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Flying a Business Aircraft to EBACE2014? Plan Ahead and Be Prepared

April 15, 2014

The Geneva International Airport (GVA/LSGG) is home of the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2014) static display of aircraft, and the airport of choice for most travelers to the convention. If you plan to fly a business aircraft to Geneva, it’s important to be aware of airport restrictions and requirements.

“The number of travelers utilizing business aviation to attend EBACE continues to grow,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulation and international affairs. “Operators will need to plan ahead to secure parking space during the show dates. Transient parking is limited to one overnight stop. Pilots should become familiar with all related NOTAMs. If parking space is full, consider requesting a shorter parking duration to allow for dropping off passengers and departing to another airport.”

GVA is a busy, one-runway airport, but it experiences a particularly high volume of business aviation traffic during EBACE. It has strict operating hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time), and no overtime is permitted for private non-revenue operations, although hours can be extended to 11:59 p.m. for charter passenger flights. Stage 2 operations are prohibited.

All general aviation operations require prior permission (PPR), which must be requested via a handling agent. A minimum of four airport slots per hour are exclusively assigned to general aviation. Slot availability is regularly updated on the PPR website at Pilots must insert the airport slot reference number in field 18 of the Air Traffic Flow Management Flight Plan.

Operators are expected to operate within 20 minutes of an assigned slot time.
Landing permits are required for European Union (EU)-registered charter aircraft traveling to or from a country outside the EU, and for non-EU-registered charter flights. Lead time for permits is five working days, and operators should expect to submit their air operator certification, operations specifications, proof of insurance and noise certificate with their landing permit request.

All operators must use a ground handler. Include the ground handler’s name in field 18 of the flight plan. The ground handler will advise customs of onboard passengers and crew in advance and also pre-fill some customs forms. Customs clearance takes place at one of two FBOs (Jet Aviation Geneva or PrivatPort) on the field. Be prepared for fuel taxes, fees and other charges.

Parking is usually a concern at GVA during EBACE, so operators should be prepared in the event ramp space is full by considering an alternate parking location. Lyon, France (LYS/LFLL); Chambery, France (CMF/LFLB); Basel, France (BSL/MLH/LFSB); and Bern, Switzerland (BRN/LSZB) offer convenient alternates.