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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations
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World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

For business aircraft operators, ground handling services in Japan are among the best in the world, and operations here are seldom anything other than trouble-free. While handling costs are higher than average in this part of the world, you can look forward to reliable, professional, and on-time...
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

This year the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place May 22-24. SPIEF puts additional strains on existing airport infrastructure and service options – with traffic starting to come in about May 20 and final departures expected about May 26. For business aircraft operators seeking...
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

If operating to the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival/Monaco Grand Prix period on short notice (or if last-minute planning arrangements can't be avoided), be advised that being very flexible in terms of repositioning, sourcing crew accommodations, and dealing with fuel...
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World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

The 2014 World Cup takes places June 12-July 13, 2014. During this period General Aviation (GA) parking, as well as crew accommodations, will be extremely limited. It's best to begin working with your 3rd-party provider as soon as the schedule is known to coordinate a workable logistical plan...
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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) Effective 11 April, U.S. citizens will no longer be allowed to obtain a visa upon arrival. New regulations will require U.S. citizens to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (FGBT) Bata - 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 - Fuel restrictions are in place until further notice. Only VIP flights are allowed access with Air Total validation.
  • (HUEN) Entebbe - UVair supplier Air Total provides best fuel service to aircraft positioned at Aprons 1 or 4. Expect delays for fueling elsewhere since fuel truck must cross a live runway.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Saudi Arabia
The official Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday reported 11 cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Jeddah, including hospital staff. Two of the patients have died, six have recovered, while three are undergoing treatment. The emergency department of King Fahd hospital in Jeddah was closed for disinfection after one health worker there tested positive for the virus and subsequent tests on other staff members showed further infections.

  Somalia
Two foreign United Nations workers – a Briton and a Frenchman – were shot and killed upon their arrival at an airport in Galkayo, central Somalia, officials said. A UN source confirmed the pair were international staff members with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). A statement issued by the government of the northern breakaway state of Puntland in Somalia identified the two victims as Briton Simon Davis and Frenchman Clement Gorrissen.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Burundi – 3 April
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of traveling to Burundi due to existing security concerns.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/burundi-travel-warning.html

Kenya – 4 April
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of travel to Kenya due to heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/kenya-travel-warning.html

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (All - Myanmar) The CAA will be closed on 12-21 April due to a public holiday.
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
    • (PGMJ) Majuro (Marshall Islands)
  • (RCSS) Songshan, Taipei - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco is unable to provide over-wing refueling.
  • (RPLL) Manila - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco has no fuel available at the hydrant for ad hoc flights.
  • (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

  India
Three government soldiers were killed in a gun battle with Maoist rebels in India's central Chhattisgarh state on Wednesday, a day before voting begins in national elections, police said. Another three soldiers were wounded in the clash in Sukma district, 240 miles south of Raipur, the state capital. The battle took place as government soldiers were returning to their base after escorting election officials to polling stations in the district for Thursday's voting. The multi-phase voting across the country runs until May 12 for the 543-seat lower house of Parliament.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings

None for this region at publication time.

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).
  • (EGNJ) Humberside - No Jet A-1 pressure refueling is available at the GA apron or outside hangars 8 or 9.
  • (LEAB) Albacete - UVair supplier Air BP provides Jet A-1 type fuel as they are unable to fuel aircraft requiring JP-8 and fueling within the military area.
  • (LELN) Leon - UVair supplier Repsol YPF requires a fuel release, an exact schedule, and a minimum of 30 minutes' prior notice (ahead of aircraft's arrival at the airport). Schedule updates or cancellations advised with less than 30 minute's notice (or after landing) will incur change fees or "no fuel" penalties.
  • (LFMD) Cannes - Air BP has replaced Air Total.
  • (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 supplier Air Total is fueling at GA ramps via Jet Aviation; at commercial ramp via IPS (Into Plane Service Pool).
  • (TFFF) Fort de France - ExxonMobil continues to fuel; Sol Aviation is expected to replace them on 1 May.
  • (TFFR) Pointe A Pitre - ExxonMobil continues to fuel, Sol Aviation is expected to replace them on 1 May.
  • (UUEE) Sheremetyevo, Moscow - The southern part of the airport's terminal complex will be closed 24-26 May due to reconstruction. Request fueling in advance during this period, especially when refueling during the peak hours of 0700-1100 LT and 1800-2200 LT.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Ukraine
Members of the Ukrainian parliament traded blows during a tense session in which nationalist and separatist factions blamed each other for the recent unrest. Tempers flared as members started trading punches after a faction of the parliament accused the other for causing Ukraine's current political crisis by bringing down the government of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The two factions have cracked under pressure as nationalists want to move to closer ties with Europe and separatists want to renew their ties with Russia.

