HOW TO IMPORT AN AIRCRAFT INTO THAILAND
There is a procedure if you want to import your aircraft into Thailand. It is not always clear, but if you do not follow the procedure, then you will have many problems and it can take a very long time. One member of the Thai Flying Club imported his Rockwell Commander aircraft into Thailand. It took him only 3 months, and it cost him only 100,000 Baht in Lawyer's fees. This was a very successful process, and here is a brief summary of the procedure that Tony followed.
Tony is a member of the Thai Flying Club and a keen aviator. Please email him if you feel that you are an "acceptable person" and would like to bring your aircraft to Thailand. -- firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO GET RADIO PERMITS & LICENSES
The DCA seem to be making an issue of radio licences and Tom suggested I email you as you had gone thru the procedure.
I have import licences for 2 radios in my aircraft but I never got round to asking for the user licences. Did you get one and is it the same thing as the 'licence for radio aparatus' that the DCA stipulates has be in the plane along with the 5 year permit, C of A etc?
- radio import license
- personal radio license
- aircraft station license
Khun Robert at Phuket Airpark paid 24,000 baht fine for not having license for radio and transponder. (May 2009)
It is a two stage process first I applied directly at the Office of Post and Telegraph prior to bringing in my Rockwell and obtained a temporary licence/permit which cost about two hundred Baht and at that time I gave them a full list of the radio equipment in the aircraft. When I brought the aircraft in, and as part of the C of A process, an appointment was made with the Office of Post and Telegraph and a representative came an inspected the equipment. I also had an engineer available because they wanted to check serial numbers on some of the equipment. They were not too happy when they saw my ELB was of a portable type but apparently after some discussion (I was not there so I could not tell you what exactly went on) they did accept it. I also had to have my transponder recoded with the new Thai Call Sign.
After the inspection the paper work/license was issued and that now forms part of the documents I carry in the aircraft.
1. Letter to request license prior to arrival – here I asked for a renewal because I was delayed from my original departure date and the first license I applied for had expired. I cannot remember what the validity period was.
2. A letter requesting an inspection
3. Radio Communications Station Licence for the Rockwell
4. For each piece of equipment a Licence for the Operation of Radio Communications (this one is for one of the Garmin GNS430’s I have)
It is 4 years ago now but the telephone number I used then was 02 271 0150 ext 709 and they did not speak English. After I arrived in Thailand I let my lawyer act on my behalf and it worked well.
I hope this helps