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!
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.
This past year, 126 million people visited Florida, breaking the highest number of visitors the state has ever recorded. Many of these tourists are attracted to Central Florida for its renown theme parks and often overlook the chance to experience more than a few roller coasters during their stay. By extending their trip by just a few days, travelers can elevate their Florida vacation to include an Abacos getaway with Air Unlimited, adding on an incredible destination that’s only a short flight away.
It’s an easy way to have a vacation within your vacation – after spending a few days exploring the area’s theme parks and entertainment, you can take advantage of Florida’s close proximity to the Caribbean with a quick flight to the Abacos. With Air Unlimited, you’ll waste no time in getting there, so you can squeeze in an extra destination, without any extra travel stress.
If you’re staying around the Orlando theme parks, you’ll be happy to know that Air Unlimited is conveniently situated just outside the city, in Sanford. Once you arrive to our private hangar, you’ll be on the plane and on your way to the islands within 30-minutes. We offer free valet parking and luggage up to 40 pounds, as well as by-passed security lines, so travel is hassle-free.
Riding with Air Unlimited, you’ll already feel you’re on ‘vacation time’, as every seat boasts window views overlooking the beautiful ocean below, and the flight is just over an hour to paradise. We fly directly to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay in the Abacos, which are two beautiful island destinations in the Bahamas Out Islands. Upon arrival, you’ll be swept away by some of the world’s most idolized beaches and resorts, while tucked away from the Caribbean’s more crowded tourist hotspots.
The next time you’re looking to visit Central Florida, consider adding one more stop to your trip itinerary – the Abacos. This destination is the perfect cherry on top to any vacation and offers the chance to experience all-new activities like diving with sea life and island hopping. Each island is rich in history, arts, culture and excursions, so the hardest part of your trip will be deciding what to do!
To book a vacation within your vacation, reserve an Abacos getaway with Air Unlimited by visiting, www.flyairunlimited.com.
It’s no secret that we strive for perfection at Air Unlimited, and a big part of our success rests in the hands of our world-class pilots. Our pilots know that each passenger expects the very best when booking a luxury flight experience. Because of this, they go out of their way to offer exceptional service and treat every passenger like part of the family.
You may wonder why our pilots enjoy going above and beyond for our passengers, and the answer is simple: they truly love what they do. Co-founders, Mark Neubauer, and Chick Gregg, are both pilots that appreciate aviation and all it has to offer. By sharing their expertise and passion for aviation with the rest of the crew, Mark and Chick lead by example, helping the entire team feel inspired.
Outside of work, many of Air Unlimited’s pilots enjoy flying in their free time, keeping their skills sharp for our passengers. For some, this love of flying started at a young age. In fact, Pilots Todd Sickle, Ron Bernard, and Ed Moon discovered the wonders of flight as children. Ed decided he wanted to be a pilot at only 14 years old. As a child, Ron was fascinated with model airplanes, and nowadays he’s fascinated by the real thing. Similarly, Todd grew up next to the Orlando International Airport and began watching planes take-off and land early on. After 21 years of flying experience, he continues to enjoy frequent flights and getting to know the passengers.
For other Air Unlimited pilots, flying is in their blood – at least that’s what our Pilot Greg Rupp says! Pilots Dave Owen, Alan Griffin, Chick Gregg, and Mark Neubauer also had fathers or grandfathers who were pilots. Hearing their family stories of aviation helped spark an interest in flying.
Chief Pilot, Josh Stover, graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where his passion for aviation expanded as he learned all about flight. Interested in passing on his knowledge of aviation, Josh became a flight instructor at the school, before ultimately joining the Air Unlimited crew.
Realizing that passion is developed early in life, our pilots are now dedicated to inspiring children through our Junior Pilot Program, which allows kids to get an up close and personal look at life as a pilot. Children are invited into the co-pilot seat on a flight to the Abacos, where they can witness spectacular views, see how the equipment works, and ask our pilots questions about aviation. Through this program, we hope to spark the next generation of pilots.
