September 10, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Fly your general aviation aircraft internationally? Make sure there are no hiccups as you head into the new year by ordering your 2010 customs decal early.
The decals are available online through the Customs and Border Protection’s Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System. In previous years, customs would automatically mail a paper application form, but this year, the agency will mail applications only to those who request one. To request a paper application, call 317/298-1245, and select option No. 3, or send an e-mail.
“In the past, pilots have experienced delays receiving their customs decal at the end of the year,” said Brittney Miculka, AOPA manager of security. “AOPA encourages pilots who know they will be making international flights to order the decal as early as possible.”
According to customs, pilots should receive their decal within four to six weeks of submitting the application.
For tips on international flights to Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas, or flights to Alaska, see AOPA’s International Flying online resource section.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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