DFWJIM From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 39 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3144 times:
Recently I flew to Brazil on AA flight 929, Miami to Sao Paulo. The flight flew over Cuba, the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela and then into Brazil. Once my flight left U.S. airspace would it be taken over by Cuban ATC or is there a regional ATC center for the entire Caribbean area? With all of the small island countries in the area it would seem be more efficient to have one centralized ATC system.
By the way flying over Cuba was pretty cool! I couldn't see Havana since we flew over the east side of the island but it was still a treat.
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3096 times:
I am not sure, but I do know that US flights are allowed to fly over Cuba. I would guess that there is some kind of regional center for the Caribbean (maybe based in MIA, who knows). After all, carriers from all other countries can fly to Cuba, so it would make sense.
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7303 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3038 times:
I think MIAMI center takes alot of the Carribean until San Juan. I think there is a San Juan Center. Not sure but I would think there is a Havana or Kingston Center. Dont really think the FAA would control Cuban Airspace.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Peteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 281 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
There are three air corridors for international flight crossing the Cuban territory, take in consideration that Cuba at its widest part is only 99 km about 60 miles wide so it is a quick crossing. All the three corridor go on North-South direction, the first one is just south of Florida Varadero- Giron, the second one is on the central part of the island the Moron Corridor and the third one, the one DFWJIM crossed by is located on the eastern part of the island and yes American carriers are allowed to cross the country following those routes and HAVANA Center is the one controlling the traffic over Cuba.
S.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 968 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2919 times:
After leaving US airspace, first ATC would be Havana Centre, then Kingston Centre...Barranquilha Centre...Maiquetia Centre...Amazonica Centre and finally Brasilia Centre. The last two are already inside Brazil.
Alternatively, Bogota Centre might also be contacted, if route enters its FIR
ATCRick From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 772 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2908 times:
The standard rule is that CIVILIAN flights only are allowed to overfly Cuba, unless the military aircraft is a medivac of some kind. And of course Cuba generates revenue by charging these airlines for permitting them to overfly.