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[Letter:] To the Prime Ministers and other leaders of CARICOM...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Feb 03, 2020

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PM Barbados
PM Belize
PM Dominica
PM Grenada
PM St. Lucia
PM St. Kitts
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To the Prime Ministers and other leaders of CARICOM...

Good day, Ladies and Gentlemen...

I already know that the worst among you will hit the delete key before you get halfway through this email. But if you do so, feel free to acknowledge to yourself that you truthfully don't really give a pinhead of a damn about your own people, locally or regionally.

In Jamaica, aviation is growing, with one new airline in process and another (still confidential) about to launch.

But in the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean, including the Bahamas but especially in the eastern Caribbean, aviation has been stifled, restricted, actually attacked by the Civil Aviation Authorities and Departments and bound in red tape to the point where it is almost non-existent - all the while allowing foreign carriers and even private pilots with illegal small aircraft to rape the local and regional carriers into bankruptcy.

And the government-owned airlines continue to operate merrily along on political expediency, Board boolshyte, and hundreds of millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

-- St. Lucia used to have three small airlines. Now it has zero.
-- Grenada used to have two airlines. Now it has zero - SVG Air serves Grenada.
-- St. Kitts and Nevis used to have two airlines. Now they have zero.
-- Dominica has had one or two airlines on and off. Now it has zero.
-- Barbados used to have FOUR airlines. Now it has one.
-- Barbados used to have a thriving Flying Club. It still exists, but most of the time its facilities are a deserted wasteland.

After spending as much as US$30,000 of their own family's money, newly trained pilots come back home to face a year or more of red tape, examinations, significantly more expenses, sheer official nonsense, and no small amount of bureaucratic contempt - this discouragement in a time when there is a global pilot shortage.

Is LIAT going to end up advertising for European, Canadian or American pilots while regional pilots stay home and find work selling TShirts on a beach?

The same Authorities have turned a blind eye to non-CARICOM airlines and even private (non-commercial, uninsured) pilots flying - in AND out - stealing the traffic small regional carriers (who don't suck up taxpayer dollars) used to rely on.

FIRST for instance, business jets based in the USA are called to bring passengers to the region, and ALSO to pick passengers up here and take them back. When business jets based in OUR countries are called for a charter, it takes more than 8 hours to get permission from the USA to operate the charter - and that is whether the flight is going there or picking people up to bring back.

By the time the regional company gets that permission, many times the passengers have called a charter company in the USA, the bizjet has arrived **_AND departed_**, they are already on their way, and the local charter company is left holding useless permits.

SECOND for instance, there is someone flying a slow single engine piston aircraft registered in the USA - apparently based in Martinique - operating commercial charter flights throughout the islands, including as long as Barbados to Aruba. By law, single engine flight over water for commercial purposes is ILLEGAL, yet not a soul in authority ever does anything about it, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED FOR AS LONG AS 15 YEARS.

I was told action has been taken on this particular offender, but there are others - the fact is THERE IS NO OVERSIGHT ON THE GROUND.

And the last I heard, all of the regional aviation authorities _REQUIRED_ US-registered aircraft based in our islands to register locally. But is it because it has a US registration that the pilot is somehow untouchable? I guess he might be "touchable" if the legally required Authority personnel were actually doing their jobs and policing all of the airports properly. The Americans sure do.

Aviation in Barbados, particularly, is a GLOBAL JOKE. The CAD has been stripped down to almost NO personnel, and even those have been moved a mile AWAY from the airport ramp - where they should be on the spot where they can see what is going on. In Barbados there are not enough personnel/Inspectors to oversee a small KingAir, yet they accepted a Boeing 747-400 on the registry. GLOBAL JOKE.

So tell me, where is the oversight on that huge aircraft? Little wonder the FAA laugh at Barbados when the country says they want Category One status. Last time they performed an evaluation they said don't call us for another ten years - these guys do this for a living, and they know what they are talking about. GLOBAL JOKE.

Barbados is not serious, not the Prime Minister, not the Minister responsible for aviation. CANNOT BE SERIOUS. As one of my former colleagues would say, "Not ready". Barbados is not even "ready" for what they have now, far less competent to provide oversight on a 747. GLOBAL JOKE.

