Russian VFR Route B369
June 22, 2011 -
The Alaska Airmen are participating in the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) General Aviation Cooperation Trip scheduled for July 16th-22nd to Alaska. This program is part of FAA’s continuing flight safety cooperation with the Russian Federation. The Federation has recently passed legislation regarding general aviation, effective 1 Nov 2010, which now allows the promulgation of regulations for general aviation and more open airspace in Russia. Uncontrolled airspace in Russia previously has not existed, and up until a little over a year ago, all airspace still belonged to the military. Because of this, a significant amount of our cooperation will now be allotted to general aviation oversight issues, such as GA regulatory compliance in flight operations, aircraft maintenance, airspace use and GA safety initiatives in the US, such as the FAAST Team and our work with industry organizations. President Adam White will be giving an introduction to who and what makes up general aviation in Alaska. We also plan to discuss the future of the VFR route, B369 that was developed and published by the Airmen in 2001. It is our hope some of the issues and challenges with B369 will be resolved and enable us to plan a flight for 2012.
Route B369 (Nome to Providenyia) is still open but to our knowledge has not been flown since 2006. Personnel changes when applying for letters of invitation and border crossing permits change constantly. Radio communication frequencies and lack of an English speaking controllers remains a challenge. Airmen members in three aircraft attempted to fly this route in June of 2010 to “keep the route open.” Ground handling, landing and airspace fees exceeded $3,000 per aircraft. The decision was made to indefinitely postpone flying this route until future negotiations can guarantee reasonable fees for general aviation aircraft to fly this route. Trips are no longer sponsored by the Alaska Airmen’s Associaiton, but flown by private individuals.
The Airmen’s Association is unable to provide assistance with travel documents and arrangements for accommodations. Please contact the following company for help with letters of invitation, visas,and border crossing permits.
|Waypoint||Latitude||Longitude||Track(magnetic degrees)||DistanceNM (KM)|
|Provideniya Bay NDB||64° 22.7N||173° 14.6W||018° / 198°||53.1 (98)|
|Nalid||65° 08.2N||172° 13.0W||018° / 198°||24.9 (46)|
|Kadat||65° 30.0N||171° 43.2W||062° / 242°||18.6 (34)|
|Lavrentiya NDB||65° 35.0N||171° 00.8W||023° / 203°||20.1 (37)|
|Kilak||65° 51.0N||170° 31.0W||090° / 270°||39.2 (73)|
|Batni||65° 42.2N||168° 58.4W||Wales, AK||22.2 (41)|
|Wales, AK||65° 37.4N||168° 06W||Nome VORTAC||99.7 (185)|
|Nome VORTAC||64° 29.1N||165° 15.2W|
Route Width: 10
Authorized Minimum and Maximum
Route Altitudes: 1500-3000 meters
Route is available for operations 2100/0400 UTC Winter, 2000/0300 UTC
Summer except Saturday and Sunday. Consult Russian VFR Enroute Chart
YKD-11 and Russian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Rules of the
Air and Air Traffic Services (RAC) 3-2.100.
B. Advanced flight permission
Request for single flight permissions of foreign civil aircraft on B-369
must be submitted in accordance with procedures contained in the Russian AIP.
The request may be submitted in Russian or English and must be sent to both
the International Relations Department of Civil Aviation and to the Central
Department of Operational Services (CDOS) of Civil Aviation.The request must
be submitted from 0900 to 1800, (Moscow time) except Saturdays, Sundays, and
Russian Federation public holidays. The submission must be on form “N”, a
minimum of five (5) full working days in advance of the intended flight. It
is recommended that flight permission be requested at least 14 working days
B-369 begins at the U.S./Russian border and is ENTIRELY within Russian
Pilots need to be familiar with and comply with all Russian Laws and
Regulations while operating in Russian airspace including Customs,
Immigration, and Agriculture, etc.
A valid passport and Russian Visa is required.
Consult the Russian AIP for pertinent aeronautical flight information.
C. 4096 Code transponder required
for operation on B-369. Each person operating an aircraft into or out of the
United States on B-369 SHALL operate the transponder, including altitude
encoding equipment if installed, and SHALL reply on the appropriate code or
as assigned by Nome Flight Service Station (FSS). In addition, the aircraft
SHALL comply with the transponder on requirements and ADIZ penetration
CFR part 99.
