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Defining Commercial Operations

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August 2005- 

In the wake of 9/11 and the massive government reorganization that followed, it was inevitable that some government agencies would have different rules and guidelines for defining specific operations than others.

As pilots, we are all very familiar with the FAA and the rules it publishes by which we operate our aircraft. But other government agencies don’t necessarily share the FAA’s definitions. Specifically, I am speaking about U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP.

Now if you never fly out of the United States, it may not matter to you. But if you occasionally venture beyond our nation’s borders to places like Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas, then you need to pay attention.

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