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Tijuana airport and proximity to US border

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:21 pm
by CarlosSi
Runway 9 at MMTJ looks like it would require aircraft to cross over the border on final, or cross after departure unless turning left after take off. Can’t find any charts. Can aircraft fly cross the border on final?

Re: Tijuana airport and proximity to US border

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:20 pm
by dakota558
Looked a few charts for MMTJ (sorry, not able to post them here) and yes, if you are landing RWY 9, you will cross the border to the US. They probably have an agreement with the US for the published approaches.
The chart notes tells you that you must activate the transponder before crossing the border, and also to look out for unmanned patrol aircraft (in VFR conditions)

For departure RWY 27, the SID will take you south of the border, so no issue there.

Re: Tijuana airport and proximity to US border

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:41 pm
by timz
The border is less than 1600 meters west of the west end of runway 27 -- do all the SIDs require that quick of a turn?

Re: Tijuana airport and proximity to US border

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:54 pm
by dakota558
All SIDs from 27 requires a left turn at 900 feet to 256/10 TIJ.

Re: Tijuana airport and proximity to US border

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:49 pm
by RetiredWeasel
I'm no expert on Mexican/American aviation agreements but this can go both ways. There are approaches into RW 04 in El Paso where the path is well south of the US/Mexican border. I don't know if those approaches are used much, but it just shows there are agreements.

Re: Tijuana airport and proximity to US border

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:12 pm
by GalaxyFlyer
The only issue would be for US Mil flights who lack Mexican diplomatic clearance. Loads of border airports, north and south, have approaches in the “other” country. Cleveland ARTCC used to, may still, control parts of Canadian airspace by LOA.

GF