D . ICAO flight plan required. All
aircraft intending to operate on B-369 to or from the U.S. must file an ICAO
flight plan one (1) hour before intended departure. Aircraft departing the
U.S. must file the ICAO flight plan with Nome Alaska FSS. The estimated
border crossing time at BATNI and CDOS flight permission number must be
included in the Remarks section of the ICAO flight plan.
Flight planned cruising levels for VFR flight on B-369 SHALL be in meters
using QNH altimeter setting in accordance with Russian AIP.
E. Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) waiver required. In accordance with Special Notice
“Operations to/from Locations Outside the U.S.” issued as a domestic and
international NOTAM. A waiver must be obtained from TSA prior to
operations on B-369 to or from the U.S. Waiver application
must submitted at least seven (7) days in advance. Application form
and further information is available on the internet at
select: waiver process for flight operations.
F. Route Procedures – Aircraft
departing the U.S. will be assigned a discreet transponder code by Nome FSS
in accordance with Defense VFR (DVFR) procedures. Aircraft delayed
more than 20 minutes from their flight plan departure time must notify the
Nome FSS of the delay. Once airborne, if estimated border crossing
time at BATNI changes by more than 10 minutes, aircraft must notify Nome FSS
of their new BATNI estimate.
West bound aircraft from the U.S. must contact Lavrentiya Tower on freq
131.1for permission to cross the Russian border and altitude assignment 10
minutes prior to their estimated time over BATNI.
East bound aircraft bound for the U.S. SHALL request permission from
Lavrentiya Tower on freq 131.1 to contact Nome FSS over KADAT with their
estimated time over BATNI and request a discreet transponder code assignment
for U.S. border crossing.
This information will be incorporated in the Alaska Supplement of the
AIM at a future date.
Pilots are reminded that they are expected to be familiar with all available
information concerning the flight in accordance with
14 CFR 91.103.
Pilots must familiarize themselves with all applicable aeronautical
information and should contact Nome FSS for a complete briefing prior to
conducting any flight operation on this route.
H. In addition, all aircraft
failing to adhere to the procedures contained in this NOTAM or
CFR part 99 may be subject to interception by the U.S. military.
If capable, aircraft should maintain a listening watch on VHF Guard 121.5 or
UHF 243.0. It incumbent on all aviators to know and understand their
responsibilities if intercepted. Review the
I. Other Information. Official
flight information for operating in Russian Federation airspace is contained
in the Russian International Aeronautical Information Publication. This
document is published and distributed by the State Civil Aviation Authority
Center of Aeronautical Information of Civil Aviation. The only known
commercial source containing this information is published by Jeppesen, in
their Airway Manual – Eastern Europe and Eurasia coverage. A trip can be
ordered from Jeppesen (1-800-61-5377).
State Aviation Authority of Russia State Unitary Enterprise
Centre of Aeronautical Information of Civil Aviation (SUE CAI CA)
Svobody str. 67, Moscow, 123364, Russia
Phone: 7+(095) 492 3131
Fax: 7+(095) 948 5909
Russian VFR Enroute Chart YKD-11, which covers Eastern Russia’s Chukotka
area and Provideniya Bay, can be obtained from the either the Alaska Airmen’s Association or directly from the printer, AviaComInfo.
Oktyabrasky srt, 15, office 507
140002, Lyubertsy, Russia
Tel/fax: (495) 514-98-93, (495) 745-40-29.
Telephone: (916) 613-81-02, (495) 981-53-74.
Web Site (english): http://www.aviacominfo.ru/indexeng.html
Alaska Airmen’s Association
4200 Floatplane Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
Telephone: 907-245-1251, toll free: 1-800-464-7030
US AIM:QNH – Barometric pressure as reported
by a particular station.QNE – Barometric pressure used for
the standard altimeter setting (29.92 inches HG)Russian AIP:QNH – Altimeter sub-scale setting to
obtain elevation when on the ground.
QNE – Barometric altitude on
altimeter set on 760 scale.
QFE- Atmospheric pressure at
aerodrome elevation (or at runway threshold).
DoD Flight Information Publication (Enroute)
QNH – Altimeter setting which
provides height above mean sea level.
QNE – Altimeter setting of 29.92
inches which provides height above standard datum plane.
