2016 Brazil Summer Games

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    Trip Planning Resource Center

    The 2016 Brazil Summer Games and Para Games will take place August 5 through September 18. Most of the events will be held in Rio de Janeiro, with a few football (soccer) games hosted by other cities. It’s expected that there will be a high volume of both scheduled commercial and general aviation (GA) traffic traveling into and out of Brazil during this time.

    Due to the anticipated high-demand on ground services (including aircraft parking, hotels, and more), it’s recommended that you begin pre-planning immediately if you will be in Brazil during this time. On this resource center, you will find information that will assist you – including permit requirements, visa considerations, airport information, NOTAMs, and more. And we’ll keep this resource center current as new information is made available.

    If you need assistance with planning your trip to Brazil, we can help. Contact your dedicated trip support team or contact us online.

    Your missions are often impacted by high-traffic events and world holidays. We’ve consolidated many of these dates and locations into this one calendar to help you in your pre-planning. View the Business Aviation Planning Calendar.

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    Brazilian Permits

    There are two different types of permits for Brazil: landing permits and domestic overflight permits.

    Landing permit – The landing permit is required for a single entry into the country, and needs to be requested in advance (prior to arrival). It can be obtained at any time prior to arrival with a minimum lead time of two hours prior to departure (prior to filing your flight plan for Brazil). Note that the application must be submitted with all appropriate documents.

    The following documents are required for landing permits:

    Pilot in Command (PIC) and Second in Command (SIC) first-class medical certificates
    PIC and SIC pilot licenses with specific aircraft authorization
    Airworthiness certificate
    Registration certificate
    Worldwide insurance (with worldwide coverage and third-party liability clause on behalf of the operator)
    Full operator and aircraft information
    Specific purpose of flight (to include the reason for traveling to the country)
    Full schedule
    Domestic overflight permits – The Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) requires a domestic overflight permit when making internal legs in Brazil, regardless of the type of flight. A permit request, along with documents, must be submitted 48 business hours prior to operations to this country. However, due to heavy traffic expected, the processing time for a permit may increase to seven business days.

    The following documents are required for domestic overflight permits:

    PIC and SIC first-class medical certificates
    PIC and SIC pilot licenses with specific aircraft authorization
    Airworthiness certificate
    Registration certificate
    Worldwide insurance (with worldwide coverage and third-party liability clause on behalf of the operator)
    Full operator and aircraft information
    Specific purpose of flight (to include the reason for traveling to the country)
    Full schedule

    Additional requirements

    If the flight is operating as a charter (non-scheduled commercial), the following additional documents are needed:

    Operations specifications (D085 and B050)
    Aircraft operator certificate or air carrier certificate
    Keep in mind that the most recent issuance of each document is required. If any of the documents need to be revised or corrected, an additional 48 working hours is required to process the permit.

    For private non-revenue operators, it’s recommended that a “customs letter” be carried onboard and available to provide to customs upon request. This “customs letter” must be on the company letterhead, and must include:

    The passenger(s) relationship with the company
    All passenger names and which leg(s) they will be on
    A signature by a high ranking representative of the operator, such as the flight operations director or a board member of the company
    Please contact your trip support team for a template of the “customs letter.”

    Charter flights – Cabotage

    In Brazil, customs is responsible for determining cabotage infractions. Ferry legs and passenger changes can be considered cabotage, and as such should be avoided. Transporting Brazilian and foreign citizens intra-country is permissible, but it’s recommended that the lead passenger be on each leg, so that authorities do not question whether the operator is committing a cabotage infraction. Additionally, it’s recommended that these types of flights carry onboard the aircraft the charter contract indicating all legs – to show that the trip was arranged outside of the country. If customs determines that the flight has committed cabotage, they will revoke the domestic permit and force the aircraft to depart the country.

    Submission requirements

    To apply for airport slots, all required permits for travel to Brazil must first be obtained. ANAC will accept revisions, but because the Games will attract heavy traffic, the permit processing time will increase as the Games get closer. The current permit processing time is 48 hours, but it’s estimated that it may take up to seven days over the next few months. If revised or updated documents need to subsequently be submitted, this should be done far in advance to allow the permit to be approved in time for your representatives to request airport slots when they become available. For this reason, it’s imperative that operators pay close attention to aircraft documentation for accuracy of data and expiration dates. If an operator has documents that are currently close to expiration or will expire during this event, it’s recommended to obtain updated documentation (i.e. new worldwide insurance) prior to submitting any requests. This restriction also applies to crew documentation, especially medical certificates.

