According to the Chart Supplement, Orlando International airport (KMCO) is an LRA (landing rights airport).

What permission is needed to fly an aircraft to an airport classified as LRA? Can I just file a VFR flight plan, take off under VFR from somewhere in Florida, enter the class B with a clearance, and land there?

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    $\begingroup$ Also see 19 CFR 122.14 for requirements on getting permission to land. However a LRA seems to be only concerned with international flights, and you shouldn't have problems getting in as a domestic flight just getting in the air and getting clearance, however you'll want to call the tower before you leave to warn them and not tick somebody off trying to get commercial traffic in. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ If you're thinking of flying a light GA aircraft, then this question is relevant $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Pondlife Yeah, that question is a good reference. However, MCO has 4 parallel runways, so you're not as likely to be messing things up as at, say, JFK. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer Yeah, the "Landing Rights Airport" designation isn't relevant on a flight from another part of Florida. It's just a CBP designation meaning CBP will allow you to land there as a port of entry to the USA. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 21:11

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According to the FAR's

(2) Private aircraft. The pilots of private aircraft are required to secure permission to land from CBP following transmission of the advance notice of arrival via an electronic data interchange system approved by CBP, pursuant to § 122.22. Prior to departure as defined in § 122.22(a), from a foreign port or place, the pilot of a private aircraft must receive a message from CBP that landing rights have been granted for that aircraft at a particular airport.

This only matters if you are inbound from an out of country origin. An LRA airport is

Landing rights airport. A landing rights airport is any airport, other than an international airport or user fee airport, at which flights from a foreign area are given permission by Customs to land.


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