Trim, Dominican Republic, takes the right seat in the EAA’s
Ford Tri-Motor. In 1932, this very airplane was the presidential
transport for the island nation, and then it became the first
transport aircraft for the country’s national airline, Dominicana
de Aviación. Trim is an airline pilot and member of a
Dominican delegation to AirVenture.
Dominican Republic (DR) has long been one of the Caribbean’s most
popular tourist destinations, but for decades excessive and inconsistent
aviation user fees and handling charges have discouraged private
aircraft from venturing there. Now that is changing dramatically. A
presidential decree signed in March 2008 eliminates all government fees
and charges for any general aviation aircraft with a maximum landing
weight up to 30,000 pounds or a maximum passenger capacity of 12 people.
Dominican President Leonel Fernandez has further directed that "all
representatives and agents of state, military, and civilian entities
[will] render broad assistance and optimum service to general aviation
aircraft and their occupants."
recently approved its own regulations for amateur-built and light-sport
aircraft, to ensure that all airworthy sport, light-sport, and
experimental aircraft are "welcome" in its airspace.
The island nation has
teamed up with Florida-based Caribbean Flying Adventures (Booth
4061, Exhibit Hangar D) to bring at least half a dozen guided fly-ins to
the Dominican Republic in the next year. The first tour is scheduled for
October 9-14, 2008, and Mike Trim, an airline pilot and technical
consultant to the Dominican departments of tourism and state, says the
October tour will be a four-stop red-carpet affair, with local tourism
and cultural groups putting on special events for the tour participants.
attracting aviation tourism, the Dominican Republic hopes to become the
premier regional center for advanced training of air traffic controllers
and pilots. And at the Barahona Airport, there are plans to create a
heavy maintenance facility for airliners.
than 600 air miles from Miami, the Dominican Republic is doing
everything it can to woo private fliers to its beaches, golf courses,
and resorts. Said Andres Van Der Horst, director of the Dominican
Department of Airports, "It is in our national interest to move to
a fee-free policy."
Visit the Dominican
Republic’s booth (#5053) in Exhibit Hangar E, north of the old tower,
near the Federal Pavilion and the Affordable Flying Center.