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European Country Briefing
Flying in Europe Offers AIS, AIP, Notams, Self Briefing Services, Airport Details and CAA contact details for most European countries. The well constructed site: www.vfrguide.com has airfield plates for all commercial airfields in Europe together with AIS access.
Sunset & Sunrise Times: Easy point & click for whole world
Map of Mogas availability.
Noise Certificates may be required in Austria.
Weather, Notam & FPL services available free at www.homebriefing.com/aes/login.jsp
Registration is needed but it is quick and free.
The only European country we know of which insists on Permit aircraft seeking permssion to fly there and then charges over 90 euros to grant permssion!
Brilliant Weather & Notam system at NavCanada
Full AIP available free at www.trafikstyrelsen.dk/EN/Civil-aviation.aspx
IMPORTANT CUSTOMS CHANGES: The SIA has withdrawn Customs from 22 GA airfields for 2012, with withdrawal of services from a further 17 imminent. Since it is obligatory to land at a customs airfield if flying in from UK or any other non Schengen country, it is essential to check customs availability carefully before departure, and flight guides are almost certain to be out of date! Current status can be checked on the ‘Airfield Plates’ link above, but Notams should also be checked. At present Dieppe is Notamed ‘No customs’ but still says available on the Plates, whereas Reims is correctly updated Customs nil on the Plates. Calais has been mentioned as possibly losing their customs, but the airfield authorities assure us that they are totally commited to maintaining a customs presence. Amiens and Abbeville are threatened, but currently the 3 airfields I most commonly use still have customs: Le Touquet – No PPR in normal hours, Cherbourg – No PPR unless arriving after 1700, Troyes – 1 hr PPR by phone or Fax.
A real delight to fly into, if winds acceptable. No Avgas, but garage only 300yds from airfield for Mogas if you take your own can!
Previously very difficult to access information. HCAA is a new site with access to their AIP AIS & airfield info. Free quick registration needed.
We have found that officialdom can be very irksome if you fly into Italy from a non Schengen country (including Switzerland) – to be avoided, although once past the entry airfield the country is a delight to fly in. However as part of their austerity package, the Italian Government recently introduced sizeable ‘Luxury’ taxes on all private aircraft, including foreign registered visiting aircraft. It has just been announced (May 2012) that the goverrnment has relented and visiting GA aircraft will not be subject to these taxes unless they stay longer than 45 days.
Airfield plates and other info can be found at www.ais-netherlands.nl/aim/2013-07-11-AIRAC/eAIP/html/index-en-GB.html
www.ais-netherlands.nl has weather, notam & FPL facilities but only for registered residents.
VFR Guide to Flying in Norway
Has shown itself to be a pain with refuelling, particularly at Jerez where they asked for so much non existant documentation that we eventually gave up and flew on to Gibraltar!). Massive increases in Landing Fees for GA aircraft were announced in 2011, but their govermnent has relented and reduced these to levels similar to other European countries.
www.lfv.se/fpc_en has weather, notam and FPL servies for all Scandinavia, but weather generally undecoded reports.
Noise Certificates may be required