We can tell you about our pilots’ passions and skills, and our great services and programs, but why not show you instead? Next time you plan a trip to the Abaco Islands, let us do the flying. We promise you’ll be in good hands and will enjoy a luxury flight experience with Air Unlimited. Book online at www.flyairunlimited.com.
Air Unlimited is pleased to announce a new arrival gate at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, which is dedicated to helping our passengers breeze through airport customs after a relaxing, island getaway.
Guests flying with Air Unlimited will continue to depart from our private hangar, which is offset from the main terminal to offer a more exclusive and luxury experience. Here, guests can valet their cars for free, experience a smooth check-in and relax in a comfortable waiting lounge. However, flights returning to Sanford will now utilize customs at the main terminal to streamline and expedite security checks, providing our passengers with a hassle-free experience at the end of vacation. Using the main terminal for customs allows baggage to quickly pass through X-ray scanners, instead of relying on hand-checked security. It also allows our guests to use Global Entry for faster clearance.
Additionally, we’re excited to introduce a new Global Entry process to help our travelers receive this earned security status after flying with us. Passengers interested in Global Entry can simply apply online and schedule their screening interview to take place after their next Air Unlimited trip, conveniently meeting enrollment officers in customs upon their return. This avoids the need to schedule an appointment outside of planned travel. Applicants that receive Global Entry will take this accreditation with them for future travel with any air carrier.
After a quick stop at the main terminal for customs, we invite our guests to re-board the plane for a short ride down the tarmac to our private hangar. This way guests are swiftly reunited with their cars and are able to by-pass the typical baggage claim and passenger pick-up areas of the main airport. Passengers needing access to car rentals will be able to leave directly from customs, eliminating the need to find transportation from Air Unlimited’s private hangar to the rental car facilities.
At Air Unlimited, we’re always looking for ways to enhance the guest experience. That’s why we worked with Orlando Sanford International Airport to rethink customs and simplify the process for our passengers, offering exceptional services to all of our valued customers. We hope you can join us on a trip soon to enjoy hassle-free flying and tropical destinations.
Right now, many travel enthusiasts are planning ahead and booking vacations for later in 2019. For example, January through March are the most popular months to book a tropical cruise, inspiring the travel industry to dub this time of year as ‘wave season’. However, for those of us who deal with sea sickness or simply want to have a more unique travel experience this year, there is another option to consider: choosing a boutique airline. Air Unlimited offers exclusive island flights that are luxurious, intimate, and best of all, affordable.
Flying in a lavish aircraft instead of taking a cruise is not only more spectacular, but it’s also faster, allowing travelers to spend more time on vacation, and less time worrying about getting there. Break out from the traditional cruise activities to discover the hidden gems of the Bahamas, where you’ll arrive after a quick flight feeling ready to explore everything the local cultures have to offer. With our nonstop flights to paradise, you’ll have more time than ever to enjoy new and exciting activities with your loved ones.
At Air Unlimited, we prefer quaint destinations to typical tourist hubs, which is why we offer daily flights to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, located in Abaco, Bahamas. These islands are perfect for someone who is looking for a range of activities but don’t want to fight the crowds. While visiting the Abacos, vacationers can go snorkeling, diving, and boating, or relax at high-end resorts and beaches.
While the Caribbean draws in tourists with beautiful ocean views and thrilling excursions, we understand that getting there is half the fun, too. Our crew focuses on elevating the guest experience to make each trip enjoyable and efficient. Arrive at our private hangar, valet your car for free and open the doors to our friendly staff, quick-check in desk and private waiting lounge. You’ll board the plane in no time, walking into the cabin to nine standalone seats, each situated to provide passengers with window views, plenty of legroom and adequate aisle space for ultimate comfort.
From the time you leave for vacation to the memories made in each destination, choosing a boutique airline over a cruise won’t disappoint. This year, book with Air Unlimited to experience a better way to travel and more vacation time – at affordable rates. Schedule a flight to the Abacos with us at www.flyairunlimited.com.
