Business Aviation Trip Planning: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

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Business Aviation Trip Planning: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

This year’s Magyar Nagydij Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held July 26-28 at the Hungaroring circuit, just outside Budapest, Hungary. Keep in mind that this will be a busy time in the Budapest area. Business aircraft operators need to plan in advance to secure the best parking and accommodation options.

Here is what you’ll need to know:

1. Primary airport to consider for this Formula 1 event

The primary airport to consider for the Magyar Nagydij Formula 1 Grand Prix is Budapest (LHBP) at 35 minutes from the track.

Budapest (LHBP)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): Yes
  • Operating hours: 0600-2200 local
  • Prior Permission Required (PPR): Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

There’s a night curfew from 2200-0600 local, but operation during curfew hours is possible by special request to airport authorities. Lead time for such requests is 48 hours prior to operation. Note that only a limited number of operations will be approved during the curfew period.

Airfield security is good at this location and strictly controlled by the airport authority. No other companies or organizations, outside of the airport authority, are permitted to provide airside or aircraft security.

2. Alternate airports for repositioning

If aircraft parking or hotel availability becomes an issue in the LHBP area, aircraft can be repositioned to Bratislava (LZIB), at 111 NM from LHBP, or to Vienna (LOWW), which is 129 NM from LHBP.

Bratislava (LZIB)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Airfield security services are strictly controlled by the LBIZ airport authority. No other companies or organizations, outside of the airport authority, are permitted to provide airside or aircraft security.

Vienna (LOWW)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours Stage 3 ops
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Required for all arrivals and departures
  • Aircraft parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Stage 2 aircraft are banned from this airport.

Airport slot confirmation must be placed in remarks section 18 of the flight plan. Note that airport slot deviation at LOWW is +/- 30 minutes.

3. Landing permits are required for Hungary

Landing permits are required for private non-revenue flights operating to airports other than LHBP. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights require landing permits for all travel to Hungary. Lead time for both private non-revenue and charter operations is four business days. In addition to landing permits, the following information from the captain must be included in remarks section 18 of the flight plan:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Passport number

If repositioning to Bratislava (Slovakia) or Vienna (Austria), landing permits are not currently required for either private non-revenue or charter flights.

4. Consider hotel and transport options

There are many excellent hotel options in the LHBP and LOWW areas, including a wide selection of 4- and 5-star accommodations. LZIB, however, has fewer options. Due to increased traffic in LHBP during this time period, it’s recommended that hotels are booked as far in advance as possible.
Pre-paid ground transportation (car with driver) is recommended during the Magyar Nagydij Grand Prix period. Because there will be heavy traffic, possible road closures and a general lack of parking in the area, rental vehicles are not recommended.

5. Comply with European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS)

Intra-EU flights (flights departing and arriving within the European Union) are required to comply with EU-ETS monitoring, reporting and carbon trading requirements. You can read our series on aviation EU-ETS or visit the EU-ETS Resource Center for more information.

6. Additional information

Additional information on the Magyar Nagydij Grand Prix taking place at Hungaroring can be found at the Magyar Nagydij Formula 1 website.

Conclusion

Known for its wonderful setting, old-school circuit layout and carnival atmosphere, the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Hungaroring is a race event not to be missed. To avoid last-minute operating issues, it’s recommended to begin working with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler on aircraft parking, aviation fuel, aircraft services, in-flight catering and logistics requirements as soon as schedule is known.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance in planning your trip to LHBP, contact us at greglinton@univ-wea.com or christinevamvakas@univ-wea.com.

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An original member of the Universal Trip Support Services Team Europe, Master Trip Owner Greg Linton is known as a solutions-oriented problem solver. He’s also known as an expert on operations around the globe, particularly to Europe, Africa and China. Since joining Universal in 2000, Greg has facilitated more than 9,100 trip legs. He has represented Universal at numerous industry tradeshows and conventions including the European Business Aviation Association Conference & Exhibition and the National Business Aviation Association Conference. Greg has also been interviewed for and contributed articles to many industry publications. Prior to joining Universal, Greg served as an aircraft maintenance administration supervisor in the United States Marine Corps. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He can be reached at greglinton@univ-wea.com.

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An FAA-Licensed Dispatcher, Christine Vamvakas is an expert in all areas of trip support services, including TSA Waivers, international visa requirements, aircraft fuel ranges, operations in Greece, and charter operations throughout Europe. A native of Greece, Christine is fluent in Greek and has more than a decade’s experience working in trip support services with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Having served as Master Trip Owner and Team Lead for Universal’s Charter Management Team, Christine has facilitated thousands of international trip legs and uses that experience in her role as Universal’s Operations Communications Manager. Christine holds a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration. Her expert commentary has been included in multiple business aviation publications. You can reach Christine at christinevamvakas@univ-wea.com.

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