This page has been designed especially for you, our international friends, in order to provide some helpful information about General Aviation operations in our country. Greece is full of airports and airfields, with an 85% of them being mostly available in winter time. There are few international public airports with hard surface runways, but only 5 of them utilise a 24 hours customs availability. Air Clubs, mostly operate with Cessnas 150-172-182, Piper Cherokees and TB's. If you plan to fly to our country, you are more than welcome. You will have no problems with communication in English, and we are pretty sure that you´ll love our sun and blue skies...

Frequently asked questions:

1. Do I need to file a flight plan?

On any international VFR flight to/from Greece you are required to file a flight plan. You may plan to cross the boundary at any point you wish, or do as ATC tells you . For domestic VFR flights, a flight plan is required. Flight planning is also required for all IFR and night VFR flights. If you are departing from an airport without AIS office, you may file your flight plan to Athens central AIS by fax: +302103532635 or by phone: +302103533691. These numbers are attended 24 hours a day. A General Declaration also need to be submitted at this time.

2. What frequency should I be calling once I cross the boundary and where I can land?

All around the country you will be within the reach of "Athens Information" (if you fly VFR), on frequency 130.925 Mhz (North Sector) / 119.75 (South Sector). This station will provide you with (non radar) Flight Information Service and will give you all information about activated military and restricted airspaces. While flying VFR at low altitude, you may lose contact with FIS station. In that case, continue to fly according to your flight plan, on VFR, and wait for a contact later on. A contact must be made at least every 30 minutes. It is however advisable to contact the Approach or Tower frequency of any military unit whose airspace you will be transiting. Military airports usually have associated TMA's and you should contact the published frequency. You can also contact TUGRIT military radar on 129.80 for advisories.

3. At what altitude should I fly?

VFR altitude on an easterly course (0°-179°) is odd thousands plus 500 ft (3500, 5500, 7500). On a westerly course (180°-359°) even thousands plus 500 feet (4500, 6500, 8500). This rule applies above 3000 feet AGL. On IFR flights same semicircular rule applies wihout the +500. Transition Altitude is specified in each airport's approach plate. If you plan to fly above the usual airway's base (6~7,000ft) inform FIS so that they coordinate with Athens Control in case they have any low flying IFR traffic in the airways.

4. What is the VFR transponder code?

At any chosen VFR altitude your transponder should squawk 7000 unless you are assigned an individual code. Transponder is mandatory for all flights, and mode C is mandatory within/below controlled airspace (TMA's CTR's Airways etc) even if VFR. Flights entering ATHINAI FIR should squawk 7000 unless otherwise advised by ATC.

5. Can I fly a Greek registered airplane with a foreign license?

Since March 2006, with a) a non JAR license or b) a non European National License, you cannot fly SX- registered aircraft any nore without a validation by Hellenic CAA. With a JAR license not issued from Greece (Hellenic CAA) you can fly one but only within the boundaries of Hellenic Airspace. The only way to fly SX- registered aircraft with foreign license is to get a JAR validation on it from HCAA.

Regarding b) : some National Licenses from European countries (e.g. UK) are still accepted for flight with SX-reg. aircraft in Greece but it may not be for long. FAA Licenses cannot be used any more for SX-reg. aircraft flying but only with N registered aircraft as everywhere. For more information contact Mr. Desilas of HCAA FCL department at: +30210 9973037 (altn. 9973976 & 040) or Mrs Menagia at mmenagia(at)hcaa.gr

6. How can I obtain a Greek validation?

According to HCAA Technical Directive 10/2007 of 05-Dec-2007, if you need a JAR validation on your foreign license (must be ICAO contracting state) by the Hellenic CAA (HCAA) it can be done but involves few administrative steps. HCAA issues the validation and it is valid for a maximum of 12 months. With this validation on your ICAO license you can fly to all licensed airports & airfields in Greece with SX-reg aircraft a) in Day, VFR, VMC only b) under private flying priviledges (i.e. not commercial)

