last time I came from Quebec City last summer. I filed IFR out of QBC and flew nonstop right to Bradley [BDL] on a Monday morning. I called them the Friday before and told them I was coming in around 10.30am or so. They asked me why I was calling then and told them they were not open until 8.30a on Monday or weekends and I’be in the air by then.
We had a nice discussion about ADCUS, how unusual it is to fly direct from Canada to BDL, and they thanked me for the call since it was made before I arrived! The same guy would be there on Monday and he took my tail # and pax info in advance told me to have a nice flight and to get in before 11.30 since there was a A320 public charter from Mexico due in Mondays at noon. They told me to just tell BDL Tower I needed to taxi to the Int’l Ramp when I arrived.
Burlington Approach queried me as I crossed the border at 9000 booking along at 190kts GS where I was gonna stop, and told them my IFR destination - he said OK, nobody ever does that. I thanked him and he reminded me to make sure that when I was shopped to BDL Approach to have them pick up the ADCCUS phone there in the TRACON. I did that, and BDL Approach told me that customs was expecting us.
Winds were 25012, I landed long on 24, taxied off at the first intersection south of 33/15 and ground told me to taxi to customs, which is right there now.
I taxied up @ 10.46, waited for the officer to come out. My wife handed him the customs form , the arrival form and our passports out the door. HE asked us to step out. Looked in the cargo hold, looked at the passports, looked at us, make sure the form was filled out correctly and welcomed me home. Took about 2 minutes. MUCH better than the Buffalo or Niagara guys. Much nicer than Bangor or Augusta or similar locales in northern New England.
I started the engine back up, asked BDL for the 33 intersection departure , and was sitting in my home office at noon. NO way that would have happened if I’d stopped up north - it always takes 30-45min and they always bring Fido out for a sniff.