The Abaco Islands are known for crystal clear blue waters, pristine beaches and tranquil hideaways, but they are also home to many intriguing and historic landmarks that a lot of tourists and locals alike tend to overlook. With a private flight to the Abacos and an appetite for adventure, you can set out to discover what lies off the beaten path.
To some passersby, Ye Ole Gaol, The Old Jail just looks like an old pink building. Built in the early 1800s, this structure is one of the oldest buildings on Green Turtle Cay. It doubled as the island’s original post office and commissioner’s office. It used to be a much larger building than what is left on the island today. Back in 1932, a hurricane destroyed most of the jail and left the building with just the first floor and a staircase on the outside of the building. The Architectural Preservation Foundation of Green Turtle Cay has worked to preserve the jail in its dilapidated form with its bright pink paint – a stark difference from the 200-year-old cemetery across the street.
The red and white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town is one of the island’s top tourist attractions and offers a gorgeous view of Hope Town Harbour and beyond. However, there’s another lighthouse on the island that gives visitors a view of what life was like when it was built in 1838. The Hole in the Wall Lighthouse stands on the southeast coast of Great Abaco at the end of a one lane dirt road. The 15-mile road stretches through the Bahamas National Trust, which is protected land and home to the endangered Abaco parrot. Visitors are welcome to climb the rickety stairs to the top to gaze out at open ocean and uninhabited land, a rare sight for many.
Spending an afternoon at the Albert Lowe Museum can give you a break from the sun and a chance to see centuries of island history from photographs, paintings, sculptures, artifacts, model ships, written documents, quilts and more. The building is part of the history as well. It was a Loyalist home that survived a devastating hurricane in 1932. Alton Lowe, a Green Turtle Cay local artist, purchased it and began restoration efforts in 1975. He named the museum after his father, who was a well-known model ship maker.
History is everywhere in the Abacos, but there are some things that require a closer look. Air Unlimited can get you to the islands on a private plane in just over 60 minutes. Visit Flyairunlimited.com to plan your next adventure today.
What if you could give back to the environment just by sipping cocktails and dancing the night away? You can! All you need is a flight to Marsh Harbour and a ticket to the annual Reef Ball. Air Unlimited can get you there with their above and beyond customer service and quick, convenient flights.
The Abaco Islands are home to very unique and beautiful plants and animals on both land and sea. The unfortunate truth is much of the fish population is overfished each year, and other marine animals are constantly in danger from boat propellers and human interference. The islands are also at-risk due to pollution and destruction of land. Friends of the Environment is committed to preserving and protecting the Abacos, and one day achieving sustainable living for its wildlife and people. Much of their work is done through educating the public, and they have done this through more than 12,000 classes at 25 schools in the Abacos.
The Reef Ball is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers every year. This event funds many of the educational programs and community activities offered through Friends of the Environment. This year the Reef Ball will be held in Hope Town on February 10th and in Marsh Harbour on February 24th. Tickets are just $110, and each event includes a silent auction, live auction, dinner and dancing. They also have tickets available for those who just want to dance and enjoy the live music for just $25. The Hope Town Reef Ball will be at the Abaco Inn, a serene beachfront resort. The Marsh Harbour Reef Ball will take place at the waterfront Jib Room restaurant, and will give guests the true local experience. The Reef Ball is a highly anticipated event, and it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to support Friends of the Environment in their preservation endeavors.
Friends of the Environment has other events throughout the year to allow people to see how their hands-on work is helping the environment. The Lionfish Derby is a contest for boaters to catch as many of the invasive lionfish as they can, in order to save the native fish which are competing for food and being fed on by lionfish. The Turtle Trot is another annual event that helps raise funds and awareness for Friends of the Environment. It’s a 5K run and family walk held on Thanksgiving Day, similar to the Turkey Trots held in the U.S. Friends of the Environment also holds coastal clean ups in April and September to collect trash along the beaches, and log data of what kind of items are picked up and disposed of.
Friends of the Environment has become an important part of the community in the Abaco Islands. Air Unlimited can help you join their cause by offering reliable and affordable flights to Marsh Harbour. It’s not too late to attend the annual Reef Ball. Book your flight to Marsh Harbour by visiting Flyairunlimited.com and purchase your Reef Ball tickets here.
‘Tis the season for fishing tournaments in the Abacos! This is the best time of year for the local fishermen and those who travel far and wide to compete in some of the best tournaments in the Caribbean. Luckily, Air Unlimited can take you on a direct flight to the Abaco Islands and safely transport you and your fishing gear* so you can get there quickly and enjoy the season stress-free.
The next fishing tournament in the Abacos is the Sea Spray Abaco Challenge on February 7th. This tournament includes four days of fun and is hosted out of the Sea Spray Resort & Marina. Unlike most fishing tournaments, the Sea Spray Abaco challenge is all about friends, family and fish instead of harsh competition. Each day begins with breakfast for the competitors and concludes with dinner and entertainment at the resort. If you’re new to the competitive fishing world and just want to get your feet wet, this is the tournament for you.
The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is the hub for many fishing tournaments this year. This is home base for many competitors because it’s so convenient to stay in a beautiful resort and head out for the tournament at the marina right outside the window. The Abaco Beach White Marlin Tournament is taking place at the Boat Harbour Marina from April 18th through the 21st. This is the first leg of the Abaco Diamond Series, and it’s the perfect transition from sailfish to blue marlin season. You won’t want to miss the ultimate tournament to kick off the season.
