Need to know: LABACE 2017 (Pt. 2)
This year’s LABACE convention kicks off today at São Paulo/Congonhas International (CGH), in Brazil. In this second part on what you need to know, Universal Aviation Operations Manager Marcia Taue lets you in on what you need to know.
Must-read: Need to know – LABACE 2017 (Pt. 1)
Permit considerations and lead times vary depending on if you’re making one or more stops in Brazil. If you plan to clear customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) at an airport of entry (AOE) in Brazil and continue on to Congonhas, the domestic permit requirement, and associated longer lead time, kicks in.
If you’re flying into Brazil for LABACE 2017 (Aug 15-17, Sao Paulo), the following is an overview of what you need to know:
1. Airport slots and airport closures
CGH requires airport slots every day from 0900-0200 UTC. Due to a new NOTAM issued, airport slots will only be required 0700-1000 local between June 23 and Sept 1, Monday through Friday. Note that these times may change, as published by NOTAM. There are no runway closures planned during the LABACE period. Be aware that slot priority is not given for aircraft that are a part of the LABACE static display. Slots are always issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Guarulhos (GRU) does not mandate airport slots, but prior permission required (PPR) is needed. Minimum lead time for a PPR request is two hours prior to arrival, but it’s recommended to make requests one week prior due to restricted parking availability.
Campinas (VCP) also does not mandate slots but PPR is required with suggested one week prior notice.
For GRU and VCP PPR, full schedule, full operator and aircraft information is always needed.
2. Landing permits
If you’re only making one stop in Brazil all you need is an overflight permit. This is processed by ANAC (Brazil’s CAA) with lead time of 48 hours. Required documentation includes airworthiness and registration certificates, worldwide insurance, pilot licenses and first class medicals. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators also need to provide an AOC and the Ops Specs.
For more than one stop in country a domestic permit is also required. To obtain this, your entire for Brazil is needed and private non-revenue operators must provide a customs letter stating that the flight is not for revenue purposes. Charter operators will need to provide a copy of the charter agreement. Note that authorities in Brazil are strict on cabotage rules.
3. Flight plan requirements
Specific information is always needed on the flight plan for domestic legs within Brazil, but not for international sectors. For domestic legs you’ll need to provide PIC name, origin/departure point, overflight permit number, landing fee number and airport slot confirmation. If a flight plan for a domestic sector does not include this information it will not be approved. Be mindful that minimum lead time for filing a flight plan is 45 minutes prior to departure. So, if you have a flight delay you’ll not be able to takeoff within this 45 min timespan.
4. Passport and visa considerations
Passports must have at least six months remaining validity. Flight crew, on duty and listed on the gen dec, do not require visas for Brazil. Be aware that there have been issues with visa free arrival for flight attendants and mechanics, as they do not always have the required government-issued licenses. It’s recommended that flight attendants and mechanics obtain visas in advance, to ensure no issues are encountered upon arrival in Brazil.
5. CIQ options
Choosing an airport to clear CIQ on the way to/from CGH will be determined by your departure/destination points. For aircraft arriving from North America Manaus and Brasilia are often considered. Other options are GRU and V P. For those coming in from Europe, Recife is a good CIQ clearance stop. When arriving/departing from/to Argentina clearance stops to consider include Florianopolis and Porto Alegre.
6. CIQ procedures
CIQ clearance is in the main terminals at all airports in Brazil. There are no separate lines for GA passengers and average clearance time is approximately 30 minutes. Be mindful that if you’re arriving during a peak period for scheduled commercial activity CIQ clearance time could take longer.
Be aware of permit requirements depending on the number of stops you make in Brazil. Certain documentation needs to be furnished for both the overflight and domestic permit. Note the flight planning and CIQ requirements when traveling to Brazil.
This article originally appeared on the Universal Weather & Aviation blog.