Bhutan Overflight Permit Regulations
Bhutan country has its own set of rules, regulations and procedures for permits to aircraft wishing for landing or even entering their air space, whether you’re operating a private flight or general aviation, charter flight, scheduled or non-scheduled operation, passengers or cargo trip, a technical or traffic landing, Prior Permission is mandatory required the application procedures requiring complete flight information and Aircraft documents.
According to bhutan civil aviation authority aeronautical information publication (or aip bhutan) any aircraft owner/operator intent to fly in Bhutan airspace request has to submit for Bhutan overflight clearance to air transport department at least 48 working hours prior from flight departure schedule. Always include AFTN on your flight plan, but you’ll only need an overfly permit from Bhutan.
Planning to make a passenger flight landing or technical stop, Bhutan Airports Authority have their own regulations regarding the issuance of flight Bhutan Overflight permit as there is generally a payment involved. The charges normally payable would be the Route Navigation Facility Charges for overflight and also landing and parking charges in case of aircraft making halts.
Bhutan is a signatory to the Chicago Convention therefore the conditions of flights and crews should strictly be compliant with ICAO general rules of international air traffic and in accordance with their regulation for transport of troops, equipment, materials and dangerous goods, please write us for more detail information.
Required Details for Obtaining Bhutan Overflight Permit
1 - Flight Schedule
2 - Entry / Exit Points with ATC Route
3 - Lead Passenger Details
4 - Consignee & Consigner Details for Cargo Flights
5 - Aircraft Documents [ AOC, COA, COI, CON, COR]
Overflight Permits Category’s for Adhoc and Private
1 - Overflight Permits (Charter Passenger Flights)
2 - Overflight Permits (Private Passenger Flights)
3 - Overflight Permits (Non-Schedule Cargo Flights)
Overflight Permits Category’s for Block :
1 - Monthly Block Overflight Permits (For Scheduled and Non-schedule Airlines Flights)
2 - Seasonal Block Overflight Permits (Scheduled Commercial Airlines Flights)
- Bhutan Overflight Permit is valid for +72 hours.
Overflight Permit Charge's
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Flight Information Region In Bhutan :
Bhutan Airspace is divided into -- Flight Information Regions (FIRs)
1 - N/A
Bhutan FIRs ( Entry / Exit Points ) :
|West Bound Entry Point||West Bound Exit Point||East Bound Entry Point||East Bound Exit Point|
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About Bhutan | History - Geography
Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, China in the west and south, Northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, West Bengal in the south. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second least populous nation after the Maldives.
The Given Below Information Is Extracted from the Bhutan AIP
Procedure Of Submission a Flight Plan
A flight plan shall be submitted in accordance with ICAO Annex 2, 3.3.1, prior to operating:
a- Any flight or portion thereof to be provided with air traffic control service.
b- Any IFR flight within advisory airspace.
c- Any flight within or into designated areas, or along designated routes, when so required by the appropriate ATS authority to facilitate the provision of flight information, alerting and search and rescue services.
d- Any flight within or into designated areas, or along designated routes, when so required by the appropriate ATS authority to facilitate co-ordination with appropriate military units or with air traffic service units in adjacent States in order to avoid the possible need for interception for the purpose of identification.
e- Any flight across international borders. A flight plan shall be submitted before departure to an air traffic services reporting office or, during flight, transmitted to the appropriate air traffic services unit or air-ground control radio station, unless arrangements have been made for submission of repetitive flight plans.
Unless otherwise prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority, a flight plan for a flight to be provided with air traffic control service or air traffic advisory service shall be submitted at least sixty minutes before departure, or, if submitted during flight, at a time which will ensure its receipt by the appropriate air traffic services unit at least ten minutes before the aircraft is estimated to reach.
i) The intended point of entry into a control area or advisory area.
ii) The point of crossing an airway or advisory route.
Except for repetitive flight plans, a flight plan shall be submitted at least two hours prior to departure, taking into account the requirements of ATS units in the airspace along the route to be flown for timely information, for obtaining ADC and FIC clearances. If submitted during flight, at a time which will ensure its receipt by the appropriate air traffic services unit at least ten minutes before the aircraft is estimated to reach:
a) The intended point of entry into a control area or advisory area.
b) The point of crossing an airway or advisory route.Place Of Submission
Flight plans shall be submitted at ATC Reporting Office (ARO), at the departure aerodrome.VFR Flight Plan For Alerting Service Only
An alerting service is, in principle, provided to flights for which a flight plan has been submitted.Contents And Form Of A Flight Plan
a) ICAO flight plan forms are available at ATC Reporting Office (ARO). The instructions for completing those forms shall be followed.
b) Flight plans concerning IFR flights along ATS routes need to include FIR boundary estimates.Adherence To ATS Route Structure
No flight plans shall be filed for routes deviating from the published ATS route structure.Authorization For Special Flights
Flights of a specific character, such as survey flights, scientific research flights, etc. may be exempted from the restriction specified above. A request for exemption shall be mailed so as to be received at least one week before the intended day of operation to the Director.Repetitive Flight Plan System
The Procedures concerning the use of Repetitive Flight Plans conform to ICAO Doc 7030 and the PANS ATM.
