The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has designated Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba, as the second international authorized pre-clearance location for general aviation aircraft transporting up to 19 passengers and crew. Ireland’s Shannon Airport was the first to receive the approval, in March 2010.
Constant Aviation has been awarded the Aruba certificate of acceptance. The certification authorizes Constant’s Cleveland facility to perform and sign off maintenance for any Aruban-registered aircraft. A large maintenance inspection including an avionics upgrade for an Aruban operator led the company to obtain the certificate of acceptance.
A new Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTx delivered on Monday was ditched into the ocean some 17 miles north of Oranjestad, Aruba, the following day during the ferry flight to Brazil. An NTSB spokesman told AIN that the two Brazilian nationals flying the twin turboprop were unharmed in the ditching and subsequent rescue by the Dutch navy. The pilots declared an emergency after both engines lost power, said the NTSB, which is investigating the accident. The King Air sank in 4,000 feet of water.
Starting early next year, private aircraft traveling to the U.S. from or via Latin America will be allowed to pre-clear all U.S. Customs and Immigration at Aruba’s general aviation terminal, operated by Universal Weather & Aviation subsidiary Universal Aviation Aruba. The U.S. and Aruba reached the agreement in May this year, making Aruba the first country in the world to sign such a pre-clearance agreement with the U.S.
Universal Aviation Aruba will be able to pre-clear visitors for all U.S. customs and immigration at Aruba’s general aviation terminal starting early next year, according to Universal Weather & Aviation. The pre-clearance capability stems from an agreement signed by the U.S. and Aruba in May, which made Aruba the first country in the world to be able to offer pre-clearance.
Operating in Aruba became easier last month after the opening of a 16,000-sq-ft general aviation terminal at Queen Beatrix Airport in the capital city of Oranjestad. The terminal is being operated by Universal Aviation Aruba, a subsidiary of Universal Weather & Aviation.
The Aruba Airport Authority has awarded Universal Weather & Aviation the concession to build and operate a new general aviation FBO at the Reina Beatrix Airport. The new terminal building will have direct access roads and customs and immigration facilities on-site.