If one of our regionally based bizjets operates to the USA - including to the USVI or Puerto Rico - without permission, they would be met by Customs, Immigration and the Police. There is every chance that the pilot would be fined, and even possible the aircraft could be confiscated or impounded.

If a US-based bizjet operates to any of our islands without permission, they clear Customs and Immigration, pay the landing fees, file a flight plan, and fly back out. And this is whether they bring passengers in or take passengers out.

I know you Prime Ministers don't give a damn about things you don't really know about. For years neither you nor your Offices, or your Ministers - ALL servants of the people - even acknowledge or respond to emails from your own citizens. Is it not time that you stop destroying an industry that makes a major contribution to the region? This is the same industry you made into a "cash cow" and now refuse to roll back?

If all this were not enough, I have been told that the last meeting of CaribAVia (an affiliate of the US-based National Business Aircraft Association) in Sint Maarten was flooded with US airline representatives lobbying for MUCH greater access for US carriers to the eastern Caribbean islands, including what we call "cabotage", or inter-island flights they do not currently have rights for. If this is agreed to by CARICOM, MASA would have been a hypocritical piece of stink political crap and we, the people, will know that politicians received millions of dollars in bribes, **_ALL_** of our carriers will disappear, and the literally billions of US dollars that taxpayers put into LIAT over the decades has slipped down the drain.

In such circumstances we WILL lose LIAT, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airlines, BahamasAir and all others, government and privately owned. They will be replaced with US airlines whose executives care nothing for OUR needs, but in having the monopoly they will soak our citizens like our politicians' current cash-cow behaviour could never have imagined or realised. They will serve the routes that make money, and ignore the rest of us.

On the subject of new airlines, three years ago (based on four years of actual data) I created a Business Plan for an intra-Caribbean pan-regional airline... Surinam to Puerto Vallarta to Bermuda to Surinam, with no US destinations... using single-aisle Airbus A320 family jets, with over 100 pages of details. Plus 350+ pages of private ancillary ideas and notes.

I decided to keep the funding in Caribbean hands, so I sought a loan from every agency I could think of, as well as the Chinese and some Europeans. Nothing. Nobody was interested, not even Caribbean "Development Banks". I guess I did not offer any "grease", so they discarded my communications. But most of those people are political appointees, and it is clearly apparent they are in those positions to take such advantages.

In my travels, it appears the same "Development Banks" you politicians set up to help entrepreneurs NOW make it harder for someone to get a loan to start a business than the commercial banks. And I have definitely tried, believe me. These "Development Banks" now appear to be just dumping grounds for your political friends who have no competence in the matter but draw huge salaries, just like on the LIAT Board.

If it walks like a duck...

And you have set up certain Banks to deal ONLY with governments - so what Development does the CDB help with? Certainly not entrepreneurs. They actually take orders from - and lose BIG money - only to our broke governments whose politicians cannot pay their loans back.

I heard that CARICOM was setting up yet another fund with unused regional bank money "to help entrepreneurs". I wrote to Mr. Comissiong in Barbados, and he responded with enthusiasm. I also wrote to a Ms. Yearwood at the CARICOM Secretariat and she also responded with enthusiasm.

But unfortunately neither one now seems willing or able to respond to further emails. I wonder what new scam is brewing there and who will be the new millionaires in the region. Yes, I said it. What is happening with politicians these days is nothing short of despicable.

Transparent and accountable - don't make me laugh out loud and fall off my chair. And I don't give a rocket-powered damn if you are "not impressed".

I now live in Canada - out of reach of anybody's petty malicious local retribution - yet I do have a strong desire to make a major contribution to CARICOM, CSME, intra-regional travel and making a difference in all of the communities the airline would serve, but since you **_ALL_** seem not to be the slightest bit interested in improving CARICOM, maybe I should stay the hell away from the entire CARICOM region for the rest of my life and vacation in California or Hawaii instead. They certainly would be cheaper to visit - especially not paying your damned greedy cash-cow taxes and fees which double the air fare or more.