    Flight Planning Information

    Always check NOTAMs for airspace closures or special requirements. While there are few airspace restrictions in Brazil, all flights between Brazil and Europe or Africa must use certain designated entry and exit gate points as published by NOTAM. Also, as noted on charts, there are some regions in Brazil with airspace restrictions, so prior planning is always required. For this event, you will also need to note that all slot requirements will be issued via NOTAM from the particular airport.

    In remarks section 18 of the ICAO portion of the flight plan, you must include the landing permit number when the next destination is within Brazil, along with the name of the aircraft operator, the previous departure airport, the receipt number from the airport for landing fees that have been paid, and the security approval from your hub airport when applicable.

    It’s important to note that all landing fees must be paid before a flight plan will be validated. Once a flight plan is validated, it takes 45 minutes to become active, and you may not depart before this time. Keep in mind that a flight plan is only valid for 45 minutes, and any delays must be notified within 30 minutes after the initial scheduled departure time. When delaying any flight plans multiple times, additional landing fees will be applied for any excess beyond which has already been paid. In order to avoid further delays with any additional need to re-file a flight plan, it’s recommended to pay for an additional one to two hours’ worth of landing fees upfront.

    During the 2016 Brazil Summer Games and Para Games, all flight plans must be filed at least one-and-a-half hours prior to departure. Alternatively, if the flight plan isn’t filed in this timeframe, the airport slot associated for the appropriate arrival or departure will be cancelled. The only exception to this rule is when you depart from any non-slot coordinated airport to a slot-coordinated field where the flight plan can be filed 45 minutes prior to departure. However, it’s important to keep in mind the flight time to your destination as the flight planning requirement for all slot-coordinated airports is 1.5 hours prior to the approved slot time. This means that if you are traveling SBRF-SBGL-SBGR and your ground time at SBGL is two hours, you can file your flight plan from SBRF 45 minutes prior to departure, but will need to be on file within 1.5 hours prior to departure from SBGL.

    Brazilian authorities have issued the temporary airspace restrictions for this event, issued by the Centro de Gerenciamento da Navegacao (CGNA). In this document, the CGNA has issued exclusion zones, supplied flight planning requirements, and provided maps outlining restricted airspace. The full document can be viewed via the link below:

    AIC-N-07

    Note: this is the same information that AIC A 18/15 contained, but it contains all the information from CGNA and ANAC and has condensed it to one document. This document currently only exists in Portuguese, with the English version to be published downline.

    With the implementation of exclusion zones (red, yellow, and white) over specific airports and surrounding areas during the Games, flying over this airspace may not be possible. Specific NOTAMs will be issued regarding airspace changes for flight planning purposes in these regions. For more information on these exclusion zones, please see the ‘Airport and airspace restrictions’ section under the Airport Requirements tab.

    Note that airport authorities have now announced that they will enact the requirement of “hub airports.” The purpose of imposing this requirement, is to ensure that operators depart airports that have approved airport security inspection procedures and are approved by the Federal Police. During the activation of the yellow exclusion zones, no operator will be able to travel to and from these fields unless they are arriving from a hub airport. This means that if you are traveling to an airport such as SBGL when the yellow exclusion zone is in force, you must depart a hub airport in order to be accepted by SBGL. Note that Brazilian authorities have defined the Brazilian airports and determined that no U.S. hub airfields will be provided. Also, it’s important to consider that your trip will likely have to be revised if you will be traveling to a Brazilian airport during a yellow exclusion zone.

    The Department of Airspace Control has issued a reference guide that provides an overview of restrictions and items to consider for the upcoming 2016 Brazil Summer Games. It’s recommended that operators review the items to familiarize themselves with the material.

    CGNA has defined a list of airports that can be used as alternates for flight planning purposes during the Summer Games.

    Primary destination: SBCB
    Potential alternates:

    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)

    Primary destination: SBCF
    Potential alternates:

    Pampulha (SBBH)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Carlos Prates (SBPR)
    Usiminas (SBIP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)

    Primary destination: SBBH
    Potential alternates:

    Belo Horizonte (SBCF)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Carlos Prates (SBPR)
    Usiminas (SBIP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)

    Primary destination: SBBR
    Potential alternates:

    Goiania (SBGO)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Caldas Novas (SBCN)

    Primary destination: SBGL
    Potential alternates:

    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)

    Primary destination: SBRJ
    Potential alternates:

    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)

    Primary destination: SBEG
    Potential alternates:

