This is a post by author Sandrine Jackson. Sandrine is managing director for Universal Aviation France – Paris. Sandrine is an expert on business aircraft operations in France and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 50th International Paris Air Show takes place biennially and occurs this year, June 17-23. The event takes place at Le Bourget Exposition Center – at Le Bourget (LFPB) airport north of Paris – and brings together aviation trade visitors and exhibitors from across the globe. It’s important that business aircraft operators make aircraft parking, service and hotel accommodation arrangements as early as possible, since the Paris area will be very busy during this time.
If operating a charter to the Paris Air Show, be aware of permit lead times and begin working with your 3rd-party provider on charter documentation requirements as soon as possible.
Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know:
1. Paris Air Show opening hours
The first four days of the show are exclusively for trade visitors, followed by three days of general public access. The show is open to aviation industry trade visitors only 0830-1800 local Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20. General public access to the air show is restricted to 0830-1800 local Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23. Registered exhibitors may access the show site 0630-1900 each day of the show.
2. Le Bourget closures
LFPB will have closure times during this event for training and demo flights. During these times, no general aviation aircraft will be able to operate, unless partaking in these types of flights with appropriate approval. The following are scheduled closure times:
- June 12-15, 1130-1430 UTC
- June 16, 1300-1400 UTC
- June 17-20, 1130-1430 UTC
- June 21-23, 0930-1600 UTC
3. Requirements for entry into the Le Bourget airport
The Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) has issued AIP SUP 062/13 regarding information on temporary restricted areas and use of this airspace. This can be found on DGAC’s website. As LFPB will be hosting the Paris Air Show, certain requirements must be met in order to operate into the airport June 12-24. During the time of the Paris Air Show, there will be a temporary prohibited area (ZIT) and a restricted temporary area (ZRT). Be aware also that June 15-23, operators to LFPB will need to have air show accreditation. To obtain accreditation, you must submit a request to airport authorities no later than June 3. Your ground handler can assist with such requests.
4. Additional information
Please see our article titled "Paris Air Show 2013 – Start Planning Now!" with information regarding recommended alternate airports for aircraft parking, charter permit requirements, hotels and ground transport. In some cases, you may need to drop passengers and reposition your aircraft. Two good alternative airfields to consider are Pontoise (LFPT) and Vatry (LFOK). Be aware that there will be very heavy departure activity taking place at LFPB, with significant airport congestion expected the Monday following the show.
Short-notice and last-minute trips to the Paris area during the time of the Paris Air Show may be challenging, particularly from the parking and hotel accommodation perspective. In some cases, you may need to drop passengers and reposition your aircraft. Preferred hotel accommodations in the central Paris area will be very difficult to secure at short notice. Your ground handler will find crew accommodation options, but these accommodations may be some distance from the center of Paris and the Paris Air Show.
If you have any questions about this article or need help planning for this event, contact me at email@example.com.
About Sandrine Jackson
Universal Aviation France – Paris Managing Director Sandrine Jackson has nearly 25 years’ experience with Universal and is an expert on operations in France. Under Sandrine’s leadership, the Universal Aviation France – Paris location at Le Bourget is consistently ranked in industry surveys as one of Europe’s best FBOs. Sandrine, who is based in Paris, first joined Universal in 1989. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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