A Journal, with Pictures

Brownsville, TX to Veracruz, Mexico

by on Mar.19, 2018, under Flying

Our first day of flying on the COPA Central America Panama Adventure started with 6:30 breakfast at our hotel in Brownsville, then to the airport for a 8:30 departure for the three and a half hour flight. Part of our group (Florida residence) were coming from Key West Florida and would meet us in Veracruz so we had eight planes in our squadron. We left on time with the turbo charged planes going first so they could wait for the rest of us at our destination but not have to worry about separation. The flight was easy down the coast with scattered clouds, and we got introduced to Mexican, really Central American ATC. Radar is spotty so we were required to report our position periodically relative to a way point. We made a VOR approach into Veracruz and got introduced to Mexican customs. CST had their agents there to help us and we got through fairly quickly by Latin American standards. We were off to the Hotel Emporio Veracruz which is on the water. After check in we did a walking tour on our own of the very scenic old city. A cold cerveza  on the square, a look at the old fort which has a rich history and then it was time to meet for the briefing for tomorrows flight to Guatemala City before cocktails and dinner at the hotel. Veracruz is a very pretty, scenic sea coast resort city and a good choice for our first stop.

Our first briefing by CST with the whole group took place in Veracruz. What was clear was we had no excuses of not being prepared. Pia Hilbert Gardner, gave a us a “Passenger Itinerary” the gave us every detail you would want to know and just in case you couldn’t read she went over the next days activities and schedule. Rick Gardner, then briefed us on the upcoming flight, what to expect and do in customs, in the air, on the ground as well as the forecasted weather. He provided a pilots guide with every possible detail included and then covered the next days departure, flight and landing. We were in good hands, so we could relax and enjoy our journey. We had a jolly dinner and started the process of making new friends.

Tomorrow we fly to Guatemala City, we are off to a good start with a congenial group.

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