    Novo Campo (SBPV)
    Santa Maria (SBAR)
    Zumbi Dos Palmares (SBMO)
    Ilheus (SBIL)
    Vitoria da Conquista (SBQV)

    Primary destination: SBSV
    Potential alternates:

    Santa Maria (SBAR)
    Zumbi Dos Palmares (SBMO)
    Ilheus (SBIL)
    Vitoria da Conquista (SBQV)

    Primary destination: SBGR
    Potential alternates:

    Campinas (SBKP)
    Congonhas (SBSP)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Marte (SBMT)
    Araraquara (SBAQ)
    Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SBSR)
    Moussa Tobias Nakhl (SBAE)

    Primary destination: SBKP
    Potential alternates:

    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Marte (SBMT)
    Araraquara (SBAQ)
    Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SBSR)
    Moussa Tobias Nakhl (SBAE)

    Primary destination: SBSP
    Potential alternates:

    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    Campinas (SBKP)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Marte (SBMT)
    Araraquara (SBAQ)
    Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SBSR)
    Moussa Tobias Nakhl (SBAE)

    Primary destination: SBGO
    Potential alternates:

    Brasilia (SBBR)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    aldas Novas (SBCN)

    Lastly, keep in mind that at smaller airports, ATC personnel may prefer to speak Portuguese.

    Visa Information

    Current regulations:

    Visas are never issued upon arrival. All crew and passengers needing visas need to obtain them prior to arrival.

    Pilots do not require visas if they are in uniform and listed as crew on the general declaration (Gen Dec), but they must have their passports and pilot licenses to clear customs. The maximum stay permitted in the country without a visa is 10 days. Note that authorities may extend this maximum stay upon request, but it is at their discretion to approve or disapprove.
    Flight attendants and aviation maintenance technicians must be licensed or certified by the FAA or similar organization. If not, a visa will be required.
    Crew arriving on business jets and departing via airline back home will not require a visa if they have a valid inbound Gen Dec stamped by the immigration department, and they are staying in the country for a maximum of 10 days. The process is different if the pilot arrives commercially (usually as relief crew) without a visa to pick up a business aircraft.
    Visa requirements for passengers depend on the nationality.

    Changes for the 2016 Brazil Summer Games:

    The Brazilian President has approved a law that will exempt foreigners from countries that have hosted Games in the past (and do not offer migratory risks or threat to national security) from requiring visas during the 2016 Brazil Summer Games period. With this approval, nationals from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan, traveling for tourism only, can enter the country from June 1, 2016, through September 18, 2016, without a visa, and can remain in the country for a maximum of 90 days.

    Note: this regulation does not apply to crew, or to U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Japanese passengers traveling to Brazil for business.

    Airport Requirements

    All cities hosting events during the Summer Games will require airport slots, a PPR, or both. Note that operators must first obtain appropriate landing and domestic permits AND have the aircraft registered at the slot application office prior to being able to request slots. It’s recommended that you speak to your 3rd-party provider or ground handler to find out when slots should be requested. For more information on documentation needed for permits, please see the “Permits” section of this site.

    Airport slot information

    At this time, eight airports have confirmation to coordinate slots during the Summer Games period. Below you will find these airports:

    Slot coordinated airportsDates required
    Brasilia International (SBBR)August 3-14
    Galeao International (SBGL)August 1-September 20
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)August 1-September 20
    Tancredo Neves (SBCF)August 1-September 20
    Pampulha (SBBH)August 1-September 20
    Guarulhos (SBGR)August 1-September 20
    Congonhas (SBSP)August 1-September 20
    Campinas (SBKP)August 1-September 20

    Airport slots will only be possible to obtain once they become available to business aviation operators – via their ground handler. Note that in order to obtain slots, an operator will need to have the landing permit approved beforehand and sign a letter authorizing the 3rd-party provider to manage the slots. Your 3rd-party provider will provide you with the template to authorize them to act on your behalf. It’s estimated that 20% of all airport slots will be reserved for heads of state, designated VIPs, and private non-revenue and charter flights. Note that the slot requirements for each airport will be issued via NOTAM and not via CGNA. Also, note that slots are estimated to become available on July 7, but this date may change.

    Be advised that VIP flights – defined as head of state and major sponsors – will receive priority for airport slots. However, unlike other operators traveling to this event, the official committee will communicate directly with them for those slots. Any changes to the schedule will require such operators to communicate with the committee in order to revise the slots. It’s important that VIP operators advise their 3rd-party provider of these slots in order to ensure that the flight plans are filed correctly. Also, note that such airport slot confirmations don’t provide aircraft parking, which must be requested separately through your ground handler.

