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

Altimetry: QNH

Metric or feet: Feet


WGS 84-compliant: Yes

Local navigator required: No


Airport #1

Name & ICAO identifier: São Paulo/Guarulhos-Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport (SBGR)

Coordinates: 23o 25' 55”S, 46o 28' 10”W

POE: Yes

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

Curfew: No

FBOs: No

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.

Airport #2

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

FBOs: Yes

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.