PRE-FLIGHT PLANNING: This is arguably the most important part of the whole trip.
With proper pre-flight planning, you know what to expect, what to bring and what to do.
File your eAPIS and flight plan as you would normally do. Be sure to use the ICAO flight plan form. Fill out the
attached papers and have 8 copies of the Declaraion ready and with you.
Have a raft and life jackets and water survival gear - recommended. ONLY the life jackets are required.
Route Outbound: From Key West it is an easy trip that can be done in about 4 hours at 155-160 kts. Depart
via B646.At VINKA pick up B764. If you need to get fuel, you can stop in Cancun (MMUN) in which case you will go to DUGNI
to R506/R519 direct to MMUN. If you do not need fuel, remain on B764 straight in to Belize MZBZ.
Key West Tower - 118.2
Approach - 124.02
Miami Cnter - 132.2
Havana Center - 135.1
Meria - 128.2
Cancun - 123.5
Merida - 125.8
Belize (Goldson) Approach - 121.0
(Goldson) Tower 118.0
You are REQUIRED to have a handler
in Belize. It is a good idea no matter what Central American country you visit as they grease the wheels and make the procedure
a breeze. In Belize City we used Clinton 501-635-9435. His fee is $150 ($75 in and $75 out) CASH.
You will pay a customs fee of $40 per person (cash or credit card), a quarentine fee of $25 CASH, Sunday
arrival overtime fee of $80 CASH. If you arrange in advance you MIGHT be able to get 100LL using a credit
card but we did not and we were required to pay CASH for fuel that was $7/gallon in December 2017. The bottom
line is call and ask Clinton BEFORE you depart so you are not caught short when you get there.
Have your passport with a 6 month expiration date past your time of visit. Have a hotel where you will be initially
staying as it is required information for immigration. Be sure to have all of your ARROW paperwork, including the radio
operator (PILOT) and the radio station license (AIRCRAFT). Although I have not been asked for these, they are required. Also
make sure you have proof of insurance that the aircrat is covered in Belize - they WILL ask for this.
There are car rental agencies right there at the airport or you can catch
a cab to the sea port to the water ferry to one of the islands. The cab to the ferry dock is $25 CASH. These
prices are US dollars. Belize dollars is $2 BZD for each $1 USD. They gave us change in both USD and BZD and you can mix and
match when paying for things. No one seems to care.