Vendor Relations Region Review - July 2016

Vendor Relations Regional Reviews

                               July 2016

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 VHHH / Hong Kong – Effective 01 Aug 2016, an Airport Construction Fee of 160HK ($20) will be charged to all passengers departing to Asia/SE Asia. Passengers traveling to all other regions will be charged 180HK ($23).

 All aircraft operating into VHHH must be RNP1 certified to fly the SIDs and STARs. Conventional SIDs and STARs have been withdrawn from routine use.
STARS are NOT to be included in the ATC filed flight plans.

 The following flight categories are exempt from this requirement:
a) Humanitarian or SAR flights
b) State aircraft
c) Flight check
d) Maintenance or delivery flights
e) Air tests (e.g. post maintenance)
f) When specific prior approval has been given by Director-General of Civil Aviation.

The approval would be considered in very special cases. The application would be handled on a case-by-case basis with the decision to be made by DGCA.

 In general, the operator must submit the application in writing to DGCA, with detailed information, justifications and evidence for consideration. Factors to be considered, including any negative impact to overall air traffic, impartiality, etc. would be weighed by DGCA. RNP1 capability must be noted in ATC flight plan. The following will be readily available to present for SAFA inspections:

a)  AFM indicating RNP1 capability and compliance with AC 90-105A
b)  RNP1 training documentation/curriculum for flight crew
c)  A Letter of Intent to obtain RNP1 operational approval

 ZYCC / Changchun– No overnight parking for BA aircraft 16 June – 15 Sept 2016 due to summer congestion.


 RKSS / Seoul Gimpo Int’l – Seoul Gimpo Business Aviation Center (SGBAC) is now open. All handling agents will utilize the SGBAC unless requested otherwise. It is a VIP facility with VIP lounges, crew lounge, showers, briefing room, CIQ clearance on site, security screening, and aircraft parking.


 Malaysia has increased the air navigation fees for Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu FIRs effective April 2016. The charges are double the previous fee schedule.


 Effective 26 May 2016, Australia will deactivate 180 VORs, NDBs, and other ground-based navaids.  There will be 245 remaining navaids that will constitute their BNN (Backup Navigation Network).  Australia intends for international operators to use GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) as the primary means of navigation.

 The new standards as of 26 May 2016 are as follows:

-       Oceanic Routes: RNP4 or RNP10

-       Continental Routes: RNP2

-       SIDS, STARS: RNP1

-       Non-precision approaches: RNP APCH / RNAV(GNSS)

 CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will issue an exemption if the operator has RNAV1 or RNAV2 approval based on GNSS from their operating authority. The operator must have either RNP capabilities, or the exemption to operate in Australian airspace.

AICs regarding this change:



 Effective  24 March 2016, the reciprocity fee created by Presidential decree 1654/2008 and regulated by Disposition DNM 2761/2009, will be suspended for 90 day period, or until an Executive Order has been issued (as promoted by this National Directorate), for the derogation of this fee, as regards the US citizens entering Argentina territory. 

 Effective 22 June 2016, the suspension will remain in force for US citizens, but the fee requirement still applies to Australian and Canadian passport holders.


 Summer Olympics 05-21 August 2016, Paralympics 07-18 September 2016

 For planning flights to Brazil during these periods the allotment of slots for BA/GA flights is limited.

Airport slots will be required at all host cities: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia, and Manaus.

 In addition to the airport slots, aircraft parking must be coordinated in advance.

 Lider Aviacao will be the administrator of GA aircraft parking at SBGL and will control 70% of the total allocated space for the Olympics. The effective dates will be 01 July – 30 Sept 2016.  The parking area is a taxiway and has multiple accesses so aircraft will not be blocked in their spaces.

Operators who might make last minute plans to travel to Rio cannot be assured of being accommodated at SBGL. Parking charges for the event have not yet been determined, but they will significantly more than normal.

Cockpit crewmembers do not require a visa unless they are commercialing into Brazil.  All other crewmembers (flight attendants, mechanics etc.) require a visa prior to arriving in Brazil.  American, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese passengers traveling as tourists are not required to have visas from 01 June - 18 Sept 2016, with no extensions.

 Hotels are already at a premium and come with strict cancellation policies. Western chain hotels are already becoming unavailable.

 Lider Aviacao has information posted on their website:



MGGT / Guatemala City - RWY 02/20 closed on 01 July from 1500Z – 1700Z per NOTAM.

