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Top Considerations When Operating to PHNY

Top Considerations When Operating to PHNY
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Business Aviation and Communities – Business Breeds Business

Business Aviation and Communities – Business Breeds Business
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UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations
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UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations
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Top Considerations When Operating to PHNY

Top Considerations When Operating to PHNY

Lanai (PHNY) is a privately owned Hawaiian island with a small airport and a 5,001-foot runway. Biggest draw at this location are the two Four Seasons resorts. Business aircraft operators planning on visiting Lanai should be prepared for very limited airport services...
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Business Aviation and Communities – Business Breeds Business

Business Aviation and Communities – Business Breeds Business

All across America there is a huge network of business aircraft helping ensure the smooth running of thousands of companies: not only major companies, but also plenty of small- to medium-sized operations. Business aviation is absolutely essential to the business community on a day-to-day...
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UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

The recent January 2015 regulatory changes in the U.S. – Cuba relations will no doubt encourage future business and investment opportunities between these two countries. However, for the time being there will continue to be assorted operating challenges and compliance issues to deal with for general aviation (GA) operators...
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UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

The starting point when planning a trip to Cuba by a U.S. operator, is to determine the purpose of the flight and if the purpose of the travel falls under approved travel by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). An important consideration is whether to take your own aircraft or use a charter flight...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Botswana) There is a travel ban for all non-Botswana citizens traveling from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo due to the Ebola virus outbreak. Botswana citizens are urged to delay non-essential travel to Ebola-affected countries.
  • (ALL - Cameroon) Officials have closed all borders with Nigeria and suspended all passenger flights to/from Nigeria due to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak.
  • (ALL - Cape Verde) Officials are prohibiting entry of any foreign non-resident who has visited any country affected by the Ebola virus in the last 30 days.
  • (ALL - Guinea-Bissau) Officials have re-opened its land border with Guinea.
  • (ALL - Kenya) Officials have closed the Suam border crossing (Trans-Nzola County) with Uganda due to the Ebola outbreak.
  • (ALL - Mauritania) Officials have closed its border with neighboring Mali after an Ebola-related death in the town of Kayes, Mali.
  • (ALL - Mauritius) All travelers who have visited Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and the Congo (DRC) in the last two months are banned from entry.
  • (ALL - Namibia) Foreigners traveling from countries affected by the Ebola virus are prohibited from entry.
  • (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.
  • (ALL - Rwanda) All travelers who have visited Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 22 days prior to arrival in Rwanda are prohibited from entry.
  • (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 - Senegal) The ban on air transport from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia has been lifted. Land borders with Guinea will remain closed. Authorities will continue to implement Ebola-screening measures at Leopold Sedar International Airport (DKR).
  • (ALL - Seychelles) Officials have removed restrictions on travelers from Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria. Entry is still suspended for all travelers who have visited the Congo (DRC), Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the 28 days prior to travel.
  • (ALL - South Africa) A health questionnaire must be completed by every passenger/crew member for any international flight from all destinations, including countries neighboring South Africa. Officials have also imposed a travel ban barring entry to all non-South Africans returning from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. All South Africans returning from any of these countries would face strict health screenings upon arrival and are advised against non-essential travel to the affected states.
  • (ALL - South Sudan) Officials have placed a ban on all travelers from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, or the Congo (DRC) in the 21 days prior to travel. Entry of travelers from Nigeria is dependent on their health history and whether they visited Ebola virus-affected areas.
  • (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.
  • (HKJK) Nairobi will be closed daily between 2100-0300 on 1 April-1 April 2016.
  • (LCLK) Larnaca will be closed between 2045-0330 through 1 March.
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic:
    • Between 1600-2055 through 20 March.
    • Between 0755-0900 on 22 April.
    • Between 1500-1955 on 17 April-23 October.
    • Between 1100-2030 on 22-23 September.
  • (LTFJ) Sabiha Gokcen, Istanbul will be closed:
    • Between 2100-0300 on 6-15 April.
    • Between 2200-0200 on 4 May-1 October.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Cameroon) UVair supplier Air Total has limited fuel available. All remaining supply is being safeguarded for scheduled operators at Douala (FKKD); Garoua (FKKR); and Yaounde (FKYS). Those requiring fuel should tanker through until supplies can be replenished. Otherwise, you must submit a fuel release, advise volumes, and confirm in advance.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (FOOG) Port Gentil - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FTTC) Abeche - 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.
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  Israel
Suspected Israeli extremists have torched a Palestinian mosque in the West Bank and left Hebrew graffiti at the site. Jibreen al-Bakri, governor of the Bethlehem region, says the mosque in the village of Jabaa near Bethlehem was set alight at dawn Wednesday, damaging the mosque's walls and carpeted floor. Israeli TV showed footage of Hebrew graffiti on the walls that read "we want the redemption of Zion" and "revenge" alongside a Jewish Star of David.