RPL lists relating to flights in and to flights overflying the Bhutan airspace shall be submitted at least two weeks in advance.
RPL lists shall be replaced in their entirety by new lists prior to the introduction of the summer and winter schedules.
Incidental changes to and cancellations of RPL relating to departure shall be notified as early as possible and not later than 30 minutes before departure to the ATC.Delay
When a specific flight is likely to encounter delay of one hour or more in excess of the departure time stated in the RPL, the ATS unit serving the departure aerodrome shall be notified immediately.
Note.: Failure to comply with this procedure may result in the automatic cancellation of the RPL for that specific flight at one or more of the ATS units concerned.ATS Messages
For a flight operated on an RPL, no flight plan message (FPL) will be transmitted. Departure message (DEP) or delay message (DLA) relating to such flights will be transmitted to ATS unit outside Bhutan.Changes To The Submitted Flight Plan
All changes to a flight plan submitted for an IFR flight or a controlled VFR flight and significant changes to a flight plan submitted shall be reported as soon as possible to the appropriate ATS unit. In the event of a delay in departure of 30 minutes or more for a flight for which a flight plan has been submitted, the flight plan shall be amended or a new flight plan shall be submitted after the old plan has been cancelled.
Whenever a flight, for which a flight plan has been submitted, is cancelled, the appropriate ATS unit shall be informed immediately.
Change to a current flight plan for a controlled flight shall be reported or requested, subject to the provisions in ICAO Annex 2, 3.6.2. (Adherence to flight plan). Significant changes to a flight plan include changes in endurance or in the total number of persons on board and changes in time estimates of 30 minutes or more.Arriving Report (Closing A Flight Plan)
A report of arrival shall be made at the earliest possible moment after landing to the airport office of the arrival aerodrome by any flight for which a flight plan has been submitted except when the arrival has been acknowledged by the local ATS unit. After landing at an aerodrome which is not the destination aerodrome (diversionary landing), the local ATS unit shall be specifically informed accordingly.
In the absence of a local ATS unit at the aerodrome of diversionary landing, the pilot is responsible for passing the arrival report to the destination aerodrome.
Arrival reports shall contain the following elements of information:
a) Aircraft identification
b) Departure aerodrome
c) Destination aerodrome
d) Time of arrival
In the case of diversion, insert the “arrival aerodrome” between “destination aerodrome: and “time of arrival.Addressing Of Flight Plan Messages
Flight movement messages relating to traffic into or via the Bhutan airspace shall be addressed as stated below in order to warrant correct relay or delivery.
Note:Flight movement messages in this context comprise flight plan messages relating thereto and flight plan cancellation messages (ICAO PANS-ATM refers)
|Category Of Flight |
(IFR, VFR or both)
|Route - Into Or Via FIR and/or TMA||Message Address|
|All flights (IFR/VFR)||PARO Aerodrome||VQPRZTZX, VQPRZPZX|
|All flights (IFR/VFR)||BUMTHNAG Aerodrome||VQBTZTZX VQPRZPZX|
|All flights (IFR/VFR)||GELEPHU Aerodrome||VQGPZTZX VQPRZPZX|
|All flights (IFR/VFR)||YONPHULA Aerodrome||VQTYZTZX VQPRZPZX|
ATS airspace are classified and designated in accordance with the following:
Class A-IFR flights only are permitted all flights are provided with air traffic control service clearance and are separated from each other.
Class B-IFR and VFR flights are permitted. All flights are provided with air traffic control service clearance and are separated from each other.
Class C-IFR and VFR flights are permitted; all flights are provided with air traffic control service clearance and are separated from other IFR flight and from VFR flights. VFR flights are separated from IFR flights and receive traffic information in respect of other VFR flights.
Class D-IFR and VFR flights are permitted and all flights are provided with air traffic control service clearance. IFR flights are separated from other IFR flights and receive traffic information in respect of VFR flights, VFR flights receive traffic information in respect of all other flights.
Class E-IFR and VFR flights are permitted IFR flights are provided with air traffic control service clearance and are separated from other IFR flights. All flights receive traffic information as far as practicable.
Class F-IFR and VFR flights are permitted, all participating IFR flights receive an air traffic advisory service and all flights receive flight information service if requested
Class G-IFR and VFR flights are permitted and receive flight information service if requested
The airspace over Bhutan is classified as D* in CTR and F outside CTR.