.

 


Vanishing Sail.

This award-winner 90-minute documentary tracks the building of a wooden boat on the Caribbean island of Carriacou and shares the wild tales of trade and smuggling as told by some of the last true West Indies seamen.


The festival’s date and time, entry fee, and location.

The film festival will take place on January 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Plaza Beach Resort. Those interested in attending this fantastic cinematic view into the old sailing era of the Caribbean, as well as meet the island’s sailors, will need to make an advance reservation and purchase a ticket.  The cost is $20.00 per person and simply email projectstormvogel@gmail.com to request your ticket.

This fine event is made possible with the support of Bonaire’s boating industry, who have donated the necessary funding.  The foundation wishes to thank ABC Marine, Boto Blanku, Budget Marine, Don Andres NV, Harbour Village Marina, and WannaDive.  Special thanks also go to Sign Studio for graphics and design support, as well as Plaza Resort Bonaire, who has graciously donated the use of a 150-seat conference room.

(Source:  Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation via The Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

Enjoy the Taste of Bonaire Wellness on November 19th, 2016

The final 2016 Taste of Bonaire features wellness.

The Taste of Bonaire events are very popular, giving everyone on Bonaire the opportunity to socialize, enjoy cultural events, and of course, try out all sorts of international foods. The last event for 2016 is this Saturday, November 19th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and there is a very special theme: Wellness.

Focus is upon Bonaire’s wellness and health practitioners and specialists.

This event seeks to spotlight all of the talented practitioners and specialists on the island who promote health and well-being and bring forth to the local community a greater awareness. There will be live demonstrations on stage and a Zen Area where those interested can try yoga and meditation. The event will feature vendors who promote health and well-being on island including Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba to name a few.

Healthy food and drinks, local music, and dance performances.

There will also be food vendors that will sell delicious yet healthy food treats including natural herbs, shakes and gluten free treats just to name a few. As special entertainment the dance group Dance Sensation will be on stage and also the band Formashon Musical Krioyo.

Begin with a 5K Walk Run.

Mas Eventz will kick off the Taste of Bonaire with a 5K Walk Run starting at 5:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. All are invited to attend. For more information regarding the walk/run, telephone 796-6270.

(Source:  TCB via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

Enter This Year’s Bonaire Photo Contest

Bonaire Photo Contest 2016

This year’s Bonaire Photo Contest, sponsored by Tourism Corporation Bonaire, is well on its way to becoming the best ever.  In late October, the first block of images were received and sent on to the international judges.  They had quite a difficult job, as they had to pre-select only 67 images from the initial 345 images received.  Contestants submitted their best images from many countries–Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Spain, USA, Germany, Netherlands, México, and Argentina.

The first block of images are now available for viewing at the contest’s official site at www.Bonairephotocontest.com.

There’s still time to enter the contest, which ends officially on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. After that date, participants will not be able to register more photos.

Visitors to Bonaire who have images they wish to submit must have visited and taken the images in 2014, 2015, or 2016.  There are some great prizes, with first-, second-, and third-prize in each category.  All prizes include a stay for two persons on Bonaire!

(Source:  Bonaire Photo Contest 2016)

 

 

Bonaire’s Reforestation Efforts Are Coming to Fruition

Why does Bonaire need to continue reforestation efforts?

Many terrestrial animals, introduced to the island hundreds of years ago, consume the native plants on Bonaire. When droughts occur, as Bonaire has experienced over the last two years, the munching of the plants can far outweigh the plant’s ability to grow and develop, many times causing native plants to die, and then allowing more invasive species to take over. Over time, deforestation of the island’s natural flora can cause weather changes–making the island hotter and drier, simply exacerbating the problem. To combat this, Bonaire has been involved with reforestation efforts for several years now.

Reforestation on Klein Bonaire.

Over the past several years, STINAPA has been at the forefront of reforestation efforts on Klein Bonaire. Volunteers have worked hard, carting water to Klein Bonaire in boats to water the baby plants until they become self-sufficient. The efforts have been successful, and it is hoped that the skyline of Klein Bonaire will soon start to be higher and greener.

Reforestation on Bonaire.

But what about the main island? Here, grazing goats, pigs, and donkeys consume native plant species at an alarming rate. STINAPA has held Tree-Planting Festivals in Washington Park for several years now, and this year’s event is coming up later this month. But it’s not enough and the island needs greater efforts.

Echo Foundation and the Dry Forest.

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Echo Foundation is well known now for its monumental efforts to help save Bonaire’s Yellow-Shouldered Amazon parrots, more commonly known locally as loras, as the species is vulnerable to poaching and habitat destruction. To assist the parrots, and also the prikichi, the Brown-Throated Parakeet found on Bonaire, Echo is doing its best to help reforest the naturally occurring Dry Forest Ecosystem on the island.

How to reforest the Dry Forest?

With a mandate, support, and funding from Bonaire’s island government, Echo has plans to accomplish this lofty goal by reforesting 20,000 trees in ten reforestation areas, from which all exotic herbivores (goats, donkeys and pigs) are excluded.

Bonaire’s visitors can help with the reforestation efforts.

Now, with the rainy season upon us, Echo is actively planting the young trees it has been nurturing for some time.  On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, they will host a Tree Planting Day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Join in Echo’s tree-planting day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

To join in and have some good, old-fashioned fun at the same time, meet at the entrance to Washington Park at 8:00 AM. Transportation will be provided from the entrance of the park to the work site, or just look for Echo’s vehicle.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided to all planters, but those participating should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sun-screen, a water bottle, and gardening tools, if you have them.

Register your participation.

Please let Echo know you will be helping out.  Simply telephone them at 785-4128 or email info@echobonaire.org.

"We live by our nature; let's work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire."

“We live by our nature; let’s work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire.”

Can’t plant, but want to know more?

For those who can’t join in the planting, but would like to know more about Bonaire’s reforestation efforts, everyone can join in a free, informative evening at CIEE on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  During this presentation, Quirijn Coolen (Reforestation Warden at Echo) and Johan van Blerk (Nursery Manager at Echo) will be explaining the foundation’s part in the reforestation project and provide additional information about the planning, management, and community involvement in this important project.

 

(Source:  Echo Foundation, CIEE Bonaire via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

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