Airport Briefing:  Mallorca/Son Bonet Airport (LESB)

1.  Are you safe to fly?  Check IM SAFE

2.  Check Aircraft Document Folder

According to the regulations, certain aircraft documents must be checked and carried on board. Check the aircraft documentation folder for the: -  

- AFM - (Aircraft Flight Manual / Pilot Operating Manual);

- Certificate of Registration - original;

- Certificate of Airworthiness - original CofA, ARC (validity of Airworthiness Review Certificate), certificate of Release to Service.

- Noise certificate, if applicable.

- List of specific approvals, if applicable

- Aircraft radio license, if applicable;

Third-Party Liability Insurance certificate (check dates valid) 

- Journey Log

These documents, manuals and certificates must be carried on board every flight you undertake, as originals or copies, except when doing circuit training or flying locally when taking off and landing back at LESB.

Ref: NCO.GEN.135

3. Flight Preparation

With regards to the operation of the flight, also be aware of the following documentation that is needed for each flight (even on local A-A flights):

F.L.I.M.N.O

Flight Plan - File a flight plan (Select language, 'new user' - Open a free account)

Interception - Procedures and visual signals information for use by intercepting and intercepted aircraft; 

MEL - Check Minimum Equipment List (MEL) or CDL (Configuration Deviation List), if applicable 

Navigation - Current and suitable aeronautical charts for the route, area of the proposed flight and all routes along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted too. Did you update your navigational tools (e.g. SkyDemon)? 

Useful flight planning Apps:  e6bx.com; Use gcmap.com to plot a route map.

Other - Any other documentation that may be pertinent to your flight or is required by the States concerned with the flight (e.g. Mass and Balance calculations, performance calculations, NOTAMS, Weather briefing, your license, your medical, a photo ID etc.) 

Check: -                    remember NWSE - North, West, South, East

- NOTAMs

Check Son Bonet Airport NOTAM's:  notaminfo.com or aviapages.com or rocketroute.com

Check VFR Guide for Mallorca/Son Bonet Airport / Spain:  AIP.ENAIRE.es  

Check LESB pilot reports:  You-Fly.com

Check LESB Fuel:  rocketroute.com

- Weather

Check the Weather at Son Bonet Airport (LESB) with checkwx.com or es.allmetsat.com or AVINOR or AEMET.es or metoffice.gov.uk or windy.com

- Aircraft Technical Status

Aircraft Technical Log (ATL) book. Check: - 

Flight record. Maintenances schedule. When is 50/100 hour maintenance due? Note any defects. Deferred items/expiry dates.

Determine the technical status of the aircraft.

If there are no outstanding technical items affecting the airworthiness of the aircraft then you can assume that the aircraft is flyable and available for dispatch. In which case, as PIC, you can sign the ATL to accept responsibility for the aircraft. 

However, discovery of an outstanding defect or past-due maintenance item would be reason to keep the aircraft grounded until these items are addressed. In which case, do not sign to accept the aircraft. Contact HoT/CFI/FI, who will notify Turmina who handle Fly EPT Spain's aircraft maintenance at Son Bonet Airport (LESB).

- Equipment 

Check MEL/CDL, if applicable 

Check Maritime survival (life vests, life raft, ELT, torch, waterproof mobile phone pouch, spare battery/power bank)

4.  Threat and Error Management (TEM)

Now consider threat and error management and how best to mitigate the risks affecting the safety of your flight today. Learn more about TEM here.

Son Bonet Airport (LESB), Palma de Mallorca

Telephone:  +34 (0) 971 449 861

Takeoffs and arrivals from/to Mallorca/Son Bonet AD must be notified to Palma de Mallorca aerodrome on the frequency Palma Operación 130.250 MHz. 

It is mandatory to present a flight plan for all aircraft from/to Son Bonet (LESB).

Remarks:  Mallorca / Son Bonet aerodrome

AERODROME CIRCUIT FOR ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT (ULM)

ENTRANCE TO THE CIRCUIT:

– North: Maintain 1000 ft AGL or lower, ULM traffic will proceed to enter circling at mid-tailwind, always circling north and in a circuit shorter than that used by other traffic.

– South: Proceeding parallel to the runway at 1000 ft AGL or lower, within the outer perimeter of the aerodrome and maintaining said altitude until entering half downwind to join the circuit.

CIRCUIT OUTPUT

After takeoff, ULM aircraft must fly into a downwind position north, before leaving the ultralight circuit.

In any case, you must AVOID ENTERING THE PALMA CTR (Controlled Airspace). 

ATIS - Automatic Terminal Information Service

METAR:  128.275 Automatic weather information is broadcast in English and Spanish with a 5 sec pause). H24 half hour.  

Weather

Palma de Majorca has Mediterranean climate with mild and stormy winters and hot and dry summers. Most precipitation falls in October and December.

Wildlife Hazards

Bird activity exists around the airfield. 

Suggested Alternates

Palma de Mallorca (LEPA/PMI) 

Nearby Airfields

Binissalem Aerodrome (LEIS)

Runway 04 / 22  

18 km from Son Bonet Airport

Student pilots are NOT authorised to land at Binissalem Aerodrome which is an uncontrolled airfield.

Binissalem Airfield comprehensive brief can be found here 

Check ENAIR / Guide VFR Spain for the latest Binissalem Aerodrome charts here

About Binissalem aerodrome here

Binissalem Aerodrome Airport Guide guide here