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FLYING VFR IN PORTUGAL

(below 5500 ft)


FLIGHT PLAN

The Flight Plan is mandatory when crossing country borders in accordance with ICAO Doc 4444 thus it is also required in Portugal when inbound flying from another country. Pilot should submit it at least 1 hour before EOBT and always confirm by phone with the local ARO if it was accepted.
Pilot should file in Item 18 the Estimated En-route Time since take-off until the Lisboa FIR entry point  (EET/Elvar XXXX).
In case of a Formation Flight of two or more, pilot must fill Item 18 the registration of all aircraft (REG/GXXXX, ECXXX, OHXXX).
Pilot must complete all fields / item’s of the flight plan not forgetting the Pilot´s Name and phone number preferably mobile (can be critical in the case of search and rescue).

Permits by ANAC

According to Portuguese legislation Dec. Lei nº 186/2007 changed in some items by Dec.Lei nº 55/2010 all flights coming from outside Portuguese territory are required previous authorization from ANAC (the Ultralight Airworthiness Certificate is only valid in it´s country registration).

Applications must be submitted to the Portuguese Authority ANAC to email geral@anac.pt attaching aircraft’s Airworthiness Certificate, Pilot’s License and Insurance Certificate.

AIRSPACE

Prior entering in Portugal, Pilot should check if there is any Restricted Airspace (R) or Military Working Areas (TRA). Remember that Portugal has Flexible Use of Airspace and so those areas can be active at anytime. You can check them HERE.

Pilot should check also the NOTAM’s so there will be no airspace violations. You can check them HERE.

Golf Airspace (non-controlled airspace) is divided into:
Lisboa Militar providing Flight Information Service from SFC up to 5500ft;
Lisbon Control providing Flight Information Service from 5500ft up to FL095.

FLYING IN PORTUGAL

All aircraft in Golf Airspace, non-controlled Airspace, below 9500ft should fly SEE AND AVOID.

When crossing the PORTUGUESE BORDER when flying below 5500ft Pilot shall:

Squawk 7000;

Contact one of the Lisboa Militar frequencies :

Lisboa Militar (Northern sector) 130.90 MHz

Lisboa Militar (Center Sector) 123 750 MHz –

Lisboa Militar (Southern sector) 131,050 MHz and state your callsign, position and altitude.

Pilot will receive instructions regarding new transponder code, and or suggested route due airspace reservations until destination.

EMERGENCY

When a pilot flying VFR in Golf Airspace is in an emergency situation he should report MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY (when and if possible) on Lisbon Military frequency (with radar):

Lisboa Militar (Northern sector) 130.90 MHz

Lisboa Militar (Center sector) 123.750 MHz

Lisboa Militar (Southern sector) 131.050 MHz
Or 121.50 MHz and report his :

-Aircraft callsign
Emergency Type
People on board
Position ground (if relevant)
Altitude (if relevant)
Fuel (if relevant)
-If possible, enter the transponder code 7700.

NOTE: Remember that by making the reporting/communications with FIS or ATC, facilitates en-route flight assistance and also contributes to a faster arrival of assistance vehicles or emergency on arrival or landing in emergency situations, thus contributing to a better and faster aid should it be necessary.


PORTUGUESE AIRSPACE

Mapa Portugal


 

PORTUGUESE AIRSPACE II

Non AMC FrequenciasAMC


GOLF AIRSPACE FREQUENCIES BELOW 5500ft

Mapa Portugal Frequencias


HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT AND WELCOME TO PORTUGAL

 

Portuguese ATC   NAV EPE

José Rocha. Published in 2 February 2016. Revised in 01 March 2017.

 

 

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