Looking at some Greek aerodrome information charts, I discovered that there are airports with the designation "Local flights not permitted". I speculate this is because the areas are near sensitive/military installations.

My question is: How is a "local flight" defined?

  • Is it a flight where the departure as well as arrival point is the airport in question?
  • Is it a request for touch & go?
  • Is it a flight around the airport area, beyond what is required for departure/landing (though I wonder how easy is that to define, particularly in case of e.g. meteorological conditions, such as local clouds)?
  • All of the above? Something else?

FWIW, I noticed this looking at older charts (suitable only for simulation purposes), so I don't know if this reflects up-to-date information.

  • $\begingroup$ For a EU definition of local flight, see chapter 1, paragraph 6: ‘local flight’ means a flight not involving carriage of passengers, mail and/or cargo between different airports or other authorised landing points, however I've no clue this definition applies to Greek AIP, further analysis is needed. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Feb 11 at 15:47

In the UK at least a local flight is one that begins and ends at the same aerodrome. This flight could be remaining in the circuit (pattern) or flying a 3 hour navigation exercise a long distance but as long as you come back to the same place without landing away it's a local flight. It is the same in all the other European countries I've flown to, I haven't been to Greece though so there's a chance their definition may be different.

  • $\begingroup$ Is UK still adhering to EU common rules for air matters? $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Feb 11 at 14:59
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    $\begingroup$ At this point yes @mins, there haven't been any big changes so far. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Feb 11 at 15:02

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