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Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Fuel, Security, and Additional Services

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Fuel, Security, and Additional Services
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Visa Issues While Traveling – Prepare in Advance

Visa Issues While Traveling – Prepare in Advance
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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process
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Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Fuel, Security, and Additional Services

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Fuel, Security, and Additional Services

When operating to Caracas (SVMI) and other destinations in Venezuela, pre-planning service requests is always best practice. Due to high local demand, short-notice requests – particularly for jet fuel, secure transport, and in-flight catering – can be problematic...
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Visa Issues While Traveling – Prepare in Advance

Visa Issues While Traveling – Prepare in Advance

Visa and associated documentation requirements differ enormously worldwide. As these requirements may change at a moment's notice, business aircraft operators need to be careful not to slip up in this area. Visa issues can delay, alter, or scrub a planned international...
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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

For business aircraft operators pre-clearing U.S. Customs at Shannon (EINN), it's important to be aware of all aspects of the process prior to landing in order to avoid day-of-operation surprises and to ensure that the pre-clearance goes as smoothly and quickly as possible...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against all non-essential travel due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Efforts to contain the outbreak will likely result in critical commercial and transportation disruptions in all three countries through at least 31 August.
  • (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.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (DNKN) Kano - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria has limited fuel available. Advise volume required and confirm availability in advance.
  • (DNMM) Lagos - UVair supplier MRS OIL is prone to stock-outs. Advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (FGBT) Bata - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FGSL) Malabo - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FVHA) Harare - 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.
  • (FTTJ) N'Djamena - UVair supplier Libya Oil is limiting fuel deliveries to a maximum quantity of 50,000 liters per refueling.
  • (FZWA) Mbuji-Mayi - UVair supplier Cobil has recurring supply difficulties; advise volume requirements and confirm in advance.
  • (GUCY) Conakry - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (HHAS) Asmara - UVair supplier Air Total has fueling restrictions in place; only VIP flights are allowed access with prior validation.
  • (OLBA) Beirut - Delayed fuel delivery has created supply difficulties. Advise volume requirements and confirm in advance or tanker until supplies can be replenished.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Liberia – 7 August
U.S. citizens are warned against non-essential travel to Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/liberia-travel-warning.html

Nigeria – 8 August
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of travel to Nigeria and urged to avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the state of emergency and security situation.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/nigeria-travel-warning.html

Saudi Arabia – 8 August
U.S. citizens are warned to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia due to recent security developments.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/saudi-arabia-travel-warning.html

Iraq – 10 August
U.S. citizens are warned against all, but essential travel, to Iraq due to the dangerous security situation.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/iraq-travel-warning.html

Algeria – 13 August
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of travel to Algeria due to the continuing threat posed by terrorism and security issues.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/algeria-travel-warning.html

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (NTAA) Papeete - Only runway will be closed for scheduled arrivals and departures between 1800-0330 through 10 January 2015.
  • (VIDP) Delhi - Due to Independence Day, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, and subsidiary airports are closed within 300KM zone of Delhi between 0030-0430 and 1030-1330 on 15 August.
  • (WSSL) Singapore will be closed daily between 1600-1800 through 29 August.
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)
  • (VARIOUS - The Philippines) UVair supplier Petron has no fuel available due to delays in product replenishment at (RPVI) Iloilo and (RPVK) Kalibo.
  • (RCSS) Songshan, Taipei - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco is unable to provide over-wing refueling.
  • (RPVM) Lapu-Lapu - UVair supplier Petron has no fuel available. Operators should divert to Manila (RPLL) while Mactan fuel depot is out of service for repairs and maintenance.
  • (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

Pakistan – 8 August
U.S. citizens are warned to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan due to ongoing security concerns.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/pakistan-travel-warning.html