    When your slot is approved, the deviation will be +/- 30 minutes. Also, any airport slots that need to be cancelled, must be done a minimum of four hours prior to the approved time. Its recommended that any changes to slots be done up to five hours prior to estimated time of departure (ETD)/estimated time of arrival (ETA) to avoid potential penalties.

    Note that airport slots are available for each runway. Once a slot is reserved, you can’t request runway changes claiming aircraft performance issues. If you need to land on a runway other than the one the slot was reserved under, you will need to apply for a new slot. Aircraft arriving outside of the slot deviation tolerance will be diverted. For departures, if your ETD is delayed, you will need to apply for a new slot.

    Airport slot penalty and cancellation information

    Cancelling slot timeframe     More than 4 hours from
    approved time
    Between 4 and 1.5 hours
    from approved time
    With less than 1.5 hours
    from approved time
    What happens with the slot if you cancel it?The slot remains available for any user (3rd-party provider) to reserve itSlot still shows confirmed in the system, but is available as opportunity slot onlySlot will still be available as opportunity slot
    What are the repercussions to the user and operator if the slot is cancelled?User will not be notified as there are no issuesUser will only be notified in the case of multiple occurrences/infractionsUser will be notified of infraction
    How to file a flight plan if you don't have a slot:Pick the available slot in the system and add the confirmation number to the flight plan (ETD must be the same as the approved slot time)User looks in the system; finds out which opportunity slots are available and then contact ATS to request the available opportunity slot. With the slot in hand, the user has up to 1.5 hours prior to the ETD to file the flight planUser looks in the system, and contacts ATS to reserve the opportunity slot. Flight plan must be filed immediately to meet the filing requirements.
    When penalties apply:
    • Slot is reserved but not used

    • Slot is released less than 1.5 hours prior to ETA/ETD

    • Slot is released within 4 and 1.5 hours prior the slot time on more than one occasion


    Note: All the of the above will incur a notification. Once a notification is received, the operator will need to explain the reason the slot was not released on time and depending on the response, penalties may apply.

    The notifications will be processed after the 2016 Brazil Summer Games period, so any penalties will be determined several months after the infraction. During the World Cup no penalties were enforced, but they will during this event.

    Airport categorization for slot-coordinated airfields

    Category ACategory BCategory C
    Demand is higher than runway capacityDemand is higher than parking capacityDemand is higher than capacity
    Slots required for arrival and departureSlot required for arrival onlySlots required for arrival and departure
    The level of coordination and the maximum ground time on the parking apron for each airport will be informed via NOTAM as published.

    Brazilian authorities have advised that each slot-coordinated airport for this event will be classified as A, B, or C. Depending on the type of categorization, there are different slot requirements. See the chart above for the slot requirements depending on the categorization. Additionally, each of these airports will issue a NOTAM indicating the maximum time on the ground (two or three hours max) unless you have parking arrangements confirmed. It’s expected that these NOTAMs will be issued one to two weeks prior to the event. This may require specific attention if it’s your hub airport because if the maximum ground time is less than three hours, you likely don’t have the needed time to complete all the processes and it may be best to utilize another airport.

    Below you will find the airport categorization for each slot-coordinated airport for this event:

    AirportCategorization
    Brasilia (SBBR)B
    Galeao International (SBGL)The categorization for this airport will change. Below is a breakdown of the changes:

    Aug 1-3 – A

    Aug 4-6 - C

    Aug 7-19 – A

    Aug 20-22 – C

    Aug 23-Sept 21 – A
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)The categorization for this airport will change. Below is a breakdown of the changes:

    July 13-Aug 3 – A

    Aug 4-6 – C

    Aug 7-19 – A

    Aug 20-22 – C

    Aug 23-Sept 21 – A
    Tancredo Neves (SBCF)B
    Pampulha (SBBH)B
    Guarulhos (SBGR)B
    Congonhas (SBSP)B
    Campinas (SBKP)B

    Aircraft parking information

    Brazilian authorities have now confirmed the parking availability for SBGL airport. The SBGL airport administration has authorized two ground handlers to manage parking for this event and have announced this information. This will now allow operators to start confirming aircraft parking options for SBGL. Note that parking availability at other slot coordinated airports has not been advised at this time. Airport slots will not approve parking for your requested destination and a separate parking request will need to be requested through the ground handler. Additionally, note that SBKP only has three GA parking spots available at any given time.

