Russian VFR Route B369
UPDATE ON JUNE 16TH FLIGHT - April 25, 2007
A meeting was held this morning in Washington D.C. with Brian Staruseth, FAA Senior Representative - Russia and CIS, US Embassy Moscow and Russian ATC advisors Alexander Dzyubenko, Director General, NE Air Navigation Branch of the State ATM Corp (Magadan) and Alexey Buevich, Manager, Ops User Support, State ATM, (Moscow). The meeting was to address the NOTAM and weather reporting availability for the demonstration flight from Provideniya to Anadyr. It is our understanding that a NOTAM will not be published for this route until August 1st. Another revealing bit of information is that there will be NO English speaking controller in Lavrentiya before this date. We are asking that a NOTAM establishing the route B369 “unflyable” be issued immediately. This is the first tower contact made after crossing the international dateline.
Those of you scheduled to make this flight the week of June 16th please contact your travel agent. As we continue to develop this route to the Russian Far East, we hope that these challenges will become fewer. We promise to keep you updated. Thank you.
FLIGHT TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2007
ANY ONE INTERESTED IN ACCOMPANYING
THE THREE PLANES FROM NOME, ALASKA TO PROVIDENIYA BAY, RUSSIA
SHOULD CONSULT THE TIPS BELOW WHILE PLANNING YOUR FLIGHT,
AND EMAIL THE AIRMEN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICE:
CONTACT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PRIVATE COMPANIES FOR ASSISTANCE WITH TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND ACCOMMODATIONS.
The Airmen’s Association is unable to provide assistance with travel
documents and arrangements for accommodations.
RT Unlimited, LLC
Red Star Travel in
Or call your local travel professional for assistance.
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In 1991, the Alaska Airmen's Association first flew to Provideniya Bay, Chukotka Region, Russian, with 72 people in General Aviation Aircraft. That was the beginning, and we've come a long way. We are currently working on extending Russian VFR Route B369 from Alaska to Japan. A special thanks to Mike Pannone who was there from the beginning and to Felix Maguire who took up the gauntlet and continued on with it.
ROUTE DESCRIPTION AND PROCEDURES _ GENERAL
**Note MONUD intersection in table below is not on VFR Chart but Russian ATS may request you to report this point. It is in the Russian AIP and Jeppesen charts.
1. Letter of Invitation – obtainable from travel agent or Chukotka Government
a. Getting a visa invitation is the first essential step in obtaining a visa to Russia. Visa invitations can be obtained from a travel agent See Above.
2. Passport and Visa
Submit completed Visa application with copy of Letter of Invititation to Russian Consulate or to travel agent.
Russian consulate in Washington DC:
Road, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007
939-8918 Fax: (202) 483-7579 Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Open to public: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
consulate in New York: 9, East 91 St., New York, NY 10128
Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Russian consulate in San Francisco:
St., (in Pacific Heights near Presidio Park
answering machine) Fax: +1 (415) 929-0306
Arizona, Hawaii, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon,
consulate in Seattle: 2323 Westin Building, 2001 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA
98121-2617 Phone: +1 (206) 728-1910
Idaho, Iowa, Alaska, Wyoming, Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
3. Border Travel Permit –obtainable from travel agent or Chukotka Government. Russia required tourists in ‘border countries’ to obtain special permissions for visiting such areas. The Chukotka region is one of these. Addresses are anticipated very soon, if you want to try to secure this yourselves. We will be testing the system as well.
4. Accommodations in Provideniya –can be secured through Roman Bratslavsky or Circumpolar Expeditions.
5. Flight Permission, per aircraft: request submitted to/granted by Central Department of Operational Services, Moscow
Form N Russian Flight Permission Request
Request for single flight permissions of foreign civil aircraft on B-369 must be submitted in accordance with procedures contained in the Russian AIP a minimum of 5 full working days in advance of intended flight. It is recommended that flight permission be requested at least 14 full working days in advance.
for the group must be coordinated. Earliest take off time has you crossing
BATNI checkpoint no sooner than one hour after Russian airport opens
(operating hours 9am-5pm Chukotka local time). Subsequent departures must be
at least 10 minutes apart.
6. US Customs Private Aircraft Decal –obtainable at airports, US Customs offices or online: https://tradelinks4.mellon.com/cbp/dispatcher
7. Transponder – 4096 code transponder required for operation on B-369. Each person operating an aircraft into and out of the USA on B-369 SHALL operate the transponder, including altitude encoding equipment if installed, and SHALL reply on the appropriate code or as assigned by FSS Nome. In addition, the aircraft SHALL comply with the transponder on requirements and ADIZ penetration procedures.
