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FLF: Obtaining Visas on Arrival in Brazil

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This Flight Level Fact comes straight out of Brazil: do you know which crew members need to have their visas for Brazil prior to take off? Read on to find out!

Most countries around the world allow badged crew members to obtain their visas upon arrival; Brazil, however, will only do this for the operating pilot(s). Even though flight attendants and mechanics/engineers carry company crew member badges and may be considered “flight crew members” elsewhere, the Brazilian authorities do not recognize them as such.

The Brazilian Definition of “Flight Crew Members”
In order to understand and apply this policy to your operations, use this rule of thumb: Brazil defines “flight crew members” as someone who has an issued license that lists the specific aircraft type rating he/she is operating upon arrival; for them, Brazil will issue a visa on arrival. Since flight attendants do not have licenses and mechanics do not have type ratings listed on their licenses, neither can be considered “flight crew members” in Brazilian terms; therefore, they are placed into the category of passengers and, like passengers, they must have obtained their visas prior to take off.

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FLF: Flying through China’s new ADIZ

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A Flight Level Fact about China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is just what we need to clear the air(space)!

In November 2013, China announced their newly claimed East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (abbreviated ADIZ), an area consisting of most of the East China Sea. The announcement has not only ruffled a few political feathers, but has also poised some difficult questions for members of the general aviation community.

The most pressing question is whether the newly claimed space will require specialized overflight authorizations. Because the ADIZ has been claimed by China, and China airspace requires permits for any flights landing in or flying through, some flight planners fret that in order for their birds to fly through this space, they must obtain a special permit from China.Luckily, however, this additional step is not necessary. Because the claimed airspace overlaps the airspace of several other countries, you do NOT have to secure a special permit for flights that must travel through the space. All that’s required is that the flight plan be on file with the correct countries. So don’t fret; ordering from the East China Sea restaurant down the street is trickier than flying over the airspace!
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