- You must always be on a flight plan while you are in Mexico, and be sure to keep hard copies of it with you.
- It’s a good idea to make a low pass over the non-towered airfield prior to landing; often there are obstacles that could create a hazard to you and others.
- If your flight entails overwater, desert, or mountain flying, consider carrying appropriate survival gear.
- It is wise to take along your own oil, tiedown equipment, and security devices.
- Overtime fees may accrue for late arrivals. Overnight parking fees and landing fees are charged at towered airports and are weight based. Air traffic control fees are charged as a separate user fee when you refuel.
- Pay for fuel with cash (pesos preferred, although U.S. dollars are accepted). Bring plenty of small bills along to meet the exact amount. Fuel is available at most airports of entry and most towered fields in Mexico.
VFR night operations are not permitted, with the exception of approved flights headed to the United States departing from these border airports: Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Tijuana, and Mexicali. Even these flights are subject to the following requirements:
- VFR weather conditions shall prevail all along the route from the departure airport to the destination airport.
- The flight path must be within the control zone of the departure airport until the United States border is crossed.
- The flight must be concluded within the operational hours of the departure airport. Radio communications must be maintained with the departure airport’s ATC tower until advised of frequency change.
- All applicable regulations of international operations must be complied with.
- A VFR flight plan must be filed.
- Flights may be made only with prior authorization from the Commandant.
For any IFR night operation, the pilot should call ahead to ensure the destination airport will be open.