The Custom Boat Shootout is an invite-only competition, and all proceeds go to charity. The competition kicks off in the first week of May and is one of the most prestigious tournaments, as competitors are chosen from the cream of the crop. Charities that benefit from this tournament include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, IGFA and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.
The second leg of the Abaco Diamond Series is The Shootout: Production vs. Custom on May 16th through the 19th. This tournament is all about the boat, a fisherman’s most prized possession. The tournament will judge production boats versus custom boats and try to settle the age-old debate of which is best.
The final leg of the Abaco Diamond Series is The Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament. This is where the best of the best will compete to win the big kahuna. This tournament takes place in the height of marlin season from May 30th to June 2nd, and it’s your chance make your dreams come true and catch big blue.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than hitting the open waters for a chance to bring home the prize! For a complete list of 2018 fishing tournaments, head over to Bahamas.com. If you see a tournament that catches your eye, visit Flyairunlimited.com to book your flight to the Abaco Islands today.
* Air Unlimited can stow most fishing poles up to 70”. Soft sided coolers and tackle boxes are also welcome but will be included in the total weight of your luggage. Anything over 40 pounds will have an additional fee.
Traveling internationally can be tricky when you want to bring home beautiful keepsakes from your vacation. Luckily, when you take a scheduled island flight to the Abacos with Air Unlimited, you can avoid some hassles like exchanging money or dealing with those long customs lines. We’ll explain exactly what you can bring back from the Abacos on your return flight to avoid any hiccups in your vacation.
Upon arrival at Air Unlimited’s private hangar in the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, guests are greeted with a relaxing lounge area, instead of a rush of security lines and TSA employees barking orders. After a 90-minute scheduled island flight, you will arrive at either the Treasure Cay Airport or the Marsh Harbour 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.
You are allowed to bring your own alcohol and water bottles on the plane, but once your luggage exceeds 40 pounds, extra fees will apply. 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. You will also need cash once you arrive in the Bahamas for a departure tax that is collected by Bahamian Customs and Immigration. It is 29 dollars and is not included in your plane fare.
A good rule of thumb is you should never take any wildlife home with you. Remember that saying, “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”? 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. If you find yourself visiting any national parks, you will definitely not want to take anything home with you. These areas are protected by law, and there are hefty fines for those who try to take home the flora and fauna.
Once you arrive back at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, your bags will be checked by U.S. customs before returning to Air Unlimited’s hangar. You should keep any receipts from your trip to provide the amount of duty-free purchases that you’re returning with.
Let Air Unlimited show you how easy flying internationally can be. No lines, no stress and just 70 minutes between you and your vacation. Feel free to call Air Unlimited at 407-585-4300 with any other pre-or post-flight questions.
Parrots and grouper and conch, oh my! These are just a few of the animals that make the Abaco Islands such a unique place to visit. After your flight to the Bahamas, you might be so focused on the resorts and restaurants, that you may miss some amazing wildlife that could be right in front of you.
Some wildlife is hard to miss, like the spotted dolphins that like to swim in shallow water off the shore. Others, like the Nassau grouper could be overlooked if they’re still juveniles. If you’re snorkeling in the Abacos, you’ll see hundreds of colorful fish of all shapes and sizes. The Nassau grouper is not the most beautiful fish, but it is endangered and protected. These brown and tan fish frequent the waters around the Abacos, where juveniles are only about a foot long. Adults, however, can grow up to 55 pounds and more than 3 feet long. These gentle giants like to swim in both shallow and deep water, which makes it even easier for greedy fisherman to overfish the species. There is a strict closed fishing season for the groupers from December to February, due to their decline.
The Abaco Parrot is one animal that you will hear before you see. You can spot them in trees, but you’ll have a better chance of seeing these bright green birds on the ground, which is where they nest. They find limestone holes in forest floors to lay their eggs away from predators. Their wings are speckled with blue, their faces are white, and they have deep pink feather plumes on their necks. Their coloring makes them easy to recognize, but locating them is the hard part. These birds are concentrated in South Abaco, so if you want to see these beauties, you’ll have to head to Marsh Harbour or Abaco National Park.
You’ve probably seen a conch shell, or at least a fake conch shell, at your local home décor store, but have you seen the animal that lives inside of those beautiful shells? Conchs are sea snails with stalk-based eyeballs that protrude from under the shells that they call home. The sea snail is often overfished for tropical delicacies like conch fritters and conch salad. Many tourists may be tempted to take a conch shell home with them, but beware, that may be an animal’s home!
These are just a handful of the incredible animals that make up the diverse ecosystem in the Abacos. Book your flight to the Bahamas with Air Unlimited, and discover what other amazing animals the Abaco Islands are home to.
In 2018, Air Unlimited is bringing you another incredible, tropical destination within the Bahamas Out-Islands. Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay have already become beloved favorites to those who have flown with Air Unlimited, but a flight to North Eleuthera might bring you to your new favorite destination. North Eleuthera is just south-west of the Abaco Islands, and it’s a destination full of the adventure and charm that is so often sought after in the Bahamas. We start flying here on April 1, 2018, but for now we’ve put together a list of things to do, places to stay, and where to eat, to help get you even more excited about this new location.
