Planning Tips for the 2014 Business Airport World Expo at Farnborough

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Planning Tips for the 2014 Business Airport World Expo at Farnborough

The Farnborough Business Airport World Expo is Central Europe’s exhibition focused on showcasing Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs); Maintenance, Repair, and Overhauls (MROs); ground handling agents; and fuel companies to an audience of executive jet owners, operators, chief pilots, schedulers/dispatchers, and brokers. This event takes place at Farnborough (EGLF) March 26-27, 2014, and it’s anticipated that over 60 FBOs from around the world will exhibit. For operators planning to fly in for this event, it’s best to organize aircraft parking, ground handling, and hotel accommodations as early as possible.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Primary airport for this event

Farnborough (EGLF)

  • Airport of Entry (AOE): Yes
  • Operating hours: 0700-2200 local Monday-Friday, 0800-2000 local Saturday-Sunday, and bank holidays
  • Prior Permission Required (PPR): Required
  • Airport slots: Not required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Overtime isn’t available at this airport.
Only aircraft up to 80 metric tons (176,369 lbs.) are permitted to travel to EGLF.
Noise restrictions at EGLF allow operation only of aircraft meeting International Civil Aviation Organization Chapter 4 criteria. The only exception is for aircraft traveling to the Farnborough International Airshow (typically held in the summers of even-numbered years). For more information, please contact your 3rd-party provider.

PPR is needed for all operations to EGLF. This PPR is necessary for arrival/departure of all aircraft and to allow access to the aircraft while it’s on the ground. Minimum lead time to request a PPR is 24 hours prior to operation.

At least 24 hours’ notice is needed to make Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) arrangements for aircraft arriving from outside the European Economic Community (EEC), and at least four hours’ notice is required when traveling within the EEC. Also, note that 12 hours’ notice is needed to make customs and immigrations arrangements when arriving from Ireland, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey, Northern Ireland). For weekend operations, notification for CIQ clearance must be made by 1200 local on the preceding Friday.

While General Aviation (GA) movements at EGLF are not expected to spike during the Business Airport World Expo period, it’s important to keep in mind that PPRs should be requested as soon as schedule is known. There will be no restrictions at EGLF regarding length of time an aircraft can park on the ground during this event.

2. Alternate airport options

Stansted (EGSS)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A-1): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Even though EGSS is a 24-hour airport, there are departure noise restrictions to consider. These restrictions are categorized based on time of operation. For a full list of existing noise restrictions, please contact your 3rd-party provider.

Airport slots are needed for all operations to EGSS. Requests should be made through your ground handler, who will apply for these slots online. Airport slot deviation for EGSS is +/- 15 minutes.

All GA traveling to this airport must have a designated ground handling agent.

Luton (EGGW)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: Not required
  • Airport slots: Required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Be aware that there are strict noise restrictions in place for EGGW. Operators who violate these restrictions will be subject to heavy fines. These same restrictions require that aircraft reach an altitude of 1,000 ft. within 3.5 NM from takeoff. For a full list of applicable noise restrictions, please contact your 3rd-party provider.

Airport slots are required for all travel to/from EGGW. Slots should be requested via your ground handler. Airport slot deviation is +30/-15 minutes.

Gatwick (EGKK)

  • AOE: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • PPR: Required
  • Airport slots: Required
  • Parking: Available
  • Ground handling: Available
  • Aviation fuel (Jet A): Available
  • In-flight catering: Available

Notes:

Even though this is a 24-hour airport, there are airport hour curfews based on noise levels of an aircraft. Financial penalties will be imposed on aircraft exceeding specified noise levels. For a full list of the noise restrictions, please contact your 3rd-party provider.

Due to busy scheduled commercial activity at EGKK, there are multiple peak hours of operation to consider/avoid.

Airport slots are required for arrival/departure at EGKK. Be aware that due to runway capacity limitations, specific airport slot times may not be available. Airport slots are not needed for air ambulance flights. Slot deviation at EGKK is -5/+15 minutes.

Aircraft parking will be confirmed once airport slots are confirmed.

PPR is needed for night landings between 2300-0700 local. Lead time required for PPR is 24 hours. Please note that no night operations are permitted for GA aircraft during summer months. This is due to increased scheduled commercial traffic activity. During summer, all GA aircraft must be "wheels down" by 2225 local, or they’ll be diverted to another airport. There are no exceptions to this rule.

3. Hotel and transportation options

There’s a high-quality hotel positioned right on the airfield at EGLF, and this is a recommended first choice for those attending the Business Airport World Expo. Additionally, many good hotel options are available for crew accommodation in the immediate area. Staying in central London is also an option, with a train commute of about one hour each way. For those planning to attend this year’s Business Airport World Expo, it’s best to book earlier rather than later.
Rental cars are readily available in the London and Farnborough areas. Pre-paid transport (car with driver) is, however, a recommended option for those unfamiliar with the area.

4. Prepare for UK Air Passenger Duty Payments

You may be required to pay UK Air Passenger Duty (UK APD) for your flight. For more information on this, read our previous article: UK Air Passenger Duty (UK APD) – How It Applies to UK Business Aviation. Depending on who you are working with, a 3rd-party provider can facilitate these payments on your behalf.

5. Comply with EU Emission Trading Scheme

Intra-EU flights (flights departing and arriving within the EU) are required to comply with the EU Emission 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.

6. Additional information

For additional information regarding operations to the UK, please see our articles on business aircraft operations in the U.K. You can also visit the official site for the Farnborough Business Airport World Expo 2014.

Conclusion

While we do not anticipate heavier than normal airport activity, or restricted aircraft parking situations, during the timeframe of this event, it’s always recommended to make aircraft parking and hotel accommodation arrangements as early as possible in order to secure preferred options.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this article or operations to the U.K., contact me at greglinton@univ-wea.com.

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Greg Linton, Team Lead, ELATE Team, 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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