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Pilots flying in or out the US can now access streamlined electronic passenger system

Feds making the crossing of US border easier. Pictured: Cessna Skyhawk 172
Feds making the crossing of US border easier. Pictured: Cessna Skyhawk 172
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The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has followed-up on a promise made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.

Effective immediately, pilots flying into or out of the United States can access a streamlined, user-friendly Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) process.

The streamlined eAPIS allows users to save up to five recently submitted manifests for a period of 30 days, and recreational/general aviation users can save up to 10 manifests indefinitely. Users can then use previous eAPIS submissions as templates for creating new manifests and flight routes, allowing them 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, and make and submit changes to previously submitted manifests.

This action demonstrates the positive impact EAA and other associations have working collaboratively with the government agencies like the CBP. In fact, many of the streamlined procedures developed from EAA member comments made to CBP eAPIS experts located in the Federal Pavilion during the past two EAA AirVenture Oshkosh events.

Ralph D. Modisette, CBP’s National APIS account manager, indicated that so far users like the new system. “I just wanted to let you know that the response to today’s changes have been overwhelmingly positive,” he wrote in an e-mail. “From individual users to large corporations, we’ve received a lot of thank-yous and support. I also wanted to thank you and EAA for your continued support!”

EAA seeks information about how the new streamlined eAPIS procedures work in the real world. If you plan to make border-crossing flights over the next few months, please let us know how they worked for you, as well as suggestions for making the eAPIS system work even better. Send your comments to govt@eaa.org.

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