Is Mexico Safe?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I can't think of a single regular or frequent poster here that wouldn't make a good pilot.

    It isn't physical skills, or really, intellect. I'm proof of that. We all seem to be adrenaline junkies in one form or fashion.

    Like motorcycling to Mexico, it's all about controlling risk. And yes, sometimes no matter what you put into the equation, there are factors beyond your control.

    But I'll take that over a coronary on a couch any day. :freaky

    ...............

    In my Air Force days I had two badges on the patch on my flight suit: pilot wings and parachute wings.

    The pilot wings meant I could fly an airplane

    The parachute wings meant I wasn't very good at it :lol3 :freaky
  2. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    :lol3
  3. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I probably wouldn't. I am horribly afraid of heights. :lol3

    With that said I love aircraft and hit the museums whenever possible. Which reminds me - has anyone ever noticed the Mexicana 727 that is in a park on the south of Monterrey not too amazingly far from where this poor gal's Lear went down? One has to wonder how they dragged this thing through the streets because it sure didn't land in the driveway. :eek1



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  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    This is a common misconception.

    I know a lot of pilots who are afraid of heights :deal
  5. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I have heard that, but on a bad day I cannot climb the ladder to get into the plane. :lol3:eek1
  6. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    That is a delicate subject that we shall not get into here :deal :norton
  7. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I start getting tunnel vision and vertigo above 30 feet.Flying an airplane doesn't bother me.I think it's the false sense of security provided by being inside the fuselage.
  8. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I agree.:D
  9. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    When living in Costa Rica I could buy a sim card for my cell phone to get local service and rates. Are sim cards available in Mexico now and where can they be bought?

    Thanks;

    TravelGuy
  10. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    This photo is probably within 10 miles of where air traffic control lost track of her plane. As you can see the mountains rise dramatically.

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  11. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Now, now. Those stories about the stewardess luring me into the plane with a martini are not totally true. :lol3

    I did, however, get on an airliner once to find that not only had my date upgraded us to First Class, but there were two (2) drinks waiting at my seat when I got there. Yes, I am slightly afraid of flying. :evil
  12. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    That looks like MX 85 close to the road to Rayones. Big Sierra.
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    PirateJohn Banned

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  14. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Bingo. :clap

    It's somewhere north of Linares; air traffic control lost track of the plane due west of Linares somewhere over the mountains.

    I think Linares is the town where I couldn't find a room and wound up riding into the night and stayed at a no-tell slightly to the north of town:

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  15. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Like motorcycle crashes, airplane crashes are usually a combination of factors.

    I think I read they took off something like 3:30 am.

    "Nothing good happens on a motorcycle after midnight", is an old saying. Well, at least it is with me.

    If they took off at that hour, nothing would surprise me about the condition of the pilot.
  16. MikeMike

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    For the SIM card question, try a Tel- Cel customer service centre, they are in most bigger towns throughout Mexico.
    They should be able to set you up and they have the best coverage but not always the best rates.
  17. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Just drop into a Telcel dealer, wave your arms about and keep saying "amigo" (their pay-as-you-go scheme) They have special deals in data but you need to text a code to them to activate it. The code depends on how much data you plan to use but I put in 500mxn a month, text BAT30 and get 3 gigs.
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    MikeMike Long timer

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    If you yell "amiga" you might get a shot at a happy ending!
    Or at least want one. Even if you are a 78 year old pilot.
  19. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I was thinking along those lines too. If the clerk's eyes light up and he puts his arm around you and suggests that you and he need to go out for drinks, then beware. :lol3
  20. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    I'll attest to that. Being an acrophobic pilot, that is. Also means that no rider in the group is getting as much thrill-factor in the mountains than I am. Fear is one of the greatest sources of energy known to man. You just gotta learn to manage it.