The months of May through November has everyone in a whirlwind from the possibility of hurricanes forming and making landfall. Planning ahead is important for ensuring hurricane preparedness to make sure you have all the essentials ready in the chance of a storm. Below, Air Unlimited shares some of our top tips and advice to better prepare for a hurricane.
Plan your evacuation route
Plan ahead and leave yourself enough time to travel days before the hurricane touches land. If you plan on flying, book a flight for a few days in advance. If you plan on driving, fill your tank up and bring a couple extra gallons of gas in case of longer travel time. Be prepared to drive on the road longer than the usual estimated time, due to heavier traffic caused by the many residents and travelers seeking dryer land. Pack a few snacks and don’t forget the car chargers!
Riding the storm out? Be sure to have extra supplies and keep everything easily accessible, in the case of losing power. We suggest having extra batteries, flashlights, candles, lighters, first aid supplies, prescription drugs, basic tools, and a radio.
Food and Drinks
If you are staying home, make sure to have plenty of drinking water handy. Another quick tip is to fill your bathtub up with water before the storm, so you’ll have the chance to still bathe yourself in the event your water shuts off. Buy non-perishable foods such as canned meats, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, bread, and your favorite snacks.
Don’t leave your pets behind! Always bring your four-legged companion with you if you decide to leave. If you stay, have at least a week’s worth of pet food and water as backup, a pet “thunder” shirt or vest, toys, and their favorite chews to keep them busy. If they have storm anxiety, play calming music and keep them in a dark area to settle their nerves. Also, consider buying a piece of fake grass to keep in the garage to avoid taking your dog out during the storm.
- Charge all your electronics and portable chargers so everything is 100% charged up.
- Take loose items off the walls, such as picture frames or anything delicate.
- Put paper documents in the dishwasher since it is sealed and waterproof
- Get cash from the bank to have money on you
- Stock up on blankets and waterproof tarps
- Locate your nearest emergency shelter, in case it becomes needed
Using these hurricane preparedness tips and more, Air Unlimited hopes everyone stays safe and sound during any upcoming storms. For additional tips and to stay up to date on any new storm developments, always follow along with national and local news.
When it comes to traveling internationally, many people aren’t sure what they can bring, how to pack efficiently, and most of all, how to avoid extra hurdles at the airport. The long lines from customs, security, and money exchange can be dreadful. The extra fees from luggage add-ons can stop you from bringing back keepsakes from your destination. The last thing you want to do before an exciting vacation overseas is stress – and that’s why Air Unlimited strives to make your traveling experience hassle-free. We explain the benefits of flying with Air Unlimited and what you can bring on your Abaco Island flight, below:
Air Unlimited is unlike your typical airport experience. Upon arrival at our private hanger in Sanford, guests are greeted with free valet parking and a relaxing lounge area. There is no crowded security lines or TSA members rushing you along. The best part, you only have to arrive 30 minutes before your flight is scheduled for take-off.
When you fly with Air Unlimited, you are allowed to bring your own alcohol to enjoy on the islands upon landing and you can pack water bottles for the plane ride. You can also bring up to 40 pounds of luggage for free, so you can pack for your trip without too much worry. It’s also important to note that you will need to bring cash, since credit cards are not accepted in most places on the islands.
After take-off, you will arrive at either the Treasure Cay Airport or the Marsh Harbour International Airport, depending on your travel plans. Bahamian customs officers will check your bags, but you should know that you can bring any items that are in compliance with the FAA regulations. You can find a list of FAA regulations here.
The saying “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” is a great rule of thumb when it comes to your time on the islands. Keep that in mind as you explore the beautiful beaches that are covered in sea shells and native plants. There are multiple national parks in the Abacos that protect the land and water that they inhabit. These areas are protected by law, and there are hefty fines for those who try to take home some of nature’s gifts.
Once you arrive back to Sanford, your bags will be checked by U.S. customs. A great travel tip is to keep any receipts from your trip that can help report the amount of duty-free purchases that you’re returning with.
Let Air Unlimited show you how easy flying internationally can be. Book with us today for an exciting Abaco Island flight!
A dream between two brothers has given the opportunity to billions across the globe to see the world and all of its endeavors from sky-high views. Over a century has passed since the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, flew the first-ever airplane in 1903. National Aviation Day on August 19 celebrates not only the remarkable progress in aviation since their first flight, but also the birthday of Orville Wright. Here at Air Unlimited, we celebrate National Aviation Day with our boutique airline services, offering passengers incredible flight experiences, educating them about aviation and inspiring future generations of pilots and air crew.
The Wright brothers invented the first successful airplane, Flyer I, which was able to stay aloft for a total of twelve seconds and cover a distance of 120 feet. We have come a long way since Flyer I, an all wooden aircraft covered in finely-woven cotton cloth and an aluminum engine. Today, our boutique airline is proud to service flights with our two Beechcraft King Air 200 air carriers and our Cessna Citation CJ3 jet. Both of these vessels feature advanced avionics technology, unprecedented comfort and safe passage. Our CJ3 even offers Wi-Fi at an optional charge, allowing passengers to stay connected while in the air.
To celebrate National Aviation Day, Air Unlimited wants you to consider taking a journey into the past, present and future of air travel. Below, are some of our tips for enjoying the day and recognizing the gift of aviation.
- Take a Destination Flight
- Seek the view the Wright brothers worked so hard to achieve – the bird’s eye view from the sky. Aboard a luxurious flight and fly across an array of blue seas to land in the ultimate Caribbean paradise. To make sure your trip is hassle-free from start to finish, Air Unlimited offers quick reservations, free valet parking, fast check-in, short lines and a comfortable, private waiting area. In flight, each of the nine seats feature window-views and plenty of leg room. In just over an hour, you’ll land in the beautiful and tropical Abaco Islands.
