Helicopter Landing in the Netherlands

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Any pilot wishing to make a landing outside an aerodrome or registered airport in the Netherlands is required to submit a document entitled TUG-exception, which stands for temporary and exceptional use. This gives you permission to create a temporary landing zone. The approval is totally subject to the provincial government of the area in which you want to land.

Helipaddy’s recommendation is to approach this regulation in the following manner:

  • Decide where you want to land and then identify in which province the establishment or landing site is situated.
  • Contact the establishment and get the details of the provincial departmentthe deals with TUG exemptions. It is to be hoped that the establishment knows the details.
  • Submit the document to the provincial government - wait.


In the TUG exemption form for the province of Brabant, it explains that a TUG exemption will be given if your aircraft is one of the following:

  • helicopters
  • balloons
  • gliders
  • microlight airplanes (mla)
  • UAVs up to 150 kg
  • seaplanes
  • agriculture aircraft
  • dirigibles
  • aircraft for an air show.


The landing site also needs to meet the TUG exemption form criteria which includes:

Where to land in the Netherlands

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  • There is no temporary or permanent disqualification for civil aviation in the region.
  • The area is not a public practice area for emergency landings.
  • The site is not located in a low flying area, or within a distance of 3 nautical miles from a low flight path (military aviation). This requirement is not applicable at weekends nor on public holidays.


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