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Crossing the Channel or Irish Sea by light aircraft

The intended aim of this page is to gather together in one place useful information and files for flying abroad from the UK in General Aviation aircraft.

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Going Foreign Aide Memoire (or download MSWord 75kb - One side of A4 only)
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Hopefully makes a complex subject simpler. This document was created by me as a requirements checklist, whether the Destination is an EU Country, Channel Islands, non-EU Country, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland.

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I believe it is correct (Nov '04), but USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Send Four Faxes, Wait An Hour And Fly To France (MSWord 231kb)
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Two page description of how it's all much easier than you might think, plus an example completed Flight Plan form CA48; General Aviation Report form and my Aide Memoire (as above), all in one package.

Forms

bullet Flight Plan Form (CA48)          MSWord 59kb  PDF 78kb 
bulletGeneral Aviation Report 329kb PDF File (Notify UK Customs, Immigration & Special Branch)
bulletNOTE: There is an error on this widely used form:  Shoreham is NOT a Designated airfield, and so Special Branch do require informing if travelling to or returning from the Common Travel Area via that airfield. See discussion here.
bullet Fuel Duty Drawback Form (HO60) 71kb MSWord
bullet See below for instructions on completion - get money back!

Planning

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 Flying in France - What Do I Really Need To Know? 32kb MSWord

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OLIVIA
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(On Line Integrated tool for Visualization of Information for Airmen)

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Official Flight Planning site for use in France, including Weather, NOTAMs, Filing Flight Plans etc.

bullet  Visiting Pilot's Guide to Jersey 100kb PDF
bullet From the PFA: Taking Permit aircraft abroad

Language

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Andy Hardy's Crib Sheet: French Circuit RT Guide 22kb PDF - Single sheet of A4

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French RT Phraseology 30kb MSWord

Supporting Information

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Search ICAO site for Aircraft Type Codes (For Flight Plan Form)

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Download ICAO Aircraft Type Codes (For Flight Plan Form) (273 kb Text File)

bullet What to do with the HO60 Drawback Form
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 UK CAA Safety Sense Leaflets, including:
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SSL 11 – Interception Procedures 434kb PDF (Copy required in aircraft to mainland Europe)

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SSL 20 – Completing a VFR Flight Plan 445kb PDF

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SSL 21 – Ditching 639kb PDF (Best to know something about it before it happens, rather than on the way down…)

bullet AIC 71/2002 (Yellow 87) - CROSS CHANNEL FLIGHT PLANNING 277kb PDF
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Free registration to AIS site required

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Local version here - may not be updated

bullet AIC 4/1999 (Yellow 316) - RECOMMENDED VFR ROUTE SOUTH OF SOLENT CTA 52kb PDF
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Free registration to AIS site required

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Local version here - may not be updated

 Hope you find this useful.

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Dave White - Warminster, UK 

 

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