Does anybody know what the requirements for an aircraft flying in Mexico are? I understand you need the usual, ARROW items plus US & Mexican insurance, but does anyone know of any gotcha items ? thanx in advance..
It is not a gotcha item, but technically both pilots need to be typed. You can avioid this by being prepared to pay off the airport officals if asked. (according to Universal)
The other gotcha is eating salad. Do not do it. Drink all the water you want if you are at a tourist destination, but not the salad. The water and organic fertilizer ($hit) used in the field might not be washed off.
I'd recommend using a handler in Mexico for at least the first couple of times. It's cheap insurance. There are a few no-nos. As G100Driver said, bring some nice crisp bills with you. They go a long way towards resolving any issues that may arise.
I guess i was too vague... I understand the pilot requirements and can do my own handling in mexico for a 135 flight, but I was interested in the aircraft requirements, such as original registration and certs, mexican insurance.... part 91 rvsm manual, etc . anything else ,for a part 91 trip. I think I'm over analyzing.
You need a permit. This is a new requirement, started in 2004, I think. You can get a one-time or an annual permit for "Private" (read FAR 91) operations. At many destinations the DGAC representative (MEX FAA - read Airport Comanancia) can "collect" the fee for the permit. You might want to check with Universal or Air Routing prior to going.
Mexican ATC works a little differently than ours. They often lack radar coverage an rely on position reports from pilots (that is why they are always aksing for you DME from some navaid). They will also let you fly right into terrain if you are not careful. As long as you are situationally aware (as you should be anywhere) you will be fine.