Bits and Pieces
Your EAA Canadian Council in Action
One of the primary roles of the EAA Canadian Council is to advocate on behalf of all EAA members in Canada and to help reduce the regulatory barriers faced by other EAA members trying to fly recreational and general aviation aircraft into Canada. During the council’s annual visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, we continued our very active role in this area by meeting with several government agencies to discuss cross-border aviation issues.
eAPIS Streamlined for Recreational and General Aviation Users
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has followed up on the promise Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, and later reaffirmed to EAA Canadian Council members during a AirVenture meeting with CBP eAPIS leaders.
Improvements contained in the streamlined eAPIS (electronic Advance Passenger Information System) include:
- eAPIS will be able to save up to five recently submitted manifests for a period of 30 days.
- Recreational and general aviation users will be able to save up to ten manifests indefinitely.
These new functions will allow users to use previous eAPIS submissions as templates for creating new manifests and flight routes. The streamlined eAPIS will allow you, the users, to more easily:
- Submit the return leg of a trip (round-trip filing).
- Submit future trips with the same travelers and/or to and from the same locations.
- Make and submit changes to previously submitted manifests.
The streamlined procedures show the positive impact EAA and other associations have while working collaboratively with the CBP. It’s also important to note that many of the streamlined procedures were developed from comments EAA members provided to the CBP eAPIS experts who were located in the Federal Pavilion during the past two EAA AirVenture Oshkosh events.
EAA also requests that as you make border crossing flights over the next few months to let us know what you think of the streamlined eAPIS procedures and what additional improvements would make the eAPIS computerized process work even better. Send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) General Aviation Office
TSA has informed us that the international waiver to travel into the United States has been eliminated, and it will be publishing a NOTAM in the very near future with that statement. But if your aircraft doesn’t have a transponder or a radio, you’ll still be required to obtain a permit from TSA to cross the border. The how-to-apply instructions for that permit will also be included in the new NOTAM.
Canadian Owner-Maintained Aircraft Category
FAA Flight Standards Office – EAA and this council continues their work to gain approval from the FAA to allow Canadian Owner-Maintained category aircraft to fly into the United States. We received assurances from the FAA that it would once again look at the restriction, especially in light of the outstanding flight safety record these aircraft have in Canada.
U.S. Sport Pilots With Driver’s License as Only Medical Certificate
There’s still no movement from Transport Canada to allow U.S. sport pilots to fly into Canada if their only medical certificate is a current and valid U.S. driver’s license. This new (2004) pilot certificate continues to have an outstanding flight safety record, and this council will continue to seek ways to promote this type of aviation within Canada.
EAA’s B-17 Historic Flight Experiences
EAA’s B-17 Historic Flight Experiences – Early in 2010, EAA submitted a request to Transport Canada asking to allow stops in Canada as part of its B-17 flight experience program. Your council supported this request, but Transport Canada has so far denied it. We will continue to work toward its approval.
Recreational Aviation in Canada
The Owner-Maintained category is alive and well in Canada. Today there are over 500 aircraft operating under this authorization. There are also over 3,690 amateur-built aircraft, over 1,100 Advanced ultra-light aircraft, and over 5,160 Basic ultra-lights operating in Canada.
Mandatory 406 MHz Rules
The mandatory 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter rules will go in effect in the very near future. Transport Canada informed us that the rule provisions will allow for a transition period for general aviation aircraft to comply with these new rules; it’s anticipated that when published the new rules will set two years as that transition period. The transition period will also apply to foreign aircraft flying into Canada.