CST News

A useful source of International General Aviation News. Here you can review information on international regulations and new procedures as well as other GA highlights.

As a member of CST Pilots Association you will have access to the complete story by clicking on the link at the end of the corresponding News paragraph. 

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November 18, 2017

Fuel available in Governor's Harbour (MYEM)

We are excited that fuel is once again available at Governor's Harbour in The Bahamas (MYEM). The fuel tanks have been brought up to standards and both AVGAS and Jet A are once again available. This means that pilots have an alternative refueling option at MYEM which is also an International Airport Of Entry with Immigration and Customs available. Members can check the Bahamas & Caribbean AOE Fuel Prices page for the latest pricing.

October 6, 2017

GPS approaches in Mexico: Impossible for GA

In August of 2017, Mexico’s Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) published GNSS (GPS) approaches for Acapulco (MMAA) and Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo (MMZH). These now complement the GPS approach for Toluca (MMTO) published earlier. Part 91 operators should take note that these approaches require special approvals to use them. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in fines.

Mexico’s DGAC has published 2 mandatory Circulars that govern the use of GPS approaches as well as any other navigation routes that require Performance Based Navigation (PBN). As these Circulars currently read, to use a GPS approach in Mexico, you must first obtain a Letter Of Authorization from the FAA, which the FAA does not issue for Part 91 GPS approach operations. Once you have the FAA authorization you must contact Mexico's DGAC to get approval. This must occur BEFORE you can request or accept a GPS approach to one of these Mexican airports which makes this an impractical, if not impossible, requirement. Unfortunately, the Circulars as they are currently written specifically indicate that foreign operators -including USA and Canada- operating under Part 91 rules of the USA FAR's must comply. While this may have been an unintentional oversight, it is now written into these mandatory Circulars which any DGAC official at these airports would be within their right to enforce. Recent actions by Mexico's DGAC would indicate that regardless of past procedures or verbal indications by local DGAC officials to the contrary, they WILL ENFORCE and fine pilots for violating any Mexican regulation regardless of the reason or circumstance. In conclusion, this means that General Aviation operators will not be able to take advantage of the benefits and safety of modern GPS technology.

August 21, 2017

Mexico publishes new WAC Charts

Originally published in July of 2016, the new Mexico WAC Charts were not made available to the public until July of 2017 in a digital-only format. We have adapted the original digital format to facilitate chart downloads and have included a list of the major airports found on each chart to help you identify the appropriate chart required for your trip planning and execution. As a member of CST Pilots Association you now have access to these charts in PDF format for rapid download. 

October 19, 2016

Local Immigration Procedure for Arrivals and Departures at MMCU

Please note that when flying to Chihuahua MMCU, Mexico, you are expected to comply with the following immigration procedure:

Advise local Immigration Authorities at least 30 minutes prior to your arrival or departure by providing the following information via e-mail to the authorities:

  • Tail number
  • Arrival date
  • ETA or ETD
  • Number of crew and pax on board
  • Departure and arrival airport

The email address to send the information to is: aischihuahua@inami.gob.mx

October 7, 2016

Bahamas airport openings from the Department of Civil Aviation: FIRST UPDATE

The Department of Civil Aviation in conjunction with the Airport Authority of The Bahamas, and following consultation with the Department of Meteorology, advises that inspections have been carried out on the following family island airports which have been deemed safe for operation and have now been re-opened, effective the 7th October 2016:

  • Exuma International
  • Andros Town
  • San Andros
  • New Bight, Cat Island
  • Arthur's Town, Cat Island
  • San Salvador
  • Mayaguana
  • Inagua
  • Acklins
  • Rock Sound, Eleuthera
  • Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
  • North Eleuthera
  • Crooked Island
  • Stellar Maris, Long Island
  • Deadman's Cay, Long Island

The public is encouraged to remain vigilant for additional information on airport re-openings.

October 5, 2016 

Hurricane Matthew: MYNN Lynden Pindling International Airport closure

The Nassau Airport Development Company has convened a meeting with the Bahamas Metereological Department and has determined that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

The public is advised to listen for announcements following Hurricane Matthew's crossing over the Bahamian islands to find out when airport operations will resume.

June 5, 2016

CBP facilities reopened in KNEW

The destruction of New Orleans Lakefront Airport following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 resulted in operations being suspended by many organizations, CBP included. On June 5, CBP officers began clearing international passengers arriving on private and charter aircraft from foreign locations at the newly renovated state-of-the-art customs facility. “We are excited to begin processing private aircraft at the Lakefront Airport once again which brings with it a positive economic impact for the city of New Orleans and its surrounding area,” said Vernon Foret, CBP Area Port Director for the Area Port of New Orleans.  From CBP Local Media Release. For more information go to CBP website newsroom

CBP will receive aircraft 7 days-a-week from 08:00 to 17:00. The aircraft must be US registered and ONLY have US Citizens on board.

For more information contact CBP at KNEW: 504 670 2270 

April 19, 2016

New U.S. CBP facility at KMTH

U.S. CBP facility will open at KMTH as of April 20th located mid-field at the terminal, txwy INTL. Operating hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM with afterhours call outs available.