    Airport and airspace restrictions

    Brazilian authorities (CGNA) have issued maps to indicate white, yellow, and red restriction areas, known as exclusion zones. These zones have been implemented to secure the airspace against terrorism or accidents during each event. The lower airspace within the Terminal Managed Area (TMA) where the exclusion zones will be implemented, will be divided into white, yellow, and red zones. If the airport and the stadium are both located in a red zone (due to the close proximity between the two), the airport will be closed for a particular amount of time. No general aviation flights will be able to operate in the red exclusion zone. You will need to meet specific criteria in order to operate in the yellow zone such as departing an approved “hub airport”, and you must have correct routing in the flight plan in order to operate in the white zone. Following is the explanation of restrictions for each zone:

    Exclusion zoneRestricted airspaceGA aircraft requirements
    Whiteside limits of the TMAPermitted if the origin or destination is within the white area. If your route does not have an airport within that space, you’ll need to reroute.
    Yellowa range of 7 nautical miles (NM) from the TMAPermitted to operate in this area as long as appropriate permissions have been obtained (i.e. confirmed slot and/or PPR, flight plan on file, etc.)
    Reda range of 4 NM from the TMANot permitted in this airspace during each closure

    Note: the vertical limits for all of these areas is flight level 145.

    Note that there is only one airport that falls within the red zone – Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (SBBH). This means that there will be specific times where the airport is closed to GA aircraft.

    The most popular destination airport for this event, Galeao International, Rio de Janeiro (SBGL) is in the yellow zone. This means that GA operators that have a filed flight plan and confirmed slots can operate into and out of this airport, as long as they depart an approved “hub airport.”

    Authorities have announced which airports fall under which exclusion zone. Note that these exclusion zones are only effective during certain time frames and you will be able to find this information under the “Airport Information” section:

    Slot coordinated airportsExclusion zone (for specific time frames)
    Brasilia International (SBBR)Yellow
    Galeao International (SBGL)Yellow
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)Yellow
    Tancredo Neves (SBCF)Yellow
    Pampulha (SBBH)Red
    Guarulhos (SBGR)Yellow
    Congonhas (SBSP)White (no restrictions)
    Campinas (SBKP)White (no restrictions)
    Manaus (SBEG)Yellow

    For the complete list of airspace restrictions during the 2016 Brazil Summer Games, please see the CGNA AIC-N-07.

    Note: this is the same information that AIC A 18/15 contained, but it contains all the information from CGNA and ANAC and has condensed it to one document. This document currently only exists in Portuguese, with the English version to be published downline.

    Hub airport information

    Hub airports will be used to ensure operators depart airports that have approved airport security inspections in place and are approved by the Federal Police. These hub airports will only be available in Brazil and authorities have announced the fields. In Brazil, much of the security inspection will be completed by a third party that has received approval from both CGNA and ANAC. Note that you must utilize a hub airport when you are traveling to an airport that has an active yellow exclusion zone in place. The exclusion zone times differ by airport, depending on the day and the event(s) taking place. In order to avoid this requirement, you must travel to your destination outside the specific times when the exclusion zone is enacted, and in general this is during the evening hours.

    It’s important to understand the process when utilizing a hub airport in Brazil. When arriving into the country, you will first arrive at an airport of entry and an approved hub airport (when your next destination requires this). Upon arrival, all crew and passengers will be taken to the main terminal to clear customs and immigration. As with all airports in Brazil, crew and passengers clear in the main terminal alongside scheduled commercial passengers. During this clearance, all luggage will have to be x-rayed and if there are any items that may be considered suspicious, the luggage will need to be manually checked. Then an internal and external inspection of the aircraft must be completed. The PIC or SIC needs to be present for this process. The inspection is completed by a third party and will inspect the aircraft, which process takes approximately one-and-a-half-hours to complete and will then provide you with a confirmation number. Only after this process is complete may a flight plan be filed as authorities require the security confirmation to be placed in the ICAO section of the flight plan. Depending on if the airport is or isn’t one of the official slot coordinated airports, it will take 45 minutes (non-slot-coordinated airport) or an hour-and-a-half to file (slot-coordinated airport).

    If you travel from a hub airport to an airport with an active yellow exclusion zone for a drop-and-go or reposition, you will then be required to complete another security clearance, though this one will be a more simplified process.

    Due to the complex nature of such hub airports, it’s important to become familiar with the process and not exceed any slot approvals you have that may lead to a potential penalty or diversion to your alternate.

