flymatt2bermud
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Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:11 pm

US Customs and Border protection has released guidelines that beginning March 1st, 2010 will permit general aviation aircraft operated under Part 91 to preclear their US bound flights at a CBP facility at Shannon EINN. There are numerous restrictions including the requirement for additional clearance on arrival to the mainland by a US Dept of Agriculture and the potential to be recleared by CBP on arrival to the US. Here are some of the details from CBP:

Private Aircraft Preclearance Procedures - Public Private Aircraft Preclearance Procedures
Pilots of private aircraft may request preclearance of private aircraft flights from certain, specific CBP preclearance locations to a specific, designated airport in the United States.
The preclearance processing of private aircraft is accomplished through 7 steps:
1.Request for Services.
2.APIS Submission.
3.Appointment Confirmation/Notifications.
4.Preclearance Services Performed.
5.Flight Closeout and Departure.
6.Departure Notifications.
7.Flight Arrival in the United States.
It should be noted that CBP performs Point-to-Point preclearance. Unauthorized diversions are not allowed; private aircraft are precleared from the CBP preclearance port to a specific, designated airport or airport facility that is approved and capable of handling and processing international garbage as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As indicated in Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), section 122.32, CBP has the authority to limit the locations where aircraft entering the U.S. from a foreign area may land. As such, aircraft must land at the airport designated in their APIS transmission unless instructed otherwise by CBP or changes to the airport designation are required for aircraft and/or airspace safety as directed by the FAA flight services.
Through the preclearance process, effective communication is critical. The preclearance port initiates and controls communication through updates with the domestic CBP offices and the pilot (or agent) requesting preclearance; ensuring that all affected parties are kept informed and appraised of the aircraft’s status.
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Maverick623
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RE: Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:42 am

Quoting flymatt2bermud (Thread starter):
There are numerous restrictions including the requirement for additional clearance on arrival to the mainland by a US Dept of Agriculture

Not additional clearance, per se, but you'll need to arrange for the USDA certified vendor to pick up your trash. I'm not sure if this requirement will also be imposed on airlines operating out of SNN, but it's not standard for other pre-cleared flights.

Quoting flymatt2bermud (Thread starter):
and the potential to be recleared by CBP on arrival to the US.

Which is true of any pre-cleared flight, including commercial, although I don't recall that ever happening.
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flymatt2bermud
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RE: Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:35 pm

I flew President Carter from Bermuda to Columbus, Georgia in 1996 on a corporate jet. We had a special preclearance arranged through the SS. Customs still met our flight and reviewed all the documents, etc.

It don't see many advantages to preclearance. However, it would not surprise me if, as the preclearance facilities become available that the intent is to make physical preclearance mandatory.
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RE: Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:23 pm

Quoting flymatt2bermud (Reply 2):
It don't see many advantages to preclearance.

For airlines, it's huge. It cuts down on the number of people clearing CBP at a hub airport.

For GA, not so much. I think it's more advantageous to CBP.
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xero9
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RE: Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:25 am

Excuse my ignorance.. I'm working on getting my PPL, and one of the things I would like to do is fly in to the US to visit family.

Does this affect GA flights from Canada?
 
corey07850
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RE: Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:30 am

Quoting xero9 (Reply 4):
Excuse my ignorance.. I'm working on getting my PPL, and one of the things I would like to do is fly in to the US to visit family.

Does this affect GA flights from Canada?

Not at all
 
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RE: Preclearance For US Bound GA Flights Starts Monday

Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:59 am

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5):
Not at all

Thanks! I didn't think it did, but I wanted to be sure, because it didn't specify which countries, or at least not that I saw.

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