RWY 02/20 closed through 18 July on Monday - Friday from 0620Z – 1100Z and on Saturday - Sunday from 0700Z – 1130Z per NOTAM.                                     




Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).  Exemptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Aircraft operators that would like to know if they need to apply for an eTA or a visitor visa can visit the following link -

 Using the link above, a country of passport can be entered that a traveler plans to travel with to Canada and the system will then provide one of the three responses:

- You do not need a visa or an eTA to visit or transit Canada


- You need an eTA to visit or transit Canada by air.


- You need a visa to visit or transit Canada.

 Note: Only U.S. citizens are exempt from eTA. All U.S. permanent residents DO need to apply for eTA if traveling by air. (This officially started on March 15, 2016)

 Canada Day Holiday will be celebrated on 01 July and one should verify the CANPASS hours on this day.

 Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) in Calgary, Alberta on 05 – 07 July and the airport in the area is CYYC.


 MMTJ / L Rodriguez Intl - RWY 09/27 closed through 30 July from 0900Z – 1600Z daily per NOTAM.


 The U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) have made recent changes and more information on these changes can be viewed at -

In addition, the traveler covered by the restrictions in the law now needs to obtain a U.S. visa.  The Act required all VWP travelers to have an electronic passport for travel to the U.S. by 01 April 2016.

 Independence Day Holiday will be celebrated on 04 July and one should verify the U.S. CBP hours for this day.

 The Bridgestone Invitational (PGA Tour) in Akron, Ohio from 30 June – 03 July and the airport in the area is KCAK.

 The MLB 87th All-Star Game in San Diego, California on 12 July and airports in the area are KSAN, KSDM and KSEE.

 The Crown Royal 400 in Indianapolis, Indiana on 22 – 24 July and airports in the area are KIND and KMQJ.

 The EAA AirVenture (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 25 – 31 July and the airports in the area are KOSH, KGRB, KFLD and KATW.



 The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) will be closed on 04 July, 2016 in observance of a public holiday (Constitution Day July 2). Flights that require assistance can still operate and requests can be made to Elaine Whorms (CAACI contact) during this closure via her e-mail address. She will reply with flight confirmation on the next business day.


TDPD / Douglas Charles Intl - Airport apron space is limited with a possibility of aircraft delays through 03 August, 2016 due to work in progress. All aircrafts are advised to adhere to all ATC instructions per NOTAM. Airport operational hours are now 1000Z – 0000Z daily through 30 September, 2016 per NOTAM.



 Reminder - Direct non-scheduled flight (including private, Business & General Aviation) between Russia/Turkey, & Turkey/Russia and Russia/Ukraine & Ukraine/Russia are prohibited. This restriction applies to all operators, regardless of country of registration.



 GQNN / Nouakchott - From 23 June 2016 GQNN will close permanently to all traffic. From this date all flights will be required to operate to GQNO Nouakchott-Oumtounsy the newly completed international Airport, situated 14 miles from the old (GQNN) Airport.


 DGAA / Accra Kotoka International- Due to major construction work parking stands are now only available to Aircraft performing a quick turnaround. In addition a restriction of maximum 3 days parking has been implemented. Crew intending to park for over 3 days must seek prior approval from the Director of Airport Operations. 


 FEFF / Bangul M’Poko - Jet A1 services remain unavailable.


 FSIA /Seychelles International - Between 03 March - 31st Aug 2016 there are various planned runway closures for maintenance. Please check NOTAMS for latest prior to confirming a flight.


 FAA/EASA advisories and restrictions remain in place for operations into, out of, and over the following countries and their associated FIRs.









 Full and up to date information on all of the above can be found on the FAA website, prohibitions restrictions and notices page, the CFMU Network Operations Portal, EASA website, or in the relevant NOTAMS



European Industrial Action

Throughout the summer, the aviation infrastructure in many European countries will be affected by strike action. Each strike is unique in nature, as is the impact. Please monitor the Eurocontrol CFMU NOP website Network News:


 French DGAC unions (including ATC and AIS) continue to strike. These strikes are unpredictable in nature and can occur/change at very short notice. Please monitor the CFMU NOP for the latest information:

 LFPB //Paris Le Bourget – Night closures - Airport closed 05 - 07 July each night 2230Z – 0300Z.

