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Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Ground Handling

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Ground Handling
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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics
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Ops Update: Singapore Charter Landing Permit Changes

Ops Update: Singapore Charter Landing Permit Changes
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Business Aviation Trip Planning: The Bahamas

Business Aviation Trip Planning: The Bahamas
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Ground Handling

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Ground Handling

With permits no longer required for most stays of up to 72 hours in Venezuela, traffic to Caracas (SVMI) and other major destinations has increased. This has also increased demand for ground handling services, fuel, secure transport, and 4th-party services. Ground handling and...
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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

More and more General Aviation (GA) operators are taking advantage of pre-clearance services at Shannon, Ireland (EINN). This U.S. Customs pre-clearance option has been steadily enhanced over the years. With time involved to pre-clear now significantly reduced compared to a few years ago...
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Ops Update: Singapore Charter Landing Permit Changes

Ops Update: Singapore Charter Landing Permit Changes

Permit changes that impact the permit application process for business aviation recently went into effect for Singapore. It's important to be aware of lead times, required documentation, and permit processing nuances in order to ensure smooth operations to this increasingly popular...
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Business Aviation Trip Planning: The Bahamas

Business Aviation Trip Planning: The Bahamas

While the Bahamas is a welcoming environment for business aviation, be aware that support services may be lacking at secondary airfields. When operating to remote airfields or to major airports during high season, it's important to confirm fuel, services, and local ground handling availability. The following is an overview of what you need to know...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Saudi Arabia) All flights landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) with passengers from Jijiga, Ethiopia (HAJJ) will be subject to a fine.
  • (ALL - Turkey) U.S. citizens are no longer allowed to obtain a visa upon arrival. New regulations require U.S. citizens to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival.
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic on Sunday-Friday between 0150-0700 and 1100-1500 through 27 October.
  • (OMDB) Dubai International, Dubai - The Dubai International Airport will be closed through 1 August.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Iraq) UVair supplier Global Aviation Service can provide a maximum of 4,000 liters for cargo flights only at Sulaymaniyah (ORSU) and at Erbil (ORER) a maximum of 4,000 liters may be provided to passenger flights only. Advise volume requirements and confirm in advance or consider diverting to Baghdad (ORBI) or Basra (ORMM).
  • (DNKN) Kano - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria has no fuel available.
  • (DNMM) Lagos - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria has no fuel; on a case-by-case basis, a small quantity may be authorized in advance of arrival.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (FGBT) Bata, Equatorial Guinea - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FKYS) Yaounde - UVair supplier Air Total advises fuel restrictions of 8,000 USG per aircraft until further notice. Confirm availability in advance.
  • (FOOL) Libreville - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FZWA) Mbuji-Mayi - UVair supplier Cobil has recurring supply difficulties; advise volume requirements and confirm in advance.
  • (HHAS) Asmara - UVair supplier Air Total has fueling restrictions in place; only VIP flights are allowed access with prior validation.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Israel
Israeli missiles struck the houses of several senior Hamas figures, killing at least seven Palestinians in the latest escalation of violence. The renewed strikes came a day after the failure of a brief and one-sided ceasefire on Tuesday observed by Israel, but not by Hamas. Among the residences targeted were those of former interior minister Fathi Hamad and senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar, which was destroyed.

