Business Aviation Must Plan Now for World Cup Flights

 - April 8, 2010, 12:50 PM

Business aircraft operators flying to South Africa for this year’s World Cup soccer tournament, to be held from June 11 to July 11, need to start planning now to avoid problems with slots, parking, hotel reservations and overflight permits. According to flight-planning group Universal Weather & Aviation, pilots have to be security screened before their operators can even apply for a slot from the South African Air Force (SAAF). Only the pilot-in-command needs to be security screened, but Universal is advising clients to obtain clearance for any pilot who might have to act as captain. The SAAF will issue a security code that is unique to each pilot. This is combined with a flight-authorization code that creates a unique identifier for each flight plan. A different approval code is required for each separate flight, but once a pilot has a security code he or she can apply for any number of slots. Flight-planning groups can provide the security screening forms, though they have to be completed by the pilots themselves. Once this is done, flight planners can file them and then take care of all other flight-planning arrangements.