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Article | Nov 01, 2009

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Mexico If the beaches of the beautiful Mexican resorts or some other Mexican attractions call you south, be sure to thoroughly plan your trip first. AOPA’s online “Answers for Pilots” offers a summary of what you need to know: All pilots flying from the United States to Mexico (or to any other country) are required to use eAPIS—CBP’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information System.

Mexico grants extension to 406-MHz ELT requirement

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2009

The Mexican equivalent of the FAA, Direccion General De Aeronautica Civil (DGAC), has granted a six-month extension to the Oct. 1 deadline that would have required all aircraft flying in Mexico to be equipped with 406-MHz ELTs.

Pilotage: Sleepy Carlsbad begins to stir

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Approaching Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad, New Mexico, for the first time you’d think you’d happened on the Center for Crosswind Training and Avoidance. The sprawling Southeastern New Mexico airport has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to runways—eight of them.

Postcards: Down Mexico Way

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Are you itching for a real flying adventure? Consider taking a flying trip into Mexico. Flying in and out of Mexico is easier than most U.S.

Answers For Pilots: 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

No doubt you’ve read about the changeover from 121.5 MHz to 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that is effective February 1, 2009. But what, exactly, is changing? The international search-and-rescue satellite system, known as Cospas-Sarsat, will stop monitoring 121.5 MHz ELTs on that date, although 121.5 ELT signals will be still be detected by receivers including local airports, air traffic control, and overflying aircraft.

Never Again Online: Complacent in the cockpit

Article | Jul 01, 2008

It was a sunny January morning in Northern Baja, Mexico, when we landed at San Felipe. I taxied my Twin Comanche over to the fuel pumps as I had on nearly a hundred other occasions since I began flying as a volunteer pilot with Mexican Medical Ministries in 1992.

Avionics First Look: Vertical Power

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Vertical Power (VP) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has created a microprocessor-controlled electrical system for experimental airplanes. VP’s system not only can replace the countless circuit breakers, diodes, relays, and other discrete components that have been the norm for GA airplane electrical systems for the past 70 years, but it has a programmable “brain” to that can be fine-tuned to manage the electrical system.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

I have been involved with SCORE International Off-Road Racing for as long as I have been a private pilot. As a race official for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1,000 off-road race I was at the starting line in Ensenada, Mexico, and since my duties included the timing and scoring of the event it was imperative that my staff and I reached the finish line in La Paz, Mexico, before the first racers did.

Passport required to enter United States

Article | Sep 01, 2007

Passport required to enter United States There's a new item to add to your preflight checklist when flying outside the United States: Passport on board? Starting January 23, you'll need a passport to reenter the United States, even from Canada and Mexico. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, set forth by an act of Congress in 2004, requires everyone — including children — who travels by air to Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda to have a passport to reenter the United States.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

An inconvenient departure Bruce Landsberg's article was very informative as usual ("Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: An Inconvenient Departure," January Pilot). I fly into and out of San Diego's Brown Field Municipal Airport often, both VFR and IFR, coming back from my home in Mexico and then continuing to John Wayne Airport, my home base.