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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.
  • (EDDB) Berlin will be closed:
    • Between 2230-0300 on 25-26 August.
    • Between 2230-0320 on 26-27 August.
    • Between 2230-0320 on 2-3 September.
    • Between 2230-0300 on 8-9 September.
    • Between 2230-0320 on 9-10 September.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (LIRN) Naples will be closed daily between 2100-0400 through 31 August.
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 and (UKLL) Lvov. 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, (UKLN) Chernivtsi, (UKOO) Odessa, (UKLR) Rivne, and (UKLU) Uzhgorod.
  • (EGAA) Belfast - UVair supplier has changed from Air BP to Jet Assist; UVair card is accepted.
  • (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.
  • (LFRH) Lorient - UVair supplier Air Total advises that the airport will be closed for runway maintenance through 31 August.
  • (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.
  • (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
Twelve Ukrainian nationalist fighters, battling a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, were killed early on Wednesday and an unknown number taken captive when rebels ambushed their bus. The separatists opened fire on the bus that was taking the men to fight just outside the rebel-held city of Donetsk, at the nearby village of Mandrykino, said a spokesman for Right Sector, extreme nationalists who are supporting government forces. It was the group's biggest single loss of life since violence erupted in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east in April.

  Norway
Around 100 passengers were kept back on a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Værnes for more than two hours based on fears that a passenger with a respiratory infection had the Ebola virus. Health authorities, several ambulances, and police arrived to the airport when a possibility for danger of contamination aboard the KLM airplane was announced before the passenger was cleared.

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 will be closed daily between 0600-1100 through 16 August.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (PACD) Cold Bay, Alaska has resumed fueling as normal.
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.

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
  • (ALL - Argentina) Expect a nationwide 48-hour strike on 14-15 August with travel delays for enter/exit customs, freight, and localized protests.
  • (MKJS) Montego Bay will be closed daily between 0300-1100 through 30 September.
  • (MROC) San Jose will be closed daily between 0530-1030 on 19 September-25 October.
  • (SABE) Buenos Aires will be closed daily between 0430-0730 through 28 August.
  • (SBBE) Belem will be closed between 1200-1500 on 25 August through 6 September.
  • (SBBR) Brasilia will be closed daily between 1000-1300 and 2100-0000 through 3 September.
  • (SBCF) Belo Horizonte will be closed between 0600-0800 through 15 August and between 0200-0900 on 3-9 September.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 on 1 September-10 October.
  • (TJBQ) Aguadilla will be closed between 1500-2330 through 15 August.
  • (TNCA) Oranjestad will be closed daily between 0400-1100 through 1 October.
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

  Colombia
The military in Colombia is sending more troops to the eastern province of Arauca, a rebel stronghold, to deal with a recent wave of attacks. The announcement comes hours after gunmen shot dead a local politician, Pedro Antonio Bohorquez, and his bodyguard in the city of Saravena. Earlier on Tuesday, eight soldiers were also injured by a homemade explosive device in a separate incident.

  Argentina
A wage strike by Argentine tugboat captains has forced more than 100 grain ships to drop anchor along the Parana River on Monday, preventing the loading of freshly harvested corn and soy, a local industry official said. The work stoppage affected grains terminals in Timbues, Puerto General San Martín and San Lorenzo, all just north of Argentina's main port of Rosario.

  Chile
Eight masked gunmen disguised as workers held up an armored money transport in the Chilean capital Santiago on Tuesday, making off with more than $10 million. The robbery is the largest in Chilean history. The gang held up the guards unloading the money from a van belonging to U.S. security firm Brinks at a cargo area at Santiago's international airport. The cash had been destined for delivery to banks and mining operations in Copiapo, in northern Chile.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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NBAA update briefs

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Industry Data Suggests Business Aviation Turnaround Gaining Traction
Strong growth in business jet deliveries and a modest rise in piston aircraft shipments helped propel the overall market for new general aviation aircraft to a modest 4.8 percent gain in total deliveries and 4.5 percent increase in total billings in the first six months of 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
http://www.nbaa.org/news/2014/20140811-industry-data-suggests-business-aviation-turnaround-gaining-traction.php

New Training Management Systems Tool Designed to Enhance Safety
To assist in the development of superior airmanship skills, the NBAA Safety Committee's Training Advisory Subcommittee is developing an online Training Management Systems Tool.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/20140811-new-training-management-systems-tool-designed-to-enhance-safety.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
In the central Pacific, Hurricane Julio was located about 665 miles north of Hawaii and moving toward the northeast at 3 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph. Julio is expected to steadily weaken over the next few days and will not pose any threat to any land. In the eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Karina as located about 500 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja and moving toward the west at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph. Karina is expected to slowly strengthen over the next few days as it continues westward over open waters.