Yes, I have been somewhat insulting here. But just how long **_ALL_** of you Prime Ministers and Ministers think you can keep up this rudeness and neglect OF YOUR OWN CITIZENS until so many people - other than I - get totally frustrated with the waste of people, time and money and throw CARICOM away?


Thank you so much for your extremely valuable time. And obviously I don't expect an acknowledgement or response to this email from ANY of you.

Best wishes to all of you anyway,

James C. "Jim" Lynch
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* Originally from Barbados, West Indies

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Re: To the Prime Ministers and other leaders of CARICOM...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Feb 03, 2020

A partial list of non-starter, bankrupt or defunct airlines in the Caribbean…

A Fiwi Air – Jamaica
Aero Services – Barbados
AeroPostal – Venezuela
– Air Calypso – Barbados
Air Jamaica
Air Martinique
Air Montserrat
ALM Antillean Airlines – Curacao
= Airlines of Carriacou – Grenada
American Eagle / Executive Airlines- Puerto Rico
Aserca – Venezuela
AVA Air – Martinique,
AVA Airways – Dominican Republic
– AVA Transportation Curaçao
BES Air – Netherlands Antilles
BlueSky Airlines – Cayman
Bonaire Express
British Caribbean Airways – British OTs
= BVI Airways – British Virgin Islands
BWIA – Trinidad & Tobago
Camacho Air – Antigua
Cardinal Air – Dominica
Carib Aviation – Antigua & Barbuda
– Carib (Air) Express – Barbados
Carib West – Barbados
Caribbean Airways – Barbados
Caribbean Express – St. Lucia
CARICARGO – Barbados
= CARICOM Airlines – Belize
Caribbean Helicopters/Barbuda Airways – Antigua
Caribbean Star – Antigua & Barbuda
Chalk’s Ocean Airways
CIT Airways – Dominica
– Coconut Airways – Barbados
Dutch Antilles Express – Curaçao
Dutch Caribbean Airlines – Curacao
Diamond Air – Trinidad
Dynamic AW >> Eastern AL – USA
= Eagle Air – St Lucia
EasySky – Honduras
EC Express – St. Lucia
Exec Direct Aviation Svcs – Jamaica
EZjet – Guyana
– Falcon Air – USA
Fly Jamaica – Air Guyana – Wings Aviation
Four Island Air (LIAT) – Antigua & Barbuda
Gold Air – Antigua
Guyana Airways Corp / GAC2000
= Haiti Aviation
Helen Air – Grenada, St Lucia
InselAir – Aruba
InselAir – Curacao
Inter-Island Air (LIAT) – Grenada
– Island Air – Antigua
Island Air Services – Grenada
Jamaica Air Shuttle
Jamaica Queen Airlines
LAMIA – Venezuela
= Mexicana
Montserrat Airways
Nature Island Express – Dominica
Nevis Express
Norman Aviation – Antigua
– PAWA Dominicana – Dominican Republic
Phoenix Airways – St. Kitts
REDjet – Barbados
Region Air – Grenada
Regional Jet Express
= St Kitts Nevis Air – Nevis
St Lucia Airways
St Vincent Airways
Santa Bárbara Airlines – Venezuela
Sisserou Airways – Dominica
– SkyCruise Airlines – Turks and Caicos
Sky King – Turks & Caicos
SkyBahamas Airlines
Skylan Airways – Jamaica
SkyService – Canada
= Spice Air – Grenada
Sum Island Air – St. Lucia
Take Air Martinique
Tortug’Air – Haiti
Tradewind Aviation
– Trans Island Air 2000 – Barbados
TropicAir – Barbados
Trupi Air – Curaçao
Winlink – St. Lucia

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Re: [Letter:] To the Prime Ministers and other leaders of CARICOM...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Feb 10, 2020

As expected, not even an acknowledgement to date. But having set the servers to report delivery, I know for sure they ALL received it.

What a bunch of nasty conniving corrupt losers.

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Re: [Letter:] To the Prime Ministers and other leaders of CARICOM...