It sounds like a dream: whisking your loved one away on a luxury plane to a tropical island and spending Valentine’s Day with your feet in the sand. This dream can become a reality, thanks to our boutique airline, which offers daily flights to the Abacos at affordable prices.
No one wants to be fighting for a beach chair on what is supposed to be a relaxing and romantic vacation, which is why the Abaco Islands are the perfect destination for any couple looking to get away this Valentine’s Day. It’s warm and tropical, without the crowds you’d expect in the Bahamas, so you and your loved one can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful weekend together.
The Abaco Islands are known for having dozens of breathtaking destinations, which are easily accessible by boat or ferry. A couple of the most popular destinations include Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town. Marsh Harbour is the perfect place for anyone looking for city-like amenities in a small town. Treasure Cay is known for its powdery, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, while Hope Town boasts quaint and historic cottages, winding village paths, and plenty of tropical greenery.
Adventurous couples can book exciting island excursions, such as boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. On the other hand, couples looking for a more relaxed getaway can spend the day soaking up the sun on the white sandy beaches with a mimosa in hand. As the sun goes down, couples can spend romantic evenings watching the sunset and dining at their resort with champagne and chocolates.
Remember that luxury plane we mentioned? By flying Air Unlimited, couples can have an intimate, one-hour flight to the Abacos on one of our luxury, commuter planes that comfortably seat up to nine passengers. Couples will have a top-notch, romantic experience from the moment they arrive at our private hangar, greeted with free valet parking and by-passed security lines. We’ll have you boarding the plane within minutes of arrival. The best part: this private and luxurious experience costs about the same as flying commercial first class!
Air Unlimited’s boutique airline is ready to help create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for you and your partner. Ready to score major brownie points? Book your getaway now at www.flyairunlimited.com. Your partner is sure to feel special with a memorable gift like a trip to the Abacos!
Just in time for National Dress Up Your Dog Day, we’re featuring our crew’s favorite “Pilot Dog”, Bria, who belongs to our very own Co-founder, Chick Gregg. Bria loves to put on her co-pilot hat and join the crew for a quick flight to the Abacos whenever she gets the chance, and she’s not the only dog with her head in the clouds. In fact, dozens of dogs have taken trips with us, thanks to our pet-friendly flight policies.
Most commercial airlines make flying with pets hard, charging expensive fees, requiring piles of paperwork and demanding weeks-to-months of advance notice. Often times, registering your pet for a commercial flight also means flying separately from them. Alternatively, finding the perfect pet sitter or boarding facility isn’t any easier for pet owners looking to vacation. That’s why we decided to offer pet-friendly flights that allow you to bring your pet directly in-cabin with you.
At Air Unlimited, you don’t have to worry about your pets traveling in the cargo hold and being separated from you during the flight. Instead, you can relax knowing that they are safely seated with you. We’re even open to flying unique pets, as long as they meet the Bahamas’ guidelines for clearing customs and meet all the necessary safety regulations.
Our policies allow up to two pets per flight, prioritizing emotional support and service animals first. If you’re interested in bringing your furry friend on your next trip, be sure to call to confirm that a spot is open for them. Our team will make sure that other passengers are aware of the pet joining the flight and that there are no allergy concerns among guests. Pet owners are required to provide official documents concerning vaccinations and proof of good health. For travel to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, an import permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade & Industry, and certain restrictions do apply. From there, pet travel is easy!
On board, trained pets are welcome to relax in the cabin space next to you, and more energetic pets are invited to fly with you on a close harness or in-carrier with their favorite toy. Either way, you’ll be able to watch over your pet every second of the way.
The next time you plan to book a flight to the Abacos, consider bringing your pet along for the ride. The process is simple, and you’ll land in paradise with your pet ready to join in on all the fun. Call us today for more information at (407) 585-4300.