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The Civil Aviation Department presents the following answers to questions that are asked on a regular basis.

Flying to the Falkland Islands

Q. I want to fly my private aircraft to the Falkland Islands. Do I need a permit?

If you wish to fly a private aircraft into the Falkland Islands, you will need to visit the ‘Permissions and Permits’ page on our website and download our ‘Short Term Cover Letter’ and fill out a ‘Short Term Application’.

Once you have completed this, send it (and all other relevant documentation) to: civilaviation@sec.gov.fk. We should respond within 3 business days and, if there are no complications, issue you a Private Flight Letter as acknowledgement of your private flight.

Notes:

*We may need to seek further clarification that your flight is a private flight. If this situation arises, we may ask for a statement provided by the owner of the aircraft declaring that the flight is indeed a private one and there is no valuable consideration involved.

Q. I want to charter an aircraft to the Falkland Islands. Which permit do I need?

If you intend to charter an aircraft to the Falkland Islands, you will need to visit the ‘Permissions and Permits’ page on our website and download our ‘Short Term Cover Letter’ and fill out a ‘Short Term Application’.

Once you have completed this, send it (and all other relevant documentation) to: civilaviation@sec.gov.fk. We should respond within 3-5 business days and, if there are no complications, issue you with a Short Term Foreign Operator Permit for the duration of your stay.

Q. I am planning on making several trips to the Falkland Islands. Will I need to apply each time for a permit?

If you are intending to schedule several operations in and out of the Falkland Islands, it would be most valuable for you to apply for a Seasonal Foreign Operator Permit. For this, you will need to visit the ‘Permissions & Permits’ page on our website and fill out a ‘Seasonal Permit Application’.

Once you have completed this, send it (and all other relevant documentation) to: civilaviation@sec.gov.fk. We should respond within 3-5 business days and should hope to issue your permit within an additional 7-10 business days.

Notes:

*The issuance of Seasonal Foreign Operator Permits costs £810 per season (this price is subject to change as per increases of annual fees).

** Seasonal Permits run from 1st April to 30th September and 1st October to 31st March respectively, unfortunately we cannot charge for a Seasonal Permit pro-rata, meaning the full cost will be incurred no matter when the Permit is issued.

Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the Falkland Islands Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)?

Some parts of the Falkland Islands Aeronautical Information Publication can be found on the Civil Aviation website.

If you require any information that is not provided by the AIP, please contact us: civilaviation@sec.gov.fk.

Q. What are the opening hours of the airports in the Falkland Islands?

Stanley Airport is open only to support the Falkland Islands Government Air Service or any locally-based commercial operators and as such does not maintain regular hours. There are often times during the day when the aerodrome is closed. Stanley Airport is closed on various public holidays throughout the year; however a duty FISO remains on call for emergency flights.

Mount Pleasant Airport is open from 1130-2030 UTC (co-ordinated universal time), but has the capacity to accept flights on a H24 basis.

To contact either Mount Pleasant or Stanley Airport, please use the 'Aviation Organisations' page.

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