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guido411

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Has anybody been dealing with DHS's new rules governing Private Aircraft and advanced reporting requirements? The way it looks by the publications I've been seeing Part 91 operators will be (are?) required to give outbound notification to US Customs. This true? How does it work? Is it already in effect?

I used to have a really good handle on this subject but that was 6 months ago.

http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1226943273725.shtm
 

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I believe that it is TSA that wants the notice, not Customs.
If you use Flightpak through Universal it will automatically send your passenger list to the TSA and will check it against the no fly list.
 

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Has anyone else had a problem purchasing the customs permit? Bought one back on 12/16/08 and still have not received it.
 

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Has anyone else had a problem purchasing the customs permit? Bought one back on 12/16/08 and still have not received it.
I'm assuming you used your new number?

I just bought ours a week ago, hopefully it gets here before our trip in March.
 

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The new number and permit is the one I am still waiting for. Used to turn these things around in two weeks.
 

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The new number and permit is the one I am still waiting for. Used to turn these things around in two weeks.
We got our new number in October or November. If you didn't use that to get the new sticker, you might want to give Customs a quick call. That might be what is holding it up.
 

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Called them last month. Said they were taking anywhere from four to six weeks. Also advised that mine was being processed and they had all payment confirmation. The lady said that they had nothing to do with Apis and could not advise on that. A couple of others in my area are also still waiting. Never had this much of a wait before.
 

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Our stickers have also been held up. Website shows purchase is being processed. Called then to verify they said 6 weeks from order to delivery. Order your decals as early as possible. Fortunately not SUPPOSED to leave the country til March.
 

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Can you purchase these stickers faster by visiting the office? What happens if you dont have one when you are re-entering the US?
 

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Our stickers have also been held up. Website shows purchase is being processed. Called then to verify they said 6 weeks from order to delivery. Order your decals as early as possible. Fortunately not SUPPOSED to leave the country til March.
Last year, Laredo let us use the receipt as proof that we had payed our user fee. I had called and prearranged that. If you don't get your decal, give the local office a call and see what they say.
 

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ksu aviator is correct. Had a friend just return from the islands. Customs allowed him to use his proof of payment.
 

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Can you purchase these stickers faster by visiting the office? What happens if you dont have one when you are re-entering the US?
The decal is a proof of payment of Customs user fees for the year. I think if you show up without one you will have to pay the fee at that time.
 

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We just payed the extra fee to expedite and recieved our decal in a week.
 

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Anyone played with eAPIS. Making a manifest is a joke. It has to be .xml file conforming to their xml schema. In laymans terms, you have to have software or be good with .xml reading. I'm just not that sharp.
 

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You'll still get it in March....maybe April or June. lol
Maybe you misunderstood my post. We paid for the expedited shipping and received our decal within two weeks of purchasing it online.
 

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Anyone played with eAPIS. Making a manifest is a joke. It has to be .xml file conforming to their xml schema. In laymans terms, you have to have software or be good with .xml reading. I'm just not that sharp.
I'm playing with it right now, and I am able to enter the information via the website. No xml required. I think the xml is for advanced users.

There is one serious flaw with the system. There is no way of making changes unless you can get on a computer. Fat lot of good that will do me in Mexico where internet service is spotty and many airports don't have internet.

BTW, Laredo (my favorite place to go) has told me that pilot's should still fill out the 178. So, nothing has changed except you have to get online before you cross the border. You still have to call. You still have to file a Customs Notification Flight Plan. You still have to have the 178. You still have to have the passenger fill out a personal decleration. Couldn't all of this have been solved by just requiring pilots to fax the Form 178 instead of just walking in with it?
 

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Ours came in over the weekend finally. 7 weeks start to finish. Now for this Apis business.
 
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