    List of Brazilian hub airports:

    Galeao International (SBGL) *
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ) *
    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Brasilia (SBBR) *
    Guarulhos (SBGR) *
    Recife (SBRF)
    Manaus (SBEG)
    Porto Alegre (SBPA)
    * Even though these are hub airports, they will be in a yellow exclusion zone during certain time frames. This means that in order to land at any of these airports during the exclusion zone time brackets (times vary by port), you still need to arrive from a hub airport as a direct flight isn’t possible.

    Other information

    It’s recommended that you monitor NOTAMs for each of the host cities. They will be outlining airport slots, PPRs, closure requirements, and restrictions for each airfield.

    Brazil 2016 Host Cities and Alternate Airports

    Belo Horizonte

    Tancredo Neves, Belo Horizonte (SBCF) – primary airport

    Airport and Handler Information

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    Airport information:

    Airport of entry (AOE): Yes
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    Prior permission required (PPR): Not required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 16/34 – 3,000 meters (m) X 45 m
    Exclusion zone: Yellow

    Notes:

    Airport slots are required at this airport from August 1 at 0000 UTC through September 30 at 2359 UTC.

    Dates and timeframes when you need to meet requirements to enter a yellow exclusion zone:

    August 8 2100 UTC – August 9 0400 UTC
    August 6 1900 UTC – August 7 0200 UTC
    August 10 1500 – 2200 UTC
    August 13 2100 UTC – August 14 0100 UTC
    August 16 1800 – 2200 UTC
    August 20 1500 – 1930 UTC
    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Guarulhos, Sao Paulo (SBGR)
    Sorocaba (SDCO)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Pampulha (SBBH)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Carlos Prates (SBPR)
    Usiminas (SBIP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

    View current METARs, TAFs, and NOTAMs

    Will be posted as made available.

    Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (SBBH) – primary airport

    Airport and Handler Information

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    Airport information:

    AOE: No
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 13/31 – 2,540 m X 45 m
    Exclusion zone: Red

    Notes:

    Airport slots are required at this airport from August 1 at 0000 UTC through September 30 at 2359 UTC.

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Dates and timeframes when GA aircraft will not be permitted to operate at this airport as it’s in a red exclusion zone:

    August 8 2100 UTC – August 9 0400 UTC
    August 6 1900 UTC – August 7 0200 UTC
    August 10 1500 – 2200 UTC
    August 13 2100 UTC – August 14 0100 UTC
    August 16 1800 – 2200 UTC
    August 20 1500 – 1930 UTC

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Guarulhos, Sao Paulo (SBGR)
    Sorocaba (SDCO)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Belo Horizonte (SBCF)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Carlos Prates (SBPR)
    Usiminas (SBIP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

    View current METARs, TAFs, and NOTAMs

    Will be posted as made available.

    Brasilia

    Brasilia International, Brasilia (SBBR) – primary airport

    Airport and Handler Information

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 11L/29R – 3,200 m X 45m
    11R/29L – 3,300 m X 45 m
    Exclusion zone: Yellow

    Notes:

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Dates and timeframes when you need to meet requirements to enter a yellow exclusion zone:

    August 4 1500 UTC –2200 UTC
    August 7 2100 UTC – August 8 0400 UTC
    August 9 1800 – 2200 UTC
    August 10 0000 – 0400 UTC
    August 10 1500 – 2200 UTC
    August 12 1500 – 1900 UTC
    August 13 1500 – 1900 UTC

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Goiania (SBGO)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Goiania (SBGO)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Caldas Novas (SBCN)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

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    Manaus

    Eduardo Gomes International, Manaus (SBEG) – primary airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes (see below)
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Not required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 28/10 – 2,700 m X 45 m
    Exclusion zone: Yellow

    Notes:

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Note that this airport has customs and immigration blackout times:

    Daily: 0230-0430 UTC
    Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 0230 – 0530 UTC
    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 0000 – 0200 UTC
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 2000 – 2300 UTC
    During the above times, customs and immigration staff handle international commercial flights and GA crew and passengers will need to wait until the last scheduled commercial passenger is cleared prior to receiving services.

    Dates and timeframes when you need to meet requirements to enter a yellow exclusion zone:

    August 4 2000 UTC – August 5 0300 UTC
    August 7 2000 UTC – August 8 0300 UTC
    August 9 2000 UTC – August 10 0300 UTC

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Boa Vista (SBBV)
    Porto Velho (SBPV)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Boa Vista (SBBV)
    Porto Velho (SBPV)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

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    Rio de Janeiro

    Galeao International, Rio de Janeiro (SBGL) – primary airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 10/28 – 4,000 m X 45 m
    15/33 – 3,180 m X 47 m
    Exclusion zone: Yellow

    Notes:

    Airport slots are required at this airport from August 1 at 0000 UTC through September 30 at 2359 UTC.

