A project by Aviation Renewables was recently featured in the July-August 2015 issue of Airport Improvement Magazine
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Author: Dan Vnuk
Published in: July-August 2015
A series of airfield improvements at South Bimini Airport (YBS) is making it easier for travelers to get to Bimini, the tiny pair of Bahaman islands located just 50 miles off the east coast of Florida. That's good news for beachgoers, sport fishermen and any other North or South American travelers who want to escape to a tropical paradise without spending a lot of time getting there.
It's also good news for Bimini's overall economy and the local workers who were employed during the multimillion-dollar construction effort. During the days of Prohibition, Bimini was a popular spot for speakeasies and liquor stores, with rumrunners stashing their cash in its numerous cays. These days, it's attracting a different kind of business. Genting Group, a Malaysian conglomerate, began investing in the islands with the development of a 750-acre beachfront resort and casino on North Bimini, and then opened a similar property adjacent to South Bimini International Airport (YBS) - both under the Resorts World brand.
Genting's South Bimini property boasts the closest offshore casino to the United States, and was mainly serviced by high-speed boat service from Miami when it opened in June 2013. With a daytime sea route in place, the resort owners soon turned their attention to facilitating 24-hour access to and from the island. YBS had daytime flight in place with Bahamasair, Silver Airways, Western Air and Flamingo Air; but its main 5,400-foot asphalt runway could not support nighttime traffic.
The solution involved a two-phase initiative that included a 900-foot runway extension, solar LED airfield lighting and other support elements such as a precision path indicator system, windcones and an automated weather observing system.