VOLCANOS
Etna, located in Italy, is producing ash up to 12,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the northeast at 10 to 15 knots. In Peru, Mt. Sabancaya is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 24,000 feet. Movement is toward the southwest at 5 to 10 knots.

AFRICA
Clusters of thunderstorms with max tops to 50,000 feet can be expected over the central portion of the continent, including the Ivory Coast. Patchy morning fog can be expected along the southeast coast of the continent. High pressure will dominate the remainder of Africa.

ASIA
Low pressure over eastern Japan and its associated cold front will produce few thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet. Additional thunderstorms with max tops to 46,000 feet in association with a surface trough can be expected across eastern and southeastern China. High pressure over central China will result in the development of late night and early morning patchy fog. A 110 knot jet core at 39,000 feet extends from Korea eastward into the North Pacific.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 47,000 feet can be expected over most of the Philippines. Additional areas of thunderstorms with max tops up to 49,000 feet can be expected over most of Indonesia. Most of Indochina will also experience isolated thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening, with max tops up to 48,000 feet. A frontal system accompanied by several areas of low pressure extends from Japan eastward several hundred miles into the Pacific and will generate areas of showers and isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 43,000 feet. Deep low pressure just off the southwest coast of Alaska will produce areas of rain and rain showers extending northward into the southern portion of the state. Additional showers and isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 40,000 feet will occur along the associated cold front. Hurricane Julio will continue northeastward over the central Pacific accompanied by scattered thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet. A 100 knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from northern Japan eastward several hundred miles into the Pacific. Occasional moderate turbulence can be expected along the jet core. A 100 knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from north to south into southeastern Alaska.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Low pressure developing over east-central Australia will produce occasional showers along with isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 43,000 feet. A strong storm system situated southeast of New Zealand will produce occasional showers along with strong surface winds resulting in occasional low-level turbulence. A 120 knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends eastward into southwestern Australia and will produce occasional moderate turbulence. A 140 knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from eastern Australia eastward into the Pacific. This feature will also generate occasional moderate turbulence.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
Low pressure over the west-central North Atlantic and its associated cold front will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet extending westward into Florida. Another small area of thunderstorms with max tops to 38,000 feet situated west of the Azores are in association with an upper-level low. A large surface low will produce occasional rain showers across most of Iceland. An upper-level trough will combine with daytime heating and a weak surface low to produce isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms with max tops up to 38,000 feet across most of central Europe. Isolated storms with max tops to 30,000 feet will extend as far north as Norway and Sweden. Low pressure over western Russia and its associated cold front will produce occasional rain showers and isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 38,000 feet extending westward to just north of the Black Sea. High pressure will dominate most of central Russia, resulting in a few areas of late night and early morning fog. Low pressure over northeastern Russia will produce areas of rain and low ceilings. A 90 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from west to east across western Russia. An 80 knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from west to east across northern Italy.

NORTH AMERICA
A weak surface low will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 40,000 feet across portions of the northern Rockies westward into Washington and Oregon. Additional isolated thunderstorms are also likely over a small portion of the northern Plains in association with an upper-level disturbance. An upper-level low will produce occasional rain showers across New England and southeast Canada while isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 39,000 feet will remain just offshore. Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet in association with the tail end of a stationary front will extend from the Florida peninsula westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Low pressure over northwestern Canada and its associated cold front will produce occasional rain showers across the region. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet will extend from the southwestern U.S. southward across most of central Mexico as daytime heating interacts with deep tropical moisture. A 90 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from northwest to southeast across northwestern Canada.

SOUTH AMERICA
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet will mainly be confined to the northern portion of the continent. High pressure will allow for the development of patchy late night and morning fog across portions of southeastern Brazil and northeastern Argentina. A weak surface trough will produce a few showers across southern Chile and Argentina. Occasional moderate low-level turbulence is also likely.

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