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CBP Issues Revised Private Air APIS Guide

EAA ‘real-world’ recommendations included

March 17, 2010The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has issued a Revised Private Air APIS Guide, an update to the first edition published in 2008 that explains the requirements for pilots flying into the U.S. using the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). The new guide incorporates several “real-world experience” recommendations from EAA derived in part through the working relationship between EAA and CBP at AirVenture’s Federal Pavilion. CBP was a pavilion partner in 2009, meeting and greeting AirVenture attendees, answering APIS questions, and providing APIS computer filing services for international pilots departing Oshkosh.
The CBP APIS did attend AirVenture and had a great time interacting with U.S. and international pilots,” said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. “That relationship expanded with a partnership between EAA and CBP in developing this revision to the APIS Guide.”
Some noteworthy examples of changes appearing in the new guide include:

  1. Page 10-12 – Clarifies what happens when time/real world flight issues (weather, etc.) prevent a pilot from reaching a planned border crossing location point at the planned time.
  2. Page 11 – Clarifies filing requirements when departing from a U.S. airport that is not a designated CBP airport port of entry. (Note the reference to Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh.)
  3. Page 15 – Clarifies the physical address an international pilot should use while in the U.S. (Note the reference to AirVenture Oshkosh.)
  4. Page 19 – The previous Guide states the pilot is solely responsible for all APIS errors or completeness.  The revised document provides a way for pilots to mitigate APIS errors or completeness when the APIS system itself has problems, or other factors are involved.

To see a copy of the revised Guide, click here. CBP says it will soon have the Guide available through its website here.

CBP APIS experts are a confirmed partner for the Federal Pavilion at this summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Pilots crossing international borders arriving and departing AirVenture 2010 are encouraged to file their APIS forms in the Federal Pavilion. Also pilots who plan to fly across any U.S. border over the next 12 months are encouraged to learn more about the required electronic APIS filing process from the CBP experts in the Federal Pavilion.
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