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EAA Develops Fact Sheet For CBPs International GA Flight Notification Rule

Rule Now Effective

December 18, 2008 — The Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States final rule issued last month by the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) went into effect today, December 18, 2008, with an effective date of May 18, 2009. The rule requires pilots of all general aviation flights into or out of the U.S. to electronically submit crew, passenger, and flight information to CBP no later than 60 minutes prior to departure.

EAA and other associations opposed the rule because many remote takeoff and landing sites lack Internet-capable facilities, and current CBP rules already require small GA aircraft to stop at designated CBP airport ports of entry for passenger and cargo customs clearance. To assist EAA members in operating with the new CBP security rules, EAA developed a knee-board fact sheet for preflight planning.

Effective today (December 18, 2008), GA pilots can register their information in the CBP eAPIS website.  EAA strongly encourages all pilots to register and then provide us with feedback on how the CBP registration process works at info@eaa.org.

Between December 18, 2008 and the May 18, 2009, compliance date, GA pilots have the option of using this system or not using it. Effective May 18, 2009 ALL general aviation flights crossing any international border (U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Mexico, etc.) must process their flight and passenger information using the CBP eAPIS website.

The system will allow you to enter your outbound and inbound flight and passenger information prior to your initial departure point. The new CBP rule using the CBP eAPIS web site applies to U.S. and foreign certificated pilots. EAA members are encouraged to contact EAA Aviation Services with questions and/or problems they may have with this new CBP process at 888-322-4636 or via e-mail at info@eaa.org.

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