For General Aviation pilots interested in flying to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico and/or Central America, CST Flight Services offers several services.
Special pricing is available for current CST Flight Services Online Services Subscribers.
If you have any questions regarding our services please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Border Overflight Exemption (BOE)
When returning to the USA from Mexico or any country south of 30 degrees north, you must make your first landing at a CBP Designated Airport Of Entry (AOE) unless you have a valid and current Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) issued by CBP and you comply with the requirements of the Exemption. If you have a BOE you will still need to file your eAPIS and secure your landing rights at an airport where CBP is present.
All General Aviation operators utilizing a BOE must abide by all other applicable CBP requirements and regulations, to include:
If you would like to request a Southern Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) please click on the corresponding button below. A US$50 discount is applied on the processing fee for our Online Services Subscribers.
Cuba Overflight Permit (COF)
Generally, Cuban overflight permits are required to fly though Cuban airspace. However, there are a few airways that do not cross over Cuban territory where transit has been allowed without requiring an overflight permit. Examples of such airways are: G765/UG765, B646/UB646, B879/UB879, B764/UB764. You cannot cross Cuba’s inner ADIZ unless you are under IFR. Cuban overflight permits have a processing fee and when you utilize the permit you will also be subject to airspace fees. Aircraft with an MTOW of less than 6,600 lbs (3,000 Kg) may be exempted from permit and airspace fees if the owner of the aircraft is flying the aircraft for tourism purposes. To be considered for an exemption, the pilot must make the overflight permit request directly with the Cuban Civil Aviation authorities and they will make the final determination if these fees will be waived. All permits requested by companies on behalf of third parties will be assessed permit and airspace fees.
In December of 2013, the US Code Of Federal Regulations was modified to allow operators of US Registered aircraft to contact Cuba directly and pay Cuba directly for overflight permits without the need for a Specific OFAC license. This makes it easier and more economical for operators of US registered aircraft.
Click on to Request a Cuban Overflight Permit (COF) (Special Pricing for our Online Services Subscribers apply)
This service is designed for pilots wishing to handle their own local airport paperwork and make payment of fees incurred but would like guidance and assistance with the overall planning of the trip. The Aeronautical Planning Service is an affordable option to get guidance and assistance with international flying regulations and procedures without engaging full ground handling services.
The Aeronautical Planning Service includes:
Most countries -including the U.S.- charge for the use of their airspace and ATC services.
When purchasing a used aircraft, make sure that you are not also purchasing the unpaid airspace fee liabilities of that aircraft. Most foreign countries assess the debts to the aircraft, not the operator. With our Airspace Fees services, we determine what you owe and get it paid for you.
If you think you may be liable for unpaid airspace fees for routes of flight through COCESNA, COLOMBIA, CURACAO, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PANAMA or PIARCO airspaces or if you receive an invoice for airspace fees owed and would like our assistance to:
Please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com
For processing of Mexico Airspace fees, please refer to the section on Mexico Payments for Past Flights and Mexico Payments for Current Flights below.
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)
The U.S. and other countries (currently including Antigua, Argentina, Barbuda, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Mexico, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago) have moved forward with the implementation of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requiring aircraft, crew and passenger information to be transmitted electronically to government authorities prior to departing or arriving in the country where APIS is required. Other countries are in the process of implementing APIS.
A few notes on Mexico’s APIS requirement
Mexican APIS Submission by CST Flight Services
We can take care of your Mexico APIS filing for your next international trip and ensure that you are in compliance with regulations before you go.
If you would like to have us file your Mexico APIS you can still proceed with the purchase of Mexico APIS and have it processed by us. To do so, we kindly ask you to first pre-purchase the number of APIS submission that you will require for your planned trip(s). Please note that for all flights to Mexico you will require two APIS submissions, one for your flight into Mexico and a second one for your flight from Mexico. Please click on the button below to download the MX APIS form, fill it out, date and sign it and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you have access to a computer with internet connection to be able to complete the Excel spreadsheet that will be sent to you once the payment form has been received.
Mexico Airspace and ATC Over-Time Fees payment
If you are not landing at a Mexican airport and do fly through Mexican airspace, you will be liable for paying Mexican Airspace fees. If these fees are not paid, your aircraft may be denied entry into Mexican airspace on future flights or seized after landing at a Mexican airport.
The way Mexico's airspace regulations work is drastically different from any other country making it almost impossible for a non-Mexican pilot to comply on their own. What makes Mexico’s regulations unique from other countries are four things:
CST Flight Services can help you stay in compliance with the payment of your Mexico Airspace Fees. The procedures are detailed below.
Due to issues with Mexican authorities we cannot make any further inquiries directly on behalf of aircraft owners. However, we can assist you with obtaining the information and the processing of payments.
Mexico Payments for PAST flights
The pilot is responsible for determining any amounts owed for Mexican airspace or overtime fees with the Mexican government for flights already made. To do this, the pilot must contact SENEAM offices (Servicios a la Navegación en el Espacio Aéreo Mexicano) directly.
We cannot make any further inquiries directly with Mexican authorities on behalf of aircraft owners. However, we can assist you with obtaining the information you need so that we can process the payments on your behalf.
In order for CST Flight Services to assist you in making the payment, you will first need to determine the amount owed for past flights.
For non members please contact us via e-mail at email@example.com
For members. To inquire about airspace fees owed, please download the document below which includes a set of detailed instructions for determining any amounts owed for both Mexican airspace and overtime fees.
Once SENEAM has provided the information about the overflight(s) for which fees are owed, you will have to e-mail us the document that you received so we can calculate back taxes and international finance fees in order to make the payment on your behalf.
Mexico Payments for CURRENT flights
If you wish to make payments to the Mexican government for present flights you must provide your flight history within the first 5 days of the month after the flight took place. The flight history must include:
Once we receive your flight history, we will make the calculation of fees owed and send you a quote which will include our processing fee. (Special discount for our Online Services Subscribers)
To fill out and submit your flight history, please click on the corresponding button below:
For the owner-pilot who needs to expedite international arrival and departure procedures and make sure everything goes off without a hitch, Ground Handling provides the perfect solution. By leveraging our international network of agents, we can provide an unsurpassed level of customized service and personal attention. Our goal is to breeze you through international arrival and departure formalities and avoid unnecessary delays.
Ground Handling Services include:
*Services provided upon request
Guided Expeditions are a great way to fly a private airplane to Mexico, The Bahamas, Caribbean and/or Central America and to share the experience with fellow pilots in a fun filled and worry free environment where everything is taken care of for you. Following is a sample list that includes some of our Past Guided Expeditions. It may serve as a source of information and inspiration for a Guided Expedition you would like to have us organize for your flying association, flying club or pilot friends. If you want to read more about any of the trips click on the link to download the PDF File where you will find the corresponding trip details.
With our Guided Expeditions Service we will take care of the logistics, flight planning, pilot briefings, document handling and processing, transportation, lodging and tour arrangements at the chosen destinations.
To find out how to create a Guided Fly-In for your flying group or pilot friends call us at +1 786.206.6147 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience international flying like never before!
To view examples of Guided Expeditions we have organized in the past, click on the following button: