July 31, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Among the many great uses of private aircraft is international travel,
and American pilots enjoy a variety of choices as close by as Canada, the
Caribbean and Mexico—foreign nations as close as a single hop.
But for some pilots the prospect of navigating
the government bureaucracy is a bit intimidating, particularly regarding
the new eAPIS mechanism —the Electronic Advance Passenger Information
US Customs & Border Protection launched
eAPIS earlier this year and pilots visiting EAA AirVenture can tap help
right on the fly-in grounds.
Any flier who successfully navigated the
process of earning a pilot’s certificate should by able to negotiate the
eAPIS process and open more of the world to their flying desires.
Officials with the CBP, an agency of the
Department of Homeland Security, are on hand to answer questions and
demonstrate how the online system works at the Federal Pavilion, near the
flightline north of the Brown Arch.
If you miss getting help here at AirVenture,
start with a visit to https://eapis.cbp.dhs.gov/help.html.