  Nigeria
Suicide bombings at bus stations in two major commercial centers in northern Nigeria have killed at least 27 people, police and hospital sources say. A bomber first struck in Potiskum, and hours later a second attack took place in Kano, the main northern city. Hospital sources said 17 people were killed in Potiskum while police put the number of dead in Kano at 10. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan blamed militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the bombings.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Saudi Arabia - 24 February
U.S. citizens are urged to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia as there have been recent attacks and threats against U.S. citizens and other Western expatriates.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/saudi-arabia-travel-warning.html

Algeria - 24 February
U.S. citizens are warned against travel to the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/algeria-travel-warning.html

Chad - 26 February
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of travel to Chad and urged to avoid travel to all border regions, particularly those areas adjacent to Chad's eastern border and the Lake Chad region.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/chad-travel-warning.html

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Australia) Australia has imposed a temporary suspension on the processing of all visa applications from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea due to the EVD (Ebola Virus disease) outbreak. Australia is also canceling and refusing non-permanent or temporary visas held by anyone from the Ebola-affected countries who have yet to leave for Australia. Permanent visa holders from the affected countries are being required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period before departure to Australia. Visitors approved to travel to Australia will also face further screening and follow-up checks upon arrival. Australia has also temporarily suspended its humanitarian program in the affected countries.
  • (ALL - China) Due to the spread of the Ebola virus, China will conduct medical exams of passengers who have been in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 21 days. The quarantine department should be informed in advance about any passenger visiting these countries in the past 21 days. Crew members should be replaced if they have been to these countries in the past 21 days.
  • (ALL - Maldives) On-arrival visas will not be issued for travelers (including third-country nationals) from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Maldivians returning from Ebola-affected countries will be isolated for the 21-day incubation period of the disease. Commercial international airlines need to complete the declaration of health section for each flight.
  • (ALL - North Korea) Officials have banned foreign tourists over fears of Ebola. The ban applies to all entry ports and border crossings. All other visitors will reportedly be required to spend 21 days in government-supervised quarantine, regardless of their country of origin or point of departure.
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 (Marshall Islands) UVair supplier ExxonMobil advises that no ad hoc refueling is available during tanker replenishment period tentatively scheduled for 10-14 March.
  • (RPVM) Lapu-Lapu - UVair supplier Petron has resumed fueling normally.
  • (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.
  • (VTBD) Don Mueang International, Bangkok - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco provides international fuel while PTT offers domestic; both require a fuel release.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Pakistan - 24 February
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
  • (ALL - Denmark) Due to the Ebola virus outbreak, all arriving aircraft from foreign destinations must notify the local health service if persons on board are suffering from contagious diseases, or if there is any risk of other conditions that may lead to the spread of diseases.
  • (ALL - Greece) Due to the Ebola outbreak, all passengers and crew arriving from Africa must complete an incoming passenger card. If anyone onboard has traveled to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, or Nigeria, the center for disease control and prevention must be contacted for instructions.
  • (ALL - Italy) Due to the Ebola virus outbreak, all flights to/from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be required to complete a passenger locator card for all passengers/crew and retain the cards for at least 21 days. Cards shall be made available to the Ministry of Health.
  • (VARIOUS - Ukraine) Both Simferopol (UKFF) and Sevastopol (UKFB) airports are closed due to the political climate between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding Crimea.
  • (EGGW) London-Luton will be closed between 0001-0530 on 7-15 March.
  • (EGNH) Blackpool Airport has re-opened for small aircraft and helicopters.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (LIEO) Olbia will be closed for runway work on 2-7 March.
  • (LIPZ) Venice will be closed between 2230-0350 on 2-3 March.
  • (LSGG) Geneva will be closed between 2259-0459 through 28 March.
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) Operators must present an AOC (or other proof of exemption) to fuel with UVair supplier Air Total at Aix (LFMA), Laval (LFOV), and Le Mans (LFRM).
  • (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 operators planning tech stop refueling or early morning departures between 0500-0600 daily, should tanker in or fuel 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's into plane fueler at the GA ramp is Jet Aviation; at the commercial ramp it is IPS (Into Plane Service Pool). While Jet Aviation offers direct refueling at their ramp and accepts UVair card, fuel obtained there will be invoiced at handler's retail price, rather than UVair's GA or commercial rates through Air Total.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  France
Paris police were hunting on Tuesday for clues as to who carried out late night drone flights over at least five landmarks in the French capital, including the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde, and the Montparnasse tower, the tallest skyscraper in the French capital. The mysterious flyovers came after a series of drone sightings at French nuclear plants, and more recently over the presidential palace. The fresh sightings also come at a time of heightened security in Paris following last month's jihadist attacks that left 17 people dead.