    Aircraft parking will be available at this airport subject to availability and slot approval.

    Dates and timeframes when you need to meet requirements to enter a yellow exclusion zone:

    August 3 1500 UTC –2200 UTC
    August 4 1700 UTC – August 5 0000 UTC
    August 5 1800 UTC – August 6 0300 UTC
    August 6 1100 UTC – August 7 0500 UTC
    August 7 1100 UTC – August 8 0500 UTC
    August 8 1100 UTC – August 9 0500 UTC
    August 9 1100 UTC – August 10 0500 UTC
    August 10 1100 UTC – August 11 0500 UTC
    August 11 1100 UTC – August 12 0500 UTC
    August 12 1100 UTC – August 13 0500 UTC
    August 13 1100 UTC – August 14 0500 UTC
    August 14 1100 UTC – August 15 0500 UTC
    August 15 1100 UTC – August 16 0500 UTC
    August 16 1100 UTC – August 17 0500 UTC
    August 17 1100 UTC – August 18 0500 UTC
    August 18 1100 UTC – August 19 0500 UTC
    August 19 1100 UTC – August 20 0500 UTC
    August 20 1100 UTC – August 21 0500 UTC
    August 21 1100 UTC – August 22 0300 UTC
    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Tancredo Neves (SBCF)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    Make arrangements with your Universal Aviation Brazil representative today.

    Santos Dumont, Rio de Janeiro (SBRJ) – primary airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: No

    Hours of operation:
    24/7 between 3-23 August
    0600 – 2300 local outside of the above date
    See below for additional closures

    PPR: May be required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Overnight not usually possible
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 02L/20R – 1,240 m X 30 m
    02R/20L – 1,323 m X 42 m
    Exclusion zone: Yellow

    Notes:

    The airport will become a 24-hour airport between 3-23 August only. The decision was made by the airport authority, to compensate for the airport closures during the day when events are taking place.

    Note that the airport will be closed daily 1240-1710 local between 8-18 August for filming purposes.

    Airport slots will be required at this airport from August 1 at 0000 UTC through September 30 at 2359 UTC.

    Dates and timeframes when you need to meet requirements to enter a yellow exclusion zone:

    August 3 1500 UTC –2200 UTC
    August 4 1700 UTC – August 5 0000 UTC
    August 5 1800 UTC – August 6 0300 UTC
    August 6 1100 UTC – August 7 0500 UTC
    August 7 1100 UTC – August 8 0500 UTC
    August 8 1100 UTC – August 9 0500 UTC
    August 9 1100 UTC – August 10 0500 UTC
    August 10 1100 UTC – August 11 0500 UTC
    August 11 1100 UTC – August 12 0500 UTC
    August 12 1100 UTC – August 13 0500 UTC
    August 13 1100 UTC – August 14 0500 UTC
    August 14 1100 UTC – August 15 0500 UTC
    August 15 1100 UTC – August 16 0500 UTC
    August 16 1100 UTC – August 17 0500 UTC
    August 17 1100 UTC – August 18 0500 UTC
    August 18 1100 UTC – August 19 0500 UTC
    August 19 1100 UTC – August 20 0500 UTC
    August 20 1100 UTC – August 21 0500 UTC
    August 21 1100 UTC – August 22 0300 UTC

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    São Paulo

    Guarulhos, São Paulo (SBGR) – primary airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Available for a max of 48 hours
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 09R/27L – 3,000 m X 45 m
    09L/27R – 3,700 m X 45 m
    Exclusion zone: Yellow

    Notes:

    Currently, aircraft parking is available for a maximum of 48 hours. This may change for the Games, but authorities haven’t announced anything at this time.

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Dates and timeframes when you need to meet requirements to enter a yellow exclusion zone:

    August 3 1700 UTC – August 4 0000 UTC
    August 6 1700 UTC – August 7 0000 UTC
    August 10 2100 UTC – August 11 0400 UTC
    August12 2100 UTC – August 13 0100 UTC
    August 14 0000 – 0400 UTC
    August 17 1800 – 2200 UTC
    August 19 1500 – 2000 UTC

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Sorocaba (SDCO)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Campinas (SBKP)
    Congonhas (SBSP)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Marte (SBMT)
    Araraquara (SBAQ)
    Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SBSR)
    Moussa Tobias Nakhl (SBAE)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

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    Alternate Airports for Aircraft Parking