8. Liability Insurance –required per Russian AIP – Mike Kardatzke at Aviation Insurance of Alaska, 907-260-4691 or Doug Bosworth at email@example.com or your own insurance agent.
9. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Waiver, application attached, In accordance with Special Notice ... Operations to/from Locations Outside the U.S. Issued as a domestic and international NOTAM. A waiver must be obtained from the U.S. TSA prior to operations on B-369 to or from the U.S. Waiver application must submitted at least seven (7) days in advance. Application form and further information is available on the internet at http://www.faa.gov/ats/ifim/ifim3tc.htm
10. Customs at Nome – must be requested a minimum of 48 hours in advance -we have always given at least2 weeks notice. Nome is a seaport of entry, but not an airport of entry. Customs must be notified and service at Nome requested to clear customs there. Call Customs Anchorage: Sue Gadomski 907-271-1682 –She (or someone in the office) will need a listing of planes/tail numbers/operators/passengers/passport #s and dates and times of departure/arrival. Upon return from Russia, wait in aircraft for customs officer who will escort or direct you.
11. Weather Briefing: Current weather and NOTAMs are available from Flight Service Stations at 1-800-WX-BRIEF and at: http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/metar.shtml, key in UHMD UHML (Provideniya and Lavrentiya airport identifiers.)
Russian cities weather site: http://meteo.infospace.ru/cities/html/index.ssi
Key in region: Chukotka, scroll to Provideniya Bay
12. VFR and International Flight Plan – Most pilots are only familiar with the “domestic” flight plan format. Flight which transit an international border are required by regulation to file a flight plan, whether the flight is conducted under VFR or IFR flight rules. While the formats of an ‘international’ (ICAO) flight plan and a US Domestic flight plan exhibit similarities, there are clear and distinct differences. You will also need to file a regular VFR Flight plan. ICAO flight plan form and instructions are attached.
13. General Declaration Form –Aircraft (Russian Customs at Provideniya), copy we used attached
14. Russian Customs Declaration –Individual (Russian Customs at Provideniya) will be given to you by Russian Border Patrol/Customs officials.
15. US Customs Form (upon return in Nome)
Flight and Radio Log - attached
Alaska Region Russian VFR Flight Information:
Provideniya Bay Airport Information: http://worldaerodata.com/wad.cgi?id=RS96584
Navigation Charges as of December, 2002 – subject to change
What We Cannot Do in Russia
· Give or lend money, or guarantee or cash any kind of check;
· Provide legal advice or represent either party in a civil or criminal case;
· Act as an agent or intermediary in private financial transactions;
· Provide information on U.S. citizens without their written consent or trace missing persons in the U.S.; and, provide formal American Citizen Services to individuals who are not U.S. citizens, such as U.S. Legal Permanent Residents.
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS (GPS)
The importation and use of Global Positioning Systems and other radio electronic devices are subject to special rules and regulations in Russia. In general, mapping and natural resource data collection activities associated with normal commercial and scientific collaboration may result in seizure of the associated equipment and/or arrest. The penalty for using a GPS device in a manner which is determined to compromise Russian National Security can be a prison term of ten to twenty years. In December, 1997, an American citizen was imprisoned in Rostov-na-Donu for ten days on charges of espionage for using a GPS device to check the efficacy of newly-installed telecommunications equipment. He and his company believed the GPS had been legally imported and were not aware that nearby government installations were considered secret.
No traveler should seek to import GPS equipment in any manner unless it has been properly and fully documented by the traveler in accordance to the instructions of the Glavgossvyaznadzor and is declared in full on a customs declaration at the point of entry to the Russian Federation.
All radio electronic devices brought into Russia must have a certificate from Glavgossvyaznadzor of the Russian Federation. This includes all emitting, transmitting, and receiving equipment, such as GPS devices, cellular phones, satellite phones, and other kinds of radio electronic equipment. Excluded from the list are consumer electronic receivers, such as AM/FM radios.
Russian Customs Regulations
Starting March 15, 2003 Russian residents and non-residents (foreigners) are allowed to export up to 3,000 U.S. dollars without providing a customs declaration or proof of how the money was obtained. Residents and non-residents may also export up to 10,000 U.S. dollars by simply filling out a customs declaration upon exit. More than 10,000 U.S. dollars can be exported upon proof that it was imported into Russia legally (a stamped customs declaration or proof of a legal bank or wire transfer).
Generally speaking, you
should obtain a receipt for all items of value — including caviar —
purchased in Russia. Furthermore, old artifacts such as icons, samovars,
rugs, and antiques must have a certificate indicating that they have no
historical value. You may be able to obtain this certificate from the store
that sold the item or from the Ministry of Culture. For further information,
please call Russian Customs at (095) 265-6628 or 208-2808 (Moscow is 8 hours
ahead of Alaska).
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION