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Aéronefs étrangers - Foreign aircraft

14 août 2014
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14 août 2014 (mis à jour le 2 juin 2016)

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Overflight of the French territory by foreign aircraft

Aircraft holding an ICAO-level Certificate of Airworthiness or an EASA permit to fly (Form 20a) :

Aircraft holding a Certificate of Airworthiness issued pursuant to the ICAO Convention are allowed to overfly the territory of ICAO contracting States without prior validation of this certificate.

Aircraft holding an EASA permit to fly (Form 20a) are allowed to overfly the territory of EASA member states without prior validation of this permit, except when the permit to fly explicitly limits the authorised area.

 

Other aircraft :

Except for the specific cases identified below, aircraft not holding a Certificate of Airworthiness issued pursuant to the ICAO Convention nor an EASA permit to fly cannot overfly the French territory before prior validation of their airworthiness document by the DGAC.

Validation of a foreign airworthiness document :

The application form is DGAC LP6, which shall be sent to DGAC Airworthiness Office (DSAC/NO/NAV) :

NB : the e-mail and enclosures shall not exceed 4 Mo

The applicant shall indicate the purpose of the flights into the French airspace and the period envisaged. He shall provide a copy of the foreign airworthiness document (and associated documents), which shall be valid during the period concerned.

The DGAC may request any further justification and/or prescribe any restriction deemed necessary to ensure flight safety.

For the validation of restricted category aircraft (amateur built, vintage etc.), except in exceptional cases :

  • The flight permit issued by the DGAC will prescribe operating limitations equivalent to those applicable to the corresponding regime for French aircraft ;
  • A validation for an extended duration will normally require compliance to technical conditions equivalent to those applicable to the corresponding regime for French aircraft.

The issuance of permit to fly is subject to a fee of :

  • 100 euros for aircraft with MTOW above 5.7 tons
  • 50 euros for aircrafts with MTOW below 5.7 tons.

Payment modalities

Note : the flight permit issued by the DGAC only concerns airworthiness and does not preclude compliance with other applicable requirements or obtaining any other required authorisation (operational authorisations, traffic rights, ATC clearance etc.).

Specific case of ultralights :

Ultralights originating from another European State (*), can overfly the French territory, provided that the aircraft :

For ultralights originating from other States or not satisfying the definition criteria for a French ultralight a validation of their foreign airworthiness document shall be obtained.

(*) member of the European Economic Area (EU States, Island, Liechtenstein and Norway)

Specific case of amateur-built aircraft :

Amateur built aircraft are allowed to overfly the French territory without prior validation of their airworthiness document when they are registered in :

For amateur built aircraft registered in other States, a validation of their foreign airworthiness document shall be obtained.

Specific case of aircraft registered in the United Kingdom :

Amateur-built aircraft registered in UK are allowed to overfly the French territory without prior validation of their airworthiness document (see arrêté du 22 mai 2001).

Certain aircraft holding a “permit to fly” issued by the UK CAA are also allowed to overfly the French territory without prior validation of their airworthiness document, for a duration not exceeding 28 consecutive days (see arrêté du 20 février 2012 and the list of concerned aircraft).

Specific case of aircraft registered in the Republic of Ireland

Amateur-built aircraft registered in Ireland are allowed to overfly the French territory without prior validation of their airworthiness document (see arrêté du 24 février 2013).

Certain aircraft holding a “flight permit” issued by the CAA of Ireland are also allowed to overfly the French territory without prior validation of their airworthiness document, for a duration not exceeding 28 consecutive days (see arrêté du 21 juillet 2014 and the list of concerned aircraft).

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