    Brasilia

    Santa Genoveva, Goiania (SBGO) – alternate airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: No
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Not required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Not available
    Runway: 14/32 – 2500 m x 45 m

    Notes:

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Brasilia (SBBR)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Brasilia (SBBR)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Uberaba (SBUR)
    Uberlandia (SBUL)
    Montes Claros (SBMK)
    Caldas Novas (SBCN)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    Rio de Janeiro

    Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro (SBCB) – alternate airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Not required
    Parking: Available
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 10/28 – 2,550 m X 45 m

    Notes:

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro (SBJR) – alternate airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes

    Hours of operation:
    Closed 3-22 August
    Outside of above dates 0615-2200 local

    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 02/20 – 900 m x 30 m

    Notes:

    This airport will be closed 3 August at 0300 UTC through 22 August 0300 UTC.

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Guarulhos, Sao Paulo (SBGL)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Cabo Frio (SBCB)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    São Paulo

    Congonhas, São Paulo (SBSP) – alternate airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: No
    Hours of operation: 0600 – 2300 local
    PPR: May be required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 17R/35L – 1,940 m X 45 m
    17L/35R – 1,435 m X 45 m
    Exclusion zone: White

    Notes:

    This airport always requires airport slots for arrival and departure.

    Airport slots will be required at this airport from August 1 at 0000 UTC through September 30 at 2359 UTC.

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    Sorocaba (SDCO)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    Campinas (SBKP)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Marte (SBMT)
    Araraquara (SBAQ)
    Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SBSR)
    Moussa Tobias Nakhl (SBAE)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    Campinas, São Paulo (SBKP) – alternate airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: Yes
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Required
    Airport slots: Required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 15/33 – 3,240 m X 45 m

    Notes:

    Airport slots will be required at this airport from August 1 at 0000 UTC through September 30 at 2359 UTC.

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Aircraft parking prices are very high at this location and may increase further for the Summer Games.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Congonhas (SBSP)
    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    São José dos Campos (SBSJ)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Marte (SBMT)
    Araraquara (SBAQ)
    Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SBSR)
    Moussa Tobias Nakhl (SBAE)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

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    Sorocaba, São Paulo (SDCO) – alternate airport

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    Airport information:

    AOE: No
    Hours of operation: 24/7
    PPR: Not required
    Airport slots: Not required
    Parking: Subject to availability
    Ground handling: Available
    Jet A: Available
    In-flight catering: Available
    Runway: 18/36 – 1,480 m x 30 m

    Notes:

    Aircraft must carry own towbar.

    Alternate airports to consider for aircraft parking:

    Guarulhos (SBGR)
    São José dos Campos (SBSJ)
    Recommended alternates for flight planning purposes:

    Santos Dumont (SBRJ)
    Leite Lopes (SBRP)
    Francisco de Assis (SBJF)
    Galeao International (SBGL)
    Macae (SBME)
    Bartolomeu Lisandro (SBCP)
    Applicable NOTAMs:

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    Will be posted as made available.

    Make arrangements with your Universal Aviation Brazil representative today.

    Security Information

    Brazil has a high rate of violent crime, but this is usually localized in the favelas (or slums) of large urban cities, and is often fueled by the drug trade. In those same areas, kidnapping and extortion are also high. Police corruption is common within Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and the police have been known to use excessive force against locals and tourists for minor offenses.

    Street crime is the largest concern for those visiting the 2016 Brazil Summer Games. Perceived wealth is often the reason visitors are targeted. Hotels are easy targets, so make sure you choose a hotel with a safe, and do not leave your items out inside your room at any time – this includes hotels where the crew must reposition. There has been an increase in robberies across Brazil, including those that occur at ATMs where the individual is forced to withdraw money.

    As we have seen in the past, protests do take place regularly within multiple cities across Brazil and can occur with little warning. It is best to monitor local media as well as avoid large gatherings as much as possible. As previously noted, Brazilian officials have been known to use force when dealing with individuals they perceive as breaking the law – caution should be used at all times.

    The threat of terrorism is low. However, when large events such as the 2016 Brazil Summer Games occur, the threat does increase. Those visiting the 2016 Brazil Summer Games should remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times.

    For the latest information or to obtain a briefing on a particular city, airport, country, or hotel, please contact our Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Security Sales Representative, Tracie Carwile.

    Resources and Links

    Official website for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio:

    http://www.rio2016.com/en
    Articles on operating to Brazil:

    http://www.universalweather.com/blog/tag/brazil/
    Health information:

    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/brazil

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