Flying Dad’s RV-6 To Mexico

With Jose Flores from "Boo Bar" before him and I buzzed his cantina at 200 kts...

I joined a group based out of Phoenix called “Baja Bush Pilots”. They put together mass general aviation flying events to Mexico and beyond and help individual pilots get Mexican liability insurance and the required documents to enter S. America. So, Dad and I flew his RV-6 down to the new Cortes De Mar International Airport in Puerto Penasco as a trial run. It was a snap: no mordida, no bribes. Everyone from the Commandante to the girls in Customs were amazingly helpful. It was nothing like the days in the 1980s when we would fly my uncle’s Navion to Mexicali to enter and have to pay off everyone in sight. We wanted to continue the next day to the beach town of Bahia Kino near Hermosillo but were told that the Mexican military authorities had closed the airport to foreigners because of Narco operations in the area. Great trip, though. Planning a run to Guaymas next week…

Army checkpoint: "Tiennes armas o drugas?" Sure, I brought drugs INTO Mexico??


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