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Anyone used Safari Express aircraft maintenance?

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Thinking of taking my Katana to Safari Express just near Bellingham at the Boundary Bay airport. Safariexpress.ca

Anyone have any feedback or heard of them?

I hate the idea of having to do the whole EAPIS customs bs just for maintenance, however there isn’t anyone in Washington that knows diamonds with Rotax.

Feedback?
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Yes I know of Safari and they have been extremely helpful over the years with advice for me and my C1. Genuinly great guys.

I haven't used them for service, however, but I know they maintain the DA20-A1's, C1's, DA40, and DA42 for the flight school attached to their shop so they definitely have the knowledge with nearly every model of Diamond.

I'm located about 60 mins flight north of them but have a local shop doing my maintenance.

Sorry couldn't be more helpful - but thats my experience with them!
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I use FlashPass on my iPhone for my monthly flights over our northern border. It makes it pretty painless.

Currently you have the further obstacle of needing a PCR Covid test and you need to file your arrival with ArriveCAN as well.
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Colin wrote: Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:56 pm I use FlashPass on my iPhone for my monthly flights over our northern border. It makes it pretty painless.
Baja Bush Pilots has a similar service, for much less money (included in the $49/yr subscription), and it covers the inbound eAPIS for Mexico.
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Colin wrote: Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:56 pm I use FlashPass on my iPhone for my monthly flights over our northern border. It makes it pretty painless.

Currently you have the further obstacle of needing a PCR Covid test and you need to file your arrival with ArriveCAN as well.
Sounds like those terrible PCR tests will be coming to an end very soon to get into Canada - that will make it significantly easier.
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PCR tests will be coming to an end very soon to get into Canada
Where is your information coming from?
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The short trip from KAWO to Boundary bay went well.

The list on aopa and eaa are fairly complete. I believe you still need ArriveCAN (app) to prove that your vaccinated.

Safari Express seems to be the area expert with Diamond Aircraft and rotax. I believe I counted 11 diamonds that they service! Although I must say it’s concerning that there are so few shops around that are experts with Rotax.

I’ll report back after the annual is complete.
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Hi Soarer20...

I am based art Victoria International and bring my DA 20 C-1 over the pond to Jan and Mike at Safari Express for any serious procedures and for my annuals, as they are very familiar with Diamond aircraft and maintain a local training fleet.

They might not seem to be the most organized or the most punctual, but they have the knowledge
and judgement and are never charging you for time 'learning' Diamonds.

Jan, the owner, is a rock-solid, honest diligent and earnest guy.

Worth try for sure.
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