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INFORMATION   ON   AUSTRALIA


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Disclaimer :
The information found on these pages is published as supplied by pilots and has not been verified. It does not replace official documents produced by foreign governments or Airways Manuals published by specialised firms and should be taken at face value and used only for planning purposes. Governments change their aviation regulations without notice. Neither Earthrounders.com nor the pilots supplying the information are liable for inaccuracies or subsequent changes in that information.

Click on the country name below for information on airports sublisted there.
Alice Springs
Ayers Rock
Broome
Brisbane
Port Hedland
Cocos Island
Lord Howe Island
Norfolk Island


AUSTRALIA 2013
To fly to Australia needs quite some preparation for Customs clearance. In fact you have to actually import your aircraft and therefore must register as a customs client and submit different forms incl. a security undertaking for duty to be paid if your aircraft is not exported again after a given time. Contact the Australian CBP early enough, they are very professional and helpful.If you plan a flight to Australia, just contact me, I will email all documents to you.

I will not give reports about all the airports we landed in Australia. After you have managed to get in with all the forms and customs regulations it really is a great fun to fly in this country. Its easy, its free and airport charges are very reasonable compared to Europe and especially Asia. On most of the airports you even do not pay directly you get an invoice later, so that safes a lot of time, you just walk in, start your engine and off you go.
UMM


Ayers Rock (YAYE) 2013
Easy little airport, you must request landing permission latest 24h before and give your Credit Card Number for fees (approx 95 Aus$). No Rent a car available after 16:00 local time. If you arrive later arrange pickup by your hotel before arrival. Fuel only between 8:30 and 16:00 loc time. Do not forget to cancel SARwatch after landing!
UMM


Broome (YBRM) 2013
I had prepared all the documents and import declaration early enough, had sent them to customs some days before arrival and had informed Immigration and AQIS one day before by phone. Be sure to arrive before 16:15 loc time to avoid extra charges. Arriving at Broome the whole procedure was quick and easy, we had sprayed the cabin before descent and could show the empty can to the customs people (who also commenced the job for AQIS). After 15 minutes we where out of the back fence gate being picked up by our friend Andrew- What a difference to Asia. Fees unknown, they will be invoiced later.
UMM

Entry to Australia
December 2011
Thanks to Harry Anderson for this detailed entry to Australia which can be sometimes a bit tricky...
This is extracted from his travel blog.
http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/harry4123/1/1308970359/tpod.html

