Chicago Area Business Aviation Association

CABAA is a grassroots organization formed by business aviation professionals for the purpose of offering our members relevant information, training, and networking experiences to enhance the quality and quantity of business aviation operations in the Chicagoland area.

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Calendar Cessna Static Display November 07, 2018 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Calendar Toys for Tots Holiday Party 2018 December 13, 2018 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Calendar Ed Bolen Event January 15, 2019



To better serve its members and the business aviation community, CABAA is pleased to host its annual Maintenance Day Seminar.  This year they introduce Cloudvisit a company looking to utilize proven technology from the Telemedicine and Telecommunication fields to assist flight department maintenance staff with the often-daunting task of sharing highly detailed technical information to off-site advisors.

CV Article pic3“We are excited to be a new sponsor of CABAA and engage potential aviation partners.  We want to take a look at actual test case scenarios where we can streamline their maintenance activity communication and tracking to speed up resolution and improve results,” said CloudVisit Product Manager, Clark Hise. “We hope folks will take a few moments to stop by and visit with us about their challenges to explore these proven technological applications.”

The CABAA Maintenance Day Seminar takes place Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Top Golf in Naperville. Click on the link for Registration Information:

Katy Glynn is Director of Jet Card Sales for Jet Linx ( the Chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s Communications Committee ( and a regular contributor to CABAA web content. Contact her at

“We’re finally getting somewhere!” celebrated Laura Everington, a 30-year veteran of international trip support services at Universal Weather and Aviation. “With the help of Eric Rodriguez at CBP in Houston and other industry professionals, we have made notable progress in identifying and solving some of the major issues we have been facing as international business aviation operators.”

Game Changers:

  1. GA Operator Guide: In the works for the last two years and expected to be published by the end of 2018, this document (now being vetted by CBP General Counsel) will confirm specific requirements for international ops and will serve as the “gospel” for citing current rules.  Both the operators and CBP will possess a copy of this document and will be able to reference it to verify required procedures.
  2. CBP National Team: CBP will provide names and contract information for area points of contact who will serve as GA subject matter experts to assist operators.
  3. CBP Reimbursable Program: Already in place in some locations, this program allows operators to access CBP “after hours” by paying the corresponding overtime.  There are current efforts in place to extend this option to Shannon. According to Everington, “CBP welcomes the overtime opportunity, so don’t hesitate to ask for it.”

Everington credited the CBP working group, headed by Eric Rodriguez and Dianna Sullivan, comprised of Universal Weather and Aviation, NBAA, AOPA, and NATA as having notable impact on changes such as the new boarder over-flight exemption rules. “You no longer need a passenger list and identified airport; however, we need to step it up on our eAPIS data quality. We have had a 9-year grace period and CBP is starting to penalize operators if details such as middle names are present on the passport but not in the eAPIS data.  CBP is enforcing data quality compliance.”

Finally, Everington encouraged all operators to partake in the Visa Waiver Program, “even if you think you will never have to use it” she urged, “there is a zero-tolerance policy on this and you don’t want to experience the embarrassment and inconvenience of needing to wait at the airport for a flight to send a passenger back home.”

A Call to Remember the Purpose and Importance of CBP

All foreign origin aircraft are required to land at an airport that is approved for international garbage handling and that is under a USDA compliance agreement. For agriculture compliance inspections, the following airports in the Chicago area ORD, MDW, PWK, UGN, DPA, PIA, DEC, GYY, RFD, MLI and SBN can accommodate your aircraft inbound.

“We’re the guardians of our nation’s borders,” stated Mariola Krosniak, who has been with CBP in Chicago for over 13 years.  “If you enjoy safe to eat food at good prices here in the United States, it is because we work hard to prevent diseases from infecting plant and animal products as well as wild life and fisheries in our country.” Krosniak referenced a variety of items CBP has stopped from entering our borders, “My favorite was the Barbequed Monkey being brought in for a wedding here in Chicago,” she shared.  “Be careful what you eat at weddings.”

Katy Glynn is Vice President of JetLease Palm Beach and JetLease Unmanned, the Chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s Communications Committee ( and a regular contributor to CABAA web content. Contact her at

May 5, 2018 (Chicago) The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) is pleased to host an International Operations Hot Topics event Friday, May 18 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. The half-day conference offers presentations on topics from upcoming pre-clearance regulations and seasonal restriction hotspots to a host of mandates affecting international operations within the next two years.

The event includes a networking luncheon to provide our members and attendees the opportunity to discuss best practices with local peers.

In addition to first-time CABAA speakers from Customs and Border Patrol, Signum Aviation, and Rockwell Collins | AIRINCDirect, Laura Everington from Universal Weather and Aviation will return to update us on border overflight exemptions and CBP compliance. CBP compliance remains one of Business Aviation Insider’s “Top 4 International Issues for Business Aviation”, so we’re very pleased to bring timely and topical discussions directly to our members at the event May 18.

There have been regular member requests for an International Operations follow-up since CABAA’s last similar luncheon a few years ago, and we expect a great turnout for this year’s Hot Topics event.

For a full event schedule and to register, please go to:

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