Stay in Paradise
At The Cove, you will discover a well-hidden slice of paradise in the Bahamas-Out Islands. This 57-room resort offers guests their choice of seaside villas or cottages, a gourmet restaurant, spa, and plenty of water activities.
Valentine’s Residences Resort & Marina is the perfect place to stay with family and friends. The resort not only offers guests their choice of villas, townhouses or suites, but each room is inspired by historic Caribbean architecture with modern appliances. Located on Harbour Island, just a short ferry ride from the North Eleuthera Airport, Valentine’s has everything from a spa to a state-of-the-art dive center.
See all there is to see following your flight to North Eleuthera by booking with Eleuthera Adventure Tours Ltd. Jump on a dune buggy heritage tour, grab a bite on the food tour, and hold on tight on the powerboat adventure – there truly is something for the whole family.
Looking for a scenic adventure that operates at a calmer pace? Immerse yourself in the beauty of North Eleuthera at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. This 25-acre nature preserve is designed as a research center for traditional bush medicine, a propagation area for indigenous plants, and an educational center focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the biodiversity of The Bahamas.
Located in Spanish Wells, just northwest of the North Eleuthera Airport, sits Wreckers, a Bahamian and Mediterranean fusion restaurant. The unique dining destination offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a bar that’s perfect to grab a drink at sunset.
The Rock House restaurant is located in the British Colonial-style main house of the hotel. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers many surf and turf options. Hotel guests are also treated to complimentary continental breakfast by the poolside each day from 8 to 10 am.
North Eleuthera and the surrounding islands are just waiting to be discovered by you as you explore their unique and interesting Caribbean charm. We start flying to North Eleuthera on April 1, 2018 – book your flight now by heading to www.FlyAirUnlimited.com!
What does your perfect New Year’s Eve kiss look like? Picture yourself standing on the beach with your toes in the sand, wrapped in the arms of your favorite person and watching fireworks over the water. Now compare that to being bundled up in what feels like a million layers and still freezing, while falling snow melts on you as you’re crammed with hundreds of other people behind a barricade, just to watch something you can watch on TV. This year, Air Unlimited would like to take you directly from the Orlando-Sanford International Airport to a place more like the first scenario, for a night you’ll never forget.
The great thing about the Abacos is that there is plenty to do and see without having the hustle and bustle of a big city. The islands are a relaxing breath of fresh air and the perfect place to kick off the new year.
If you’re looking for an intimate early night, the Abaco Beach Resort is the place to go. This year, they are hosting a four-course meal that can easily be the best dinner of 2017. Dinner starts with a salad all dressed up with champagne dressing, followed by a lobster and pumpkin bisque and a palate cleanser of frozen grapes and sparkling champagne. For the main course, guests can choose from prime rib, lobster thermidor or Cornish game hen. The dessert is a tropical baked Alaska that is bound to leave you stuffed and happy. After an incredible dinner, a romantic walk on the beach under the stars is just what you need to close out an amazing year.
If you’re looking for more of a party, the Waterfront Bash at the Treasure Cay Resort is a great spot to toast the night away. There are party packages to fit everyone’s needs, and they have events from 5 pm until the party ends. One package offers guests a four-course meal, champagne toast, and Junkanoo masks for the masquerade on the beach after dinner. After counting down to midnight in the sand, hold onto your masks for the annual Junkanoo Parade.
The New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade is a biannual tradition in the Abacos. It is a celebration with beautiful colors and sounds that takes place the day after Christmas and on New Year’s Day. There are competitions for the parade participants in music, dancing and costuming. Designers create their costumes from cardboard and add patterns or layered crepe paper and papier-mache. The parade begins at noon in New Plymouth and continues through the night.
The Abacos is a beautiful place year-round, but it gets even more magical for New Year’s Eve. Any spot on the islands would be the perfect place for a New Year’s kiss. Visit Flyairunlimited.com to learn how you can have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.
Here at Air Unlimited, our pilots eat, sleep, and breathe aviation. Most of our pilots even love to fly or rebuild airplanes in their spare time. A few of our pilots have dedicated their lives to flying and decided at a very young age to pursue careers in aviation. Ed Moon is one of these pilots. You may have already met him on a flight to Treasure Cay.
Ed decided that he wanted to be a pilot when he was just 14 years old. This might seem a bit ambitious for a teenager, but with his passion and dedication, he knew he could make it happen. He pursued his dream via a long career that eventually brought him to join Air Unlimited’s skilled team of pilots, who all pilot flights to Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour.
It is difficult for Ed to pick a favorite place that he’s flown to, because he’s been to 50 states and 13 countries. For him, it’s easier to choose his favorite locations based on their elevation. Leadville, Colorado at 10,152 feet, Death Valley, California at 282 feet and Kitty Hawk, and North Carolina at seven feet are three of his favorites. The Abaco Islands are at the top of his list as well. He never tires of the ocean views and loves visiting Treasure Cay. Before he joined the Air Unlimited team, he had visited the Abacos many times, so he was familiar with the island life. He’s adapted to the relaxed island culture and even finds himself sitting in a swing on his dock to unwind after a long day.