  Nigeria
Nigerian police have arrested 30-year-old Mohammed Zakari, who claims to be Boko Haram's "chief butcher" in Balmo Forest. Nigerian police said Zakari has been accused of attacking Nigerian customs officers in Kari in April and killing seven people, including women and children. Zakari was arrested on Saturday during a counter-insurgency sweep of the Balmo Forest in northeastern Nigeria.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Bangladesh) CAA will be closed on 25-31 July due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - Indonesia) CAA will be closed on 26 July-3 August due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - Malaysia) CAA will be closed on 28-29 July due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - Maldives) CAA will be closed on 26-28 July due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - Philippines) CAA will be closed on 28 July due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - Singapore) CAA will be closed on 28 July due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - Sri Lanka) CAA will be closed on 29 July due to public holiday. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS) ExxonMobil requires a minimum 72 hours prior notice for fueling or fuel cannot be guaranteed at:
    • (PGUM) Agana (Guam)
    • (PGSN) Saipan Island
    • (PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall Islands)
  • (PKMJ) Majuro - UVair supplier ExxonMobil will be unable to provide fuel on 25-28 July due to monthly supply replenishment.
  • (RCSS) Songshan, Taipei - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco is unable to provide over-wing refueling.
  • (UTTT) Tashkent - UVair supplier Airport Authority will not provide fuel for tech stops. Only passenger flights where UTTT is the final destination will be fueled.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (VARIOUS - Ukraine) Both Simferopol (UKFF) and Sevastopol (UKFB) airports are closed due to the political climate between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding Crimea.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (LIRA) Rome - Only runway will be closed daily between 2215-0400 through 19 July.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Greece) When fueling with UVair supplier Shell and MOH Aviation Fuels, exempt operators must present a copy of their valid Air Operator's Certificate (AOC, or national equivalent) to prove exemption from VAT and excise duties. A fuel release is required and UVair must provide operators' physical billing address (for AOC and non-AOC operators), and applicable VAT or tax identification number (VAT ID is required from all EU based operators, and for AOC uplifts only for all others; an AOC/ACC document number will not suffice in this case).
  • (VARIOUS - France) UVair supplier Air Total will only provide fuel to operators presenting an AOC (or other proof of exemption) at Aix (LFMA), Tours (LFOT), Laval (LFOV), and Le Mans (LFRM).
  • (VARIOUS - Ukraine) Airports throughout the country have limited to no fuel available. There is no fuel available at (UKLI) Ivano-Frankovs'k, (UKLL) Lvov, (UKLN) Chernivtsi and (UKLR) Rivne. Operators should tanker sufficient fuel to make their next destination or confirm fuel availability ahead of arrival at (UKBB) Kiev-Boryspil Airport, (UKDD) Dnipropetrovs'k, (UKDE) Zaporizhzhia, (UKHH) Kharkov, (UKKK) Kiev-Zhuliany Airport, (UKLU) Uzhgorod and (UKOO) Odessa.
  • (LEAB) Albacete - UVair supplier Air BP provides Jet A-1 type fuel; they are unable to fuel aircraft requiring JP-8 and fueling within the military area.
  • (LIMC) Malpensa, Milan - ENI via Skytanking is primary fueler; Air Total is available but commercial takes top priority so expect delays.
  • (LIRF) Fiumicino, Rome - UVair supplier Air Total suggests tankering for operators planning tech stop refueling between 0500-0600 daily. Operators planning early morning departures should fuel on arrival or the evening before departure.
  • (LIRP) Pisa - Supplier Q8 suggests operators keep a copy of their UVair fuel release onboard the aircraft to prevent delays in fueling.
  • (LPPD) Ponta Delgada - UVair supplier Galp Energia has little fuel available due to a delayed shipment. Tanker in or divert to Santa Maria (LPAZ) or Terceira (LPLA) until supplies return to normal.
  • (LSZH) Zurich - UVair supply via Air Total is provided into plane at GA ramp by Jet Aviation; at commercial ramp via IPS (Into Plane Service Pool). Jet Aviation accepts UVair card and offers direct refueling on their ramp, but at retail price.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Ukraine
A warplane attacked a rebel-held town with rockets in eastern Ukraine, shattering homes and killing 11 people. Rockets struck the town of Snizhne in Donetsk region, hitting a block of flats and a tax office. The rebels blamed the attack on Ukraine's air force, which was denied by Ukrainian sources. Security forces have been pushing the rebels back to the city of Donetsk. Fighting has also raged in the neighboring region of Luhansk, with rockets hitting a southern suburb of Luhansk city on Monday.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (MMPR) Puerto Vallarta - Only runway will be closed between 0600-1100 through 19 July.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (MMTO) Toluca-Mexico City - Fuel will be provided by ASA while UVavemex's fuel truck undergoes maintenance. Expect delays as ASA gives priority to scheduled operators.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Mexico
Mexico said on Tuesday it had rescued 458 children from a vermin-infested refuge for abandoned boys and girls, some of whom it believes were sexually abused. The attorney general's office said police and army troops raided a home known as "La Gran Familia" (The Big Family) in the western city of Zamora on Tuesday, following at least 50 complaints about its operators. The refuge was home to 278 boys, 174 girls, and six infants, as well as 138 adults.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

New UVair locations

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  • Gill Aviation (KDWH) - Houston, TX
  • Marana Aerospace Solutions (KMZJ) - Marana, AZ

