Country Specific Information

This is a work in progress and we would be grateful any suggestions for useful additions. Please send to davidjoyce@doctors.org.uk.

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

Australia

Austria

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.

Belgium

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!

Canada

Brilliant Weather & Notam system at NavCanada

Czech Republic

Denmark

Full AIP available free at www.trafikstyrelsen.dk/EN/Civil-aviation.aspx

Finland

France

Great service from the French SIA
AIP & Notams
Airfield Plates

IMPORTANT CUSTOMS CHANGES: The SIA has withdrawn Customs from 22 GA airfields for 2012, with withdrawal of services from a further 17 imminent.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it is essential to check customs availability carefully before departure, and flight guides are almost certain to be out of date!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.

Germany

Mogas Availability
Noise Certificates may be required in Germany
Foreign Pilot Information
Airport Weather

Gibraltar

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!

Greece

Previously very difficult to access information. HCAA is a new site with access to their AIP AIS & airfield info. Free quick registration needed.

Hungary

Italy

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.

Netherlands

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.

New Zealand

Norway

VFR Guide to Flying in Norway

Portugal

Slovak Republic

Slovenia

Spain

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.

Sweden

www.lfv.se/fpc_en has weather, notam and FPL servies for all Scandinavia, but weather generally undecoded reports.

Switzerland

Noise Certificates may be required

United Kingdom

Flying in UK from Abroad.
For airfield plates go to the NATS site and follow ‘IAIP’ > ‘Aerodrome Index’. Info on Danger & Retricted areas, Notams, etc also available on this site.

United States

Excellent range of weather services from Jeppesen
Good Weather Radar from Accuweather
Weather & 6/7 synoptic forecast NOAA