In brief for a basic PPL validation, a pilot along with the application, needs to submit to HCAA

a) a photocopy of the ICAO license

b) a photocopy of the Medical certificate

c) a photocopy of the R/T certificate

d) a photocopy of recent logbook entries proving flying currency status

e) a fee of 6 Euro for PPL

For more information contact Mr. Desilas of HCAA FCL department at: +30210 9973037 (altn. 9973976 & 040) or Mrs Menagia at mmenagia(at)hcaa.gr

For residents of more than 180 days in Greece who hold a JAR license from another JAA country (without Greek Validation) you can fly Greek registered aircraft but only within the boundaries of Hellenic Airspace. For extra ratings on the PPL (e.g. Instrument Rating) again a 6 month validation can be issued with the necessary JAR Medical, Theory exams passed and a flight test with an FTO (not RF)

- Approved Flight Schools (RF & FTO's) in Greece:Download HCAA list (from this page of HCAA)

- Aeromedical Examiners in Greece

- HCAA website http://www.hcaa.gr/ , JAA website http://www.jaa.nl/ .

For permanent residents in Greece with JAR license from other JAA coutries it is adivsed that a transfer of their JAR FCL records is made to HCAA in order to avoid temporary validation requirements. For more information contact Mr. Desilas of HCAA FCL department at: +30210 9973037 (altn. 9973976 & 040) or Mrs Menagia at mmenagia(at)hcaa.gr

7. Are JARs already in effect?

Yes, JARs are already in force in our country. Greece is full JAA member. Greek JAR-FCL licesnes are fully recognized by all countries (since March 2004).  In any case, it is advised to become familiar with Greek national regulations before engaging in any aviation related business,because some of the traditional regulations may be different from western-European or ICAO standards. The RF or FTO (see para. 6) will be in charge of informing you regarding local regulations.

8. Can I rent an airplane in Greece?

Airclubs are not "rent a plane" facilities. There are nor such facilities in Greece. Nevertheless a foreign pilot may enroll as a fully qualified club member, as any other Greek pilot, and afterwards, may rent a plane from the club, as a club member. Air Clubs usually require a check-out with their instructor before renting the plane. Private schools mostly have Cessna 152, 172 or Piper 28 series. Prices range from 140 to 200 euros per flight hour, depending on type and equipment of the aircraft.

9. Emergency situations

When a flying aircraft is in an emergency situation, then it may land at, besides the airports, any suitable aerodrome without prior permission (as referred to AGA 0-1 par 3.1.2.). The Emergency Frequency is the international 121.50

10. Controlled fire areas LGC

 Greece has introduced this definition which is: An airspace of defined dimensions within which firing of projectiles and missiles takes place and is coordinated in such manner that air traffic operating through that area is not endangered. Please ask ATC or FIS if any are active in low levels.

11. How do I obtain Weather briefings and NOTAMS?

You can call the LGAV reporting office for NOTAMS at 210 3533691-2 or Fax 210 3532635. Call 210 3533689 for a MET briefing, or at larger airfields go to to the local MET office. You can also go online for official weather at: http://www.hnms.gr/hnms/english/aviation/aviation_html

12. Ground Handling

Absence of handling charges in all Greek airports during the month of June 2008 - sponsored by Olympic Airways Services.  Read more here

According to Greece AIP you must accept and pay for handling at major airports “If it is offered to you”. i.e. if it’s not offered don’t bother. The price for GA Handling by "Olympic Airways - Services" as of Feb. 2007 is 17,85 euro per airport visit.

13. Must I takeoff or land at an “International Airport” if I’m flying Internationally?

Yes. Even if you are flying within the EU you must take off or land at a designated International Airport. It is not a customs check but rather a police check that you are bound to/from EU and they just check passports and destination/origin to confirm that you do not need Customs.

14. Do I have to fly airways or designated air routes?

VFR flights need to fly a track below or inside controlled airspace (at +500ft ALT). VFR through non controlled airspace is not allowed. Airways, TMA's & CTR's are controlled airspace and most of Greece is covered by one of them. Inside TMA's there are Greece AIP published "VFR routes" with specific altitudes that can be flown without the need of entry clearance. Diversions in route & altitude are given (coordination by FIS) en route for "weather/wind turbulence avoidance" but not during the initial Flight Plan submition phase on ground. All VFR routes charts are available at airports where CAA office has the Greece AIP.

