The ATC management is among the best in the world, but airports tend to be small, surrounded by mountains and generally lacking FBOs.
For aviators in Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Brazil FBOs are largely nonexistent, so a small industry of handling agents arranges most services.
While ATC is rated as excellent by most pilots, once handed off to towers at airports in mountain valleys, surveillance radar tends to be spotty and precision approach aids are rare - the most common being the DME arch.
Operating in Central and South America today is fairly straightforward, but it has some safety traps. Our workshop will introduce you to a general overview for a safe flight within this continent:
- Covered countries: Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Brazil;
- Aviation history;
- Regulation Differences FAA vs. ICAO;
- Local procedures;
- FBO and doing business;
William Pass (training captain with P3air Inc) was a contractor pilot in South America and got recently tapped by the Brazilian Air Taxi Association to train their pilots.
Nassui Moura is a native Brazilian, commercial helicopter pilot and CFI.