All pilots flying across the U.S. border – except for overflight of Canada without landing – are required to use eAPIS — Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Electronic Advance Passenger Information System. AOPA Air Safety Institute has developed a free online tutorial, “Understanding eAPIS – A Pilot’s Guide to Online Customs Reporting” and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Phoenix Flyers operating procedures allow for flight outside the United States. Each member must provide his/her own documentation and follow all government procedures for international flight. AOPA members can visit the international flying section on the Flight Planning menu of the AOPA website for additional information specific to border crossing into Mexico or Canada.
Members planning an international flight must request a notarized letter from the operations officer no later than ten (10) days prior to departure. The letter will (1) indicate the member as part owner and (2) authorize the use of the aircraft for flight within the destination country.
Flight Into Mexico
Phoenix Flyers southern Arizona location is convenient for flight into Mexico. Flying into Mexico can be an exciting, rewarding experience. Members have made many trips to Mexico in Club aircraft without incident. The Club does not discourage any member from making flights into Mexico, providing the member complies with all U.S. and Mexican government regulations. Thorough pre-flight planning is paramount to help insure that your excursion is both pleasurable and one you wish to repeat. If you have questions, contact the operations officer.
Available airport data for U.S. pilots traveling to Mexico is minimal. World Aeronautical Charts (WACs) yield some information. However, detailed information is available from private, special interest groups in the U.S. like Baja Bush Pilots (480-730-3250). They have an excellent, 500+ page book describing many of the Mexican airports in detail.
Mexico Insurance Requirements
Although our present Club insurance covers flights into Mexico (see the document repository on AircraftClubs.com), the Mexican Authorities may not accept the coverage; therefore, separate insurance that is recognized by Mexico is recommended. A policy can be purchased online from MacAfee and Edwards (underwritten by Seguros Mapfre Tepeyac). The cost of the insurance is your responsibility. MacAfee and Edwards will provide the proof-of-insurance form to take with you on your trip. Contact the operations officer or the treasurer for details. To allow for any problems that may delay your return, we suggest including coverage for several days after the actual intended return date.
Documents Required by Mexican Authorities
This is a suggested list only. Government regulations change from time to time and must be verified by each pilot prior to any flight into Mexico.
- Notarized letter of aircraft ownership from the operations officer
- Copy of Mexican insurance policy
- Aircraft airworthiness and registration certificates
- Passport for each person aboard
- Tourist visas are required and may be obtained at the first airport of entry
- Pilot certificate and medical (note: student pilots are not permitted to make international flights)
- Restricted radiotelephone operators permit