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Aircraft and Aerospace

Aircraft and Aerospace commodity covers everything from aircraft parts to planes and equipment for atmospheric monitoring, integrated defense systems, satellites and space technology. Both the import and export of parts, goods and equipment are often regulated, licensed and can be restricted. Parts for aircraft require identification as to the type of aircraft they are designed for and could require special certificates or licenses. Special Customs Bonds are required for aircraft.

Byrnes serves aircraft and aerospace customers from all over the world. They are large and small; they represent airlines, manufacturers, suppliers, maintenance and repair. From bonds to aircraft-on-ground (AOG) logistics, Byrnes helps get your aircraft repaired and flying in the least amount of time. Our experts understand the unique documentation and compliance to governmental regulations required of this commodity group.

For your consideration, here are some required procedures for importing aircraft through Customs (CBP):

  1. File a Flight plan
  2. Advance Notification to CBP to avoid a $5,000 penalty per violation
  3. Advance Notification to CBP Immigration Department with a list of Crew and Passengers
  4. Advance Notification to CBP Agriculture Department
  5. Advance Notification to Airport Authority
  6. Advance Notification to Byrnes and we will expertly assist you with the other 12 steps

We provide end-to-end cargo and freight solutions to avoid or reduce or minimize customs delays. Our work has ranged from moving key pieces for US space flights to clearing the final flight of Air Canada's "Gimli Glider" to its current US storage place.

Gimli Glider

The photo shows the Gimli Glider in February 2008 parked at Mojave Airport & Spaceport. On 24 January 2008, the Gimli Glider took its final voyage, AC7067, from Montreal Trudeau to Mojave Airport before its retirement in the desert where it was used for parts. Air Canada's newsletter, The Daily reports the final flight:

"The Gimli Glider retires to the desert. On Thursday, 24 January, fin 604, the Boeing 767-200 better known as the Gimli Glider, will undertake its final voyage from Montreal to Mojave Airport (MHV) before it is retired to the desert. Captain Robert Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal, the flight crew who landed the aircraft to safety in Gimli on 23 July 1983 were on board for the aircraft's departure.

"Flight AC7067 was captained by Jean-Marc Bélanger, a former head of the Air Canada Pilots Association, while Captain Robert Pearson and Maurice Quintal were on board to oversee the flight from Montreal to California's Mojave Airport, its final resting place. Also on board were three of the six original flight attendants who were on Flight 143. Flight tracking services FlightAware and FlightView indicated on 24 January 2008 that 604's initial flight was from Montreal (CYUL) to Tucson International airport (KTUS), 604 landed at 12:53 P.M. (MST) at Tucson International airport (KTUS). The Gimli Glider was then scheduled (but delayed) to depart Tucson and make the final flight to the Mojave Airport (KMHV) for retirement."

Byrnes was happy to play a role in the historic Gimli Glider's easy clearance through Customs.