SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Pilots can now use FltPlan to submit their Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) manifests to a select list of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, as well as to the United States and Mexico.
“We make it easy for pilots,” said Ken Wilson, president of FltPlan. “If you are flying from the U.S. to Mexico or a Caribbean community airport all you need to do is enter manifest information one time in less than a minute. We’ve eliminated the cumbersome and time consuming method of entering information onto an excel spread sheet and then uploading it, which is also prone to errors.”
Starting in 2007, CARICOM APIS began enhancing border security over the region by supplying law enforcement officers with data on passengers and crewmembers prior to arrival and departure from CARICOM member states. The CARICOM countries requiring electronic APIS are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. CARICOM member countries that do not participate in electronic APIS are the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Suriname.
FltPlan has had a successful APIS system in place for over five years, according to Wilson.
“We were the first organization to be certified by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for submitting APIS data. It has been relatively easy for us to be able to switch over and work with CARICOM and the Mexican government.”
FltPlan, now in its 14th year on the web, serves more than 145,000 active pilots representing over 65% of all business aviation. FltPlan.com supports pilots with services ranging from flight plan filing, FBO/airport information, flight tracking, certified eAPIS submissions, SMS (IS-BAO and ACSF), runway analysis, weight and balance, eLogbook program, Mexican/Caribbean/Central America handling, Mexican and Cuban overflight services, pre-departure clearances, FAA-approved certified weather, and participation in the FAA’s CDM program.
For more information: FltPlan.com