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
  • (CYXD) Edmonton City Centre airport has closed permanently.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (KPNC) Ponca City, OK - No fuel is available due to the airport being closed until 23 April.
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
  • (TNCA) Oranjestad will be closed daily between 0700-1100 through 30 June.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 on 1 May-10 June and 1 September-10 October.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (ALL - Brazil) Operators traveling to Brazil during the World Cup on 12 June-13 July should submit fuel requests with volume requirements as early as possible to allow planning by UVair supplier Petrobras.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (TVSC) Canouan - Advise fuel volume requirements and confirm in advance due to recurring supply issues.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Colombia
Three Colombian police officers were killed Tuesday by the 15th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas on a highway in the southern province of Caqueta, authorities said. The attack, which took place between the towns of Cartagena del Chaira and El Paujil, was carried out by FARC. The police convoy was transporting a person who had been arrested in Cartagena del Chaira when it was intercepted by guerrillas, who killed the officers and took the prisoner with them, according to the initial investigation.

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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NBAA Encouraged by FAA Outreach on Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal
NBAA last week welcomed a step taken by the FAA to open dialogue with industry stakeholders about the agency's controversial pilot-screening proposal for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2014/20140402-028.php

NBAA: DOT's Proposed Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls Should Not Apply to Business Aviation
NBAA has said a ban on in-flight voice communications through passenger mobile wireless devices would strip business aviation users of a key advantage when traveling onboard business aircraft.
http://www.nbaa.org/news/2014/20140403-nbaa-department-of-transportation-proposed-ban-on-in-flight-cell-calls-should-not-apply-to-business-aviation.php

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TROPICAL
Tropical Depression Peipah was centered just east of the Philippines and nearly stationary. Maximum sustained winds are near 25 knots. Peipah is forecast to resume a west northwest track over the next couple of days bringing the center near the central Philippines on Saturday. Tropical Cyclone Ita was centered about 400 miles northeast of Cairns Australia and moving toward the west southwest at 7 knots. Maximum sustained winds were near 90 knots. Ita is forecast to impact the northeast coast of Australia on Friday.

VOLCANOES
Tungurahua, located in Ecuador, is producing ash up to 22,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the southwest at 15 to 20 knots.

AFRICA
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet can be expected along portions of the Ivory Coast, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Additional clusters of storms with max tops to 49,000 feet can be expected over the central portion of the continent, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. A 10 knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from west to east across the northwestern portion of the continent and will generate occasional moderate turbulence.

ASIA
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops 44,000 feet can be expected over southeast China in association with a weak area of low pressure. High pressure dominates central China and will result in late night and early morning fog. Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 44,000 feet can also be expected across extreme southern India. A 110 knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from west to east across southwestern Asia and will produce occasional moderate turbulence along it. A 100 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from west to east across central Japan and will also generate occasional moderate turbulence.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet can be expected across southeastern Indochina. Scattered thunderstorms with max tops to 52,000 feet will be spreading into the central Philippines in associated with Tropical Depression Peipah. Clusters of thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet can be expected across most of Indonesia. Low pressure centered east of Japan and its associated cold front will produce rain showers along with isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 44,000 feet. Another storm system over the eastern North Pacific will produce occasional rain showers. A 130 knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from west to east across the western and central North Pacific and will generate occasional moderate turbulence.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Numerous thunderstorms with max tops to 54,000 feet in association with Tropical Cyclone Ita will be approaching the northeast coast of Australia over the next couple of days. Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet can be expected along the north and northwest coast of Australia. A weak area of low pressure will generate isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 38,000 feet over extreme southeastern Australia. Low pressure over central New Zealand will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 37,000 feet over the central and northern portion. A 140 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from west to east well south of the Australian continent.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A frontal system extends from southwest of Iceland southward and will produce occasional rain and rain showers changing to snow over southern Greenland. A weak upper-level low centered well south of the Azores will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 32,000 feet. High pressure dominates most of central and western Europe and will result in patchy late night and early morning fog. A 140 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends northward over the western Atlantic before turning east and then southward west of Europe. Occasional moderate turbulence can be expected along most of the jet core. A weak area of low pressure will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 32,000 feet over central and northern Spain. Low pressure centered over the northern Black Sea and its associated cold front will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 30,000 feet over western Turkey. A frontal system stretches from northeast to southwest across eastern and central Russia and will produce rain, freezing rain, and snow. Moderate low-level turbulence can also be expected with this system. A 110 knot jet core at 33,000 feet extends from southwest to northeast across central and eastern Russia.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front moving into the northeast U.S. and eastern Canada will produce rain showers and occasional moderate low-level turbulence. The associated low pressure system will produce snow over northeastern Canada. Occasional moderate low-level turbulence can be expected behind the cold front. High pressure will dominate most of the central and southern U.S. while a storm system approaching southwestern Canada will produce rain along the coast and snow farther inland. A 120 knot jet core at 33,000 feet extends from the eastern Great Lakes region northeastward into southeastern Canada and will produce occasional moderate turbulence. A 100 knot jet core, also at 33,000 feet, extends from west to east across western Canada. Patchy morning fog is possible along portions of the central and western Gulf Coast.

SOUTH AMERICA
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet can be expected over most of Brazil and will extend northward into western and southern Venezuela. A more concentrated area of thunderstorms with max tops to 47,000 feet can be expected over southeastern Brazil. A 130 knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from west to east across northern Argentina and will produce occasional moderate turbulence. A 130 knot jet core at 33,000 feet extends from southwest to northeast just west of Chile. A cold front pushing across southern Argentina will produce rain showers along with moderate low-level turbulence.

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