 Fuel Shortages in LFPO, LFPG, LFMN, LFML:

Due to the continuing industrial action in France, and the subsequent shortage of fuel, operators flying to LFPO/ LFPG (Paris Orly / Charles de Gaulle) and LFMN (Nice) and LFML (Marseille) Aerodromes are requested to upload double fuel load prior to arriving in these locations. Attempting to upload fuel in these locations may cause delays to the flight.

 Bastille Day – 14 July 2016

Bastille Day (French National Day), marked throughout France, will be held on 14 July. No specific aviation related restrictions or concerns, however, parades parties and fireworks may disrupt local infrastructure.

 2016 UEFA European Football Championships – Throughout France 10 June-10 July 2016

 Locations of matches:

    Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

    Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo

    Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole

    Stade de Lyon, Lyon

    Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

    Stade de Nice, Nice

    Parc des Princes, Paris

    Stade de France, Saint-Denis

    Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

    Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

 Some of the matches are scheduled to take place in the Stade de France and Parc des Princes, Paris, and as such a Temporary Prohibited Area (ZIT) and a Temporary Restricted Area (ZRT) will be created in the area covering Paris on the following dates and times:

Wednesday 08 June 1700Z-2100Z
Thursday     09 June 1700Z-2100Z
Friday          10 June 1600Z-2359Z
Sunday        10 July  1600Z-2359Z

The main restrictions (ZIT) will be focused around LFPB, the red area on the AIP SUP 101/16 map, however you should be aware of the full regulations if planning to operate into the Paris area during the above dates.

LFPB // Paris Le Bourget airport -A special prefectural Accreditation Procedure, required only for 10 June and 10 July from 1600Z - 2359Z, has been established. With the exception of French Defense, customs, police, gendarmerie public safety Aircraft flying as part of their missions and IFR flights coming from or going to PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE, all flights which depart from or arrive at Le Bourget must be accredited; each pilot/co-pilot and aircraft must have an accreditation’s numbers.

To obtain an accreditation send the following information to at least 5 working days prior to the flight.

- Form Appendix III completed.
- Valid Aircraft Airworthiness certificate
- Any other required supporting documents
- For each crew member - Valid Passport and Valid Pilots license.

All the documents sent to the Prefecture must be valid, readable and legible, incomplete or late requests will not be processed. After requests have been examined, the SEINE SAINT-DENIS Prefecture services will send to the requesting operators an accreditation number valid for the aircraft and/or an accreditation number valid for each pilot and co-pilot, via email.

 These accreditation numbers are valid, except otherwise mentioned, for 10 June and 10 July, and throughout

the period of activation of the ZIT. The accreditation numbers (aircraft and pilots) must be indicated in box 18 of the flight plan. When you will file the FPL please don’t forget to add to the usual addresses: the Cinq-Mars-La-Pile CRC (LFXOYWYX), as well as the replacement CRC of Mont de Marsan (LFBWYWYX)

Tour de France – throughout France 02 - 24 July.

02 - 24 July sees the 2016 edition of the Tour De France. Le Tour is the pinnacle of the road race cycling season and see riders compete over 21 stages covering a distance of 3,516 km to win the famous Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey).  Airports, hotels and ground transport will be in high demand throughout the period. Road closures will also affect ground transport.


 EGLF / Farnborough International -  Airshow 11-17 July 2016 - Various restrictions in place, Aerodrome closed to all fixed wing movements NOT involved in the air show itself. Following closures in place:

11 July 1200Z-1530Z
12-14 July 1245Z-1615Z
16-17 July 1100Z-1700Z

Please consult the full NOTAMs for further information. For any potential flights during the airshow, either as exhibitors or visitors please contacts Vendor Relations whom have a copy of the AIP Supplement with all the restrictions.


 Greek authorities in Athens have warned of the following public demonstration and strike planned for 30 June 2016:

  • Time: 1900 local
  • Where: Syntagma Square

Even protests or demonstrations intended to be peaceful; they can turn confrontational and occasionally escalate into violence. Operators should attempt to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.



 OJAI / Amman - 02 April – 28 August, 2016, Runway closures will be in force every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday between 0001-0200Z due to WIP. Please check NOTAMS for any updates to the above.


 UAE Flow Control Procedures in affect for OMAA, OMAD, OMAL, OMAM, OMDB, OMDW, OMRK and OMSJ from 0430-0730Z and 1500-2359Z daily through 27 June 2016 per OMAE FIR NOTAM A0555/16.


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