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Old 05-15-2019, 12:35 PM
gfb gfb is offline
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Location: Madison, WI
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Default Long-distance International Trip Planning - KMSN to SBRJ

Hi Folks,

I'm giving some thought to do a trip from Madison, WI to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next year (and back.) I'd really like to do a couple flights in/out of SBRJ in my airplane

Curious what kinds of resources are available to help plan this kind of thing. I have found numerous sites relating to services for dispatch/handling for exec jets for this kind of thing but they are priced accordingly. Anyone have pointers on piston-priced handling services? Or even just weather planning services?

Initial things I'm curious about:
  • what kinds of visa requirements do I have in each of my stops? How do I handle customs, what are the fees?
  • What kind of long-term weather forecasting should I be looking at? Is there a bad time to do this? I'm thinking Spring 2020.
  • Do I need to sort out fuel ahead of time for these stops? How do I do that?
  • I'm not tied to any of these stops, they just seemed to make sense geographically. I'm sure there are better/cheaper/faster ways to do this and I'm very open to them.
  • I have an instrument rating and plan to do as much of this as I can on an IFR flight plan. Any concerns?

Here is an initial thought on routing:

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Old 05-15-2019, 01:13 PM
snoop9erdog snoop9erdog is offline
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Posts: 227


Interesting that you posted this as one of by bucket lists is to hop the islands down the Bahamas and tour Brazil for a month. So I will be all ears on the responses as far as trip planning....fuel, weather, survival, satellite phone, navigation, etc.

I just went to Fortaleza, Brasil last month and had to have a visa, however, in June the visa requirements are expiring and you will no longer need that.

Type in "Brazil" into the search and you will find a few posts about routes as a couple of Brazilians have made the trip as well as "sharkbait", but he hasn't posted in a long time on here.

Do you speak Portuguese?

Sounds like a fun trip
Ed Avila
St. Johns, AZ (SJN)
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:19 PM
kaweeka kaweeka is offline
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I am planning my trip down the Caribbean from Florida through the windward and leeward islands for next year and have found both Caribbean Sky Tours as well as Caribbean Flying Adventures valuable resources and worth the joining costs.
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