A Complete Guide to Overflight & Landing Permits

Have you ever tried applying for an overflight (OVF) and landing permit and got rejected? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. The overall process of flight permit can be quite complicated especially when you’re a newbie to all of these things. That’s why it is important that you’re fully informed about the different requirements and procedures when applying for flight permits.

To start off, let’s first define what we mean by flight permits.

What Are Flight Permits?

Flight permits are documents that provide an aircraft the confirmation to land at a particular airport or to overfly the airspace of a given country. The Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) are the only authorized personnel who can grant flight permission for any aircraft even if it is a private charter flight. In most countries, the issuance of flight permits is usually a payable service. Overflight fees may also differ based on the country’s regulations and procedures. Although the most common types of flight permits are overflight (OVF) and landing permits, there are also different kinds of permits such as special flight permits for ferry flights (which are also known as ferry permits).

Always remember that regulations and airspace coverage area may differ depending on the country the aircraft will overfly. This is why it’s always important to check the requirements in acquiring an overflight permit ahead of time with your 3rd-party provider. This will prevent any problem or delays for your planned route of flight.


How Did It All Start

In 1944, the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Convention Chicago established the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) ICAO is the specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) which will be responsible for coordinating international air travel. During the event, the Chicago Convention was able to set rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety as well other navigation and air transport standards that almost every country today recognizes and follows.

The convention is also responsible for issuing several aviation principles that are still in effect today. One of which is the airspace sovereignty of a nation which introduces us to the different flight and OVF permits.

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Yemen’s Overflight (OVF) Permits – Things to Know

If ever you’re planning to overfly or make a landing in Yemen, you must know that Yemen is among the countries that has its own set of rules, regulations, and permissions when it comes to aircrafts flying over to their place. Whether you wish to land or enter their airspace, you have to follow certain procedures to be granted permission and access when flying over their area.

Whatever flight you’re operating, private flight, general aviation, charter flight, scheduled or non scheduled flights, cargo or passengers, it is a must that you secure a Yemen overflight permit.

According to Yemen’s CAA’s Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), any aircraft owner and/or operator who intends to fly in their airspace must submit a request for the country’s overflight clearance at least 48 working hours prior from the aircraft’s departure schedule. Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) must always be included on your flight plan, but you’ll only need an overfly permit from Yemen.

If you’re planning to make a passenger flight landing or a technical stop, the Yemen Airport Authorities have a set of regulations on the issuance of OVF permit as payment will be required for this type of permit.

Only a few aviation companies have had a sizable amount of experience in processing Yemen OVF permits. Tahseen Aviation Service is among them. They have an extensive background in handling these types of requests so it’s better to leave these type of applications or any other ground handling to their expert hands.

For any OVF and landing permits concerns, feel free to reach out to us at: at: +971 56 991 4133 or email us at: charter@tahseenaviation.com.