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17 May 2001
Aztec, (MTOW 5200lb).We had about 1500 nm. range with the ferry tanks.
This could be your first port of entry into the USA depending on your route. So you may need a visa for self & aeroplane.
Fuel has to be shipped in here in barrels, so allow plenty of time. And it's EXPENSIVE! So too is parking, and there aren't many facilities for the weary traveller. But it's quite an interesting place. What it says in the books about Alaskan weather being unpredictable is all true, and goes double for the Aleutians.
I don't comment on alternates, there are a couple of places you could try for if Adak is closed, depending on where you're coming from, but my guess is if you can't get into Adak the alternates won't be much good either!
We didn't keep a log of expenses - too depressing. So far as I recall we paid about $500 for overnight parking in a heated hangar in Adak, and about $200 landing fee. I'm afraid I can't recall the fuel costs.
Web site for Adak : http://www.adakisland.com. DH
Rarotonga (NCRG) 2013
Aitutaki (NCAI) 2013
As before, Quarantine asked for disinsection and we showed our can. A very friendly Customs officer helped us to fill out the forms and guided us through along the 200 tourists who just arrived from New Zealand. To get the clearance to fly to NCAI Aitutaki I went up to ATC on the tower – very open and helpful he explained the procedures including HF Communication for the flight to the island and back to Rarotonga. Aitutaki is operated by Air Rarotonga and you need a permission from them to land and park there – which obviously is not a problem as there is parking space enough on the old coral-landing strip built in WW2.WE paid 46US$ for Customs, 46US$ Pax Fee per Person and in total 188 US$ for three Landings and four nights Parking at Rarotonga and Aitutaki.No Handler.
AVGAS has to be arranged with Munro Hockin, owner of Air Rarotonga, e-mail: Munro.Hockin(at)airraro.co.ck.RMH.
Limited Avgas in drums stored by Air Rarotonga for their C172, credit card accepted, very nice and helpful people. Lovely island, reasonable prices.
Easter Island Mataveri (SCIP) has introduced new charges, and asks US$ 14.70 per minute (!) for operations outside the official opening times of the airport, which are normally around 10-17h.
Opening and closing hours for SCIP, Mataveri Airport:
MONDAY, 1400UTC TO 2359UTC
TUESDAY, 0000UTC TO 0600UTC / 1400UTC TO 2200UTC
WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY / FRIDAY, 1400UTC TO 2200UTC
SATURDAY / SUNDAY, 1600UTC TO 2030UTC,
Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)
Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)
Mataveri (SCIP) 2013
FSI requested permit and slot, which is necessary because Point of Safe Return regulations for LAN Chile –they do not have an alternate for this remote island! Handling (offered by the fuel supplier Edmunds) is not necessary and too expensive. Customs came to our aircraft (24 h PNR!) and documents where finished quickly, Agriculture checked and where satisfied when we showed the used disinsection can “Top of Descent” and Immigration waited already in the arrival hall. Payment for landing etc in the small building in front of the airport was only US$ 35 which is a flat rate for using all airports in Chile for the next 30 days – welcome in a very GA-friendly country!!
Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)
AVGAS has to be ordered at least 6 months in advance with Juan Edmunds, e-mail: vaihu(at)entelchile.net
The drums did not show any AVGAS inscriptions, but the fuel was o.k. You need your own fuel pump. Juan is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. For arrival and departure a "slot" has to be granted.RMH.
Easter island (SCIP)
Took very long and many, many mails including aircraft performance data to get permission from DGAC to land there. Juan Edmunds was a wonderful help. Avgas is a major problem in Chile, sold only to members of aeroclubs, shipping is expensive because of security regulations. Juan had the last 600 liters for me. Beautiful island and people. Several nice hotels near the airport, many were fully booked. AT
Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)
From Edmunds Services EIRL:
Edmunds Services will not deal anymore with AVgas due to its high cost to buy the product and barrels, the complexity to transport and stock months ahead. At least during 2011 there are no plans to stock Avgas here.
Please issue a warning on the webpage about Fiji. They made a new regulation effective November 27th 2010, charging a “customs fee” inbound and outbound of 1500F$ each! The total landing fees were approximately 1700,-U$ for a Cessna 210!!! This was an extreme rip-off and the most bureaucratic place I have been. Took hours to get through immigration although I had valid landing permit and overflight permits. A .T.
Immigration delayed me for 2 hours, did not believe I have a landing permit. Tried to call CAA on a late Friday afternoon! Finally the document was mailed from Germany in the middle of the German night by FSI. Friendly people, very, very bureaucratic. Wanted to refuel the next day, needed 2 hours to get to the aircraft. Avgas 100/130, cash F$ only. Customs fee upon departure was 3000,-F$, “only” 800 if you stay below 3 hours, but this is not realistic. Everybody of the numerous officials was as friendly as useless. Must know that country is poor and run by a military junta. Do not argue, pay and never come back.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND (PLCH)
Cessna 210 (MTOW 1822 kg). From a ferry flight from California to Japan. It is almost essential to have a handling agent in Guam because of security - getting in and out of the airport. The company used was Guam Flight Services. The total cost was $546.89 (including $21.89 tax) which included a $350 ground handling fee plus an additional $175 departure fee. The $175 was for an extra day's handling because customs were not available in Nanki on a Sunday and I had to stay another day. RC.
