Coming Soon: Russian Landing Permit Changes – Effective May 30, 2013
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.
The Russian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced important changes related to landing permit requirements effective May 30, 2013. The good news for operators of non-scheduled flights to Russia is that permit application lead times have been reduced, permit validity has been extended, and fewer permit revisions are now required. Here’s an overview of the changes:
1. Application times for Russian landing permits have been reduced
Previously, the permit lead time was three business days when requesting one to four non-scheduled flights per month on international airways to international Airports of Entry (AOEs) in Russia, and 14 business days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays of the Russian Federation) for more than four non-scheduled flights per month. For aircraft with fewer than 19 passenger seats, the minimum landing permit application time has been reduced from three business days to just one business day and remains at 14 business days when requesting permits for more than four operations a month.
2. Pilot certificates are now required for Russian landing permit applications
When submitting permit applications for aircraft with fewer than 19 passenger seats, the following valid documents must be submitted:
- Aircraft registration certificate
- Airworthiness certificate
- Air Operator’s Certificate (for charter aircraft only)
- Worldwide insurance with third-party liability
- Crew crash info card (only if the arrival airport has no fire protection)
- French CAA letter of request for landing (only for French registries)
- Crewmember pilot certificates
The new document requirement is that crewmember pilot certificates must now be provided. Note that it’s not necessary for pilot certificates to be issued from the same country the aircraft is registered in. Also, be aware that if the airworthiness certificate is over 10 years old and doesn’t have an expiration date, you will also have to submit the aircraft maintenance log.
3. Landing permit validity times have been extended
Russian landing permits for non-scheduled flights now have extended validities of 48 hours (as opposed to 24 hours previously.) Permits are valid from 0001 UTC on day of operation and they remain valid for 48 hours from the estimated Time of Departure (ETD) in UTC. This greatly enhances operational flexibility in Russia, as permits are now valid for earlier-than-planned arrivals (as long as they are in the same UTC day) and later-than-expected departures (with 48-hour windows.)
4. Permit revisions are no longer required in certain circumstances
Within the permit validity period, you may operate on the basis of your filed flight plan, without the need for permit revision. The following are types of changes that do not require a permit revision:
- Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)/ETD changes
- changes to the digital part of the flight number
- adding an additional tech stop within Russia at an international AOE
- use of a different "reserved" aircraft indicated in your permit application
Additionally, for aircraft with fewer than 19 passenger seats, no permit revision is required within the validity period of your original permit for the following situations:
- change to entry/exit points into/from the Russian flight information region (FIR)
- change to the aerodrome of departure/landing outside the territory of Russia
Although operating into Russia poses its challenges, these changes in the Russian landing permit process are positive and will help make Russia more user-friendly for non-scheduled operators – particularly operators of aircraft with fewer than 19 seats. Still, due to complexities when operating to Russia, we recommend you work with your 3rd-party provider or local ground handler to navigate this operating environment efficiently.
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