Like our other pilots, Ed’s love for flying extends past his work duties. When he’s not flying with us, he’s usually flying his seaplane and enjoying the view over any body of water. He plans to add to his experience by learning how to fly helicopters. He mentioned that if he wasn’t a pilot, he would be an engineer, which is fitting as both careers require a lot of hard work and extensive training.
If you’re on a flight piloted by Ed Moon, make sure to ask for suggestions for things to do in Treasure Cay! For more information on Air Unlimited, visit Flyairunlimited.com.
We’ve all seen it. Some of us have even been guilty of it. You sit down for a nice dinner with your family and then, like second nature, you pull out your phone and immerse yourself in the small digital world inside the palm of your hand. It doesn’t take long before someone notices and calls you out for paying more attention to your phone than your family. Sometimes, we just need a break from the ordinary to remind us to disconnect from our busy lives. One way to do this is by taking a private flight to a place where phones are no match for nature’s beauty. Luckily, Air Unlimited provides that experience with private flights to the relaxing and beautiful Abaco Islands.
The Abacos are part of the Bahamas Out-Islands, away from the hub of the heavily crowded tourist areas. They are home to white sandy beaches, exotic wildlife and fresh Bahamian seafood. Aside from the fact that you won’t get cell service in most places on the islands, the atmosphere is breathtaking enough to keep everyone off their phones. Forget e-mail, Facebook and Instagram. There are plenty of tours and activities for all ages and levels of adventure to fill every minute with memorable experiences.
The flight to the Abacos is an adventure in itself. After arriving at Air Unlimited’s private hangar located at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, guests can relax for a few minutes in the exclusive pre-flight lounge. All flights to the Abacos are in our King Air 200s, which seat a maximum of nine people. There’s a chance that your family could be the only guests aboard your specific flight. Even if others book the same flight, it is a completely different experience when compared to commercial flights, where the entire experience is a hassle from busy security lines to cramped airplanes. At Air Unlimited, every seat is first class. Each window offers an impeccable view of the ocean and islands as you approach the Abacos.
A private flight to the Abacos is the perfect way for families to reconnect this holiday season. Take a break from the cold weather making its way across the US, and enjoy an island getaway in the sunny Abacos. Don’t know when to book? No problem. Air Unlimited offers gift certificates, so you can buy now and choose the dates later. Click here to book your private flight today.
Instead of giving your loved ones another knickknack with a gift receipt, give the gift of sun, sand and relaxation this holiday season. A flight to the Bahamas will be remembered much more fondly than another “Live, Love, Laugh” sign or an uncomfortable pair of socks. Giving experiences instead of material items is becoming more and more popular for the holidays. Plus, a flight to the Bahamas is the perfect way to get away from any cold, gray weather and end the year on the right note.
Air Unlimited is making it easier than ever to give the gift of travel. You can purchase holiday gift certificates on our website that are redeemable for one year. This way, you won’t have to guess the dates that would work best for your loved one or ruin the surprise by trying to figure out when they would want to travel. The gift certificates can be used for either Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour.
The holiday season can be the most stressful time of the entire year. Between battling through the mall and coordinating family dinners, deciding what to buy everyone on your list can be a daunting task. If you buy a gift certificate for everyone, or even just for that special someone, at least one gift is hassle free. A gift certificate can sometimes seem like a last-minute gift that isn’t very personal, but you can add to it by including a travel plan that you know your loved one will enjoy. Include a map of the area or make your own gift certificate saying things like “One beach day with no cell phones,” or “Dinner is on me.”
The Abaco Islands are a very unique place and offer everything from luxury to casual experiences. A fun way to add mystery to your gift is to give someone things they will need for their trip without giving them the gift certificate first. Imagine the look on your mom’s face when she unwraps a mask, snorkel and pair of flippers in the middle of winter in Ohio!
Raise the bar this holiday, and take someone on a flight to the Bahamas with Air Unlimited. Visit our website to purchase a gift certificate today! Give the perfect gift now and choose the perfect dates later.
As we all get ready to gather with family and loved ones this Thanksgiving, the Air Unlimited team wanted to share what we’re thankful for this year. From being excited to go to work every day to helping people create unforgettable memories on our private planes, there is a lot for us to be grateful for.
Co-Founder and Pilot Chick Gregg and his wife Lisa: “We’re thankful for our family’s health after a year that has brought us closer together.”
Office Manager Melissa Manchester: “I’m forever thankful for my husband, RJ. No matter what is going on in life, he always manages to make me smile and laugh. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with our amazing team at Air Unlimited. I’m thankful for family, the time we get to spend together and for friends that have turned into family.”
Co-Founder and Pilot Mark Neubauer: “I am thankful for God, my Family, our Company and all our loyal passengers!”
We get the opportunity to not only work with a spectacular team here at Air Unlimited, but also to serve some amazing customers. The second you step into our private hangar, you become part of our extended family. Our lives are enriched by making your experience on our private planes unlike any other. We’re thankful for each and every one of you who has flown with us over the years. We look forward to continuing to serve you wherever your vacation dreams may lead you.
Alan Rodney Griffin has lived all over the globe, and three of his passions have remained consistent throughout his travels: aviation, Africa and his faith. There were many times over the course of his career where these passions overlapped in his work as a pilot. Air Unlimited is happy to have this seasoned pilot offering flights to the Abaco Islands from the Orlando-Sanford International Airport.
