AvFinity's Direct APIS Connections Mean Reporting Ease for Airlines and Corporate Jets

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AvFinity's direct connections to U.S. Customs and Border Protection means scheduled air carriers and corporate flight departments both have secure, efficient and labor-saving filing capabilities for complying with APIS. AvFinity features machine-to-machine technology for high volume APIS transmissions by airlines and general aviation and a web interface so that corporate flight departments with infrequent international flights can easily comply with APIS requirements.

AvFinity® recently became one of the leading global service providers capable of filing Advance Passenger Information Service (APIS) submissions for everything from legacy scheduled air carriers to corporate flight departments. The AvFinity solution features direct connections to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for both commercial and general aviation APIS requirements.

In coming months, AvFinity will further serve the aviation industry by gaining communications access to other international border authorities that also require advance passenger information.

AvFinity connected directly to CBP's commercial APIS division in 2008. That same year it was authorized by CBP as a pre-departure APIS provider for both batch and APIS Quick Query (AQQ) submissions for commercial flights.

The AvFinity APIS Navigator™ service for commercial flights features machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. It is uniquely geared toward helping scheduled air carriers with high volumes of daily international flights meet government reporting requirements. AvFinity's APIS data validation also helps airlines avoid costly fines.

In 2009, AvFinity became one of the first providers to connect directly to the general aviation branch of CBP for meeting requirements of the new private aircraft APIS rules that take effect May 18. Through this connection, AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ now saves time and labor for corporate flight departments that fly internationally.    

General aviation must report APIS submissions to one CBP division while commercial carriers report to another. AvFinity's direct connections into both divisions provide rapid, secure APIS transmissions to the proper authority. In addition, AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ software technology helps commercial carriers and corporate flight departments comply with their respective rules with efficiency, accuracy, and less labor.

AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ features many other benefits. For commercial flights, AvFinity's M2M technology can transmit via any network protocol. In addition, the software can take data regardless of format, including flat files and text, and convert them into CBP's required UN/EDIFACT format. The end-to-end integration capabilities of AvFinity's software technology assure quick and rapid implementation of the service for all customers.

For corporate flight departments, AvFinity can provide the same M2M capabilities to ensure seamless transmissions. Flight departments with infrequent APIS submissions can submit via AvFinity's web interface that has several time-saving features not found on the government's eAPIS site.

For instance, pilots using eAPIS manually must re-enter required data with each flight to or from the U.S. The web interface to AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ allows flight departments to enter the data or make changes to their companies' information at any time to avoid last-minute time crunches. AvFinity banks all information on its secure servers so a pilot instantly can recall previously entered data, place it in the proper fields, hit submit at least 60 minutes prior to flight, and complete the APIS reporting requirements quickly and efficiently.

Call AvFinity today at 800-459-1097 to learn how AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ is a solution for your aviation company's responsibilities under APIS.

About AvFinity®
AvFinity's unique secure messaging services, powered by its patent-pending software technology, provide the first significant advance in aviation messaging in more than 50 years. AvFinity's technology manages, formats, and routes aviation messaging over all network protocols. A key feature of AvFinity is its direct connections so that aviation companies have an alternative to legacy networks. For more information on AvFinity services, call 800-459-1097 or visit http://www.avfinity.com.

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