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Airport and Pilot Information

Pine Cay Airport

The Meridian Club, one of the original fly-in Caribbean resorts, is tailor-made for private pilots looking to overnight or vacation on a peaceful, private island with its own airport.

Pine Cay airstrip is a paved runway 2500 feet long with an unpaved 1000+ foot buffer to the east and clear approaches in both directions. Parking space is available adjacent to the airstrip for up to 10 airplanes. No airport landing or parking fees are charged.

The Meridian Club hotel and beach are only a short walk or golf cart ride from the airport. You can literally be swimming, strolling on a deserted beach or sipping a cold drink by our pool within minutes of landing.

Private pilots must clear Turks and Caicos Islands Customs and Immigration on the island of Providenciales (PLS), located just a 5 minute flight to the south of Pine Cay. Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is home to the Provo Air Center FBO. Fuel and mechanic service may be obtained there.

Landing on Pine Cay private island resort is by permission only for security reasons. Please contact our office from Providenciales to alert us of your estimated arrival time (phone – [649] 941 7011 or VHF radio ch. 10).

  • Location: approx. 550 miles from Miami
  • Identifier: MBPI
  • Runway: 11/29, paved, 2500’ x 40’
  • Lights: no VASI; lights for emergency only
  • Windsock: NW
  • Elevation: 6’

Pilot Information

Flying to the Turks and Caicos Islands represents the next step for pilots looking for an adventure above and beyond the Bahamas.

Farther south, farther east, and nearly four hours nonstop at 150kts from Florida, flying to the the TCI is a very approachable, yet rewarding flight for a general aviation pilot. While not much information exists on accomplishing a flight to the TCI specifically, much has been written about flying to the Bahamas, and due to the significant overlap this information can be very helpful.

Particularly useful is AOPA’s Checklist for Flying to the Bahamas.

The items range from critical (passport, customs decal, eAPIS) to the obscure (FCC radio station license), but all can be obtained in a matter of a few weeks. A few further links that will be useful:

  • Create an eAPIS Account
  • Obtain a US Customs Decal
  • Obtain an FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RR)

(The above items are necessary for all international general aviation flights, so they’re worth obtaining regardless.)

In addition to the required licenses, there are a few useful but sometimes hard to find paper charts and references that are very helpful to have as a backup to an electronic flight bag / panel:

  • Caribbean En Route Low Altitude Charts
  • Bahamas and Turks & Caicos VFR Chart
  • Bahamas Pilot’s Guide

When it comes time for the fun part, the flight itself, the procedure will generally follow the following steps when flying from the US:

  • File a notice of departure with US Customs using the eAPIS system and the credentials you previously created, at least one hour in advance of your planned departure.
  • File a flight plan with ATC, and if flying nonstop, your destination will be MBPV for Providenciales airport.
  • You’ll be in contact with Miami Center for the majority of your flight, and if flying below 10,000 ft, expect to lose radio coverage for roughly 50nm around the island of Mayaguana (MYMM).
  • You’ll be handed off to Providenciales Approach when below 7,000 ft, and as they do not have radar coverage you’ll be asked to regularly report your distance.
  • At this point, if flying IFR, and weather permitting, cancelling IFR and proceeding visually is recommended to avoid delays due to afternoon commercial arrivals.

Once you arrive at the very helpful and friendly FBO, Provo Air Center, they’ll assist you in clearing Customs and Immigration.

For the final hop to Pine Cay, the following is generally accomplished:

  • You’ll fill out a paper ICAO flight plan form, provided at the FBO, to Pine Cay (MBPI) generally VFR at 1,000ft.
  • If you intend to go on any sightseeing flights during your visit, it is recommended to write the words “KEEP OPEN” on your flight plan form to save time for your next departure.
  • The FBO will fax the form Providenciales tower, and will generally call back if there are any issues with your flight plan.
  • Enjoy the 5 minute flight to Pine Cay, and due to the prevailing winds, the beautiful approach over the beach to runway 11.

Once on Pine Cay, you’ll be greeted by Meridian Club staff and be shown where to park and store your aircraft.

For sightseeing flights or your return flight, it is generally best to attempt to call the Airport Authority at (649) 9464420, ask to speak to the tower, and advise them of your intentions. If you’re unable to reach them, simply calling them after takeoff on 126.00 works.

A few further notes and helpful pieces of information on flying in the TCI:

  • Hearing “Q and H” is the equivalent of “Altimeter” when flying in the US.
  • 100LL is readily available at the Providenciales airport.
  • The entire country / island chain can be seen in a 45 minute flight, just call the tower and request a local flight plan along the North shore of North Caicos, to East Caicos, then South Caicos, and back.
  • There are 7 active runways in the country, and day trips are very easily accomplished and highly recommended (Grand Turk and Salt Cay in particular).

This document was prepared by Eric Thunberg, a pilot and longtime Pine Cay homeowner, and last revised November 11th, 2014.  For further information, any questions, or corrections, the author can be reached via email.

Private Jet Services Group (PJS)

Chartering a private jet to Provo or Pine Cay with our preferred private jet company is a flexible, convenient option for individuals or large groups. Private charter flights allow guests to customize their itinerary and avoid additional fees, stops, ticketing and other restrictions. For more information please visit www.pjsgroup.com / www.pjsjetcard.com.

 

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LATEST NEWS FROM PINE CAY 

We are pleased to announce that The Meridian Club only experienced minimal damage in the recent Hurricane Irma and most importantly, all the members of our team remained safe throughout the storm.

As we are presently closed for our yearly summer renovations, our clean up and repairs are uninterrupted and going well. As such, we expect to remain on schedule, and are excited to keep moving towards our planned re-opening on November 1st 2017.

Currently, due to the damage done to the Turks & Caicos islands, we are experiencing some difficulties with telephone and internet. If you have contacted us please know that we will respond as soon as we can and appreciate your patience as we get back on our feet. We are still taking bookings as usual and hope to see you very soon at The Meridian Club.

Very best wishes from all of us here on Pine Cay!