15. Can I fly IFR?

Yes!

16. Can I fly at night?

Only on an IFR flight plan.

17. How do I find out airport opening hours?

That information is published by NOTAM and in the HCAA website http://www.ypa.gr/ but in Greek language document. Check PPO, PPR and PNR airports below and do contact them as early as possible for parking permission.

18. Will I find aviation fuel at my destination?

Not all airports have fuel. It should be published in the AIP or by NOTAM. A list of airports providing AVGAS can be found below.

19. Which airports can I fly to / Do I need prior permission to ?

During the period of 6th to 16th June 2008, Tatoi airfield will have no access restrictions for GA aircraft.

The following Greek airports have access restrictions for GA aircraft according to Greece AIP.

PPO (Prior Permission Only)

They do not accept GA except for exceptional cases by permission via HAF

 PPR (Prior Permission Required)

GA only with prior permission (via HAF for military AB's)

 PNR (Prior Notice Required)

GA approved only by prior notice (just a fax or phone call)

 For Military Air Bases that have no HCAA presence access is not allowed

Andravida AB (LGAD)

Tatoi AB (LGTT)

Kasteli AB (LGTL)

Larisa AB (LGLR)

Kotroni AB (LGKN)

Elefsina AB LGEL (20 days)

SEDES

Stefanovikion AB (LGSV)

Tanagra AB (LGTG)

Tripolis AB (LGTP )

For Military Air Bases that have HCAA presence access is allowed but with prior permission by HAF via HCAA.

 Araxos AB (LGAX)

Athens Venizelos LGAV (3 hr)

N. Aghialos AB (LGBL)

Aktio AB (LGPZ)

Souda AB LGSA (20 days)

Kalamata AB LGKL (20 days)

Limnos LGLM (20 days)

Skiros AB (LGSY)

For these Airports:

Ioannina LGIO

Mikonos LGMK (Apr-Oct)

Megara AB LGMG (48hr)

Rodos Maritsa LGRD (by LGRP TWR)

Skiathos LGSK

Syros LGSO (2 hr)

Santorini LGSR (48 hr)

Zakinthos LGZA (24 hr)

Samos LGSM

You have to at least one week (5 working days) before the flight send an email or FAX to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) with the following details :

To: HCAA/D1/A

Fax: +30 210 8947101 & 8916338

Tel.: +30 210 8916247

From : (your full contact details incl. FAX number)

Subject : Private flight to Kalamata LGKL (ammend destination accordingly)

I request permission to visit Araxos airport with the following flight details :

Pilot Name xxx xxxx, Nationality, xxxxxxx

Passenger(s) Name(s) xxxx xxxx, Nationality xxxxxxx

Aircraft Registration: xxxx

Aircraft Owner: xxxx

Aircraft Type : xxxxx

Aircraft MTOW : xxxxx

Arrival Date & Time (UTC) : xxxx xxxx

Flight Origin : From XXXX  (if outside EU you need to request customs presence)

Departure Date & Time (UTC) : xxxx xxxx

Purpose of flight : Private / Recreational

After the email/fax they will take care of the coordination with Hellenic Air Force and they will reply you by Email/FAX within 2~4 days with the approval.

20. Which charts can I use for VFR flying in Greece ?

For en route VFR charts for Greece we use the 1:500,000  TPC charts which are the only available right now. The Navaids data is old and there is no GPS data on them. The topography is correct though. For NAV, COM, GPS and AIRSPACE data. We use the Jeppesen low level IFR chart E(LO)13-14 which include the latest data.

In Greece you can find the above charts at http://www.zzzz.gr/ along with Jeppesen VFR Bottlang trip kits (airport charts & directory).

NOTE: CHECK ALWAYS THE AIP GREECE AND LATEST NOTAMS BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT IN GREEECE!!!

