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Newsletter - May 23rd, 2012

Mexican Overflight Regulations: What You Don't Know Can Cost You
FltPlan.com can help

Most pilots do not realize that Mexico, like most other countries, charges for the use of its airspace and for ATC over-time when pilots use a Mexican airport after hours. If you flew over Mexico at any time in the last 10 years, you may very well owe airspace fees. Here's some background about these regulations and some information on how FltPlan.com can help you.
 
What makes Mexico's regulations unique from other countries are four things:
  1. The regulations are published in Mexico's tax code, not in their Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and therefore do not appear in any international aeronautical publications.

  2. Airspace fees are calculated based on the wingspan of the aircraft and NOT on weight.

  3. Mexico does not issue an invoice to advise pilots that they have incurred a fee. It is the pilot's responsibility to correctly determine the amount owed and to make payment per the regulations.

  4. Airspace and over-time fees can only be paid via a Mexican bank.
Consequently, many pilots are unaware that they owe these fees. With time these fees accumulate interest and back charges, which can grow into very significant amounts.
 
Who is affected: Pilots should be aware that if during the last 10 years they made a flight through Mexican airspace that neither took off nor landed in Mexico, they are subject to airspace fees. Flights that flew to or from an airport within Mexico ARE NOT subject to these fees. Also, any pilot that used a Mexican airport outside of normal hours has incurred an ATC overtime fee which must be paid using the same procedures as airspace fees. Although these regulations have been in place for many years, they were not strictly enforced until December of 2011. As a result, many pilots trying to fly through Mexican airspace with unpaid fees are being denied entry by ATC.
 
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Our Mexican Overflight Fee Payment Service can help you:
  • Find out if you owe fees to the Mexican government and how much they are

  • Distribute your payment to the Mexican authorities for flights already made, and send you a receipt as proof of payment. (Keep in mind that the Mexican government requires that payment be made from a Mexican bank. Credit cards, checks and wire transfers from U.S. banks are not accepted.) FltPlan.com handles all that for you.

  • Handle your payments for future trips
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