Light Sport into Mx

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Light Sport into Mx

Posted by John Gunn on Dec 12, 2018 10:15 am

Holas, pilotos,  Has anybuddy flown into Mx w/ a light sport cert.?   I hear that it has been allowed, but cannot find anything official, & thus far the consulate has not responded to my inquiry.  
Seems like their tourism/development folks would realize theres an untapp't market of potential customers in the border states & possibly beyond.

"not all who wander are lost"  

 

Re: Light Sport into Mx

Posted by Ronald Levy on Dec 12, 2018 3:34 pm

By "Mx" I gather you mean Mexico.

According to AOPA's Mexico page, the aircraft must have a Standard airworthiness certificate, so it would not be legal to fly an aircraft with a S-LSA certificate into Mexico.  In addition, Mexico does not yet recognize the Sport Pilot certificate, so even if you're flying a Standard airworthiness aircraft that meets the Light Sport requirements (like a Cub or Champ), you could not fly it there on a Sport Pilot certificate.  Also, Mexico does not recognize BasicMed.  So, going to Mexico, you need at least a Private Pilot certificate, Third Class medical certificate, and Standard category aircraft.  The only exception to the Standard airworthiness requirement is Experimental category aircraft whose FAA-approved operating limitations allow the flight.

For more, see https://www.aopa.org/travel/international-travel/mexico.

Re: Light Sport into Mx

Posted by John Gunn on Dec 18, 2018 9:58 am

Thnx for your response Ron, we have in fact flown our S-LSA into Mx on a number of occasions w/o issue, but my partner in the plane has a PP cert.
I'm hoping some of the lads on this board have some personal experiences to share.
This topic; light sport cert into Mx (& Ca) might make a good low hanging fruit for AOPA to run w/ especially since theres talk about raising LSA up to 3 K in weight!

 

Re: Light Sport into Mx

Posted by Ronald Levy on Dec 18, 2018 8:58 pm

John Gunn:
Thnx for your response Ron, we have in fact flown our S-LSA into Mx on a number of occasions w/o issue,

I'm just quoting the published guidance.  If you have other written guidance to the contrary, by all means please share it.  However, the fact that you've done something in Mexico "without issue" doesn't mean it was legal there or that you'll have no issues the next time you try it. 

Re: Light Sport into Mx

Posted by Dave St.Clair on Dec 24, 2018 12:58 pm

I know several S-LSA that have flown into Baja with Baja Bush Pilots.  They handle all the logistics and approvals, I believe.  I'd check them out at:  https://www.bajabushpilots.com/