City: Buenos Aires

Country: Republic of Argentina

Status: Capital, largest city and financial center

Country visa requirement: Pilots arriving with their aircraft are exempt; passengers, cabin attendants and mechanics must have visas; tourist visas acceptable. Stamped visas good for between five and 10 years. Pilots arriving via airlines (i.e., deadheading as passengers) are required to have visas. U.S., Canadian, U.K. and Australian citizens must obtain so-called “reciprocity visas,” good for multiple visits for 10 years; fee is approximately $160.

Landing permit requirement: Yes, an international landing/departure permit is required; however, only for SABE (see below) except if arriving from Uruguay.

Sponsor letter required: No

Aircraft documents required: Airworthiness certificate, registration, worldwide insurance certificate; pilots must present licenses and current medical certificates.

Any other requirements for visiting aircraft: No (and no cabotage issues)

Carbon trading requirement: No

ATC procedures: ICAO

Any unique procedures: At majority of airports in Argentina, must request engine start, and clearance will be delivered taxiing out.

Altimetry: QNH

Meters or feet: Feet

RVSM: Yes

WGS 84-compliant: Yes

Local navigator required: When operating to an airport within Argentina that has no English-speaking controllers, if crew cannot speak Spanish, services of a pilot/interpreter will be required. (This does not apply to Buenos Aires airports, where English is spoken. Operators planning trips to other locations within the country should check with their handling services beforehand to determine whether an onboard pilot/translator will be necessary and how to arrange for one.)

Airport(s):

Airport #1

Name & ICAO identifier: Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport (SAEZ)

Coordinates: 34o 49' 20”S, 58o 32' 09”W

POE: Yes

Elevation: 67 ft.

Runways: 11/29, 10,827 ft. x 197 ft., asphalt (PCN 082RBWT); 17/35, 10,187 ft. x 148 ft., asphalt (PCN 070RBWT); both ILS-equipped

Slots: No

Curfew: No

FBOs: Not in the traditional sense; handling services, e.g., ARSOT Flight Services

Clear CIQ at: General aviation aircraft are directed to park at a very remote north apron called “Chivatos” located at the end of Taxiway J. Customs and police inspectors meet aircraft and perform extensive screening, often with dogs, before allowing disembarkation. Occupants (including crew) are required to remove all personal belongings from aircraft, and crew and passengers are then barred from access to the aircraft until departure. Passengers and crew then transported via bus to main terminal for final customs clearance. During this final process, CIQ officials check that reciprocity visa fee has been paid or verified on each passport from previous visits.

Parking: See above. Aircraft must remain parked at north (Chivatos) apron for duration of visit — assuming parking is available (see Remarks and text).

Hangarage: Rare and only if a based aircraft is away and hangar is available

Fuel: Jet-A; Shell, Esso, YPF

Credit: Fuel cards with pre-arranged fuel release

Maintenance: Only line maintenance

Lav service: Yes

Catering: Airlines and hotel

Fees: Landing, parking, handling

Security: Airport security effective; guards unnecessary

Ground transportation: Luxury vans, limos and cars

Distance and driving time to downtown: Approximately 14 sm/22 km; 50 to 90 min., depending on traffic

Airport #2

Name & ICAO identifier: Aeroparque Metropolitano Jorge Newbery Airport (SABE)

Coordinates: 34o 33' 32”S, 58o 24' 59”W

POE: Yes, only for flights to and from Uruguay unless an international landing permit is obtained from the Argentinean CAA to operate from any country other than Uruguay.

Elevation: 18 ft.

Runways: 13/31, 6,890 ft. x 131 ft., concrete (PCN 050RBWT), ILS

Slots: Yes, sometimes on departures only and due to volume

Curfew: No, however, frequent runway closures between 0300 and 0830 UTC; check NOTAMs.

FBOs: No traditional FBO but handling services and general aviation terminal (west side of airport)

Clear CIQ at: Passenger and crew bussed to general aviation terminal on west side of airport, a short ride from GA parking area; customs clearance is fairly brief.

Parking: West side of airport near general aviation terminal

Hangarage: Yes, upon availability

Fuel: Jet-A; Shell, YPF

Credit: Fuel cards with pre-arranged fuel release

Maintenance: Line maintenance

Lav service: Yes

Catering: Airlines or hotel

Fees: Landing, parking, handling

Security: Airport security effective; guards unnecessary

Ground transportation: Luxury vans, limos and cars

Distance and driving time to downtown: 3 sm/5 km.; 20 min., depending on traffic

Airport #3

Name & ICAO identifier: San Fernando Airport (SADF)

Coordinates: 34o 27' 11”S, 58o 35' 23”W

POE: Yes

Elevation: 10 ft.

Runways: 5/23, 6,253 ft. x 98 ft., asphalt (PCN 018FCXU)

Slots: No

Curfew: No

FBOs: Handling services

Clear CIQ at: Aircraft directed to main apron in front of airline terminal, and occupants walk to CIQ in terminal; clearance averages 15 min.

Parking: Main apron or hangar area

Hangarage: Yes, depending on availability

Fuel: Jet-A; Shell, YPF

Credit: Fuel cards with pre-arranged fuel release

Maintenance: Line maintenance

Lav service: Yes

Catering: Hotel and private

Fees: Landing, parking, handling

Security: Unnecessary

Ground transportation: Luxury vans, limos and cars

Distance and driving time to downtown: 16 sm/25 km.; 40 to 60 min., depending on traffic

Remarks: SADF closed minimum June 11-Aug. 3, 2012, and possibly longer for construction; no parking/RON for general aviation aircraft at SAEZ during same period or longer; and all other Buenos Aires airports parking-saturated by locally based aircraft temporarily moved from SADF. Additionally, ATC strikes due to labor unrest common; expect delays and holding. Transient operators advised to carry (tanker) as much fuel as possible for foreseeable future. See text for details.