2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services
This is a post by author Dmitry Konovalov. Dmitry is general director for Universal Aviation Russia – Khabarovsk, based in Khabarovsk (UHHH), which provides 24/7 coordination of flight permits and ground handling services throughout Russia. Dmitry is an expert on business aircraft operations in Russia and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This business aviation blog post is part of a series on bizav ops to St. Petersburg for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) .
The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. This annual dialog with the international community will focus on key economic and financial issues facing the global community. This is a high traffic event, so it’s recommended that operators make arrangements for services such as aircraft parking and hotels be done now.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Primary airport
The primary airport for this event is St. Petersburg (ULLI). This is a 24-hour airport of entry (AOE) that offers two fixed-base operators (FBOs) and provides full services for GA aircraft. The airport itself is situated south of the city center, approximately 14 km to the south.
2. Peak hours of operation
Scheduled commercial aircraft always take priority over GA in Russia, for both airport slots and aircraft parking. Peak hours for arrivals/departures and ramp activity at ULLI depend upon the season and whether or not large local events are taking place.
3. Alternate airports
There are a few airports to consider for alternate aircraft parking in the event you are unable to stay at ULLI. Below you will find a list of recommended airports in Russia:
Note that for the above recommended airports you will need to consider prior permission required (PPR) and airport slots.
Alternate airports outside of Russia:
All of the airports above are 24-hour AOEs with full GA support infrastructure and services available.
4. Aircraft parking at ULLI
Parking at ULLI is separated by the aircraft maximum takeoff weight (MTOW). There are approximately 50 parking spots available for SPIEF. A NOTAM (see section below) has been issued advising which aircraft are permitted to park at ULLI during this event.
Note that hangar space is possible at ULLI, where it can accommodate up to 25 mid-size aircraft. However, the operator will need to consider the additional costs as it can be expensive. Based on the NOTAM (see section below), priority of approval for parking is clearly stipulated. For this reason, it’s recommended to provide not only the complete passenger list, but provide the SPIEF invitation letter to confirm the status of the main passenger when applying for parking and slots.
5. Temporary parking restrictions
A NOTAM indicating temporary operating restrictions for ULLI was published on March 7:
A0795/17 – ST-PETERBURG/PULKOVO AD AVBL ONLY FOR ARR/DEP OF SKED FLT, REGULAR CHARTER FLT, FLT CARRIED OUT IN THE INTERESTS OF THE 21TH ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL ECONONOMIC FORUM (SPIEF), ACFT OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION INVOLVED IN PROVISION SECURITY FOR THE OBJECTS OF STATE PROTECTION AND SAR SUPPORT, FLT BY SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT TO PROVIDE SUPPORT IN EMERGENCIES OF NATURAL AND MAN-CAUSED CHARACTER. PERMISSION FOR OTHER FLT IS SUBJECT TO COORDINATION WITH FEDERAL PROTECTION SERVICE, FEDERAL AIR TRANSPORT AGENCY AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL OPERATIONAL STAFF AT PULKOVO AP IN EACH INDIVIDUAL CASE. FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUEL CALCULATION ACFT CREWS SHALL TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION POSSIBLE LONG-TERM DELAYS IN HOLDING PATTERNS DRG ARR, FURTHER DIVERSIONS AND DELAYS DRG DEP. IN ORDER TO REGULATE AIR TRAFFIC FLOWS HOLDING PATTERNS PUBLISHED IN AIP WILL BE APPLIED. 28 MAY 21:00 2017 UNTIL 04 JUN 20:59 2017.
6. Fuel uplifts
Based on the NOTAM above, authorities are advising to take into consideration delays for holding patterns inbound. Additional time is recommended to make fuel uplifts due to the traffic the airport will experience. Fuel uplifts are generally reliable and on time at ULLI. Fuel uplifts can be made on arrival or departure, but arrangements should be made in advance. Also, advance notice should be given for any fuel additive needs.
7. In-flight catering considerations
In-flight catering requests should be made no less than 48-24 hours prior to departure. Due to the heavy traffic the airport will experience, any requests made with less than 24 hours’ notice can’t be guaranteed. Also, the ground handler is unable to guarantee catering requests made by operators to third party caterers directly.
Operators looking to bring in catering to ULLI may be able to retain some of it at the airport. Catering retained at the airport can include meat and dairy products, but the total amount permitted can’t usually exceed 5 kgs. For such requests, it’s recommended that advance arrangements be made with your ground handler.
Due to the SPIEF event, the airport will experience a heavy influx of aircraft. This will create congestion and some operators will likely have to reposition the aircraft for parking purposes. Expect delays on the ground and make arrangements in advance for all services your flight will require.
Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers permits, slots, visa and cabotage regulations for the upcoming SPIEF.
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