I elected to come into Darwin without using a handler at the airport, partly to see if I could do it, and partly because I had already done some of the prep work myself at home. Here are the steps if you want to do this yourself:
1 . Early on before leaving home, get a visa if you need one - US citizens do but it's easy, all done on line and cost $25. It's tied to your passport # in their system so you don't need to carry a piece of paper.
2. . While at home, get a "Security" for your aircraft. A Security allows you to import and re-export your aircraft without paying any duty. It is basically a pledge that you will re-export the aircraft before a given date (which you can choose), otherwise you own them duty on the import which is about 10% of the value of the aircraft. To get the Security you fill out a couple of forms and they email you an letter and number. The best contact for getting a Security is: Bill MacKay, email: bill.mckay@customs.gov.au He'll send you an email with the forms and instructions on how to fill then out. No money needed. Choose a re-export deadline that is way more than you think you'll need. Even then, you can get it extended if need be. Without the Security you run the risk of getting your plane impounded for a few days while the paperwork is completed (if it's a weekend, maybe several days
3. A few days before arrival you'll need to get a slot assignment if it's a larger airport like Darwin. The slot is a place to park on the international ramp while dealing with immigration and customs. Contact Slots@coordaus.com.au to get a slot assignment.
4. The day before you arrive, fax an Impending Arrival Report (IAR, form B364) to Customs at Darwin. If you are not carrying passengers or cargo for commercial purposes, you can be defined as a "Light aircraft" which allows you to file the IAR manually. Otherwise, you would have to file it electronically which only handlers can do since they have access to the system and you don't. The fax number I used to file the IAR at Darwin was +61 8 8920 2559, but reconfirm this since they said they never got it (which may have been a hotel faxing problem). Note that the IAR ask for the departure and arrival airports, and the nine previous airports, by their UN Locodes (not ICAO airport codes). You can look up the UN Locodes online.
5. The day before, call the quarantine people AQIS at +61 8 8920 7080 (at Darwin) to give them your ETA.
5. Call the day before to confirm your allocated parking bay (slot). At Darwin the number is:
+61 4 0100 5977
6. Once you arrive you will be greeted on the ramp by the AQIS and the airport people. Do not open your door! Before anything, they want to spray the inside of your plane with a disinsectant to destroy any killer mosquitoes you might have picked up in Thailand. I knew this thanks to Patrick and Linda and their Long EZ flight the year before, so I made an effort to buy this disinfectant myself and spray the inside of the plane at the beginning of my descent into Darwin. Several products are approved for this; I used one by Callington called "Top of Descent". I ended up buying a case (minimum purchase) and carrying the 12 cans all the way to friggin' Darwin from the UK, only to use part of one can and enjoy the satisfaction of spraying the aircraft myself and showing the can through the window so I could open the door. They were delighted I was one of the few GA pilots who came prepared. The AQIS guy even wrote down the serial number on the bottom of my Top of Descent can! Again, this was one of those things I did just to see if I could get the stuff (which I got in the UK) and take it there. In retrospect, it was a waste of time and money to do it. If you fly here, don't worry about the disinsectant, just wait for their okay to open the door even if it's hot which it will be, let them spray what they want, and move on
7. After arrival you will need to give them an Actual Arrival Report (Form B358) along with a standard Customs Declaration for Air Crew (Form B465) - are you bringing in anything to declare? The Actual Arrival Report is the only thing I forgot to prepare but the Customs guy filled it out for me to sign.
8. As a foreign registered aircraft I had to pay a landing fee of $35 inside the terminal building at the airport office (credit cards accepted). Parking in the GA ramp in Darwin is free
Once I had paid the landing fee, I was done with the entry process, got back in my plane, taxied to the north GA ramp where it's first-come, first-serve parking, Lots of planes but lots of spaces and the first real tiedown rings I'd seen since leaving Bangor. A nice setup.
That is the entry process without a handler. A lot of steps, but I can say the Australians I dealt with were very helpful and good-natured in every way, quickly responding to emails and answering all my questions. That said, the Darwin people tell me a lot planes show up in Darwin from international points having done NO paperwork and scramble to get it done on the spot

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/harry4123/1/1308970359/tpod.html



ooOoo
Entry to Australia
December 2010
There are still pilots who enter Australia without giving the proper authorities the required notice, running the risk of unnecessary trouble...

It is mandatory and important that you give Customs and Quarantine and Immigration at least 3 hours (24 hours in some cases) notice of your arrival. Simply writing "ACUS" (advice Customs) on the Flight Plan does not always fill this requirement.

Please read the following paragraphs.

Entry to Australia
November 2007
We all have heard the "horrible stories" on entry to Australia after the problems Hans Abilgaard Hansen had in Broome (Western Australia) early this year. The full story is available on his Site: http://www.hosbiz.com
Since that incident, many Earthrounders have entered Australia without having any of the problems Hans experienced in Broome.
First of all they all entered via Darwin which apparently is a much better place.
Then all of them did hire the services of an agent. Paul Moyle and Noman Livingstone used the services of Pearl Aviation Flight Centre. They claim the cost were minimal and they both got great service without any hassles. The agent should be contacted as early as possible, when a date and ETA are available.
The details (2002) in the next paragarph still apply: notification, spraying the inside of the aircraft with a nauseating bug killer, not disembarking before being allowed to, etc..., are still to be remembered.


Entry to Australia
February 2002
Tips for entry.
This is not intended to replace the official requirements as depicted in official and commercial publications such as Jeppesen Airways Manual, etc. Here are a few tips to simplify your entry into Australia, which can sometimes.be tricky as Australia is anxious to prevent the introduction of insects, diseases and contraband in the country. Customs, Quarantine and Immigration officers are thorough.