Alan’s passion for flying started when he was just 11 years old. He watched a film strip about missionaries who were killed in Ecuador with Nate Saint as their pilot. Saint’s bravery and commitment inspired Alan at a very young age, and he strived to consistently embody these traits throughout his career. He began his journey to become a pilot in 1968 after leaving his home in the UK to live in South Africa. He began teaching at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi where he taught the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He tirelessly worked and saved up enough money to pursue his dreams.
By 1974 he received his private pilot license in Kenya. Alan, a man of many passions, knew it was time to move on to his next goal. Before he was able to teach in Nairobi, Alan had to go through a teacher training course. He was satisfied with this career, but he had aspirations to attend a university and expand his knowledge of aviation, which would provide more opportunities. One year after earning his private pilot license, Alan moved to Texas to attend Le Tourneau University. This was the start of even greater things for Alan. He received a Bachelor of Science in aviation and bible studies, met his wife Ruth and began working at the Gregg County Airport in Longview, Texas.
His commitment to aviation education led Alan back to Africa once again. He continued his flight training and worked in commercial aviation in Kenya. During his time there, Alan used every flight as a learning experience. This is a method of thought he still practices to this day.
Now, Alan, Ruth and their two oldest children live in Orlando. Alan’s newest venture is working with Air Unlimited piloting flights to the Abaco Islands. As a contract pilot, he has made many flights to the Abaco Islands, but he is looking forward to traveling there for pleasure instead of work. Prior to working with Air Unlimited, Alan had only visited Treasure Cay, Staniel Cay and Exuma for a photoshoot of the EADS Socata TBM 850, a high performance single engine turboprop.
In Alan’s many successful years as a pilot, he has yet to visit one destination that he can call his absolute favorite. He does have one major life goal in mind, though. New Zealand is more than 8,000 miles from Orlando over open ocean, but with dedication, Alan hopes to find a way to pilot a plane there. He has more goals on the horizon like piloting more gliders, amphibian flying, and learning how to fly a helicopter. It’s easy for him to stay motivated and inspired while working with Air Unlimited. He also keeps a healthy work-life balance and spends time gardening, exercising, helping his church, and of course being a couch potato when the opportunity presents itself.
Keep an eye out for Alan on your next flight to the Abaco Islands! If you’re looking for a good story, don’t hesitate to ask him about his many travels abroad.
For most of the country, fall is a magical time when the leaves change colors and temperatures drop. It’s one of the most beautiful times to explore the great outdoors and begin new traditions with the people you love. However, delayed flights and anything-but-friendly fellow travelers can start your vacation off on the wrong foot. An on-demand charter service ensures accurate flight times, no layovers and the privacy of having an Air Unlimited aircraft just for you and your party.
A private plane may seem a bit over-the top, but when you consider the hassle of flying with children or a larger group, the benefits are significant. Floridians dream of seeing the leaves change, instead of another dropping palm frond. Apple picking would be a great family outing, if only they could stand our extreme heat long enough to stay on the branch. Why not fly off to enjoy the true fall season? An on-demand charter service can take you from point A (hot and humid) to point B (cool and crisp) for the perfect fall getaway.
The fall season begins on September 22nd and ends just before the busiest time of the year on December 21st. With the exception of Thanksgiving weekend, fall has some of the most affordable lodging fees of the year. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of town. Because your flight will already be taken care of through Air Unlimited’s on-demand charter service, you’ll just need to keep an eye out for hotel fares. This is easier than ever with tools like Price Watch on Hotels.com and Kayak.com’s Price Alert. Just pick the city and dates you’ll be there, and let them do the rest. They will let you know the right time to book and even send you predictions for when prices are expected to drop.
One very important fall travel tip, especially for those of you who aren’t used to cold weather, is to always wear sunscreen and moisturize as much as you can. The weather might be cool enough to stay outside all day, but those pesky UVA and UVB rays are ever-present. With the lack of humidity, your skin can dry out very quickly. A little dry skin isn’t a huge problem, but once your knuckles become so dry they crack, you’ll have a tough problem on your hands — literally. It’s always smart to keep a travel-sized lotion in your bag when you set out on a fall adventure. Something like this Nivea travel-sized tin can keep you comfortable all day long.
Wherever your destination may be, Air Unlimited is here to show you that flying doesn’t have to be a hassle. With their luxury on-demand charter flights, you can enjoy your trip from take-off to touchdown. Call today for an on-demand charter service quote at 407-585-4300.
Instead of driving six hours to tailgate in a parking lot, you now have the option to start your own private tailgate party in the sky as you travel to your old football stomping grounds. Air Unlimited is revolutionizing the way that football fans can get to out-of-town games. It all starts at a private hangar in the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
Air Unlimited is taking your tailgate to the sky with its exclusive charter flights this football season. Skip the long drive and getting stuck in game day traffic; instead, kick back and enjoy the convenience of flying home right after the game. You can even bring your own food and alcohol on the flight to enjoy the full experience of a luxury tailgate without worrying about who has to drive home afterwards. Much better than any taxi, bus or Uber, right?
