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Pilots: Mayte Greco

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

We were cruising in Mayte Greco’s Cessna 340 twin just above the Gulf of Mexico, flying the same search pattern she used to spot Cuban refugees trying to get to Florida. Flying a straight line, you look out the left window two wingspans away at the ocean, scan across the windscreen, and end up at the right window.

Pilot Products: Seen at Sun 'n Fun

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Sun ’n Fun is the year’s first major airshow, and it allows pilots and aviation enthusiasts to see, touch, and experience the latest and greatest products manufacturers have been working on over the winter. This year the focus was again on new airplanes, instrument panels, and the like, but there were a few new and fun products throughout the hangars that should appeal to most pilots and aircraft owners.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Mexico

Article | Nov 01, 2009

As 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.

Member Guide

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.