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4-8 March 2008
Round Table Discussions
Below, you will find comments sent in by various pilots present at the roundtables, some Earthrounders, some of them soon-to-be Earthrounders. Many subjects were raised, from safety and survival, mechanics, communications, clearances, handlers, ethics, etc. The discussions were both useful and enjoyable. Several people have promised to send in comments, so if they do, we will keep on adding them.
And of course the information from the Mexico Round tables is still available here:
RUSSIA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN LIGHT AIRCRAFTS
1. AIP RUSSIA
Visa can be obtained through Russian embassy upon letter of invitation
Is required for persons arriving from countries infected with cholera, plague or yellow fever
4. AIRCRAFT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Flight permission is obligatory and can be obtained through Central Department of Operational Services (CDOS) of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Leningradsky Prospekt 37, Moscow 5 working days in advance for aircrafts on international routes and airports.
AFTN: UUUUYAYW, UUWZQZX
SITA: MOWZGYA, MOWZDYA
Telex: 412303 CDS RU
Fax: ++7 (95) 1555328
For all other flights request for single flights permission shall be submitted to the CDOS by the appropriate diplomatic representatives of foreign states in Russia no later than 14 working days before the beginning of the flight.
5. RUSSIAN NAVIGATOR ON BOARD
In general all single international flights may be conducted only with a Russian escort crew (navigator) on board (before entering Russian airspace).
Escort Group, Sheremetyevo Airport Moscow 103340
TEL: ++7 (095) 5780171
FAX: ++7 (095) 5784016
Flight operator should pay all expences: navigator's flying day + their expences (accomodation, return flight..)
6. AIR NAVIGATION FEES:
39$ PER 100 km (great circle distance) up to 50 tons MTOW
7. VFR ROUTE ALASKA - RUSSIA (Providenya)
406 MHZ EPIRB REGISTRATION
There is no doubt that the old 125 Mhz units have almost lost their raison d' être. The high number of false alarms meant that search and rescue operations are rarely launched with out a positive identification and confirmation of an emergency.
So it is of no surprise that the use of the 406 MHz EPIRB emergency beacon is slowly but surely becoming obligatory in most countries.
In my opinion, the models to consider are the ones that include an internal GPS and, as well as the satellite link on the 406 MHz frequency, also transmit in parallel on the 125Mhz signal for local homing purposes.
I have been using my ACR for about 10 yrs and have found nothing wrong with it. See the various models at www.acrelectronics.com or a fast growing newcomer www.mcmurdo.co.uk
The registration of these units is essential and can be a tricky operation. The ideal situation is buying the unit from your local importer, who will take care of registration for you ?for a fee of course.
When I first started using the EPIRB, the only option was to register in the USA. Now some other countries are setting up the service, and you are expected to purchase and register in your own country ?even at an often much higher cost than in the US. For some of us, it is good to know that the US will still register foreign-owned EPIRB´s (but for how long). The site is www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov
This allows you to purchase in the US (at a better price) and register the unit free of charge. It is not recommended to purchase the beacon in the US and then ask your local dealer to register in your home country. He may refuse to do it or even charge you the price of a new EPIRB.
While registering on the site, don´t be afraid if you read a warning in large red letters, referring to foreign-owned beacons being registered at your own risk. Just ignore and continue registering. The service is very efficient and in 2 years time, you will receive an email asking you if your details are still valid.
More info by phone 1-888-212-7283 or at 301-457-5678
Or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FUTURE OF THE IRIDIUM SATELLITE PHONES
Iridium: It´s back, stronger and more convincing than ever.
Rather than plagiating an existing article on the future of the Iridium system, here is a link on an excellent article in TG Daily explaining all what one may want to know on Iridium and Globalstar.
Submitted by Bill Charney.
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