A useful source of International General Aviation News. Here you can review information on international regulations and new procedures as well as other GA highlights.
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June 5, 2016
CBP facilities reopened in KNEW
The destruction of New Orleans Lakefront Airport following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 resulted in operations being suspended by many organizations, CBP included. On June 5, CBP officers began clearing international passengers arriving on private and charter aircraft from foreign locations at the newly renovated state-of-the-art customs facility. “We are excited to begin processing private aircraft at the Lakefront Airport once again which brings with it a positive economic impact for the city of New Orleans and its surrounding area,” said Vernon Foret, CBP Area Port Director for the Area Port of New Orleans. From CBP Local Media Release. For more information go to CBP website newsroom
CBP will receive aircraft 7 days-a-week from 08:00 to 17:00. The aircraft must be US registered and ONLY have US Citizens on board.
For more information contact CBP at KNEW: 504 670 2270
April 19, 2016
New U.S. CBP facility at KMTH
U.S. CBP facility will open at KMTH as of April 20th located mid-field at the terminal, txwy INTL. Operating hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM with afterhours call outs available.
This is a fee based facility ($50 for all pistons and turbine fee based on aircraft size) which offers a non-towered airport and much less traffic than the larger airports such as TMB and MIA.
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April 5, 2016
GA flight to and from Cuba
IMPORTANT UPDATE: No more restriction on US airports that can provide CBP arrival and departure services for flights to and from Cuba. Standard procedures for international departures and arrivals from South of the Border apply as with any other international flight.
April 1, 2016
Single Pilot Waivers
FAA Single Pilot Operation Authorizations for certain aircraft that are Type Certificated for 2-crew such as Cessna C500, C550, C552, C560 and S550 may only be valid for domestic operations and not for international flights. Pilots holding a Single Pilot Waiver from the FAA may want to check twice before flying internationally.
Februrary 25, 2016
As of January 2016, COCESNA, the agency which oversees ATC operations and airspace management for Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua increased the rates charged to Civil Aviation aircraft starting January, 2016. The increases most affect aircraft with an MTOW between 12,474 lbs and 48,400 lbs which covers most twin turboprops and light to medium jets.
December 14, 2015
Mexico-GAP Rates Revised
GAP has agreed to stand down from the rate structure they were seeking to impose on General Aviation aircraft published on November 8, 2015. While the rate increases remain in place, they will be applied based on the actual weight of the aircraft and not on an inflated minimum MTOW. This has a significant positive impact on rates.
The agreement was reached on Friday, December 11th in a meeting between GAP management and with local Guadalajara representatives from the Mexican pilot association FEMPPA and other local operators. The changes will not be published in the Federal Register until the end of December (at the earliest) but the agreement will be honored until the rates are officially published in the Federal Register. There are a few details still to be confirmed:
December 7, 2015
October 26, 2015
Flying private aircraft to Cuba
Since January of 2015, U.S. requirements and regulations for flying private aircraft to Cuba have continued to relax and CST continues to monitor the situation. The information below should only serve as a guideline to the current state of affairs for Part 91 operations from the U.S. to Cuba and can be expected to continue changing in the near future as diplomatic relations between the two countries continue to normalize.
Additional points of interest:
August 17, 2015
New ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) Regulation for Mexico
According to the document published in the Mexico’s Federal Register on February 19, 2015 entitled “PROYECTO DE NORMA OFICIAL MEXICANA PROY-NOM-91/2-SCT3-2014” , compliance with ADS-B equipment will be required starting in 2018. The period for comment on this regulation was for 60 days after initial publication. However, changes to this regulation may still be possible through the committee appointed to draft the regulation. Item 1 can potentially affect piston aircraft wanting to cross the Gulf of Mexico that have not yet installed ADS-B in their aircraft.
For a summary of the Project for the Official Regulation (NOM) please click here to go to our Procedures and Forms Section.
August 10, 2015
Mexico 406 MHz ELT Extension is now official
Published in the Mexican Federal Register on August 10, the last extension for the 406 MHz ELT requirement has been approved until June 30, 2018. The extension of the deadline for the installation of fixed 406 MHz ELTs on piston powered private aircraft with an MTOW of less than 12,566 lbs was one of the key points on the agenda presented by AOPA during the March 2015 meeting with Mexico’s DGAC. We are very pleased with this outcome which exceeds the two year extension originally requested.