  Spain
Spanish authorities on Tuesday announced the breakup of a ring dedicated to recruiting young women to join the Islamic State extremist group. This push by European nations is designed to stop citizens from traveling to Syria and Iraq and reduce the risk of them returning home to carry out terror attacks. Two suspected recruiters were arrested in the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla and two suspects accused of spreading IS propaganda online were detained in the northeastern cities of Barcelona and Girona, the Interior Ministry said.

  Ukraine
A bomb killed at least two people, including a police officer, and injured at least 10 more people at a rally in Ukraine's second city Kharkiv. The rally was one of several being held to mark a year since the Kiev uprising that led to the fall of pro-Russia leader Viktor Yanukovych. Security forces have detained four suspects in the attack, officials say. Kharkiv lies outside the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, where a ceasefire appears finally to be taking hold.

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
  • (ALL - Canada) New travel visas will not be issued to residents or citizens of countries with widespread and persistent Ebola transmission. The government has also stopped the processing of permanent residency visas for people from the affected countries.
  • (ALL - United States) All travelers from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali) will now travel through one of five major U.S. airports: Washington, D.C.-Dulles (KIAD); Chicago-O'Hare (KORD); New York-JFK (KJFK); Newark-Liberty (KEWR); and Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (KATL) to undergo an interview, temperature check, and additional protocols. All travelers returning from the affected countries will be monitored for 21 days.
  • (KHDI) Cleveland, TN - Hardwick Field has closed permanently.
Low/no fuel announcements

None for this region at publication time.

FAM global monitor security briefings

  United States
Southwest Airlines grounded 128 planes and canceled about 80 flights Tuesday after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails, the airline announced. The Boeing 737-700 jets were found to have overflown a required check. After discovering the missed inspection, the airline notified federal safety regulators and developed a plan to complete the overdue checks. The checks should take five days to complete, Southwest said.

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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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Antigua and Barbuda) All visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia are prohibited entry. Visas for travelers from these countries have been suspended. All passports are being reviewed to determine passenger travel history within six weeks prior to arrival. Precautions will be taken for anyone arriving from a country where the disease is endemic; anyone with symptoms will be placed in the quarantine facility for assessment. Anyone having contact with an Ebola patient or who has eaten bush meat will be placed under active surveillance for 21 days. If they have not been in contact with anyone with Ebola, they will be placed under passive surveillance. Authorities reserve the right to quarantine any returning resident or citizen.
  • (ALL - Belize) Officials have banned entry/visa issuance to nationals from Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria. Sierra Leone nationals, (no visa required) are also denied entry. Additionally, any travelers who have visited these countries in the past 30 days are also denied entry.
  • (ALL - Colombia) Any traveler who has visited Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, or Nigeria since 15 September will be denied entry due to the Ebola outbreak. This restriction applies to both Colombian nationals and foreigners. Visa applications will be denied under these restrictions as a preventative measure. Ebola virus disease (EVD) screenings will be conducted as needed and may cause travel delays.
  • (ALL - Dominican Republic) The government has banned entry to travelers who have been in the following countries in the past 30 days: Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria, as well as any countries that the World Health Organization has deemed to be affected by the Ebola virus.
  • (ALL - Guyana) Visas will not be issued to nationals from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Health officials will screens travelers who have visited these countries in the six weeks prior to arrival in Guyana.
  • (ALL - Haiti) Travelers who have been to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the past 28 days will be denied entry into Haiti. Travelers who have been to these countries more than 28 days before travel to Haiti must present a government-certified health certificate and the results of a blood test for the Ebola virus upon arrival.
  • (ALL - Jamaica) The government has imposed an entry ban for travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, as well as those who have visited these countries within the four weeks prior to their arrival. In addition, any Jamaican national who travels to the aforementioned countries will be quarantined for 28 days upon return to Jamaica.
  • (ALL - Panama) Officials have banned entry of travelers who have visited Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days prior to arrival. This ban will remain in place until these countries are declared Ebola-free.
  • (ALL - St. Kitts and Nevis) Officials have restricted the entry of nationals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Similar measures will also be applied to travelers who have visited these countries 21 days prior to travel.
  • (ALL - Saint Lucia) All visitors from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be denied entry to Saint Lucia until further notice. Visitors from Nigeria will be required to present a recent medical certificate, clearing them of the Ebola virus, in addition to a valid visa.
  • (ALL - St. Maarten) Visitors who have traveled to, from, or through Congo (DRC), Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 21 days prior to arrival will be denied entry, or transit through St. Maarten.
  • (ALL - St. Vincent and the Grenadines) A travel ban is in effect for nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea due to the Ebola virus and lack of medical resources to deal with a potential outbreak.
  • (ALL - Suriname) Officials have banned entry to foreign travelers who have been to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days prior to arrival, unless they can present an internationally recognized health certificate clearing them of the Ebola virus.
  • (ALL - Trinidad and Tobago) All visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be prohibited entry along with any persons who visited the affected countries in the last six weeks. Trinidad and Tobago residents who visited the affected countries in the past six weeks will be quarantined for a minimum period of 21 days.
  • (SABE) Buenos Aires will be closed between 0430-0730 on 3-31 March.
  • (SEGU) Guayaquil will be closed between 0500-0930 on 3-6 March.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed between 0600-1030 on 1 May through 15 June.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Peru) International refueling is available from UVair supplier Petroperu at (SPQT) Iquitos and (SPQU) Arequipa only with presentation of a provisional DUA (40) customs declaration document authorizing the exported supply.
  • (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.
  • (MRLM) Puerto Limon City - UVair supplier Recope has no fuel available.
  • (SCEL) Santiago - UVair supplier Petrobras GA fuels only at Ramp P and fuel truck capacity is only 10,000 liters. Those requiring larger volumes should fuel with Petrobras at the main apron hydrant.
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  Brazil
Truck drivers are blocking roads in a number of Brazilian states to protest the high cost of fuel and tolls. Deliveries of soya and corn to one of Brazil's main ports, Paranagua, have slowed. The protest has affected production in many rural areas and has led to localized shortages of fuel. Farmers in the main meat, soya bean, and milk producing regions of the country say their silos are full. The road leading to Brazil's busiest port, Santos, is one of those blocked. Police clashed with drivers, fired tear gas, and arrested seven people, but failed to clear access to the port.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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

