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If you will be flying from outside the United States to attend AirVenture 2009, you're flight planning should start now. Your border crossing documents must be filled at least 30 days prior to departure to ensure timely arrival.

The following steps are necessary:

  1. Select the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) airport port of entry. CBP airport ports of entries are found at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/.
    **Wittman Regional Airport is NOT a CBP airport port of entry.
     
  2. Obtain a CBP 2009 user fee decal. You must have a decal at your port of entry. These decals can be ordered at https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov/.
     
     
  3. At least 30 days before your flight obtain a sender ID and password (required for all flights crossing boarders) from the CBP "Private Aircraft APIS." If traveling from Canada, Mexico or the Bahamas, obtain a username and password, from the TSA International Waiver system. For both the CBP APIS and the TSA waiver systems enrollment confirmation will be sent via the registered e-mail address. This verification should be received within 24 hours.
     
    Web links to these systems and a handy reference kneeboard can be found at http://www.eaa.org/news/2009/2009-05-21_cbp.asp.
     
  4. The CBP "Private Aircraft APIS," also known as eAPIS, border crossing information is required to be submitted a minimum of 60 minutes before the planned departure. Your return flight APIS information can be filed simultaneously with your departing flight. (If flight times/ routes change or a plans needs to be filed while visiting AirVenture, CBP experts in the Federal Pavilion can update or file your plans.) The eAPIS web portal/site can be accessed using any portable device with web access, including Blackberry, iPhone, Palm Treo, smart phone, etc. You can also use, for a fee one of the CBP approved APIS service providers http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/travel/pleasure_boats/private_flyers/prvt_air.ctt/prvt_air.doc.
     
  5. Prior to your departure, verify your arrival into the United States by phoning your CBP airport port of entry and confirm the entry requirements have been met.

Upon arrival at AirVenture, please visit the Federal Pavilion and the CBP eAPIS booth to share your experiences and offer suggestions to foster improvement with the system.

It may appear the CBP and TSA systems are redundant, it is necessary to comply with both. EAA has requested that the Department of Homeland Security investigate the possibility that these two systems be streamlined into one. They have agreed to investigate.

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