It is mandatory and important that you give Customs and Quarantine and Immigration at least 3 hours (24 hours in some cases) notice of your arrival. Simply writing "ACUS" (advice Customs) on the Flight Plan does not always fill this requirement.

The best thing to do is to telephone Customs before leaving your last airport and give them an ETA. Your entry will very likely be made at either Darwin or Brisbane. Sydney is overcrowded and very expensive.
Phone numbers for entry :
Darwin :
Customs: +61 889469880
Quarantine: +61 889453014
Parking bay allocation: +61 402088145
Brisbane
Customs: +61 738353855
Quarantine: +61 736377777
Immigration: +61 738604241
Airport for bay allocation (24 hours notice): +61 734063000
I would suggest calling Customs first and ask them to notify Quarantine. If they say they will not do it, then call Quarantine as well. Also it is advisable to reserve a parking bay before leaving so Customs and Quarantine will know where to find you.
You are not supposed to open your door or canopy and alight before your aircraft has been sprayed with insecticide, so you should wait for the Quarantine officer to give you a spray can and you will have to wait 5 minutes breathing insect spray inside a hot aircraft....Avoid spraying the perplex of the windows, windscreen and canopy as the chemicals of the spray could harm them. CM

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Alice Springs(YPAS)
December 2010
Arrived late, tower was closed, airport lights were on. Flying Doctors called a taxi. Most wonderful people, wanted to buy food next day. Shops are behind security and my luggage was a problem for them. Told tower, they made me taxi in front of the building, One controller came down and accompanied me to the shops. Avgas, cards accepted. Great place.
AT


Brisbane(YBBN)
December 2010
Customs, Immigration, and Agriculture expected me. Believed in illegal flight as all mails and phonecalls did not reach them. Had no handling agent, made my way through paperwork. Had correct insecticide and sprayed aircraft before opening the door. Was out in less than 60min. Very nice people, like everywhere in Australia. Brisbane is very busy, Avgas truck needs time. Credit cards and BP card accepted.
AT


Port Hedland(YPPD)
December 2010
The tower is unmanned since 2000, international airport. Landing fee A$45,-. Air BP cards accepted, customs in town, came out to clear me at 22hrs. at low overtime charge. No problems at all, very nice place. Port Hedland is a mining boomtown, high hotel and food prices.
AT

Cocos Island (YPCC)
September 2000
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). Cocos Island cannot be used as a port of entry for Australia - you must do entry formalities when arriving at a mainland entry port. Charges are high at AUD$595, consisting of a AUD$300 landing charge, a AUD$275 ground handling charge and a AUD$20 parking charge. Service is quick and people are friendly, however the charges are outrageous for Australia. A ferry pilot has already written to the Australian Government about this, let's hope there will be a reduction. DS.

Lord Howe Island (YLHI)
July 2001
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). Lord Howe Island is a port where you can often do entry and exit formalities for Australia. The local policeman does customs and immigration. Total charge was $22.50 for landing charges. Note that fuel is quite expensive. 75 cents per litre Jet A1 and 80 cents per litre avgas. DS

Norfolk Island (YSNF)
May 2002
A very easy place to fly through. Landing fee US$35. Parking $5.50. UNICOM $22. After hours customs fee $25. Total US$87.50. DS.

Norfolk Island (YSNF)
April 2002
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2722 kg). Landing fees $38.CM.

July 2001
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2721 kg). If operating in normal hours the costs are $35 in airport charges and fuel is 80 cents per litre for avgas. JH.


Disclaimer :
The information found on these pages is published as supplied by pilots and has not been verified. It does not replace official documents produced by foreign governments or Airways Manuals published by specialised firms and should be taken at face value and used only for planning purposes. Governments change their aviation regulations without notice. Neither Earthrounders.com nor the pilots supplying the information are liable for inaccuracies or subsequent changes in that information.


 
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