Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 1 – Airport & Parking
This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operations to Glasgow.
For business aircraft operators, there are unique considerations to take into account when planning a stop at Glasgow (EGPF) – including a prohibition of chewing gum while on the ramp. This location, however, makes an excellent tech stop and is a straightforward destination stop.
The following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. General airport considerations
EGPF is a 24-hour airport of entry with ample aircraft parking. Peak hours for commercial activity are 0500-0530 and 1600-1630 UTC. Ground handling services are normally 0600-2200 local with overtime available, for an additional hourly charge. While there are no operating curfews at this location, Stage 2 aircraft are restricted unless the aircraft have been hush-kitted to Stage 3 standards, and documentation has been submitted. In some cases Stage 2 equipment may be permitted to operate, subject to an additional 50% departure charge and prior approval by airport authorities. Both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights are handled in the same manner – with the exception that charter operations by non-EU-registered aircraft require landing permits. A close alternate airport – Prestwick (EGPK) – also has parking available, and it’s the only airport in Scotland with hangar space available for transient aircraft.
2. Private vehicle ramp access
With advance notification your ground handler can obtain a temporary security pass to accommodate private vehicle ramp access to and from your aircraft. Ramp access for private vehicles is only available for domestic flights, and prior arrangement is necessary. If you’re using a pre-approved transportation provider, 24 hours’ advanced notification is usually sufficient. Otherwise, plan on providing seven days’ notification to airport authorities to obtain needed approvals. For an approval by airport authorities, you must submit the name of the transportation company, driver name and license information, vehicle description, and license plate number.
3. Runway and taxiway condition
Runway, ramp, and taxiway areas are in good condition at EGPF. Runway 05/23 was recently extended 2,665 meters (8,750 feet) by 46 meters (151 feet). Permanent NOTAM A3401/08 notates this change, and NOTAM A1936/10 notes other runway information.
4. Special considerations at EGPF
It’s important to note that crew members must always wear high-visibility vests while on the ramp. There are no exceptions to this rule, and your handler can furnish the vests. Be mindful, also, that chewing gum is strictly prohibited on the ramp at EGPF.
5. Airport slots are needed
All aircraft operating to EGPF require airport slots. This requirement is new as of 2014. Slots are obtained via a special website and are normally requested by your ground handler. Slot confirmations are provided and must be placed in Remarks 18 of your flight plan. EGPF slot deviation is +/- 15 minutes. If the airport slot process is not followed accurately, and the confirmation is not inserted in the remarks, your flight plan may be rejected, and delays will occur. For more information on the airport slot process for the UK, please see our article entitled "UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon."
6. Catering considerations
No in-flight caterers are available at EGPF. Aircraft catering is normally sourced from local restaurants. Catering will be delivered to the FBO, or ground handler, who will take it though security to your aircraft.
It’s best to talk with your 3rd-party provider or ground handler to confirm operating requirements for EGPF. One week’s advanced notice is recommended in order to secure slots as well as to arrange ramp access for private vehicles.
If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Glasgow, contact me at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for Part 2, which covers customs, immigration, and local area information for Glasgow.