Answers for Pilots: Flying to Mexico

November 1, 2009

Tulum, Playa de Carmen, MexicoAs the weather cools down over much of the United States, southern destinations take on a lot of appeal for pilots. AOPA receives numerous calls this time of year about flying to Mexico. Many pilots are confused about the complexities of border-crossing procedures—and questions about eAPIS continue. Nevertheless, if the beaches of the beautiful Mexican resorts or some of the other Mexican attractions call you south, go ahead and give in to your dreams—just be sure to do a thorough trip preparation first. Here is a summary of what you need to know.

Caribbean Sky Tours, which is headquartered in Cancun, Mexico, offers personalized service to pilots wishing to fly to Mexico, Bahamas, and Central America, publishes a Pilot’s Guide to Mexico, and offers a robust Web site with helpful information, as well as a variety of VFR and IFR charts for Mexico. Links to other Caribbean travel resources, including Caribbean Flying Adventures and Baja Bush Pilots, can be found online.

And, of course, call AOPA’s Pilot Information Center with questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, 1-800-USA-AOPA (872-2672). We’ll be glad to help in any way we can. Feliz vuelo en México! (Happy flying in Mexico!)

Kathy Dondzila

Kathy Dondzila | Manager, Technical Communications, Pilot Information Center

Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.