ROUTE DESCRIPTION AND PROCEDURES _ GENERAL
**Note MONUD intersection in table below is not on VFR Chart but Russian
ATS may request you to report this point. It is in the Russian AIP and
|BC (PROVIDENIYA BAY NDB)||6422.7N||17314.6W||020 / 200||54|
|**MONUD||6447.9N||17241.5W||020 / 200||44|
|NALID||6508.2N||17213.0W||019 / 199||47|
|KADAT||6530.0N||17143.2W||063 / 243||34|
|LA (LAVRENTIYA NDB)||6535.0N||17100.8W||026 / 206||37|
|KILAK||6551.0N||17031.0W||090 / 270||73|
Authorized Minimum and Maximum Route Altitudes: 1500-3000
Route Availability: See note on AIP enroute page in a current
copy of the Russian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP),
ENR section for latest information.
B-369 begins at the U.S./Russian border and is ENTIRELY within Russian
Letter of Invitation
from travel agent or Chukotka Government
Getting a visa invitation is the first
essential step in obtaining a visa to Russia. Visa invitations can be
obtained from a travel agent See Above.
Passport and Visa
completed Visa application with copy of Letter of Invititation to Russian
Consulate or to travel agent.
Russian consulate in Washington DC:
Road, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007
Telephone: (202) 939-8907, 939-8913,
Fax: (202) 483-7579 Office hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and
2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Open to public: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri,
Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina,
Virginia and West Virginia
consulate in New York: 9, East 91 St., New York, NY 10128
Phone: +1 (212) 348-0926 Fax: +1 (212) 831-9162
Office hours: Monday – Friday 9.00am-1.00pm
Jurisdiction: Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New
New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
consulate in San Francisco:
St., (in Pacific Heights near Presidio Park
between Baker St. and Broderick St. and Vallejo St. and Union St), San
Phone: +1 (415) 928-6878 (24 hours), 202-9800 (reference
answering machine) Fax: +1 (415) 929-0306
Open hours: 9am – 12 (noon) Mon-Fri, except Russian & US holidays.
Hawaii, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon,
consulate in Seattle: 2323 Westin Building, 2001 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA
98121-2617 Phone: +1 (206) 728-1910
Fax: +1 (206) 728-1871 Fax-Back Service: +1 (800) 634-4296
Opening hours: 9.00-12.30pm
Iowa, Alaska, Wyoming, Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska,
North Dakota, South Dakota
Border Travel Permit
–obtainable from travel
agent or Chukotka Government. Russia required tourists in ‘border countries’
to obtain special permissions for visiting such areas. The Chukotka region
is one of these. Addresses are anticipated very soon, if you want to try to
secure this yourselves. We will be testing the system as well.
Accommodations in Provideniya
–can be secured
through Roman Bratslavsky or Circumpolar Expeditions.
per aircraft: request submitted to/granted by Central Department of
Operational Services, Moscow
Request for single flight permissions of foreign civil aircraft on B-369
must be submitted in accordance with procedures contained in the Russian AIP
a minimum of 5 full working days in advance of intended flight. It is
recommended that flight permission be requested at least 14 full working
days in advance.
for the group must be coordinated. Earliest take off time has you crossing
BATNI checkpoint no sooner than one hour after Russian airport opens
(operating hours 9am-5pm Chukotka local time). Subsequent departures must be
at least 10 minutes apart.
The request may be submitted in English. Request must be sent to both the
International Relations Department of Civil Aviation and to the Central
Department of Civil Aviation (CDOS). The request must be submitted
between 0900-1800 (Moscow Time) Monday-Friday, except Russian holidays.
FAX: (7-495) 921-00-65 and copy to (7-495) 155-53-28. I have sent requests
with a cover letter specifically addressing the requests to Genadi
Velikotsky at CDOS.
We do suggest including alternate departure dates from both Nome and
Provideniya, in the event of weather issues. Flight permission numbers are
good for only 24 hours, so alternate dates for departing can save you having
to refile the request to Moscow while you are on the ground in either Nome
US Customs Private Aircraft Decal
–obtainable at airports,
US Customs offices or online: https://tradelinks4.mellon.com/cbp/dispatcher
– 4096 code transponder required for operation on B-369. Each person
operating an aircraft into and out of the USA on B-369 SHALL operate the
transponder, including altitude encoding equipment if installed, and SHALL
reply on the appropriate code or as assigned by FSS Nome. In addition, the
aircraft SHALL comply with the transponder on requirements and ADIZ
–required per Russian AIP
– Mike Kardatzke at Aviation Insurance of Alaska, 907-260-4691 or Doug
email@example.com or your own insurance agent.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Waiver,
application attached, In accordance with Special Notice … Operations
to/from Locations Outside the U.S. Issued as a domestic and international
NOTAM. A waiver must be obtained from the U.S. TSA prior to operations
on B-369 to or from the U.S. Waiver application must submitted at least
seven (7) days in advance. Application form and further information is
available on the internet at
– must be requested a
minimum of 48 hours in advance -we have always given at least2 weeks
notice. Nome is a seaport of entry, but not an airport of entry.
