Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Paris Fashion Week 2014

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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Paris Fashion Week 2014

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 sandrinejackson@universalaviation.aero.

Paris Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Paris and includes Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter events. The 2014 Autumn/Winter Paris Fashion Week takes place February 25-March 5 with events held in the Carrousel du Louvre, as well as other venues throughout the city. For business aircraft operators seeking preferred options in terms of aircraft parking, hotel accommodation, and local transport, it’s best to begin making arrangements as early as possible.

If you are flying to Paris during this period, the following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Le Bourget (LFPB) is the preferred airport for business aviation

LFPB is the best airport option for this event because it’s exclusively dedicated to business aviation. The following is an overview of LFPB:

Le Bourget (LFPB)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): Yes
  • Hours of operation: 0600-2215 local departures for Stage 2 and 3 aircraft, 0001-2359 local arrivals for Stage 3 aircraft, 0615-2330 local arrivals for Stage 2 aircraft
    (Note that Stage 2 jet engine aircraft are restricted to a Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of 34 tons and propjets to an MTOW of 9 tons)
  • Prior permission required (PPR): Not required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Jet A-1: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Jet engine aircraft may not takeoff 2215-0600 local. Any departures during this time are considered violations and may incur additional fees.
For diplomatic and air ambulance flights, it may be possible to obtain special permission to depart during night hours. Such requests, however, must be made at least two days prior for weekday operations and by the preceding Friday for weekend operations.

Jet engine aircraft not in compliance with Annex 16 Chapter 3 are prohibited from landing between 2330-0615 local.

Wide-body aircraft with wingspans over 53 meters must use a special parking area. This area is controlled by airport authorities, and the number of parking positions available is restricted. Spaces are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Hangar space is available for aircraft up to the size of an ACJ or BBJ – with tail height up to 12 meters (m) and wingspans to 40 m.

It’s been reported that there’s been an increase in the number of runway incursions at this airport. Pilots are encouraged to be vigilant and to read back all clearances using standard phraseology.

Charter (non-scheduled commercial) aircraft can operate to LFPB but are limited to operations with 25 seats or less without a specific exemption from Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile.

All International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flight plans must identify the ground handler in remarks section 18.

2. LFPG and LFPO restrict business aviation movements

Charles de Gaulle (LFPG)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 0500-2359 local departures for Stage 3 General Aviation (GA) aircraft, 0601-2314 local for Stage 2 GA aircraft, 0001-0029 local and 0530-2359 local arrivals for Stage 3 GA aircraft, 0616-2329 local arrivals for Stage 2 GA aircraft
    (Note that Stage 2 jet engine aircraft are restricted to an MTOW of 34 tons and propjets to an MTOW of 9 tons)
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: Required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Jet A-1: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

LFPG is intended mainly for scheduled commercial traffic. Private flights are only authorized with prior permission and subject to airport slot availability.

All aircraft with less than 25 seats require specific permission to operate to LFPG. Flights with passengers connecting to/from scheduled commercial operations are more likely to obtain this permission. In most cases, flights without connecting passengers will be denied landing permission at LFPG. Lead time for PPR is a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

If you’re dropping off/picking up passengers holding confirmed seats on a commercial flight, only a notification to the ground handler or the airline handling both flights is required.

Airport slots are necessary for all LFPG operations. Slot confirmations must be included in Item 18 of the flight plan. Airport slots are issued in UTC time and are valid for +10/-5 minutes. Note that the French Transportation Minister has limited the number of flights/airport slots for this airport. As a result, many planned business aviation operations to this location are likely to not be approved.

When operating to LFPG, your choice of ground handler will depend on the size of your aircraft and whether passengers are connecting with a commercial flight.

Orly (LFPO)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Hours of operation: 0600-2230 local
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: Required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Jet A-1: Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

LFPO is mainly for scheduled commercial and government approved flights. GA flights are not authorized to operate to LFPO unless they are diverting for emergency purposes or passengers have connecting flights at this location.

