1st Canadian international COPA fly-in at CBP Port of Sandusky

U. S. Customs and Border Protection


On Saturday, August 14, a group of Canadian private flyers flew their aircraft into the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port of Sandusky, Ohio, had a great afternoon in the United States and then flew back home all in one day for the first ever Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) International Fly-in from Ontario to Sandusky.

In recognition of the event, red-shirt clad members of the Flight 75 presented CBP with a plaque on the airfield to commemorate this wonderful occasion of congenial cross border flight.

Eleven Canadian aircraft with over 20 friends and family members flew from St. Thomas, Ontario and were welcomed by CBP officers who processed the arriving international passengers for their day’s visit which included a golf cart excursion and a lunch of famed lobster bisque soup at a local Put-In-Bay restaurant.

The general aviation group departed St. Thomas Municipal Airport in Ontario at 9:30 a.m. and landed at Griffing-Sandusky Airport at 10:30 a.m. where they were processed by CBP officers using the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System or eAPIS.

“The easy part of the trip was clearing CBP in Sandusky,” said Greg Wilkinson, Coordinator of Flight 75 Fly-In. “The officers were very helpful and professional.

They did a fabulous job!” Entering and exiting the United States is a simple process using eAPIS which requires private flyers to electronically manifest traveler information for each person on the aircraft; give notice of the time of arrival and give departure information at least one hour prior to departing the country of origin or departing the United States.

Also, private flyers are required to call the port of entry at a minimum of one hour prior to arrival.

“There are many international private flyers that want to fly into the U.S. for business or pleasure and may be reluctant to come here because they do not know the regulations,” said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. “We welcome all those connected with general aviation to explore our basic requirements which are automated and recently enhanced based on private flyer suggestions to our electronic manifest system.”

For information on how to enroll in eAPIS and use the system contact your local CBP port of entry or visit the eAPIS website at http://eapis.cbp.dhs.gov .

U. S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry.CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.