Customs must be notified and service at Nome requested to clear customs
there. Call Customs Anchorage: Sue Gadomski 907-271-1682 –She (or someone in
the office) will need a listing of planes/tail
numbers/operators/passengers/passport #s and dates and times of
departure/arrival. Upon return from Russia, wait in aircraft for customs
officer who will escort or direct you.
Current weather and NOTAMs are available from Flight Service Stations at
1-800-WX-BRIEF and at:
http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/metar.shtml, key in UHMD UHML
(Provideniya and Lavrentiya airport identifiers.)
Key in region: Chukotka,
scroll to Provideniya Bay
VFR and International Flight Plan
– Most pilots are only
familiar with the “domestic” flight plan format. Flight which transit an
international border are required by regulation to file a flight plan,
whether the flight is conducted under VFR or IFR flight rules. While the
formats of an ‘international’ (ICAO) flight plan and a US Domestic flight
plan exhibit similarities, there are clear and distinct differences. You
will also need to file a regular VFR Flight plan. ICAO flight plan form and
instructions are attached.
General Declaration Form
–Aircraft (Russian Customs at Provideniya), copy we used attached
Russian Customs Declaration
Customs at Provideniya) will be given to you by Russian Border
US Customs Form
(upon return in Nome)
Flight and Radio Log – attached
Jeppsen Trip Kit or Russian AIP with current updates
Russian VFR Enroute Chart YKD-11 (Available through Airmen’s office)
Alaska Supplement – has Route B369 information
Contact: Brian Staurseth: 907-271-6543
Provideniya Bay Airport Information:
Navigation Charges as of December, 2002 – subject to change
Up to 50 tons max take off weight: $49 US – Paid at Provideniya Tower
51 – 100 tons max take off weight: $66 US
+ air-traffic time – Billed after flight to address on flight permission
What We Cannot Do in Russia
Give or lend money, or guarantee or cash any kind of check;
Provide legal advice or represent either party in a civil or criminal case;
Act as an agent or intermediary in private financial transactions;
Provide information on U.S. citizens without their written consent or trace
missing persons in the U.S.; and, provide formal American Citizen Services
to individuals who are not U.S. citizens, such as U.S. Legal Permanent
The importation and use
of Global Positioning Systems and other radio electronic devices are subject
to special rules and regulations in Russia. In general, mapping and natural
resource data collection activities associated with normal commercial and
scientific collaboration may result in seizure of the associated equipment
and/or arrest. The penalty for using a GPS device in a manner which is
determined to compromise Russian National Security can be a prison term of
ten to twenty years. In December, 1997, an American citizen was imprisoned
in Rostov-na-Donu for ten days on charges of espionage for using a GPS
device to check the efficacy of newly-installed telecommunications
equipment. He and his company believed the GPS had been legally imported and
were not aware that nearby government installations were considered secret.
traveler should seek to import GPS equipment in any manner unless it has
been properly and fully documented by the traveler in accordance to the
instructions of the Glavgossvyaznadzor and is declared in full on a customs
declaration at the point of entry to the Russian Federation.
All radio electronic
devices brought into Russia must have a certificate from Glavgossvyaznadzor
of the Russian Federation. This includes all emitting, transmitting, and
receiving equipment, such as GPS devices, cellular phones, satellite phones,
and other kinds of radio electronic equipment. Excluded from the list are
consumer electronic receivers, such as AM/FM radios.
Starting March 15, 2003
Russian residents and non-residents (foreigners) are allowed to export up to
3,000 U.S. dollars without providing a customs declaration or proof of how
the money was obtained. Residents and non-residents may also export up to
10,000 U.S. dollars by simply filling out a customs declaration upon exit.
More than 10,000 U.S. dollars can be exported upon proof that it was
imported into Russia legally (a stamped customs declaration or proof of a
legal bank or wire transfer).
Generally speaking, you
should obtain a receipt for all items of value — including caviar —
purchased in Russia. Furthermore, old artifacts such as icons, samovars,
rugs, and antiques must have a certificate indicating that they have no
historical value. You may be able to obtain this certificate from the store
that sold the item or from the Ministry of Culture. For further information,
please call Russian Customs at (095) 265-6628 or 208-2808 (Moscow is 8 hours
ahead of Alaska).