Phone: 305-289-2029
Fax: 305-289-2059

This is a fee based facility ($50 for all pistons and turbine fee based on aircraft size) which offers a non-towered airport and much less traffic than the larger airports such as TMB and MIA.

For additional information you can also contact elizabeth@marathonga.com

April 5, 2016

GA flight to and from Cuba

IMPORTANT UPDATE: No more restriction on US airports that can provide CBP arrival and departure services for flights to and from Cuba. Standard procedures for international departures and arrivals from South of the Border apply as with any other international flight.

April 1, 2016

Single Pilot Waivers

FAA Single Pilot Operation Authorizations for certain aircraft that are Type Certificated for 2-crew such as Cessna C500, C550, C552, C560 and S550 may only be valid for domestic operations and not for international flights. Pilots holding a Single Pilot Waiver from the FAA may want to check twice before flying internationally.

For more information visit our Membership Aeronautical Information Section.

Februrary 25, 2016


As of January 2016, COCESNA, the agency which oversees ATC operations and airspace management for Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua increased the rates charged to Civil Aviation aircraft starting January, 2016. The increases most affect aircraft with an MTOW between 12,474 lbs and 48,400 lbs which covers most twin turboprops and light to medium jets.

For more information visit our Membership Procedures and Forms Section.

December 14, 2015

Mexico-GAP Rates Revised

GAP has agreed to stand down from the rate structure they were seeking to impose on General Aviation aircraft published on November 8, 2015. While the rate increases remain in place, they will be applied based on the actual weight of the aircraft and not on an inflated minimum MTOW. This has a significant positive impact on rates.

The agreement was reached on Friday, December 11th in a meeting between GAP management and with local Guadalajara representatives from the Mexican pilot association FEMPPA and other local operators. The changes will not be published in the Federal Register until the end of December (at the earliest) but the agreement will be honored until the rates are officially published in the Federal Register. There are a few details still to be confirmed:

  • That the rates apply to Mexican and foreign registered aircraft. It is expected to apply but the focus of the meetings was Mexican aircraft so this needs to be confirmed

  • There was a verbal agreement to eliminate the one-time “ramp fee” and only use the overnight parking rate. The net effect of this is that for short stays the cost increase compared to the old rates may be minimal

  • While the percentage increases may still look significant, the actual numbers are actually very modest and should not be a factor that would impact a pilot's decision to use a GAP airport
We have developed an updated table of pricing for GAP airports that reflects these changes. To download this document members can turn to our Membership Procedures and Forms Section.

December 7, 2015


Please note that CUBA requires APIS for all inbound flights. Published in Cuba’s Official Gazette in March 2007, Cuba implemented its APIS which also applies to GA flights. For more information visit: http://www.aduana.cu/api/inicio.php.

October 26, 2015

Flying private aircraft to Cuba

Since January of 2015, U.S. requirements and regulations for flying private aircraft to Cuba have continued to relax and CST continues to monitor the situation. The information below should only serve as a guideline to the current state of affairs for Part 91 operations from the U.S. to Cuba and can be expected to continue changing in the near future as diplomatic relations between the two countries continue to normalize.

There are 12 authorized travel categories that qualify for a General License under OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) Department of the Treasury. Earlier this year the requirement to obtain a temporary sojourn license from BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) Department of Commerce, was lifted and U.S. citizens flying part 91 to Cuba need to determine on their own if they fall into any of the license exception categories established by BIS. In spite of recent changes it is important to note that travel for tourism to Cuba is still prohibited. The U.S. trade embargo has not been lifted.

Additional points of interest:

• There have also been relaxations in the regulations allowing spare part shipments to Cuba to exchange a part in case of mechanical and/or maintenance issue.
• You still need to check with your insurance company to see if coverage includes Cuba
• Aircraft are allowed to stay in Cuba for up to 7 days. Professional crew, however, cannot.
• You are required to keep records of your travel and related transactions with Cuba for 5 years after the travel.

August 17, 2015

New ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) Regulation for Mexico

According to the document published in the Mexico’s Federal Register on February 19, 2015 entitled “PROYECTO DE NORMA OFICIAL MEXICANA PROY-NOM-91/2-SCT3-2014” , compliance with ADS-B equipment will be required starting in 2018. The period for comment on this regulation was for 60 days after initial publication. However, changes to this regulation may still be possible through the committee appointed to draft the regulation. Item 1 can potentially affect piston aircraft wanting to cross the Gulf of Mexico that have not yet installed ADS-B in their aircraft.

For a summary of the Project for the Official Regulation (NOM) please click here to go to our Procedures and Forms Section.

August 10, 2015

Mexico 406 MHz ELT Extension is now official

Published in the Mexican Federal Register on August 10, the last extension for the 406 MHz ELT requirement has been approved until June 30, 2018. The extension of the deadline for the installation of fixed 406 MHz ELTs on piston powered private aircraft with an MTOW of less than 12,566 lbs was one of the key points on the agenda presented by AOPA during the March 2015 meeting with Mexico’s DGAC. We are very pleased with this outcome which exceeds the two year extension originally requested.

We thank the DGAC and the leadership of Gilberto Lopez Meyer and his team for their continued support.

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