BizAv Ops to Argentina – Part 1: Restrictions & Permit Requirements
This business aviation blog post is the first of a two-part series on operations to Argentina.
Argentina is a fairly straightforward operating environment for General Aviation (GA), with manageable permit processes and no cabotage issues. However, allow for additional planning lead time to ensure best aircraft parking options and to complete all permit processes and requirements.
The following is an overview of what you need to know when operating to Argentina:
1. There are several popular GA destinations in Argentina
Buenos Aires – Ezeiza (SAEZ), Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (SABE), and San Fernando (SADF) – are the most popular GA airports in Argentina. But there are many other popular stops including Cordoba (SACO), Mendoza (SAME), and Ushuaia (SAWH) – the most southern point in Argentina.
2. Some airports can be very congested
The most congested airports in Argentina are SAEZ and SABE. Prior Permission Required (PPR) is currently in place for GA at SABE – a joint-use civil/military airfield – due to airport and aircraft parking congestion and due to the fact that this is a primarily domestic airport. Currently, no other airports in the country have PPR requirements.
3. Be aware of current operating restrictions at SABE
SABE is primarily a domestic airport with a high volume of aircraft movements. If your flight is for official government business, a PPR must be obtained through diplomatic channels with assistance of your ground handler. All support services must be coordinated with the Argentina Air Force. For non-diplomatic flights, the PPR must be processed via your local handler, and all operations will take place via the general aviation terminal. A minimum of 48 working hours is required to arrange PPR for SABE. Be mindful of GA restrictions currently in place at SABE.
4. Landing permits are not usually required
Argentina landing permits are required only for flights on scheduled commercial or large aircraft (C class or above) – for which individual tickets are sold – military flights, and flights to the Falkland Islands. Official lead time for a charter flight landing permit is seven days, but permits can often be obtained within 48 hours at the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) discretion. Keep in mind that if you’re operating very large GA aircraft – such as a BBJ, Airbus 340, etc. – CAA may consider your aircraft commercial equipment due to its size. Best practice is to forward aircraft configuration in advance to indicate that the aircraft is private non-revenue and not commercial.
5. Know documentation requirements for charter flights
When you request charter landing permits, it’s necessary to send certificates of registration and airworthiness, worldwide insurance, crew licenses, and medical certificates, along with an ownership certificate (such as a signed bill of sale or leasing agreement) to Instituto Nationale de Aeronautica Civil (INAC). This information needs to be forwarded via either e-mail or fax.
6. Know Argentinian landing and overflight permit requirements
INAC is the approving authority in Argentina for landing and overflight permits. Note that landing and overflight permits aren’t required if the first airport of entry is an international airport. However, travel to the Falkland Islands, or if you have a large charter aircraft (C class or larger) with an airline type seating configuration, a permit will be required. Minimum advance notification for permits is 48 working hours, and permit revisions require at least 24 hours’ notice. Permits are valid -/+ 12 hours from approved date/time. If date/time changes beyond the approved window, permit revision is required. Passenger changes involve just a notification; however, changes to crew require a permit revision, and new documentation will need to be submitted to INAC.
7. Consider Falkland Islands operating restrictions
If you use Argentinean airspace, a permit is required to operate into/out of the Falkland Islands (known as “Islas Malvinas” in Argentina). Permit lead time for this location is seven business days, with documentation requirements similar to those for a charter permit, and the permit is processed through the Argentinian Air Force. In the past only aircraft of Argentinean or British registry have been able to obtain landing permits for the islands. If you do not use Argentinean airspace when traveling to/from the Falkland Islands, you’ll need to obtain landing permit and PPR from the British military. Recommended routing to the Falkland Islands involves a departure from Uruguay with a modified routing to avoid Argentinean airspace.
Be mindful of special documentation requirements for charter flights. When planning flights to the Falkland Islands, be sure to coordinate operating logistics early with your 3rd-party provider.
Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers information on operating considerations for travel to Argentina.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Israel, contact Christine Vamvakas at firstname.lastname@example.org.