FLYING VFR INTO PORTUGAL
The Flight Plan is mandatory when crossing country borders in accordance with ICAO Doc 4444. It is also required in Portugal when flying inbound from another country. Pilots should submit it at least 1 hour before EOBT and always confirm by phone with the local ARO (Aerodrome Reporting Office or Dispatch) if it was accepted.
Pilot should fill Item18 the Estimated En-route Time since take-off until the Lisboa FIR/border entry point (EET/Elvar XXXX).
In case of a Formation Flight of two or more, pilot must fill Item18 the registration of all aircraft (REG/GXXXX, ECXXX, OHXXX).
Pilots must complete all fields / items of the flight plan not forgetting the Pilot´s Name and phone number preferably mobile.
Prior entering in Portugal, Pilot should check if there is any Restricted Airspace (R) or Military Working Areas (TRA) active. Remember that Portugal has Flexible Use of Airspace. Pilot should check also the NOTAM‘s so there will be no airspace violations. You can CHECK THEM HERE.
In Portugal Golf Airspace (non-controlled airspace) ATS providers are divided into:
• Lisboa Militar providing Flight Information Service from GND/SFC up to 5500ft;
• Lisbon Control providing Flight Information Service from 5500ft up to FL095.
All aircraft flying Golf Airspace, non-controlled Airspace, below 9500ft should fly SEE AND AVOID.
When crossing the border flying below 5500ft Pilot shall: Squawk 7000 andContact 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 routes due airspace reservations until destination.
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 Militar frequencies (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 :
–People on board
–Position ground (if relevant)
–Altitude (if relevant)
–Fuel (if relevant)
-If possible or suitable enter 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.
HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT AND WELCOME TO PORTUGAL
José Rocha. Checked 24 February 2019