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). A great place for entry to the USA. Charges were $91.92 for the agricultural man for early departure to the mainland, and $25 customs sticker. D.S.
Cessna 210 (MTOW 1822 kg). From a ferry flight from California to Japan. The airport landing fee was $11.33, the ramp parking fee was $1.90, the airport system support charge was $2.35. I bought 221 US Gallons of avgas at $2.47 per gallon (total cost of fuel was $545.87.) The cost (including fuel and charges) was $561.45 and there was a $23.39 tax on top of this - i.e. total cost was $584.84. RC.
Kanton (Canton) Island (PCIS)
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). We landed there enroute between Funafuti and Christmas Island. Very friendly people, small settlement of about 40 people, mainly Government employees. No charges, however we gave a donation of US$100 towards accommodation and food. No fuel, however fuel can be shipped there. When we visited there were 6 drums of Avtur on the wharf which had been shipped for an aircraft. D.S.
Christmas Island / Kirimati(PLCH)
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). Very friendly, easy place to go through. Charges US$13 service fee, $30 landing fee. Fuel cost US$0.50 cents per litre for jet fuel. D.S.
Christmas Island/Kiritimati (PLCH)
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2721 kg). About $15 airport charges, no ground handling required. JH.
Cessna 210 (MTOW 1822 kg). From a ferry flight from California to Japan. Landing fee $7.24, parking fee $7.66 (for just over 9 hours parking). Total cost $14.90. Note there is a fee for the use of lights of $30 per take off or landing, however this flight was in daylight so this fee was not charged. The parking charge is $5.00/1000 lbs/day or portion of a day and is applicable after 6 hours. RC.
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2721 kg) Friendly airport. Airport charges were $50. JH.
Customs and immigration only in Tontouta (NWWW), but Tontouta has no longer any AVGAS. Fuel available at Magenta (NWWN) (15 minutes flight). There is also maintenance and an Aero Club. We met only friendly and helpful people.RMH.
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2722 kg).Landing fees $80. For a one night stop the Tontoutel Hotel is close to the airport (Free pick up). For a longer stay, best to fly to Magenta (NWWM) situated close to Noumea center. No landing/parking fees there. Fuel available (Shell) at both airports. CM.
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2721 kg). About $70 in fees. Fuel was about 80 cents per litre for avgas. JH
Piper PA-34 Seneca (MTOW 2073 kg). $26 dollars in fees including handling. RC.
Pago Pago (NSTU)
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2721 kg). $57 to clear customs, $20 fees (total of $77). JH
Faleolo (NSFA) 2013
The only officer who came to our aircraft was Quarantine – we had of course sprayed disinsectisation before and showed him our empty can. Although we had a permit to land at NFSA nobody knew that we would come. A handling agent offered his service but when he asked for US$ 250 we denied. Going through Immigration and Customs by ourselves was easy but we had to knock on all doors to find the officers on duty – this is a very small airport with only a few flights a day. Same procedure at the departure early morning 8:00 o’clock – but all people were very friendly and helpful. So we got through without handler and only paid US$ 86 for Lag + Pkg. Nice Experience in Samoa.
Piper PA-60 Aerostar (MTOW 2721 kg). The charges were about $70. Note that I believe this is the best airport to go to in Western Samoa - very friendly people and great hotels. JH.
Piper PA-34 Seneca (MTOW 2073 kg). $10 in charges. RC.
17 May 2001
This is an American territory, and no longer a military base. Thus their formalities are at a minimum. If you are making your first entry into the USA here (unlikely) and you are not a US Citizen remember you need a visa for yourself and for your plane. The local people are mainly concerned with the wildlife, which is marvellous, especially the birdlife, but do take the warnings about bird strikes seriously - Midway Albatrosses are BIG, and there are a lot of them.
Assuming you use Avgas, it will be necessary to have it shipped in in barrels, so allow plenty of time, and it could be a good idea to take your own hand pump - the pump there was the only thing we were not too happy about, but probably without any justification.
The Aitrport Manager when we were there was an Australian, Bill Johnston, who could hardly have been more friendly or hospitable. There can't be many places where you get greeted with a cold beer, rather than the more usual demand for your credit card.
Look up their web-site, http://www.midwayisland.com , especially "pilot information", for details re fuel etc. DH
Midway Island (PMDY)
Piper Archer (MTOW 1156 kg). ALL visiting aircraft are expected to pay $800 for a ground handling service charge. Significant bird hazard exists. RC.