21. How do I obtain Weather briefings and NOTAMS?

You can call the LGAV reporting office for NOTAMS at 210 3533691-2 or Fax 210 3532635. Call 210 3533689 for a MET briefing, or at larger airfields go to to the local MET office. You can also go online for official weather at: http://www.hnms.gr/hnms/english/aviation/aviation_html

Some usefull links on the Internet that we use for WX outlooks in Greece:

http://euro.wx.propilots.net/

http://ows.public.sembach.af.mil/

http://forecast.uoa.gr/ramsindx.html

http://www.poseidon.ncmr.gr/weather_forecast.html

http://weather.unisys.com/mrf/9panel/mrf_pres_9panel_eur.html

http://imkhp2.physik.uni-karlsruhe.de/~muehr/satpicsf/noaa/Greece/greece.html

22. Will I find aviation fuel at my destination?

During the period of 6th to 16th June 2008, AVGAS fuel at Tatoi airfield will be available for all aircraft

The airports that currently provide AVGAS in Greece are :

LGAV

LGTS

LGRP

LGIR (min. quantity limit imposed)

LGKR

LGKO

LGST

Ikaros filed, Kopaida

In summer months only:

LGMK

LGSM

The price varies from 2,2 to 2,5 Euro per Lt.

23. General Aviation Charges in Greece

Landing/ Parking Fees AIP GREECE VOLUME I FACILITATION (FAL) pgs.3-1, 3-2, 3-3 Chapter I

1,63 euro : Greek Register & European Union Register

7,34 : Non EU Register

One charge per aircraft per day that counts for all Greek airports for one calendar day (no surcharge)

Passengers Service Charges AIP GREECE VOLUME I FACILITATION (FAL) pgs.3-4 Chapter I (Airport Development Charge per passenger -not for crew- per departure). Departing passengers over 5 years old with final destination Greece, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and E U. airports 12 EURO. For passengers with final destination outside E.U. airports 22 EURO. Transfer passengers continuing their trip with the same or another airline within 24 hrs pay the charge at the starting airport. Passengers continuing their trip with the same aircraft (transit) are totally excluded from the payment of the charge. .

Provision of Ground Handling Services

As of 23rd February 2007, there is a universal charge by OA for 15 Euros +VAT at ALL Hellenic airports for all GA aircraft, National or International. The only service provided is the parking marshalling, the minimum requirement by HCAA. Furthermore HCAA specifies that OA services are to be provided only when A) requested by the pilot or B) where local airport HCAA dictates it is obligatory for ground operations safety. This essentially means that only the 4~5 big airports will still necessitate acceptance of handling but yet again this will be at a much lower charge from before.

Download and have this (in Greek language) document  [Page 1 , Page 2] printed with you. It is the FAX that OA sent us regarding the new universal Euro 15+VAT charge for all G.A. aircraft. Use it in case you are requested to pay more than this amount by OA in any Greek Airport.

AVGAS Fuel prices in Greece :

2,2 Euro in most airports

2,4 LGIR

2,7 LGMK

24. Athens GA Airport

The dedicated General Aviation facility for Athens is Megara LGMG airport 40km west of the city. It is a "VFR only" airport and has operational hours a bit shorter than aviation day to night time period. Visit our Megara LGMG page for further information. Megara is a Hellenic Army Aviation helicopter base which has a civil apron on the Eastern side.

Alternatively one can go VFR day, or IFR day & night at Athens International LGAV airport which is a 24 hr. international large size airport. Airport duty officer must be informed for landing permission 3 hours in advance and a handling agent must be assigned. Total charges at LGAV for a light aircraft should be about 230 Euro's for first day and then another 70~80 Euro's per consecutive day.

Tatoi Dekelia LGTT, Hellenic Air Force cadets base is open only for local based (civilian) Aeroclubs and is not accessible to private individual visitors.

Elefsis LGEL, Hellenic Air Force Military Air Transport Command base, is closed to all civilian Aviation.

Kotroni LGKN, is a Hellenic Navy heliport closed to all civilian Aviation.

Ikaros private field is an excellent G.A. facility 105 km NW of Athens. Visit AOPA's Ikaros page for more information.

25. Airport Directory

You can visit this site: http://www.hcaa-eleng.gr/greekair.htm and we also recommend you download the complete list of airports (telephones) from here : http://www.aer.gr/aerotel.pdf , (courtesy of Chania Aeroclub). Also this map, in Greek language, http://www.airliners.gr/el/air_index.php has all the airports in display separated per category.

 

You can visit this site: http://www.hcaa-eleng.gr/greekair.htm