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Feb 14, 2020

Comments from the iwnsvg.com article...

10th February 2020 at 8:05 PM

Am not sure that aviation could be said to be “stifled” in The Bahamas, although I agree the authorities have helped little.

In addition to Bahamasair, we have at least five private airlines, of which one (Western Air) is a spectacular and growing success, with growing international destinations and a new fleet of sleek Embraer jets servicing the Nassau-Freeport route and giving Bahamasair a HUGE run for its money, and three others (Southern Air, Pineapple Air and Flamingo Air) are holding their own in the inter-island business.

A sixth, SkyBahamas, seems to be at an end, but that is apparently mostly as a result of mismanagement.

11th February 2020 at 8:11 AM

Your reasoning is spot on. The Caricom political landscape and culture is one of self interest and lot of dumbness and gross incompetence. might take a few generations for them to realize that it is the people they work for. They’re always choosing the wrong people for the job. Every time. It seems silly. (Why apologize for speaking truth?)

13th February 2020 at 6:50 PM

Well said but one thing I have learnt people don’t like to be told what to do as they were born before you and knows more than you. Most of the time if your ideas don’t fall inline with theirs. You are just an empty barrel.
[Reply by Jim Lynch]
15 February, 2020

They would have had to be born before 1948 - and therefore older than 71 - to be born before me. I have my doubts that is the case. Further, in the aviation field they would have had to have started their experience before 1968. That they know more than I do - in aviation - is merely an arrogant figment of their vivid imaginations, and a useless expression of their massive egos.
We have too many "leaders" who are legends in their own minds.

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Re: [Letter:] To the Prime Ministers and other leaders of CARICOM...

Unread post by bimjim » Sun Feb 16, 2020

Two weeks later, still no acknowledgement. From ANY of the addressees.

Nasty conniving corrupt losers.

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Unread post by bimjim » Thu Feb 20, 2020

At the just-started CARICOM HOG (isn't that an appropriate acronym?? LOL!) summit in Barbados, CARICOM renewed its commitment to CSME - the CARICOM Single Market, where they want citizens of one CARICOM country to be able to travel to and work in any other CARICOM country.

Problem is, there is not one single air carrier which HAS EVER connected many, or even most, CARICOM countries together. Carriers in the region operate along language or former colonial lines.

Repeatedly broke, government-owned Caribbean Airlines is The National Airline Of Trinidad and Tobago, but does not give a rat's derriere about the rest of its regional island destinations as long as they make a profit - and pull passengers on board out of their confirmed seats in favour of Trinidadians who just arrived at the airport without tickets.

Repeatedly broke, government-owned LIAT runs up and down the eastern Caribbean islands. Period.

Fact is, in not just aviation but every area the commercial banks are tighter than a flea's backside about lending - they seriously want you to prove you don't need the ask before they will approve the transaction, demand usury interest rates but offer less than 1% on savings.

The various Government "Development Bank" Corporations started out with good intentions, but now they are harder for entrepreneurs to borrow from that the commercial banks. All they appear to be used for now is places to park high-salary political friends and Party faithful as rewards.

The existing (and failed) carriers in the region were under attack for some time from the various Authorities, with Barbados at the very bottom of the "best of" list, unable or unwilling to make even their Civil Aviation Department - which is part of a political Ministry - function efficiently, not advertising the vacancy but repeatedly promoting single-skill Air Traffic Controllers to Director as retirements come up, and recently moving the entire Department a mile away from the airport into a million-dollar building they created for the CAA (that apparently will never happen there due to bureaucracy, political stupidity, refusal to commit money to the transition, unable or unwilling to populate it with qualified and progressive individuals).

It is a sad state of affairs, with politicians in the eastern Caribbean flitting here, there, and everywhere around the entire world with supposedly "important" matters such as bilateral air agreements that will never be used, while slowly but surely destroying the very tourism market that provides most of their own people with a living and their government with the taxes to flit about. St. Vincent is now on one of the United Nations Councils... is that really important? But now the pompous fat Marxist Prime Minister has people at his shoulder begging for favours and - just like Trump - that is right down his alley.

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