Robinson Crusoe Island (SCIR)
No AVGAS. Fuel has to be organised prior to the flight. Your own fuel pump is necessary. The runway was just reconstructed when we got there and we had to land on an emergency strip.
Accommodation only available on the next island, with a boat transfer of 1 ½ to 2 hours.
FAAA (NTAA) 2013
You better take handling services here and I recommend Air Tahiti, it is quite expensive but the person in charge, Ulric Allard, is helping you in a very nice and professional way. Anyhow, we had to paid US$ 450,- for airport fees and handling.
Rangiroa (NTTG) 2013
This little airport on the biggest atoll of French Polynesia is managed by Air Tahiti, you need their permission and their handling service although nothing is to be handled. JetA1 is available. We paid US$ 350,- for airport fees and handling.
Contact Jens Rahbek, e-mail: jens.rahbek(at)mail.dk. He is a young Danish guy who speaks perfectly French and is very friendly and gave us all the support we needed. To continue to Totegegie you have to ship AVGAS from Tahiti which will take 4 to 6 weeks, prepayment in EURO necessary. Before leaving Tahiti to Totegegie you have to clear customs and immigration at Faaa.
HF is mandatory. Otherwise Tahiti doesn’t grant landing permit. SAT-phones are not accepted.RMH.
Avgas in drums, cash in Euro only. Like everything in French Polynesia expensive. Very friendly and helpful people, Air Tahiti was a great help. Recommend to arrange things with Ulric Allard in advance, it will work.
Totegegie(NTGT) Gambier Islands 2013
This little airport is located on a motu (coral reef island) 40 min by boat to Rikitea on the main island Mangareva. Airport staff is only present when Air Tahiti flies in, which happens two times weekly only. During other times there is nobody on the airport. If you want to land or depart outside these times, you have to pay the transportation cost of the whole staff to/from the island, which is 27.500 XPF each. Anyhow, special permission is needed because this is not a port of entry and speaking French for radio communication is officially requested. JetA1 is available, but you have to buy it by the barrel, 200 litres each. We paid US$ 600,- for airport fees, handling and one staff transportation. A second transportation would have been another 300 US$ but we arrived when an Air Tahiti plane had just landed so the staff was there already.
Totegegie (NTGT) Gambier Islands
For landing and departure French is mandatory. You need your own fuel pump. The airfield is VFR only, no runway lights and is situated on an own island which will be reached by boat from the fire brigade. Accommodation is possible, but don’t expect any comfort.RMH.
After having enjoyed the easy flying in Australia, here comes a more expensive part again. Use your disinsectionspray before landing – Quarantine will ask you – or at least show your empty spray can. We paid: For Immigration 130 US$, Quarantine 65 US$, Ldg +NAV +2Pax +Security 130US$ plus Handling (negotiated) 200 US$ - Total 525 US$. When I asked the handler why they charge so much on this small airport, he said: “our fees are very reasonable, in Fiji you spend around 3.000 $” …Actually that was the reason why we did not choose Fiji for a stop. Totegegie (NTGT) Gambier Islands
Arranged everything with Air Tahiti in advance, they shipped 2 barrels of Avgas by boat. Landed 5 min after a Dassault Falcon of the French Navy, we were the only flights in one week. Needed own fuel pump, Gendarmerie waited for me to clear immigration as NTGJ is not an airport of entry. Permission from Tahiti took months. No hotels in Rikitea, some b&b, but all were booked. Police phoned around and found a place to stay with a family. Was a wonderful time.
Nuko Alofa (NFTF):
AVGAS has to be ordered and prepaid in advance. Order with Air BP, e-mail: Deanna.Lomas(at)se1.bp.com
Red tape with all the formalities and expensive. Note: Airports are closed on Sunday.RMH
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). Very friendly people with airstrip right in the middle of the town. Charges were about US$100 inclusive. D.S.
Port Vila (NVVV) Vanuatu 2013
After having enjoyed the easy flying in Australia, here comes a more expensive part again. Use your disinsectisation spray before landing – Quarantine will ask you – or at least show your empty spray can. We paid: For Immigration 130 US$, Quarantine 65 US$, Ldg +NAV +2Pax +Security 130US$ plus Handling (negotiated) 200 US$ - Total 525 US$. When I asked the handler why they charge so much on this small airport, he said: “our fees are very reasonable, in Fiji you spend around 3.000 $” …Actually that was the reason why we did not choose Fiji for a stop.
Cessna Caravan 208B (MTOW 3950 kg). Tried to get approval to land at Wake Island on a private ferry flight but as of July 1994 the US Air Force no longer grants approval for civil aircraft to land there. The US Army is using the island under permit but will only give landing approval for in-flight emergencies and search and rescue. DS.
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