The team at Air Unlimited are all football fans themselves, and they’re dedicated to outdoing all your past game day experiences. The team will decorate the King Air 200 aircraft in your team colors before your flight, plus you can bring your own football memorabilia to get that full tailgate feel. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience to chant your team’s fight song at 39,000 feet in the air. Charter flights seat eight people, so you won’t have to worry about sharing your day with anyone but your squad and the pilot.
If you are looking for the perfect excuse to get your alumni association together again, this is it. Charter flights leave from the Orlando Sanford International Airport and land in the airport closest to the game location. Air Unlimited will arrange a shuttle service that will take you to the stadium and back, eliminating the need to find another mode of transportation and giving you more time to enjoy the day. While you’re at the game rooting for your team, the Air Unlimited pilot will wait with the aircraft for you to return. They’ll be ready to take off on your schedule.
Charter flights with Air Unlimited can take you to any destination in the US, but football charter flights are only offered for certain games. The first football charter flight will fly fans to the upcoming Clemson University vs Florida State University game at Clemson Memorial Stadium. This is only a two-hour flight from the Orlando Sanford International Airport, so reserve your charter while you can!
The list below shows the upcoming games that charter flights will be offered for:
- Florida State University vs Clemson University
- When: Nov. 11, time is TBD
- Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC
- Price: $1,000.00 Per Person
- University of Miami vs University of Notre Dame
- When: Nov. 11, time is TBD
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
- Price: $798.00 Per Person
- Clemson University vs University of South Carolina
- When: November 25, time is TBD
- Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC
- Price: $1000.00 Per Person
- Alabama University vs. Auburn University
- When: November 25, time is TBD
- Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL
- Price: $990.00 Per Person
Air Unlimited is also offering football charter flights for NFL games in Miami. Save time and avoid expensive hotels by flying with Air Unlimited to the following games:
- Miami Dolphins vs Denver Broncos
- When: Dec. 3 at 1pmEST
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
- Price: $798.00 Per Person
- Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots
- When: Dec. 11 at 8:30pmEST
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
- Price: $798.00 Per Person
- Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills
- When: Dec. 31 at 1pmEST
- Where Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
- Price: $798.00 Per Person
Requires a minimum of six passenger bookings for this flight to be conducted. If the minimum is not sold, you will be given the option for a full refund or you may purchase the additional seats to meet the minimum requirement. Passengers will be informed five days prior to scheduled departure (and subsequently refunded) if the minimum seat purchase has not been met. Once requirements are met, tickets are non-refundable.
Call Air Unlimited at 407-585-4300 to see how you can reserve a football charter flight today so you can take your tailgate to new heights.
Aviation has always been important to Air Unlimited Pilot, Dave Owen, so it was no surprise that he enrolled in private pilot ground school at just 16 years old. His grandparents opened the very first airport in his hometown of Wabash, IN, and Dave spent much of his time there watching and learning anything he could. After completing ground school, Dave planned to continue his education and attend flight school, but was unable to afford it at the time. After a few years of hard work and a strict money-saving plan, he was finally able to continue following his dreams, and he graduated from flight school at the young age of 26. This gave him the necessary experience and qualifications to fly everything Air Unlimited offers, from scheduled service to aircraft charters.
While never letting his passion for flying falter, Dave also decided he wanted to follow another passion path he had grown up envisioning. He worked in law enforcement for many years, keeping his community safe. Once he retired from the police force, he knew it was time to make aviation his life priority once again. Dave feels like he truly found his place at Air Unlimited and definitely isn’t complaining about the perks of the job. He had never been to the Abacos before joining the Air Unlimited team, but island life quickly became something he fell in love with. He began embracing his adventurous side and started boating, water skiing and even barefoot skiing, every chance he had. In fact, he loves water skiing so much that he’d love to become a coach in the unlikely event that he ever loses his passion for flying. However, enjoying island life isn’t the only part of the job that Dave loves. He says the customers and his colleagues at Air Unlimited are what make the job outstanding.
Dave also keeps a very healthy work-life balance, which is important while working in one of the most stressful industries in America. He always tries to go swimming or work out after particularly stressful days and take many vacations with his family. Dave’s perfect vacation would be anywhere in the world with his wife and all of his kids. He has vacationed in Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay, and he can’t wait to explore more local towns during his time off. He also hopes to bring his dogs on the next vacation, as they are now “seasoned” flight dogs.
Dave says his next destination will be anywhere that has plenty of sun, sand and surf. Lucky for him, Air Unlimited is expanding its service to North Eleuthera in the Bahamas Out Islands in April 2018. Look for Dave on your next flight with Air Unlimited!
For travelers who have never been to a tropical destination, the fear of the unknown may be a bit daunting. Anything from sea life and sunburns to rip currents and tropical weather can seem like a lot to plan for before hopping on a private flight to the Abacos. The best thing you can do is be prepared and do your homework – in this case, Air Unlimited has done your homework for you. This way, you are ready for anything that comes your way!
It is so important for visitors to take care of themselves to avoid putting a speedbump in their vacation with a trip to the ER. Although you might want to be on the beach from sunrise to sunset, it is crucial that you take breaks from the sun to reapply sunscreen and stay hydrated. According to the American Skin Association, you should use sunscreen that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 15 or higher. Apply it 30 minutes before going into the sun and reapply every two hours, and after drying off from being in any kind of water. Remembering to drink water can also save you from overheating and possibly being exposed to heat exhaustion. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat, which will cool you down so you can enjoy the outdoors for a longer period of time. This is especially important if you plan on drinking alcohol at the beach, since alcohol will dehydrate you.
