Test Your AVsavvy: Flying to Mexico (September 6)

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Suppose you have a private non-revenue trip request to Mexico with multiple stops. You schedule the crew for the flight and start the trip planning process. You see that the capt is type-rated for the aircraft but the co-pilot isn’t. You start working on the landing permit, ground handling, aviation fuel, etc. for the trip and all the documents are in order.

MEXICO COUNTRY INFORMATION

DUE TO AUTHORITY REINFORCEMENT, ALL AIRCRAFT ARRIVING INTO MEXICO MUST HAVE A COMPLETE INSPECTION.

MEXICO HAS NOT AUTHORIZED AREA NAVIGATION (GPS) TO BE UTILIZED ON ANY INSTRUMENT APPROACH. AREA NAVIGATION IS ONLY AUTHORIZED FOR ENROUTE NAVIGATION IN MEXICAN AIRSPACE. THIS MEANS THAT FMS, GPS, RNAV, OR OTHER SIMILAR AREA NAV AIDS MAY ONLY BE USED ON ENROUTE SEGMENTS.

MEXICAN REGULATIONS “STATE” THAT BOTH THE PILOT AND CO-PILOT MUST BE TYPE-RATED IN THE AIRCRAFT BEING FLOWN.

AS OF JULY 1, 2008 ALL OPERATORS OPERATING TO OR OVER MEXICO MUST OPERATE UNDER THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY (ELT) FREQUENCIES SIMULTANEOUSLY: 406 MHZ AND 121.5 MHZ.
PASSENGERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 TRAVELING WITHOUT A PARENT MUST HAVE A PERMISSION LETTER AUTHORIZING ENTRY INTO MEXICO.

ALL GA OPS WITH FINAL DESTINATION OR TECH STOP IN ANY MEXICAN A/P, COMING FROM SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA, & CARIBBEAN (TO INCLUDE BAHAMAS & BERMUDA) MUST MAKE 1ST STOP INTO MEXICAN TERRITORY AT EITHER MMTP OR MMCZ FOR CUSTOMS.

WHEN AN A/C ARR/DEP FROM MEXICO, THE A/C IS SUBJECT TO RANDOM SEARCH BY THE MEX. ARMY OR CUST. AGENTS. IT IS ROUTINE FOR CUST. TO ORDER THE CREW TO OPEN A/C DOORS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE TO TAKE A HEAD COUNT.

THE MEX. GOV’T IS ENFORCING THE A/C INSPECTIONS ON FLIGHTS COMING FROM CENTRAL AMERICA, ESPECIALLY FROM COSTA RICA. THIS MAY DELAY CLEARANCE FOR OPERATORS AS THE MEXICAN ARMY MAY PERFORM INSPECTIONS (ON A/C, PAXS & BAGGAGE) IN ADDITION TO CUST., IMM., FEDERAL POLICE & FISCAL POLICE. THIS PROCEDURE HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED AT TOLUCA/MMTO & AT OTHER AIRPORTS IN MEXICO AS WELL.

LANDING PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL AIRCRAFT TRAVELING TO THIS COUNTRY.

CHARTER AIRCRAFT MUST HAVE THE SAME PASSENGERS ON DEPARTURE THAT ORIGINALLY ARRIVE IN MEXICO. (THE AIRCRAFT MAY DEPART MEXICO WITH FEWER PASSENGERS THAN ARRIVED IN MEXICO AS LONG AS THEY ARE THE SAME PASSENGERS). PRIVATE AIRCRAFT ARE ALLOWED TO DROP OFF/PICK UP PASSENGERS AS LONG AS NAMES/RELATIONSHIP TO OWNER/OPERATOR APPEAR ON THE PRIVATE OPERATIONS LETTER.

CHARTER OPERATIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED MORE THAN ONE STOP IN THE COUNTRY WITH EITHER THE ONE SHOT PERMIT OR THE BLANKET PERMIT REGARDLESS OF PASSENGERS. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE IS OPERATIONS ORIGINATING IN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN. THESE OPERATORS MUST ADHERE TO DGAC’S REQUIREMENT TO FIRST STOP AT A “PORTAL” AIRPORT; TAPACHULA (MMTP) OR COZUMEL (MMCZ) BEFORE CONTINUING TO ANOTHER MEXICO DESTINATION.

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