Flying into France isn't nearly the ordeal it used to be, they've figured out that having aircraft from the United States come over is actually good for their economy, so they no longer try to make sport of us. But sometimes old habits die hard so you need to listen up on the radio and spend an extra few moments reviewing every possible arrival before crossing the border and every possible departure prior to requesting your ATC clearance. In the old days, once you made a mistake they identified you as an amateur and the game at that point was lost. These days they might give you a break, so be patient and listen carefully.
Lost communications procedures adhere to the ICAO Standard, except the 20 minute rule when not in radar contact is not used. These procedures are fundamentally different from those used in the United States.
Passports are required. Visas are not required for citizens of the countries participating in the Schengen Agreement, including the U.S.
["Dealing With the New Rules of Worldwide Documentation," Professional Pilot, July 2013] When operating a charter to France the PIC must not be over 60.
De Gaulle to the north and Orly to the South are the primary commercial airports for Paris, while Le Bourget in the center serves most corporate traffic. The preferred LFPB arrival runway when landing to the west is 27, only large aircraft are permitted to use 25. After being issued a radar vector which intercepts the Runway 27 centerline at an angle of less than 70 degrees, pilots will take the initiative to intercept unless previously instructed to cross the centerline. Upon intercepting the Runway 27 localizer, do not exceed 220 knots.
Runway 07 is used for takeoff between 2215-0600L for jet aircraft. The Runway 09 TODA of 6,250' can be a factor in the rain.
Start Up. Call Le Bourget FLIGHT DATA for start-up clearance not earlier than 10 minutes prior to estimated start-up time.
Maintain V2+10 up to 3000' AAL, maintain takeoff thrust until 1500' AAL then reduce to climb thrust, retract flaps at 3000' AAL. Note: there are no exceptions for LFPB in the Gulfstream Noise Information Manual.
SID designations should be studied prior to start-up request. Letter C is used for westerly takeoffs when the same as Orly and De-Gaulle, letter M when not the same. Letter J is used for easterly takeoffs when the same as Orly and De-Gaulle, letter F not the same.
They prefer GA aircraft on Runway 27 for arrival but if the winds are from the west, you will find yourself on Runway 07. In that case, it would be bad form to miss the B1 turn off.
Photo: LFPB Runway 07, from Eddie's nose cam.
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