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (MKJS) Montego Bay will be closed daily between 0300-1100 through 30 September.
  • (MDLR) La Romana will be closed daily between 0001-1000 through 31 July.
  • (SBBR) Brasilia will be closed daily between 1000-1300 and 2100-0000 through 3 September.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 on 1 September-10 October.
  • (TBPB) Bridgetown will be closed between 0200-1000 through 18 July.
  • (TNCA) Oranjestad will be closed between 0400-1100 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through 31 July.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (MGGT) Guatemala City - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco, fueling on the east and military ramps from 0900-1600 LT, requires a minimum of 24 hours' notice. Outside these hours, or with less than 24 hours' notice, fueling will be on the south international ramp.
  • (SPQT) Iquitos - UVair supplier Petroperu offers only domestic refueling.
  • (SVMI) Caracas - UVair fuel provider PDVSA/Petroleo expects fueling delays of up to 90 minutes due to limited fuel trucks and personnel serving the GA area. GA operators should fuel on arrival to avoid delays at departure. Consider diverting to Barcelona (SVBC), Willemstad (TNCC), or Aruba (TNCA) if these delays are unacceptable.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Brazil
The British boss of a FIFA partner firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has surrendered to a judge in Brazil. Whelan, director of Match Hospitality, denies any wrongdoing. An international gang is suspected of acting at as many as four World Cups, earning about $90 million per tournament. The gang is believed to have made money by acquiring and illegally selling VIP tickets and hospitality packages.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
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NBAA update briefs

Visit http://www.nbaa.org/news/update/ for full versions of these briefs, plus much more of the week's business-aviation news.

NBAA Welcomes House Vote to Make Accelerated Depreciation Permanent
The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed legislation that would permanently allow businesses to write off 50 percent of a qualified investment's value in the year in which it is acquired, including purchases of aircraft for business use.
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/depreciation/bonus/

Safety Committee to Release Airport Safety Assessment Tool
NBAA's Safety Committee's Airport Safety Working Group is in the final stages of developing a new tool designed to help operators assess safety risks at airports around the world. The Airport Audit Tool is a seven-page checklist designed for use by flight crews prior to arrival at an airport with which they have no experience.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/20140714-nbaa-safety-committee-to-release-airport-safety-assessment-tool.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are two tropical systems at this time. Typhoon Rammasun is about 300 miles south of Hong Kong, China moving toward the northwest at 20 knots with sustained winds of 70 knots. T.D. 10W is about 175 miles northwest of Yap in the South Pacific moving toward the west at 3 knots with sustained winds of 30 knots.

VOLCANOS
Ubinas, Peru has an ash cloud from 20,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 15 knots. Zhupanovsky, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 28,000 feet to the surface moving toward the north at 30 knots. Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 10 knots. Santa Maria, Guatemala has an ash cloud from 10,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 10 knots. Sakurjima, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 10,000 feet to the surface moving toward the north at 5 knots.

AFRICA
Thunderstorms are likely over central Africa. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast.

ASIA
Daily scattered thunderstorms should occur over India as the southwestern summer monsoon season begins. A series of cold fronts pushing through central Russia should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. Unsettled conditions over northeast China, southeast Russia and the Korean Peninsula should keep rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast for the next few days. Low pressure over southeastern China could produce rain showers across the region. A stationary frontal boundary over northern Japan should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorms activity continues across Indonesia and Indo-China; intensity and frequency are high as the summer monsoon season continues. A cold front in the central North Pacific should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front pushing through northern Alaska should produce rain showers and fog across the area through tomorrow.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A cold front approaching southeastern Australia could produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. A cold front approaching New Zealand should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the area through the weekend.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front south of Greenland should produce rain showers across the region including western Iceland. A slow moving area of low pressure off the west coast of the U.K. should keep rain showers, gusty winds, and isolated thunderstorms in the forecast through the weekend. Unsettled conditions should produce mainly afternoon thunderstorms across the Baltic States, Greece, and Italy. A weak cold front over Scandinavia could produce rain showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms across the region.

NORTH AMERICA
A weak cold front pushing through the northern Rockies should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. An upper-level low pressure area moving across Texas should produce rain showers and thunderstorms from Dallas to Corpus Christi. By tomorrow, the upper-level low shifts eastward producing rain and thunderstorms across East Texas and Louisiana. Unsettled conditions should keep rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast through the weekend for central and southern Florida. A cold front extending from the Canadian Maritimes to southern New England should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A cold front over northern Argentina and southeastern Brazil should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front approaching southern Chile/Argentina should produce rain showers across the region.

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