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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

Spaceport launches new look, plans expanded tours

Article | Jul 11, 2012

The gateway to civilian space travel is quickly taking shape in the New Mexico desert, and Spaceport America celebrated landing a certificate of occupancy for its operations center with a new website, logo, and a promise of expanded tours for the curious this summer.

Medical volunteer flight turns tragic

Article | Jun 07, 2012

"AOPA Pilot" recently accompanied about 65 volunteers traveling in 16 general aviation airplanes on a trip to Liga International's main clinic in the historic city of El Fuerte, Mexico. But their visit turned tragic when a fatal aircraft accident took the life of a Liga volunteer, injured three passengers, and dealt the organization a crushing blow.

Topics Mexico, Travel

Mexican ATC fees catching pilots off guard

Advocacy | May 31, 2012

Mexico has begun to detain flights on the ground or deny access to airspace if an aircraft's operator is listed as owing fees buried in the country's tax code for air traffic services or control tower overtime.

Boeing 727 crashed on purpose for science, television

Article | May 03, 2012

The pilot set the jetliner on a crash course and hit the silk, leaving a Boeing 727 packed with cameras, instruments, and crash test dummies to make a final plunge to the Sonoran Desert in the name of science and entertainment.