All aircraft with fewer than 25 seats require specific permission to operate to LFPO. In most cases, only GA flights with confirmed connections to scheduled commercial flights will be permitted to land at LFPO. Lead time to obtain a PPR is a minimum of 24 hours.

Business aviation operations to LFPO are authorized subject to airport slot availability. Slot confirmation numbers must be included in Item 18 of the flight plan. If you’re dropping off/picking up passengers with confirmed seats on a commercial flight, notification to your ground handler and the Comite d’Horaires is required. Airport slots are valid for +/- 15 minutes, and slot times are provided in UTC.

3. Charter landing permits are needed for France

Non-European Union (EU)-registered charter flights operating to France require landing permits. Landing permits are also necessary for EU and European Economic Community (EEC) charter flights when operating into/out of the EU. Official permit lead time is five working days, and it’s important to note that permits are not processed by Civil Aviation Authority on weekends and holidays. For more information on charter landing permits for France, please see our article titled "Tips on Flight Permits/PPRs for France."

4. Comply with the European Union Emission Trading Scheme

Intra-EU flights (flights departing and arriving within the European Union) are required to comply with EU Emissions Trading Scheme (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.

5. Plan hotel and ground transportation arrangements as early as possible

There are many excellent hotel options to consider for Paris, including large international chains. However, during Paris Fashion Week, there may be limited options due to the influx of traffic. Certain hotels may require non-refundable deposits, or have extended cancellation policies in place, with higher-than-normal pricing. For last-minute requests, you may only have the option of hotels some distance from the city center.

For local ground transport within the Paris area, prepaid transportation (car with driver) options are available, but choices may be limited for short-notice requests. Good public transportation options are available in Paris, including a subway, and public taxi availability is generally good within the city. It’s not recommended to rent a vehicle during this event due to congestion within the city and high parking costs. For both hotels and transportation, it’s best to make arrangements as soon as schedule is known.

6. Health information

Aircraft operating to France from certain countries must spray the aircraft cabin with insecticide prior to landing. It’s necessary to confirm that this has been done on the general declaration (gen dec) and to include the serial number sticker from the spray canister. Both the gen dec and the empty spray canister must be given to the ground handler upon arrival, who will then pass them both along to the local sanitary control agent.

Cabin spraying is necessary when operating to France from the following countries identified as having health risks for malaria, yellow fever, and/or dengue fever:

  • West Africa: Benin (Cotonou), Burkina-Faso (Ouagadougou), Cote d’Ivoire (Abidjan), Gambia, Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali (Bamako), Niger (Niamey), Nigeria (Lagos, Kaduna, Kano), Senegal (Dakar), Sierra Leone, and Togo (Lime).
  • Central, East, and Southern Africa: Angola (Luanda), Cameroon (Douala, Yaounde), Central African Republic (Bangui), Chad (Ndjamena), Comoro Islands (Moroni), Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), Djibouti, Gabon (Libreville), Kenya (Mombasa), Madagascar (Nosy-Be), Mozambique (Maputo), Sudan (Khartoum), Uganda (Entebbe), and Zambia (Lusaka).
  • Americas: Haiti (Port-Au-Prince).

7. Additional information

France enforces ICAO regulations limiting pilot in command age to 60 for all international charter flights. Note that private operations are not affected by this, but there are no exemptions to this age rule for charter operators.

For more information on permits and flight planning to France, see these articles on ops to France on our blog.

French customs authorities strictly enforce cabotage restrictions, especially at Nice (LFMN) and LFPB. The following are some tips regarding cabotage:

  • Passengers are company employees – no cabotage
  • Passengers are accompanied by owner onboard the aircraft – no cabotage
  • Passengers are boarding or disembarking outside the EEC – no cabotage
  • Passengers are the owner’s family – no cabotage
  • All other cases – cabotage

Conclusion

While last-minute operations can usually be accommodated – with assistance of your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler – your range of options will be maximized if you’re able to begin the trip planning process as soon as your schedule is known. Also, be mindful of the expected high traffic and plan your movements within the city accordingly.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article or business aircraft operations to France, contact me at sandrinejackson@universalaviation.aero.

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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 sandrinejackson@universalaviation.aero.

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