This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Paris Air Show 2017 Flight Ops – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Accreditation.”
This is a post by author Sandrine Jackson. Sandrine is managing director for Universal Aviation France – Paris, which has a recently renovated FBO with hangar at Le Bourget Airport. Sandrine is an expert on business aircraft operations in France and can be contacted at email@example.com.
This year’s Paris Airshow runs June 19-25. If you are planning on operating your business aircraft into the Paris area during this time, there are you operational requirements you need to be aware of. Start by reading part 1 on this series if you haven’t already. In this article, we’ll cover permits, clearances, charter operator requirements, and other ops information you ned to know:
1. Permit requirements
Landing permits are needed for all charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to France, and official permit lead time is five business days. However, if your documentation is in order and you’ve operated to France on charter in the past, permits may be obtained quicker.
In addition to standard aircraft documentation, charter operators must provide a TCO. A TCO can take several weeks to obtain, and this is now required for charter ops to most EU locations. If you do not provide a TCO, your charter permit request for France will be refused.
Note that for charter permits, CAA wants to see your schedule for the entire trip, not just the France or EU portions, along with a passenger manifest for all flight legs. This is to ensure cabotage is not being committed.
2. Airport slot requirements
While airway slots may be needed from Eurocontrol there are no airport slot mandates in effect at Le Bourget (LFPB). However, if you use Charles de Gaulle (LFPG) as a parking alternate, airport slots will need to be obtained.
3. CIQ clearance at LFPB
Upon landing at LFPB you’ll clear immigration in the fixed-based operator (FBO), and customs is only cleared if you have something to declare. Meanwhile, all luggage is passed through x-ray screening for all departures Note that immigration and customs procedures are completed for all non-domestic arrivals and departures. As France closed its borders as of last year immigration clearance is now required for all arrivals other than domestic arrivals from within France. So, if you’re arriving at LFPB from locations such as Ciampino (LIRA) and the next stop is Lisbon (LPPT) you’ll clear immigration both on arrival and departure. For all non-domestic arrivals/departures a copy of the gen dec needs to be given to immigration personnel.
4. Additional arrival considerations
During the period of the Paris Air Show, vehicles with the exception of public taxis, will need to have special stickers in order to access the public side of the airport. Note that private transportation providers will not be able to access the airport without these stickers. Transportation options like Uber will not be given access to the public area of the airport for this event. Additional airport security measures will be evident during the Air Show period with military police stationed throughout the airfield. Additional checks will be done, even for parked GA aircraft, to ensure integrity of security at LFPB.
Be mindful of reporting requirements for currency or currency equivalents of more than 10,000 Euros per family as well as for importation of any goods greater than 430 Euros in value. Should you exceed these limits a “Declaration of Valuables” needs to be completed, on arrival and/or departure, to avoid potential fines and/or delays.
5. Cabotage considerations
Cabotage rules are strictly enforced in France, for both private non-revenue and charter operations. For private operators the only exceptions for cabotage, when transporting EU nationals onboard foreign-registered aircraft, are in cases:
- When passengers are company employees or if they’re accompanied by the owner of the aircraft
- If passengers are embarking or disembarking outside the EEC
- When passengers are members of the aircraft owners family
For charter operators, when submitting the schedule for the permit, you must submit the full schedule along with the passengers on each leg. By full schedule we mean the complete trip, as CAA will check to ensure no cabotage is being committed.
6. Pilot age restrictions
In the case of charter flights, French CAA does not permit a solo pilot to act as captain if the license holder has reached his/her 60th birthday. For operations with more than one active crew member the pilot must not have reached his/her 65th birthday.
7. Hotels and local transport
Preferred hotels in Paris and the immediate surrounding areas are expected to sell out during the Paris Air Show period. For short notice or last minute operations you may need to consider crew accommodations options much further out.
Local pre-paid (car with driver) transport options should be arranged as soon as schedule is known. You’ll need to ensure that the vehicle receives a sticker to allow it to enter public areas of the airport at LFPB. Your ground handler can assist in obtaining these stickers.
Consider the lead time for charter permits and the requirement to submit a TCO with the request. Additionally, cabotage is strictly enforced and CAA requires the complete schedule with all passengers for each leg. For CIQ clearances, any arrivals and departures from the country will require immigration, as the French borders are closed. This means that even though you may be arriving from or departing to a Schengen destination (outside of France), you will need to complete the immigration process.
If you have any questions or would like assistance planning your trip to the Paris Airshow, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Sandrine Jackson
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 email@example.com.
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