Five centuries of history; great architecture, art and museums; a diversified and growing economy with a thriving aviation manufacturing industry; and the largest concentration of urban helicopters on the planet — this megacity has it all.
City at a Glance: São Paulo
Country: Federative Republic of Brazil
Status: Brazil's largest city and financial center
Country visa requirement: Yes, for passengers who are U.S. citizens; however, not required for flight crews traveling aboard the aircraft, excluding cabin attendants (who must have visas).
Landing permit requirement: Yes
Sponsor letter required: No
Aircraft documents required: Airworthiness certificate, registration, insurance certificate with country coverage, noise certificate for aircraft manufactured prior to 1980. Note: Brazil requires original copies.
Any other requirements for visiting aircraft: No
Carbon trading requirement: Currently, no, but under consideration
ATC procedures: ICAO/Pans Ops
Any unique procedures: No
Metric or feet: Feet
WGS 84-compliant: Yes
Local navigator required: No
Name & ICAO identifier: São Paulo/Guarulhos-Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport (SBGR)
Coordinates: 23o 25' 55”S, 46o 28' 10”W
Elevation: 2,459 ft.
Runways: 9R/27L, 9,843 ft. x 148 ft.; 9L/27R, 12,140 ft. x 148 ft.; both asphalt (PCN 085FBWT) and equipped with ILS approaches
Slots: Yes, 45 ops per hour
Clear CIQ at: Passenger terminal
Parking: Off site (i.e., remotely); note that parking is always an issue at São Paulo airports, as airlines receive priority. Situations can develop seasonally when general aviation parking may be prohibited or limited to only a few hours, requiring operators to drop passengers and reposition to another airport. Recommend operators desiring to remain at SBGR have their handlers confirm that parking is available.
Hangarage: Generally not available for transient aircraft
Fuel: Jet-A, sold by Petrobras
Credit: Most fuel cards; credit can be arranged locally through Petrobras.
Maintenance: Yes, arranged by local handlers
Lav service: Yes
Catering: Airline catering available; however, hotels recommended.
Fees: Landing, parking, handling; expensive, based on aircraft size
Security: Guards and guard posts at many locations; the airport is considered very secure. If hiring outside security to protect aircraft, guards must be registered with airport administration (INFRAERO, the outsourced company that operates most of Brazil's airports).
Ground transportation: Taxies, buses and rental cars available; as there are security issues with some taxis, it is recommended to have handler hire vetted cars and drivers.
Distance and driving time to downtown: Approximately 25 km/16 sm; driving time depends on time of day, as surface transportation can be extremely congested.
Name & ICAO identifier: Congonhas-São Paulo Airport (SBSP)
Coordinates: 23 o 37' 36”S, 46 o 29' 19”W
Elevation: 2,631 ft.
Runways: 17R/35L, 6,365 ft. x 147 ft., asphalt (PCN 050FBXT), ILS; 17L/35R, 4,708 ft. x 147 ft. asphalt (PCN 038FBXU)
Slots: Yes, 30 ops per hour
Curfew: Yes, 0200-0900Z
Parking: Long-term only on availability; have handlers arrange as far in advance as possible.
Hangarage: On availability, most likely for light and midsize aircraft
Fuel: Jet-A1, available 0800-0200Z
Credit: Fuel cards, credit cards with fuel release
Maintenance: Light maintenance; no designated service centers on field
Lav service: Yes
Catering: There is a flight kitchen on the airport; hotels.
Fees: Landing, parking, handling
Security: FBOs secure their own areas; only flight crews, passengers, and vetted agents allowed airside. Overall, airport rated as very secure. Armed guards are prohibited on airport.
Ground transportation: Recommend vetted cars and drivers arranged by handlers.
Distance and driving time to downtown: Airport located within downtown area; 15- to 45-min. drive to most business/financial areas.
BCA thanks Aero Flight Solutions and Universal Weather & Aviation for their assistance in preparing this report.