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Updated Version of NBAA's 'Climb Via/Descend Via' Training Program Now Available
The NBAA Access Committee has updated its detailed tutorials on "climb via/descend via" and speed adjustments. Climb via and descend via are abbreviated air traffic control clearances that require compliance with the procedure's lateral path, associated speed restrictions, and altitude restrictions published on the SID or STAR.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/cns/pbn/climb-via/

New Wake Turbulence Spacing Procedures Will Increase Efficiency at Airports
Air traffic controllers are planning to squeeze more aircraft into the same skies surrounding some of the nation's busiest airports. Reduced spacing saves fuel and time, and increases capacity, all while reducing aircraft emissions.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/20150220-new-wake-turbulence-spacing-procedures-will-increase-efficiency-at-airports.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There is one tropical system at this time. T.C. Glenda is about 1,000 miles east of Madagascar moving toward the southwest at 7 knots with sustained winds of 55 knots.

VOLCANOES
Sakurajima, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 11,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 15 knots. Aso, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 5,000 feet to the surface moving toward the north at 5 knots. Colima, Mexico has an ash cloud from 25,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 25 knots. Popocatepetl, Mexico has an ash cloud from 27,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 25 knots. Klyuchevskoy, Russia has an ash cloud from 22,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 25 knots.

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

ASIA
No thunderstorms are expected across India and Sri Lanka as the dry season continues. A series of weak cold fronts pushing through northern and central Russia should produce snow across the region. A weak area of low pressure over central-eastern China should produce rain showers with snow showers for the higher elevations across the region. A cold front pushing through Japan should produce rain showers across the central and southern regions, and snow across the northern region. Also, snow can be expected across northeast Russia, including the Sakhalin peninsula.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorm activity continues across Indonesia and Indo-China. As the drier, winter season continues, the intensity and frequency of these storms should lessen and be confined to the southern regions. A cold front in the western North Pacific should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area. A strong cold front pushing through the Aleutian Islands should produce rain showers and snow showers across the region.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A weak area of low pressure over southwestern Australia could produce mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms over the next few days. A cold front approaching South Island, New Zealand should produce rain showers across the region.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in the western North Atlantic should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A deep area of low pressure over Iceland should move slowly across the region through the weekend. Rain showers and gusty winds may be possible, especially along coastal areas. A cold front approaching Scandinavia should produce rain showers across the region. The front also extends into northern France and Germany where rain showers and fog are likely. Dense fog, especially in the early morning hours, may be possible over the next few days across coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Rain showers may be possible along a frontal boundary from Poland southward into the Balkan States.

NORTH AMERICA
Snow showers can be expected from the Ohio Valley eastward to southern New England as a weak frontal boundary moves across the region. A stationary frontal boundary along the eastern side of the Rockies should produce snow mainly across Colorado and eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. A cold front pushing through the Deep South should produce rain showers from Arkansas eastward across Tennessee and northern Louisiana and Mississippi. A weak frontal boundary over the Pacific Northwest should produce snow across the higher elevations of Washington. Low pressure off the coast of northeastern Canada should produce snow across northern Newfoundland.

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

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