Boeing has launched a digital application through its Jeppesen subsidiary that will simplify U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processes for general aviation pilots. Known as Mobile QuickClear and available for both the iOS and Android devices, the new app was created in partnership with Airside Mobile for encryption and data management services.
According to the company, it works seamlessly with the Mobile Passport app that is already in use by more than seven million commercial passengers. Mobile QuickClear securely collects passport information and relays it to CBP agents to expedite the manifest clearance process.
The new app’s launch also expands the scope of Mobile Passport to include private aircraft passengers and is expected to reduce clearance errors and related fines or penalties on air travelers by as much as 30 percent. “Mobile QuickClear helps pilots manage the entire customs process in one place, improving their efficiency by enabling easier access to required clearance information,” said William Ampofo, v-p of business and general aviation with Boeing Global Services.
“Innovative applications like Mobile QuickClear are critical for the future of aviation,” added Mark Baker, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), which supported its development. “Simplifying the international customs process will give more time back to pilots to focus on other tasks and enhance the flying experience.”