- Learn More About Aviation
- To learn more about the history and future of aviation, visit a local aircraft museum or science center featuring planes. If you’re feeling adventurous and visiting the Washington D.C. area, see the Flyer I at the Smithsonian Museum. Consider checking out aviation books at your favorite library or renting an exciting aviation movie. You could even take an introductory flight lesson.
- Inspire the Future Generation Pilots
- Many of today’s pilots became fascinated with aviation at a young age. At Air Unlimited, we hope to inspire the young passengers with our Junior Pilot Program. Registered kids fly in the cockpit with the pilot, experience stunning views from the front of the plane and learn about air travel. These kids walk away from their aircraft charter or commuter flight with a certificate, photos, a souvenir, and their very own pilot wings.
No matter how you choose to spend National Aviation Day, we hope you can celebrate the wonder of flight on this special holiday! Fly with us today to experience a boutique airline and celebrate National Aviation Day!
The time has come again, when holiday items slowly begin to pop up in our favorite stores and some folks get a jump-start on holiday planning. For many people, this advanced planning includes booking holiday travel arrangements months ahead of time, so tickets are locked in before the chaotic holiday season is in full swing. The hardest part is choosing where to go, but with Air Unlimited, the decision is easy. Experience a tropical holiday vacation this year to escape the cold winter months and travel with us to some of the world’s most exquisite islands. It all starts with a luxury flight – so plan ahead and book today.
No one enjoys standing in long security lines or being in a crowded airport while trying to travel to your holiday destination. The holiday season is the busiest time to book a flight and dealing with expensive tickets, baggage fees and car rental fees is a big hassle. Just when you thought you were going to get away from the chaos, you get stuck spending extra money and being held in a tight space with a lot of people and noise.
Here at Air Unlimited, we have a friendly and dedicated airline service that aims to make each guest feel at-ease from the moment they arrive. Drive your car directly up to our private hangar and we’ll valet it for free, so you won’t have to worry about busy parking lots and additional parking fees. Enjoy a stress-free boarding experience, meeting our pilots as you enter our luxury aircraft that accommodates up to nine passengers in comfortable, first-class seating. There are no surprise baggage fees and most importantly no long lines. It’s holiday travel made easy.
Our planes are all about comfort and relaxation. The interior is furnished with finely crafted reclining seats that give passengers extra head space and shoulder room for a spacious ride. No more than nine passengers aboard the flight, offering passengers a more intimate experience than flying commercial. Air Unlimited offers scheduled flights every day of the week, leaving you to pick the times and dates that work best for your holiday vacation.
We fly to two breathtaking destinations in the Abacos: Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. These islands are surrounded by the ocean’s crystal-clear blue waters and are known for offering miles of white sandy beaches. Palm trees and fresh native fruit cover the island and make for the perfect tropical getaway. The chain of islands that make up the famed Abacos are close together, making it easy to tour around and island hop as well.
Don’t wait any longer, plan ahead for the holiday season and schedule a luxury flight today. Book with us to visit the Abacos for an unforgettable experience.
Lobster Season is making its way to the Bahamas on August 1, which means it’s time to get crackin’ and plan out your fishing itinerary. Air Unlimited has flights for the fearless fishing buddies, adventurous best friends, and the family who simply enjoys blue waters and white sandy beaches. Our direct flights land in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, which are the perfect lobster destinations. Fully emerge yourself in a lobster season that will be one to remember – come with us and visit the Abacos!
The art of lobster diving can be enjoyable for anyone, and the clear Abacos waters make it easy to point out the marine crustaceans on the sea floor, who are often hiding out in crevices and burrows along the coral reefs. The lobsters in the Abacos even have their own nickname, known as the ‘spiny lobsters’, and they’re known to appear in an arrangement of colors and sizes.
Dive and swim along the coral reefs to play a game of hide and seek with these champions of the ocean. Whether it is to hunt and gather or simply to admire the spiny lobsters, anyone can enjoy a fun and rewarding lobster season. Of course, be sure to check out the rules and regulations on how to stay safe while lobster diving. We’ve included more details below to help plan the perfect trip.
If you’re looking to jump on a boat and sail away to the lobster hotspots, be sure to check in at one of the local marinas. Sit back and relax on a joyous boat ride over the crystal seas with an ombre coloring of blues and teals.
- Marsh Harbour Marina
- A full-service marina that is safe and relaxing to dock up and enjoy a world-famous BBQ sandwich from the accompanying Jibroom restaurant.
- Boat Harbour Marina
- A few feet away from the Abaco Beach Resort and well known for being the largest of all Bahamas marinas, make a reservation at the state-of-the-art Boat Harbour.
- Treasure Cay Marina
- Welcoming boaters and families to enjoy this amazing, deep-water marina – book now while you can.
Rules and Regulations for Lobster Harvesting
To keep the ocean and marine animals safe, certain rules and regulations must always be followed in order to ensure a fun and respectful trip.
- Bag limit of 6 per person with a size of 3 3/8 inches carapace length or six inches tail length
- NO scuba gear can be used while taking lobster
- Egg-bearing lobsters are protected
- Check out more rules and regulations here
Our final tip for lobster season? Don’t be ‘shellfish’, and make sure to bring some lobster home to your friends! Just make sure your lobster is fully intact to clear customs and bring it back to Florida. Book with us today to visit the Abacos for this unforgettable experience.