CLEARENCES & PPR
1. Operators need to request a PPR clearence in order to use Lajes airport. Upon request, the PPR will be issued by the Civilian Terminal Operations. For this purpose, all relevant procedures can be found through the Civilian Terminal direct link or alternatively by telephone contact with airport operations at + 351 295 545 461.
All procedures are in accordance with the aeronautical legislation on the AIP Portugal regularly issued and updated by the portuguese regulatory agency NAV Portugal. For the latest updated AIP edition for LPLA, please contact administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org and we`ll gladly send you a pdf copy, free of charge.
2. There are two kinds of clearences:
2.1 Military/State Aircraft
PPR is mandatory for Military/State Aircraft operating at Lajes.
PPR number for Military/State Aircraft shall be requested during AD Administration Operational Hours to Air Base 4 Air Operations Center (+351 295540779 or email@example.com) prior to ICAO Flight Plan submission.
Subject to delay, outside this period contact OPS Duty Officer (+351 295540524 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Diplomatic Clearance Number (DCN) and PPR for Military/State Aircraft shall be included in ICAO Flight Plan, Item 18.
2.2 Civilian Aircraft
All civilian flights are required to obtain a PPR in order to operate at LPLA. Distress aircraft, medical emergencies and Medical/ Hospital flights for a life critical emergency evacuation (STS/MEDEVAC in ICAO FPL, Item 18), are exempted from complying with PPR procedures.
PPR Requests shall be submitted as early as possible to allow a planning commensurate with the operational needs. PPR for flights operating with aircraft code “D” or larger (wingspan greater than 36 meters) requires previous coordination and approval from the Military Air Base due to parking limitations on apron “Charlie”. PPR Requests shall be received by the Operations Department during the regular duty hours from 08:00-22:00 (07:00-21:00), Monday through Sunday.
PPR Requests shall be submitted to Civilian Terminal Air Operations Service (+351 295545461 or email@example.com), by the operator or through one of the local ground handling agents, as follows:
General Aviation and Charter Flights – Form “A” – PPR Request shall be submitted until 4 hours prior to EOBT. PPR Form “A” is prepared to submit new requests, changes and cancellations.
Scheduled Flights – Form “B” – PPR Request shall be submitted until the 25th of each month for the flights scheduled for the following month. Changes to an issued PPR shall be submitted using Form “B1”.
Flights requiring LPLA as alternate aerodrome – Form “C” – PPR Request shall be submitted not later than 8 hours prior to EOBT. Changes to an issued PPR shall be submitted using Form “C1”.
Non-Scheduled Flights – Form “D” – PPR Request shall be submitted not later than 8 hours prior to EOBT except for non-scheduled flights between the Azores Archipelago islands which can submit the PPR Request not later than 1 hour prior to the EOBT. Changes to an issued PPR shall be submitted using Form “D1”.
PPR Request for flights operated by aircraft code “D” or “E” shall be submitted not later than 24 hours prior to EOBT due to parking constraints.
PPR Request for flights operated by aircraft code “F” shall be submitted not later than 72 hours prior to EOBT due to parking constraints.
All civilian flights shall comply with the requirements expressed in GEN 1.2.1, GEN 1.2.2, GEN1.2.3 and GEN 1.3.
The PPR number issued by Civilian Terminal Air Operations Service shall be inserted in item 18 of the Flight Plan.
Changes to the date/time of arrival and/or departure and to the type of aircraft shall be notified not later than 8 hours prior to EOBT to ensure PPR validation. The absence of notification can result in loss of parking space and consequently in the PPR cancellation.
3. Apron operational procedures, Follow-Me guidance and Marshaller assistance.
Marshaller assistance is mandatory for parking in entire aerodrome apron area.
Apron entrance is only allowed with Follow-Me assistance.
All stands NOSE-IN / NOSE-OUT
Pilots are expected to follow marshaller signals without hesitation. Expect over steer.
4. Push-back, engine start-up and Taxi procedures
Aircraft departing from Lajes will obtain “Oceanic Clearance” after handover to “Santa Maria Radar”.
Before Start-Up contact “Lajes Delivery” on frequency 134.100 MHZ or 278.950 MHZ to obtain ATC Clearance. Include CALL SIGN, requested level, requested speed (Mach number/TAS), ATIS acknowledge, aircraft type and position for departure.
All aircraft shall contact “Lajes Delivery” for engine start, include Parking Position and POB.