Being aware of your surroundings seems like a no-brainer, but there are certain things to look out for to make this simple tip more effective in a tropical destination. Many beaches in the Abacos do not have lifeguards, so it is up to you and fellow beach goers to look out for things like sea life and rip currents. Sharks will be very easy to recognize under the crystal-clear blue water surrounding the Abacos, but once the sun is setting and visibility is lower, it’s time to get out for your own safety. Sharks usually feed at dusk and have no problem swimming into shallow waters to hunt. On the other hand, rip currents are a little more difficult to spot. A rip current is a strong current that runs perpendicular to the beach and moves at about 5 miles per hour. They might not be very obvious when you are in the water, but they become a scary problem when you are stuck in one and being moved out to sea. Rip currents can be 30 miles wide and stretch hundreds of miles long. The easiest way to check for a rip current is to stand back from the water so you get a wider view of the shore and look for places where waves aren’t breaking. Rip currents will be calm on the surface of the water and you will usually be able to see sand being picked up and dragged out to see. Other areas of the beach are still safe to swim in, but make sure you give yourself enough space between yourself and the rip current.
Natural disasters are another very real threat to the tropical areas that we love. Hurricane season is during prime summer travel time and extends into the fall (June to November), so if you have any questions about hurricanes and hurricane safety, feel free to reach out to the Air Unlimited team.
While all of these things might seem like a bit of a deterrent to visiting the gorgeous Abaco Islands, fear not, because none of these happenings can overshadow the fun and relaxation that comes with taking a private flight to the Bahamas Outer Islands. The key to traveling anywhere, not just a tropical island, is simply being prepared. No other location can offer the extreme serenity of the Abaco Islands, so grab your sunscreen, keep an eye out for rip currents, and come have a blast with us!
For more information, give us a call at (407) 585-4300.
Even when pilot and Air Unlimited Co-Founder Mark Neubauer isn’t flying, he’s still thinking about flying, almost 99 percent of the time. Aviation is a huge part of his life and has been since he was a child. Mark inherited his love of aviation from his father, who was a Colonel and Squadron Commander in the US Air Force.
Now a Principal Co-Founder and the Director of Operations at Air Unlimited, Mark was already largely familiar with the gorgeous Abaco Islands before he joined forces with the Gregg family to start Air Unlimited. Over the past decade, many of his legacy clients had introduced him to the islands, and it didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the scenic area and relaxed atmosphere of Marsh Harbour. Some of his most memorable family vacations have been hosted in beautiful Hope Town on Elbow Cay, where these family memories inspired him to invest in a home on the island. After only a 90-minute flight to Marsh Harbour Island from Sanford, FL, a short ferry ride across the Sea of Abaco takes you to Hope Town, the perfect weekend getaway. Mark’s family, regular visitors to the Abaco Islands, includes Bella, the Neubauer’s Golden Doodle pup who Mark proudly says is a “true fly dog.” Bella travels with Mark and the family as they enjoy their island vacations, as pets are always welcome on Air Unlimited’s flights.
When Mark is not flying, he loves to exercise, listen to modern country music, and unwind from a day in the air by spending quality time with friends and family. Having previously owned a cottage in Ontario, Canada, Mark’s more recent adventures to the islands are a warm tropical change to the summers he used to spend in the Canadian countryside. He now considers his favorite vacation to be a relaxed trip to his house in Hope Town with his entire family –including Bella the Golden Doodle, of course!
Always looking for the next adventure, Mark’s dream destination is simply anywhere he hasn’t already flown to. “As long as I’m safe and capable, I’ll continue to fly,” says Neubauer. “Flying is a magic carpet that brings both family and friends together, and I love sharing that joy with our Air Unlimited customers along the way!”
What can make your 90-minute flight to the Bahamas even better? Gadgets! As you settle into one of Air Unlimited’s comfy aircraft cabins and sink into the over-sized loungers, you’ll want a few gadgets to keep you energized and powered up for your vacation. From headphones, to solar powered backpacks to an E-reader, we’ve got it all. Check out these top must have gadgets below.
There are hundreds of headphones on the market today – in-ear, over-ear, waterproof, noise cancelling, rechargeable and the list goes on. A good choice for a flight to the Bahamas is the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. It is budget friendly and perfect for when packing light on a trip. They cancel up to 90% of noise so you can enjoy your favorite playlist.
After listening to music for an hour on your smartphone, your battery is bound to drain. The Anker PowerCore 10000 is a great gadget to have in your bag helping to keep you powered up all through the flight and long after you land in the Abacos. This is another budget friendly gadget, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank before you’re even on your vacation. This power bank is about the size of a credit card so it can easily fit into any bag or your pocket.
If you want a portable charging option that’s more versatile than a power bank, the BirkSun bookbag is the way to go. This water-resistant backpack comes with a built-in 3,000 MAH battery you can charge separately and a solar panel that creates 1% phone charge for every two minutes in sunlight. For all day adventures, such as beach hopping in Treasure Cay, this bag will hold a towel, sunscreen, two water bottles and more all while using sustainable energy to keep your phone charged all day.
