This is a post by authors Marcia Taue and Adonis Bastos. Marcia and Adonis are based at Universal Aviation Brazil, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. Marcia and Adonis are experts on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, titled “LABACE 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking, CIQ & Local Area.“
Be aware of additional traffic heading to Brazil during the 2016 Brazil Summer Games (August 5-September 18) and LABACE 2016 (August 30-September 1) period and begin the trip planning process as far in advance as possible. Short notice trips, and last minute requests, will likely face issues and potential delays in terms of airport slots depending on the airports you will utilize when in the country.
Below is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Landing permits
Landing permits are required for Brazil and the minimum recommended lead time is 48 hours. Documentation requirements for single stop permits and domestic permits include the following:
- Pilot in command (PIC) and second in command (SIC) licenses, first class medicals, and type ratings
- airworthiness and registration certificate
- worldwide insurance (with worldwide coverage and a 3rd-party liability clause on behalf of the operator)
- full schedule
- full operator and aircraft information
- specific purpose of flight – i.e., the reason for travel to Brazil
If the flight is being operated for charter the following additional documentation is also needed:
- operations specifications (D085 and B050)
- aircraft operator certificate (AOC) or air carrier certificate (ACC)
In some cases, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) officials will also want to see a signed customs letter or a charter agreement, in order to validate your permit.
2. Domestic permits
In order to make more than one landing in Brazil, as you must do if operating to Sao Paulo Congonhas (SBSP), operators will need to obtain a domestic permit from Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC). Due to increased traffic associated with the 2016 Brazil Summer Games and Para Games, it’s expected that domestic permits may take between 48 hours and seven days lead time to process. Be aware that on first landing to Brazil it’s necessary to validate your domestic permit, and this process can involve one-and-a-half to two hours. In addition to CIQ procedures, which always take place in the main terminal, customs may need to inspect your aircraft to validate your domestic permit and international trash must be removed.
3. Airport slots and PPRs
SBSP requires airport slots for all arrivals and departures. They should be requested as soon as schedule is known. Once approved, they have deviation of +/- 30 minutes. We are expecting that SBSP will issue a NOTAM that permits aircraft participating in the static display to not be subject to slots so long as you are positioning your aircraft to the exhibition. This information will be known closer to the event. However, for demo flights associated with LABACE you’ll still need to obtain airport slots and PPR.
Guarulhos (SBGR) mandates Prior Permission Required (PPR) for every operation, and due to the 2016 Brazil Summer Games, airport slots are
also needed. PPR and slots should be requested as early as possible. Keep in mind that general aviation (GA) parking options may be very limited due to Summer Games and Para Games activity.
Campinas (SBKP) normally requires a PPR, and airport slots will also be needed for the Summer Games period.
For all airports, you’ll need to have an approved permit prior to any slot request, a new requirement put in place in 2016 for the Brazil Summer Games period only.
4. Flight plan remarks and filings
When departing Brazil it’s important to ensure that the remarks section 18 of your flight plan contains the following:
- airport slot confirmation number
- Documento de arrecadacao tributaria (DAT) receipt number (landing fee receipt)
- origin of the aircraft (ICAO code)
- PIC name
Note that flight plans must be filed one-and-a-half hours prior to departure, due to 2016 Brazil Summer Games requirements with the exception of departures from non-slot-coordinated airports. If your flight plan is missing any required Remarks Section 18 information, air traffic control (ATC) will not file it. We recommend filing flight plans two hours prior to departure, to avoid any issues or potential delays.
5. NOTAMs considerations
We expect NOATMs to be issued during this period, both for LABACE static display purposes and the 2016 Brazil Summer Games. However, Summer Games related NOTAMs will be published close to the beginning of those events.
At least one or two weeks lead time is suggested in order to ensure that permits, slots and adequate arrangements for SBSP can be set up. Keep in mind that airport slots may be required, depending on your first airport of entry into Brazil. Also, it’s recommended to have a customs letter for private non-revenue operators and a copy of the charter agreement for charter flights, in order to avoid any potential issues when arriving into the country.
About Adonis Bastos
Adonis Bastos is the Supervisor of the flight coordination office for Universal Aviation Brazil – Sao Paolo. While his areas of expertise cover a full range of general aviation (GA) support services throughout Brazil, Adonis is known for his in-depth knowledge on the ins and outs of Brazilian landing and domestic permits. With nine years in the aviation industry, working for airlines including Delta, Air China and TAM, five years in business aviation, and an educational degree in Air Transportation Logistics, Adonis is a key resource for GA operators heading for Brazil. He’s fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Adonis can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Marcia Taue
Marcia Taue has more than a decade’s experience in aviation and is an expert in ground support coordination throughout Brazil, with a special emphasis on operations to Sao Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport. Marcia currently serves as Operations Manager for Universal Aviation Brazil – Sao Paulo. Prior to joining Universal, Marcia worked in ground support for a major commercial airline at Guarulhos. She is fluent in both Portuguese and English, and you can reach Marcia at email@example.com.
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