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  Caribbean. If you intend to fly down there in a single-pilot airplane like a Citation, you need a SIC (second in command) or specific approval from aviation authorities.
In the Caribbean, the notion of an FBO (Fixed Based Operator) is not widely used, but they are beginning to pop up. Obviously, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have had some over the years and are slowly becoming more common. Beef Island (Tortola, BVI) offers an FBO. There is also a brand new FBO in Grand Case in Saint Martin. But double-check fees before you visit there as their rates seem to be on the plus side. The Dominican Republic is also start- ing to open FBOs in airports such as Puerto Plata as well as La Romana. But, islands like St. Lucia and the southern islands of Dominica and Canouan do not offer any FBOs, so arrangements need to be made ahead of your trip.
Also, when an FBO is around, watch out for the fees. You must understand that the fuel is not typically disbursed by the FBO but by a fuel contractor. So, it is your responsibility to make sure that fuel is available number one. And number two, like in Canouan, there is no fuel truck. There is a pit. That means you need to move your airplane to get fuel, and when the fueling is complete, reposition the airplane on the ramp since no trac- tors are available to move the airplane around. All of the above can make for inconvenience or expensive costs.
Make sure your insurance covers the Caribbean and the places you in- tend to fly.
It is highly recommended to carry a stack of general declaration forms known as the C7. This form was cre- ated by the British years ago and is still widely used in the Caribbean. Basically, the C7 form lists most infor- mation regarding the occupants of the airplane, such as crew and non-crew, passport information, etc.
I would strongly suggest preparing this paperwork ahead of time and
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