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CBP facilities reopened in KNEW

June 5, 2016. The destruction of New Orleans Lakefront Airport following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 resulted in operations being suspended by many organizations, CBP included. On June 5, CBP officers began clearing international passengers arriving on private and charter aircraft from foreign locations at the newly renovated state-of-the-art customs facility. “We are excited to begin processing private aircraft at the Lakefront Airport once again which brings with it a positive economic impact for the city of New Orleans and its surrounding area,” said Vernon Foret, CBP Area Port Director for the Area Port of New Orleans.  From CBP Local Media Release. For more information go to CBP website newsroom

CBP will receive aircraft 7 days-a-week from 08:00 to 17:00. The aircraft must be US registered and ONLY have US Citizens on board.

For more information contact CBP at KNEW: 504 670 2270

New U.S. CBP facility at KMTH

April 19, 2016. U.S. CBP facility will open at KMTH as of April 20th located mid-field at the terminal, txwy INTL. Operating hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM with afterhours call outs available.

Phone: 305-289-2029
Fax: 305-289-2059

This is a fee based facility ($50 for all pistons and turbine fee based on aircraft size) which offers a non-towered airport and much less traffic than the larger airports such as TMB and MIA.

For additional information you can also contact

Single Pilot Waivers

April 1, 2016. FAA Single Pilot Operation Authorizations for certain aircraft that are Type Certificated for 2-crew such as Cessna C500, C550, C552, C560 and S550 may only be valid for domestic operations and not for international flights. Pilots holding a Single Pilot Waiver from the FAA may want to check twice if the waiver:

1) Does include a clause stating that it is only for domestic operations and
2) Make sure the country they are flying to will accept a Single Pilot Waiver.

It is common in most countries to require 2 crew for the operation of all jets that are Type Certificated for 2-crew and they will not accept the FAA Single Pilot Waiver. In addition, BOTH crew members of an aircraft that is Type Certificated for 2-crew and being flown internationally need to have the appropriate Type Rating for the aircraft being flown. (Refer to FAR 61.55 (a)(3)).

For any operations outside of the U.S. we recommend to fly with 2 crew and make sure the SIC holds the appropriate type rating for the aircraft to avoid delays, large fines or worse.

GA flight to and from Cuba
IMPORTANT UPDATE: No more restriction on US airports that can provide CBP arrival and departure services for flights to and from Cuba. Standard procedures for international departures and arrivals from South of the Border apply as with any other international flight.

Flying private aircraft to Cuba

Since January of 2015, U.S. requirements and regulations for flying private aircraft to Cuba have continued to relax and CST continues to monitor the situation. The information below should only serve as a guideline to the current state of affairs for Part 91 operations from the U.S. to Cuba and can be expected to continue changing in the near future as diplomatic relations between the two countries continue to normalize.

There are now 12 authorized travel categories that qualify under OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) Department of the Treasury’s for a General License. Earlier this year the requirement to obtain a temporary sojourn license from the Bureau of Industry and Security BIS (Department of Commerce) was lifted and U.S. citizens flying part 91 to Cuba need to determine on their own if they fall into any of the license exception categories established by BIS. OFAC and BIS appear to be working in coordination which was not the case earlier in 2015. In spite of all these changes it is important to note that Travel for tourism to Cuba is still prohibited. The U.S. trade embargo has not been lifted.

Additional points of interest:

    • There have also been relaxations in the regulations allowing spare part shipments to Cuba to exchange a part in case of mechanical and/or maintenance issue.
    • You still need to check with your insurance company to see if coverage includes Cuba.
    • Aircraft and crew are now allowed to stay in Cuba for up to 7 days.
    • You are required to keep records of your travel and related transactions with Cuba for 5 years after the travel.

For more details on recent updates published in January 2016, visit our Member Website.


Please note that CUBA requires APIS for all inbound flights. Published in Cuba’s Official Gazette in March 2007, Cuba implemented its APIS which also applies to GA flights. For more information visit:

Airports of Entry or Departure for Flights to and from Cuba
IMPORTANT UPDATE: No more restriction on US airports that can provide CBP arrival and departure services for flights to and from Cuba. Standard procedures for international departures and arrivals from South of the Border apply as with any other international flight.


As of January 2016, COCESNA, the agency which oversees ATC operations and airspace management for Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua increased the rates charged to Civil Aviation aircraft starting January, 2016. The increases most affect aircraft with an MTOW between 12,474 lbs and 48,400 lbs which covers most twin turboprops and light to medium jets.

More detail is available on the Caribbean Sky Tours Pilots Association membership website.

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