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Coast to coast for animal rescue

Article | Jan 27, 2014

A New York pilot's first animal rescue flight took him coast to coast and became a mission to deliver one dog to a new home.

AOPA works to end confusion over flights to Mexico

Advocacy | Dec 31, 2013

The Mexican government is set to implement a new law requiring advanced passenger information for flights to and from the country similar to U.S. eAPIS requirements, and it is causing some confusion.

The whales of Baja

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Dawn casts the barren Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula in a soft light as we overfly the dusty airstrip at San Ignacio.

Question of the week: Airports of entry

Article | Sep 16, 2013

When flying from the United States to an airport in Mexico, you must land at a Mexican airport of entry. When flying to Mexico from the Bahamas, your first landing must be at one of only two airports. Which airports are they?

In New Mexico, ‘general aviation equals jobs’

Article | Aug 13, 2013

A general aviation jobs rally in Albuquerque, N.M., brought out a “terrific crowd” that heard business leaders and elected officials describe the industry--as Gov. Susana Martinez put it--as “something worth celebrating, and worth building on.”

Pilot guidebook for Mexico and Central America available

Article | Aug 05, 2013

The Pilot’s Guide to Mexico and Central America contains detailed instructions on arrival and departure procedures as well as current contact information for 229 large and small airports (143 in Mexico and 86 in Central America).

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Never Again: Unseen storm

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In January 1998, as I prepared for my second legislative session as a New Mexico state representative, my wife Cynthia asked me to fly her to Arkansas to visit our daughter. The weather briefer reported a fast-moving cold front that might necessitate an instrument approach.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.

Finding flamingos

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Photography by Chris Boyer Have you ever had one of these days? You’re flying above a thousand brilliant pink flamingos, over a deserted white sand beach. On one side are the azure tropical waters of Mexico’s Campeche Bank; on the other, vibrant green coastal wetlands.

Finding flamingos

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

A bird's-eye view for conservation

New Mexico TMOA may squeeze IFR routes

Article | Mar 26, 2013

AOPA is reminding pilots who fly in New Mexico that a temporary military operations area (TMOA) will be in effect from April 7 to 20 in the southern part of the state, possibly limiting access to several airways during active periods. AOPA reported in October 2012 on the Air Force plan to institute the Playas Temporary Military Operations Area in airspace from 300 feet agl to, but not including Flight Level 180, to support an annual training exercise.

Topics Mexico, Travel

Internationalbrief

Article | Mar 24, 2013

Brief: Modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights The modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights goes into effect on Dec. 18 and becomes mandatory on May 18, 2009.

NM governor signs aviation funding bill

Article | Mar 20, 2013

A bill signed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez March 15 restores one of six sources of funding for the state’s aviation trust fund.

NM lawmakers share love for GA on 'Aviation Day'

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2013

General aviation felt the love on Valentine's Day from New Mexico lawmakers during Aviation Day at the Capitol. New Mexico House and Senate committees advanced bills Feb. 14 to reinstate funding from the state’s general fund for the aviation trust fund.

New Mexico hailstorm highlights tax effect

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2013

Repairs are still under way after an October hailstorm damaged nearly every aircraft at Los Alamos Airport in New Mexico, where a state tax has driven maintenance facilities and aircraft owners out of state.

New Mexico drops proposed seaplane ban in face of opposition

Advocacy | Dec 26, 2012

A proposed seaplane ban in New Mexico was tabled after the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department’s State Parks Division received hundreds of comments opposing the measure.

New Mexico TMOA plan crowds out airspace users

Advocacy | Oct 24, 2012

An Air Force plan to establish a temporary military operations area in New Mexico would leave multiple sections of several IFR routes unusable while providing general aviation pilots with no way to acquire real-time information on the airspace's activation.

NM seaplane ban opposed

Article | Oct 18, 2012

New Mexico officials should work with pilots on mutual goals rather than adopt a state agency's plan to ban seaplanes from public waters, AOPA said in a state regulatory filing.

Mexico eyes advance passenger information system

Advocacy | Oct 17, 2012

Mexico's government has proposed establishing an advance passenger information system (APIS) for flights entering and exiting the country, but the plan has quickly raised concerns about "unworkable" procedures and pricy penalties for pilots who fail to comply.

Overcome fear of drug cartels, fly to Mexico

Article | Oct 12, 2012

With highly publicized drug trafficking between the United States and Mexico and drug wars in parts of the latter country, many pilots worry about making a trip south of the border. Club Pilotos de Mexico Chief Pilot Jim Swickard is hoping to change that image and encourage more pilots to fly to Mexico.

Oklahoma, New Mexico celebrate aviation

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

Proclamations recognizing the role general aviation plays to support the health, safety, and prosperity of the community at large have been issued by governors in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Tragedy in Mexico

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Humanitarian group suffers fatal accident