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Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Airport Operations

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Airport Operations
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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 2 – Setting Up Pre-Clearance

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 2 – Setting Up Pre-Clearance
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Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations
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Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Food Safety

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Food Safety
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Airport Operations

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Airport Operations

While short operations to Venezuela are easier today than they have been, due to the ability to conduct permit-free operations to the country for up to 72 hours, there are still potential challenges to be aware of. It's important to work closely with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler when planning any flight to Venezuela...
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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 2 – Setting Up Pre-Clearance

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 2 – Setting Up Pre-Clearance

Now that you understand the U.S. pre-clearance basics at Shannon, Ireland (EINN), there are general guidelines to be aware of when setting up U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance at EINN. Talk with your ground handler – they'll walk you through...
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Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has become even more popular as a business and tourism destination over recent years. If you have a trip to this beautiful and culturally inspiring part of the world, it's something to look forward to. Barcelona (LEBL) is an...
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Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Food Safety

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Food Safety

Flight attendants are responsible for many aspects of a flight, and one of those responsibilities is in-flight catering. One of the most important aspects of in-flight catering is food safety, which is critical to the well-being of both the passengers and crew...
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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 - All French air operations have been suspended due to conflict in Israel and Gaza between 1615-1615 through 24 July. Tel Aviv will also 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 has limited fuel supplies at Sulaymaniyah (ORSU) and at Erbil (ORER). 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 resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (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 resumed fueling as normal.
  • (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
U.S. and European airlines have grounded flights to Israel after a plane was diverted when a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an advisory banning American airlines from flying to Tel Aviv for 24 hours after Delta, US Airways and United Airline all canceled services to Israel. EasyJet, Air France, Dutch airline KLM, and Germany's Lufthansa were among European carriers which later announced they had followed suit. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued a "strong recommendation" to airlines to avoid Tel Aviv airport until further notice.

  Nigeria
A raid on an army base in northeast Nigeria and massacres of civilians in nearby villages during the weekend have left Boko Haram free to move unopposed in a strategic garrison town, witnesses and security sources said. A Red Cross official who fled the town of Damboa said 50 people were killed in the attacks on the town and six surrounding villages. The violence also drove out 15,000 civilians, the highest number recorded in such a short time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Yemen – 21 July
U.S. citizens are warned of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest. U.S. citizens are urged to defer travel to Yemen and those living there should depart.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/yemen-travel-warning.html

Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza – 21 July
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/israel-travel-warning.html

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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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 and 9 August 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

  China
Flights to and from Shanghai International Airport and 11 others in east China are facing major delays until mid-August due to military exercises. A statement by Beijing's public security bureau did not give any details about the "large-scale" military exercises. It said flights would be affected from 20 July to 15 August.

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.
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.
  • (EKVG) Vagar - UVair supplier Statoil has limited fuel supplies; advise volume and confirm in advance.
  • (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.
  • (LFLL) Lyon-Saint-Exupery - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available. At Lyon-Bron (LFLY) and Saint-Etienne-Boutheon (LFMH), fuel supplies are limited; requests are honored case-by-case so advise volume requirements.
  • (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

  France
The French capital braced Wednesday for a fresh protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza after similar rallies ended in violence and looting, raising concerns in the Jewish community about anti-Semitism. The government had decided to authorize Wednesday's protest in Paris after a ban on weekend rallies failed to deter protesters.

  Ukraine
Pro-Russia separatists who are believed to have used the "Buk" anti-aircraft missile system to shoot down a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine probably needed Russian assistance to operate it, senior U.S. officials said Friday. The Russian-designed missile system, also known as an SA-11, "is a sophisticated piece of technology, and it strains credulity to think that it could be used by separatists without at least some measure of Russian support and technical assistance," Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Russian Federation – 22 July
U.S. citizens in Russia are alerted to the ongoing tensions along the border with Ukraine and the potential for increased clashes between pro-Russian groups and Ukrainian forces.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/russia-travel-alert-events-in-ukraine.html

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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings

None for this region at publication time.

Low/no fuel announcements
  • (MMTO) Toluca-Mexico City - UVavemex's fuel truck has resumed service. Both ASA and UVavemex are fueling normally.
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
  • (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.
  • (MROC) San Jose will be closed between 0530-1030 on 19 September-25 October.
  • (SBBR) Brasilia will be closed daily between 1000-1300 and 2100-0000 through 3 September.
  • (SBCF) Belo Horizonte will be closed between 0600-0800 on 4-15 August.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 on 1 September-10 October.
  • (TJBQ) Aguadilla will be closed between 1730-2230 on 24 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

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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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.

As FAA Plans Integration of UAS, NBAA Closely Monitors, Coordinates With Government
The FAA said it expects that by August 31 it will take the first step toward codifying the agency's five-year phased plan to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/20140718-as-federal-aviation-administration-plans-initial-integration-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems-nbaa-closely-monitors-coordinates-with-government.php

NextGen: What Does It Mean for Business Aviation?
Steve Brown, NBAA's chief operating officer, has a unique perspective on the ongoing transition of the nation's aviation system to a satellite-based Next Generation (NextGen) system, having previously served as the FAA's vice president of operations planning and associate administrator for air traffic services.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/20140717-nextgen-what-does-it-mean-for-business-aviation.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are two tropical systems at this time. Typhoon Matmo is about 100 miles west of Taipei, Taiwan moving toward the northwest at 7 knots with sustained winds of 65 knots. T.D. 2 is about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic Ocean moving toward the west at 15 knots with sustained winds of 30 knots.

VOLCANOS
Ubinas, Peru has an ash cloud from 22,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 20 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 continues. A deep area of low pressure and its associated cold front should move slowly through central Russia producing rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. Low pressure over southeastern China could produce rain showers across the region. A stationary frontal boundary extending from northeast Russia to northern Japan should produce rain showers and isolated 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. High pressure dominates the central North Atlantic. A series of weak cold fronts pushing through Alaska should produce rain showers and fog across the area through the weekend.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A cold front approaching southeastern Australia could produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. High pressure building over New Zealand should keep seasonal temperatures and pleasant conditions across the area through the weekend.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front south of Greenland should produce rain showers across the region. A cold front in the southern North Atlantic should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front approaching the U.K. should keep rain showers, gusty winds and isolated thunderstorms in the forecast through tomorrow. Unsettled conditions should produce mainly afternoon thunderstorms across the Baltic States, Greece, and Italy. A weak area of low pressure over Scandinavia could produce rain showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms across the region.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front approaching the East Coast of the U.S. should produce rain showers and thunderstorms from Maine to the Carolinas. Hot and humid conditions should persist from southeast Texas eastward into the Deep South. Rain showers and thunderstorms may be possible across the area. A weak disturbance over the central plains could produce mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Low pressure over the Pacific Northwest should keep rain chances in the forecast through Saturday. A cold front pushing through the Canadian Maritimes should produce rain showers across the region.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A stationary frontal boundary over northern Argentina and southeastern Brazil should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. Low pressure over southern Chile/Argentina should produce rain showers and gusty winds across the region.

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