The new U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirement for aircraft operators to provide passenger manifest and aircraft information before departure for all international flights to and from the U.S. should be less of a chore thanks to a new electronic filing service offered jointly by NBAA and Arinc Direct Business Aviation Solutions.
NBAA has partnered with Arinc Direct to offer a new online tool to help members comply with U.S. Customs’ electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eApis) requirements. Customs requires aircraft operators to electronically submit passenger manifest and aircraft information before departure for all international flights to or from the U.S.
Business aviation flight services provider Arinc Direct has started offering electronic APIS (advanced passenger information system) reports for flights arriving or departing the U.S. and its territories. Effective May 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will require pilots of general aviation aircraft to electronically transmit passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure. APIS compliance until May 18 had been voluntary.
Arinc has adjusted the pricing structure for its datalink services by introducing a flat fee for global communications via VHF Inmarsat and Iridium. According to the company, this will reduce or at least stabilize costs for operators at a time when they can ill-afford to incur unexpected fees.
An indication of how expensive repairs are for a business jet caught in the output of a foam-based fire-suppression system can be found in a complaint Cessna Aircraft filed against Arinc. The lawsuit, filed on October 27, resulted from an incident that befell a Cessna-owned Citation X undergoing modifications at an Arinc facility at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. According to the complaint, “On the evening of Dec.
Arinc is promoting its new onboard Internet (Oi) service for laptop computers here at the MEBA show (Stand No. 330). Launched in September for the commercial airliner market, Oi is also expected to appeal to business aircraft operators who want to provide online connections for their passengers.
Arinc (Booth No. 2273) is lowering the price for its Arinc Direct business aviation service for operators of jets and turboprops weighing less than 12,500 pounds.
Embraer has chosen International Communications Group’s ICS-400 Iridium communication system as standard equipment for the Lineage 1000, the company announced.
Arinc Direct has expanded its SkyLink broadband satellite communications network to include “substantial” coverage of the Caribbean, Central America and part of South America. SES Americom is using its Ku-band satellite NSS-7 to provide satellite coverage for the region. Arinc conducted beta tests of the SkyLink coverage from the Gulf of Mexico to northern Peru.
Arinc (Booth No. 2273) is promoting a new onboard Internet service for laptop computer users called Oi that the company launched last month for the commercial air transport market and is now targeting to business aircraft operators.