Flying in Brazil

The following information is a translation from an official ANAC Guide for Air Sports.

Portuguese version AIR SPORTS REGULATION IN BRAZIL

English translation made by CAB

AIR SPORTS REGULATION

PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE AIR SPORTS PERSON

This Practical Guide FOR THE AIR SPORTS PERSON are basic rules to be followed by air sports person practicing the modalities governed by the RBAC-103 in order to guarantee the security of non-involved third parties and the civil aviation system. This publication does not replace consultation with the RBAC-103, supplemental instruction IS-103-001 and the DECEA regulations (ICA-100-12 and ICA-100-3). More information is also available on the ANAC Portal (www.anac.gov.br/aerodesporto).

Meaning:

  • RBAC 103: Brazilian Civil Aviation Rules 103
  • ICA-100-12: Instruction of the Aeronautics Command number 100-12
  • ICA-100-3: Instruction of the Aeronautics Command number 100-3
  • DECEA: Department of Airspace Control
  • ANAC: Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulatory Agency

This is a GUIDE TO PRACTICERS OF ACTIVITIES REGARDED BY RBAC-103

WHO IS THE AIR SPORTS PERSON?

Anyone who practices air sports governed by RBAC-103 as free flight, ballooning, flying the sail (gliders), flight in motorized ultralights in general (paramotors, paratrikes, trikes, conventional ultralights, autogyros, gyrocopters etc).

WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN BE PRACTICED UNDER RBAC-103 RULES?

Any form of air sport which uses non-motorized airplanes of maximum empty weight up to 80 kg; and motorized with maximum empty weight of up to 200 kg, in addition to manned free balloons.

Some examples of air sports activities governed by RBAC-103: free flight, ballooning, small motorized ultralights (paramotors, trikes and paratrikes).

WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I BEAR?

Every practitioner must carry the registration certificate of an air sports person. This document is not an authorization and does not qualify the air sports person, is only to attest that the practitioner knows the operational rules and the use of airspace.

Every air sport operator using a powered aircraft or a balloon shall carry the motorized ultralight and free manned balloon registration certificate. This document is not a certificate of airworthiness and does not technically qualify the aircraft, it is only a statement that the equipment has been properly marked for the identification of its operator and responsible.

Each air sports person engaging in instruction shall carry documentation evidencing the engagement of aeronautical insurance (Requirement 103.107 (c)).

HOW TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION?

In order to obtain the certificate of air sports person registration, the interested party must look for the air sport associations accredited by the ANAC and prove the knowledge of the operational norms and the use of the applicable airspace.

In order to obtain the certificate of motorized ultralight registration and manned free balloon, the interested party must look for the air sports associations accredited by the ANAC and request the registration by inspection of the equipment.

WHERE CAN I FLY?

Each air sports operator may only operate in the permanent or temporary flight spaces specifically defined by DECEA. Even within these spaces of flight, the practitioner may not operate over densely populated areas, crowds of people or otherwise endangering persons and property on the ground.

Flight spaces for operation according to RBAC103 can be consulted directly on the DECEA website and accredited associations.

Special authorizations may be issued in the form of requirement 103.5 of the RBAC-103 and can be consulted online on the AERODESPORTO-103 system on ANAC’s website (https://sistemas.anac.gov.br/aerodesporto103).

Take-off and landing may occur at any location under an authorized flight space provided that the administrator, legal guardian or owner of the area does not object.

CAN I MARK THE ACTIVITY?

Not! The commercial exploitation of air activities without ANAC’s authorization is prohibited by law. In addition, the Agency does not grant authorization for the commercial operation of public air services by non-qualified personnel or on non-certified aircraft. Therefore, the activities governed by the RBAC-103 can not be commercialized.

The remuneration for the training activity of new practitioners, necessary for the continuity of the sport, is lawful. However, the activity of instruction is not subject to technical regulation by the ANAC, taking place at the risk of those involved. For the paid education activity, insurance contracting is required as specified in requirement 103.7 (c) of the RBAC 103.

WHO ISSUES THE AIR SPORTS PRACTICE REGARDED BY THE RBAC-103?

The inspection is done jointly by ANAC, DECEA and Secretaries of Public Security of the states (police force).

The regularity of the conditions of the air sports person and the aircraft can be consulted online in the system AERODESPORTO-103 in the page of the ANAC.(https://sistemas.anac.gov.br/aerodesporto103).

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