Recently I read an article about a Phenom 100 delivery from Brazil to Orleans, France. Unfortunately for the new owner the delivery flight took over two weeks to complete. It seems that he tried a “do-it-yourself” delivery and suffered the consequence of lack of experience. This and other missteps during deliveries may be avoided with prior planning.
One of more common mistakes I see during deliveries is the failure of Non-US citizens to obtain a visa prior to entry into the US. The United States requires visitors from certain countries to obtain a visa for entry. Usually most arrivals by air enter into the US through the Visa Waiver Program, but such is not the case with private air. Be sure and check the State Department website for requirements that may affect your entry status.
When JetQuik brings a new Embraer Executive Jet into the US, we plan with a bonded customs broker to ensure a smooth importation process. For foreign aircraft entering the US for the first time, importation is not necessary and the arrival is treated just like any other customs border crossing. Usually JetQuik imports aircraft through Ft. Lauderdale. We use SheltAir as our FBO of preference because it is co-located with US Customs on the field.
Phenom deliveries to the US don’t have to be a daunting process. The Embraer Executive Jets office can help guide you through the process or recommend a competent delivery organization to relieve the stress of accepting your new Phenom aircraft.