Operations in India can go smoothly for well-prepared business aircraft operators who have allowed sufficient trip planning lead time.
You need to be aware of permit and visa requirements and assorted local airport and airway operating restrictions.
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Now, have a look at the 10 Business Aviation Planning tips:
- Pre-trip planning is top priority:
India has strict documentation requirements and information related to documents is needed prior to your arrival.
It is important to consider where you can or cannot park as well as Immigration, Customs, and Quarantine (CIQ) requirements.
Military airports such as Agra (VIAG) need thirty business days to arrange permits. So, it is always best to plan earlier.
For travel to India, you should know that ACAS or TCAS II is required for aircraft with more than thirty seats or a maximum takeoff weight of over three metric tons.
- Considerations when operating to India:
The following are some questions to consider while planning a trip to India:
- Is this a business or pleasure trip for passengers?
- When will you be going?
- How long will you be staying in the country?
- What airports will you be going to?
- Do all crew members/passengers need visas?
- Will you be arriving and/or departing from an international airport?
- Will you be going to any military airport?
- Do you have sufficient lead time to arrange permits?
- Is aircraft parking available at your destination?
- Be aware of permit requirements:
- Private non-revenue and charter flights are held to the same standards in terms of permit requirements.
- Both over flight and landing permits are required in India. The exception is that airways L894 to the west and L645 to the east do not need permits for over flight.
- Over flight permits currently need 3 business days’ lead time with a minimum of one business day’s notice.
- On the other hand, landing permits currently need 7 business days with a minimum lead time of 3 business days.
- Short-notice over flight and landing permit requests are as per the decision of CAA.
- However, it is usually not possible due to the stringent lead times.
- For operations to military airports, operators may receive two permit numbers: an “AOR” number from the military & a “YA” number from CAA.
- Consider visa requirements:
Crew members and passengers must have visas prior to arrival in India. Upon arrival, custom officer will take the passport and give passengers slips of paper as their visas.
Best practice for crew members and passengers while visiting India is to rely on visas on arrival.
- Know requirements for military airports:
Military airports need additional documentation or information and a minimum of thirty business days to complete the permit process.
The military would require extensive personal information for each person.
It also includes home addresses, person’s father’s name and place of birth, full passport information, nationality, and pilot license number.
We would recommend you to start the permit process sixty days prior to operation to give yourself sufficient time, in case the military has questions or concerns regarding your information.
- Be aware of permit revision requirements:
Landing permits are valid up to 48 hours at non-military airports but only valid +/- one hour at military airfields.
A Permit revision is not required for non-military locations if a flight is delayed for about 48 hours. If you add passengers to your flight, then 24 hours’ notification is suggested for permit revision.
- Know maximum length of stay for operations to India:
Non-Indian-registered aircraft can stay in India for up to 14 days and then must leave the country.
However, if you need to stay in India longer, you may depart the country, land in another country, and then return to India.
Otherwise a request can be submitted to CAA for an extension to the 14-day rule.
- Consider available services at your destination airport:
Popular corporate destination in India includes Udaipur (VAUD), Mumbai (VABB), VIDP, Bangalore (VOBL), and Jodhpur (VIJO).
VAUD is not an Airport of Entry & is only open 0615-2015 local daily. VIJO is a military airport and is operational from sunrise to sunset.
No aircraft parking is available at this location. Most operators move to Jaipur (VIJP), one hundred fifty one nautical miles away, for overnight parking.
Bangalore (VOBG) has no customs available. However, VOBL is an AOE with CIQ. Be aware that some airports in India are uncontrolled airfields where even basic support and services are not provided.
- be mindful of security precautions:
Most cities in India are under a moderate security threat level. So, it is recommended to get current country and city security briefings pre-trip.
Secure transport, along with aircraft security, will be arranged as needed.
- Consider hotel and local transport options:
Delhi & Mumbai have chains of major international hotel and good selections of four and five star crew accommodation.
It is always best to book hotels as early as possible. Reason Being, supply of such accommodation during holiday and convention period is limited.
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