A 90-minute flight is the perfect excuse to get lost in a book while flying over the Atlantic. The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is a great option allowing you to enjoy your favorite book without a glare. The Kindle is lightweight and only six inches tall, so it’s very easy to transport. The battery charge lasts for weeks, so if your ideal vacation looks like lying on the beach with a book and a tropical drink, the Kindle will be there every step of the way.
Air Unlimited is happy to offer suggestions for island activities and answer any questions you may have. Give them a call at 407-585-4300.
Charles “Chick” Gregg is co-owner and captain at Air Unlimited, and anyone who speaks with him can immediately see that he has a true passion for flying. A lover of all things plane-related, Chick knew he wanted to be a pilot as a small boy while flying right seat with his father.
After graduating from UF with a degree in civil engineering, Chick began his flying career at 27 years old piloting a Bonanza, visiting job sites across the southeast US. After many years of owning and running successful businesses in construction and homebuilding, while enjoying his love of recreational flying, retirement came early. It was then that his flying passion turned into a new career.
Having traveled to the Bahamas many times over the last 30 years, Chick had a deep connection with the island life, especially the Bahama’s best kept secret: The Abaco Islands. Knowing the travel industry lacked reliable transportation directly to and from these scenic islands, Chick joined forces with co-founder, Mark Neubauer, to launch Air Unlimited Charter Services. This airline brand is complete with an aircraft fleet that flies guests from the Orlando Sanford International Airport directly to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay in the Abaco Islands in less than 90 minutes without the “big airport” hassle. Aside from the scheduled island service, Air Unlimited is also known for its customizable and dependable charter service, featuring a private jet where you can often find Chick positioned in the left seat as Captain.
Chick has always loved to travel, so being able to pilot his own private jet to Hope Town, or take his family to one of the nearby famous sights in the Abacos, is just another perk of the job.
On any given day, you can find Chick sitting behind the desk at his airport office working the numbers for the business or solving problems, and always wearing many hats. “Our customers are the reason I continue to work hard to improve Air Unlimited’s service each day,” said Chick. “They often become like family.”
Another favorite “job” he routinely performs is quoting and piloting charter and private jet flights.
Chick is committed to growing new services, such as their Organ Transport Medical Flights. “These flights are making a difference in people’s lives, which we take very seriously,” said Chick. “The responsibility means a lot to our entire team.”
When Chick isn’t flying, he’s usually still thinking about flying – as a true pilot would do. In his spare time, he is building an aircraft with his three sons. Chick is dedicated to his work, but he does know how to relax and often travels to his home in Colorado with his wife, Lisa, and their two yellow labs, who travel in style, thanks to their “pilot dad.” While there, he enjoys relaxing, as well as skiing and entertaining friends. He frequently enjoys spending time with his four children and their spouses, four grandchildren and his amazing mother-in-law. Closer to home, Chick’s other go-to destination is his farm in Georgia, where he flies routinely with his brother and other good friends to hunt or work the land.
Chick and Lisa enjoy traveling nationally and internationally, often with groups of friends to celebrate important milestones. Chick’s list of destinations is quite extensive, but says his favorite trip involves visiting Napa Valley, California.
While Air Unlimited’s focus is on flights to the Abacos, Chick’s dream destination is to pilot his private jet to Europe with his wife. He has the ambition and the tools so it probably won’t be long before it becomes the Gregg’s next big adventure!
A bachelorette party in a tropical land; a last-minute vacation for a family of five; an important business trip a few states away. What do all of these have in common? Each of these trips – no matter how different their intent, length or party size – could all benefit from travelling via an aircraft charter. The difference in flying via a commercial airplane or an aircraft charter could mean the ability to guarantee a family with small or nervous children the chance to fly together in privacy. It could be the perfect start to a weekend in paradise instead of experiencing the hassle of lost baggage and delayed flights. It could even mean more presentation practice to ensure sealing a big business deal while arriving stress-free before a very important meeting.
Air Unlimited may be known for hassle free and easily enjoyed scheduled seating, but the airline also offers custom chartered flights. Both options receive the highest amount of customer service and the benefits of flying privately, but a charter service is the best way to have a completely customizable flight experience. Charters ensure that your party is the only one on the aircraft, which is why they are the perfect option for families or groups looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Flying with small children can already be a challenge, and unneeded pressure is added when fellow passengers deliver disgruntled stares if a child is in distress. When flying via an aircraft charter, there are no passengers on the plane, so children can be comforted without the addition of parental stress. Chartered flights can also be more enjoyable for groups like college friends travelling back to their alma mater and want to vocally reminisce the whole ride there.
Passengers of chartered flights are not limited to travelling strictly from Sanford, FL to Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay either. Because these flights are completely customizable, you are able to pick which airports you leave from and fly into, as well as the date and time for all flights. If you are flying to a destination for a very short amount of time, you can even arrange for the pilot and aircraft to wait for your party and fly back the same day. Talk about VIP!
What could be better than flying to your vacation destination with four of your best friends in a private aircraft charter? Doing all of this while eating bruschetta and drinking champagne at 39,000 feet! Gone are the days of peanuts and ginger ale, aircraft charters with Air Unlimited allow catering services for the ultimate luxury experience.
For more information about the aircraft charters offered at Air Unlimited, head here and be sure to call us for additional information at (407) 585-4300.