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Alaska Flying

Anchorage to Seattle Customs
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You clever devil you. . .
 
Not many have sons that can get them one of those beautiful head warmers.. . .
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Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 4:30 PM
Subject: re: Anchorage to Seattle Customs <<$129860948146$>>

The last time that I cleared U.S. Customs in Bellingham (KBLI), I landed just after sunset, and put my Alaska State Trooper hat on.  The Customs guy was at my door before I could even get it open.  He looked at me and said; "don't worry about getting out Officer, I will just sign the paperwork and get you on your way".  I knew that I would have to purchase a U.S. Customs "sticker" for the window, but I wasn't stupid enough to say anything about it, and sure enough, he handed me a paper and closed my cockpit door, and not wanting to ask a question that I didn't want to hear the answer to, I left, post haste.

Jim Hill
N2393C
54'180
 
The last time that I cleared U.S. Customs in Bellingham (KBLI), I landed just after sunset, and put my Alaska State Trooper hat on.  The Customs guy was at my door before I could even get it open.  He looked at me and said; "don't worry about getting out Officer, I will just sign the paperwork and get you on your way".  I knew that I would have to purchase a U.S. Customs "sticker" for the window, but I wasn't stupid enough to say anything about it, and sure enough, he handed me a paper and closed my cockpit door, and not wanting to ask a question that I didn't want to hear the answer to, I left, post haste.

Jim Hill
N2393C
54'180
 
looks like the weather outside my window today. I like where you have the Aera - up in the field of view. I know it makes the whiskey compas dizzy, but you makes your choices...
 

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Hey Pat! No didn't really have to divert. I had to circle a couple of times about 20 miles out of Terrace but I found a good sucker hole to get up through! See attached picture just before Port Hardy.
 

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Here, here! Glad the weather cooperated for the dash down the coast. Did you have to divert for low ceilings at all?
 
Congratulations on the safe trip and thanks for sharing the picture. I overnighted in Prince George on the way back up from Spokane earlier this year; they have a fun flying club trailer to camp out in.
 
Made it home last night! The Canadian customs people in Prince George were very pleasant to deal with. The US Customs in Bellingham were fine allthough a little more business like.
 
Made it to Ketchikan today! The weather in the Trench looked a little iffy. I've attched a picture of my 180 in Yakutat next to my old work 185.
 

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Heading up to Palmer today to pick up my 180. If you see a green and gold 180 N3891C wave!

Charlie
 
Just my .02 worth, I clear US customs in Seattle at Boeing Field (KBFI). The office is staffed longer hours than Bellingham, sees more activity and therefore more variety and frankly the last time I went through Bellingham the customs officers acted like jerks. Just plain rude for no reason. The second time this happened I decided to go south another 40 minutes in the future if I had enough fuel.
 
Charlie,

I highly recommend AOPA's website as they have a whole section on this very thing, especially customs procedures. Be sure you set up your eApis account earlier as it takes a few days to be active

Also don't forget you have to file with eApis to leave Alaska into Canada as well as re-entering at Bellingham.

Last time I made that trip (the other direction) I stopped at Mackenzie for fuel between Watson Lake and Prince George flying the Trench. If you fly the highway I believe Ft. Nelson and Ft. ST. John have fuel.

It's a great trip if the weather is nice especially the Trench.

Have a good trip and be safe.

Mark
 
Well with a little work on the internet and a few phone calls I was able to answer my own questions. I am going to clear Canadian customs at Whitehorse. Phone ahead to Canpass at 888-226-7277 and they'll take down your info. For US customs I'll file on Eapis and call them at least one hour prior! Bellingham US Customs (360) 734-5463. My tentative route is Anchorage-Tok-Whitehorse-Watson Lake-Prince George-Bellingham. I plan to carry gas but does anyone know if there's gas available between Watson Lake and Prince George?
 
I am going to fly my 180 down to Portland next week. Probably just going to follow the Alcan since I have a new engine. Where is the best place to clear Canadian and US customs? I am thinking Bellingham for the US. Do you need to tell either customs you're coming?

Thanks!
Charlie
 
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