If you follow my tweets very much, you might know by now how I am a huge fan of Fltplan.com. I think they easily have the best and slickest flight planning services available on the web. From aviation weather to NOTAMS to approach charts, this is really a one-stop shop for planning and filing flight plans. You can tell that the owners of the site really have a deep understanding of what pilot’s need when it comes to an online flight planning tool.
One of the features of Fltplan.com that not many people are familiar with is the ability to file and submit your eAPIS notifications. APIS is the Advanced Passenger Information System used by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This is the system that collects and stores international traveler information for use both going in and out of the United States. eAPIS is the system that collect and passes the passenger and crew manifest information to the APIS system electronically. In May of 2009, the US government required all general aviation pilots to provide aircraft, pilot and passenger information at least 60 minutes prior to departure.
Fltplan.com was the first company to be approved and certified by the Customs Border Protection for general aviation eAPIS notifications. Here are some of the features:
Easy to use interface allows you to create an APIS Manifest in less than one minute (using stored aircraft, crew and passenger data).
Easily print general Declaration forms and Customs Form 178 with your information already pre-filled.
Accessible from any internet connected computer
Uses https:// SSL secure technology encryption to protect your data and ensure privacy.
For use with both IFR and VFR flights.
You can use FltPlan.com’s eAPIS system for flights to and from Europe. (works outside the flight filing coverage area)
Designed to be used by all pilots from single-engine piston owners up to multiple jet aircraft flight departments.
Calculates Border crossing locations and time very accurately using your flight plan data.
1 annual fee for unlimited eAPIS manifests and support (most companies charge per notification)
In order to show you just how quick and easy it is to create the eAPIS manifest using fltplan.com I put together a short eAPIS tutorial. Here are the steps covered in the tutorial:
1) Create a international flight plan
2) Create the eAPIS manifest
3) Click Submit
4) Please don’t forget to CALL the local customs office to arrange for a customs officer to meet and clear your airplane. That is still a required step and one fltplan.com will not do. You must call and arrange that yourself. The FBO at the airport you are clearing will have the phone number for the local customs office.
It really is that easy. Just watch this short video below to see a demonstration. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact fltplan.com for more information: