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Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops
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Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations
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Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements
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Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1:
Airport Ops

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Kona Int.'l (PHKO) is a popular airport for business aircraft operators as both a final destination and a tech stop. While this location is straightforward in terms of ease of operations and parking/services availability, you may encounter limited availability of hotel accommodations and rental vehicles, depending on...
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Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways:
Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

For business aircraft operators, there are a number of particular hazards associated with snow and snow accumulation. Best practice is to take advantage of all available forecasting tools to "know before you go...
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business aircraft traffic to South Africa has increased in recent years. While airport and aircraft service options are generally good in this part of the world, it's always best to provide your 3rd-party provider and ground handler with as much advance notification as possible. In addition, you need to ensure you have all required documentation...
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Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada:
Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Advances in avionics and Air Traffic Control (ATC) flight data processing systems are making it possible to reduce lateral separation within the busy North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). Current Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS) airspace will soon be modified to increase...
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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.
    • Between 0045-0130 on 1 April-28 June.
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic:
    • Between 1600-2055 on 23 January-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-10 October.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (FGBT) Bata - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FKKD) Douala - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FKYS) Yaounde - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (FOOG) Port Gentil - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FTTC) Abeche - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FTTJ) N'Djamena - Libya Oil has limited fuel and is not at its maximum production capacity; fuel is limited to a maximum of 10,000 liters per uplift.
  • (FQPB) Pemba - UVair supplier Dequamerel, into plane fueling by Petromoc, has resumed fueling as normal.
  • (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
At least 10 people have been injured on a bus in central Tel Aviv in a knife attack by a Palestinian man, who was then shot and arrested while trying to escape. The terrorist incident occurred on a bus crowded with morning rush-hour commuters. Of the 10 people admitted to hospital, two were seriously injured and four were treated for trauma. According to Israeli police, the man boarded the bus on Menachem Begin Road and stabbed the driver in the chest after the vehicle had travelled about 400 meters from the stop.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Iran - 16 January
U.S. citizens are warned to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/iran-travel-warning.html

Libya - 20 January
U.S. citizens are warned against all travel to Libya and those currently there should depart immediately.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/libya-travel-warning.html

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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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 - Brunei) CAA will be closed on 19-23 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - China) CAA will be closed on 18-24 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (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 - Hong Kong) CAA will be closed on 19-22 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - Indonesia) CAA will be closed on 19-22 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - Macao) CAA will be closed on 18-23 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (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 - Malaysia) CAA will be closed on 19-22 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (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.
  • (ALL - Philippines) CAA will be closed on 19 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - Singapore) CAAS will be closed on 19-22 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - South Korea) CAA will be closed on 18-22 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - Taiwan) CAA will be closed on 18-23 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (ALL - Vietnam) CAA will be closed on 18-22 February. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (VRMM) Male will be closed between 2200-0100 through 31 January.
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 is unable to provide ad-hoc fueling during monthly tanker replenishment, tentatively scheduled for 2-6 February.
  • (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) Bangkok - ChevronTexaco will only provide international fuel. UVair supplier PTT provides domestic fuel at VTBD and requires a fuel release.
  • (YMML) Melbourne - UVair suppliers ChevronTexaco and ExxonMobil are unable to fuel until stocks resume as normal around 26 January. UVair can arrange ad-hoc refueling through Shell, at retail price.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (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.
  • (LIML) Milan-Linate will be closed between 2315-0430 on 23-24 January.
  • (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 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
Four men with ties to one of the gunmen responsible for three days of terror in Paris are the first to be charged in connection with the attacks that left 20 people dead, including three attackers. Paris prosecutor François Molins said the men were handed preliminary charges overnight of association with terrorism. They are suspected of providing logistical support to Amedy Coulibaly, who shot dead a police officer on the outskirts of Paris and then killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket.

  Germany
Police in Germany have raided more than a dozen homes under the suspicion of acts of terrorism. According to reports on Tuesday, approximately 200 German police officers stormed the premises in search of evidence against two Turkish men arrested on suspicion of recruiting militants and procuring equipment and funding for the ISIL terrorist group in Syria. According to police, no one was arrested in the raids on 13 locations in Germany's capital, Berlin, the neighboring city of Potsdam, and the eastern state of Thuringia.

  United Kingdom
Heavy snowfall overnight has caused disruption across parts of the country and forced a major airport to temporarily close. Yorkshire appears to have been worst hit, with morning commuters facing difficult driving conditions. Leeds Bradford airport closed due to the snowfall but staff have told passengers to arrive as normal.

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

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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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.
  • (SBCF) Belo Horizonte will be closed between 0120-0720 on 25 January through 8 February.
  • (SBEG) Manaus will be closed between 2105-2205 through 30 January.
  • (SEGU) Guayaquil will be closed between 0500-0930 on 3-6 March.
  • (TNCA) Oranjestad (Aruba Island) will be closed daily between 0400-1100 through 31 January.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Peru) Only domestic refueling is available through UVair supplier Petroperu (when next destination is within Peru). This includes (SPQT) Iquitos, (SPQU) Arequipa, (SPSO) Pisco, (SPST) Tarapoto, (SPTN) Tacna, (SPYL) Talara, and (SPZO) Cusco. UVair supplier Repsol Peru is fueling normally at (SPIM) Lima.
  • (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.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Brazil
Brazilian professional surfer Ricardo dos Santos has died after being gunned down by a police officer outside his house. The 24-year-old was attacked on Monday near the city of Florianopolis after he confronted the off-duty police officer and his brother. Witness reports suggest he was killed after getting into an argument with the men. Police officer Luis Brentano, 25, is under arrest on suspicion of murder. He claims he acted in self-defense after dos Santos threatened him with a knife and tried to attack him.

  Colombia
Wherever reporter Daniel Mejia Lozano goes, he wears a bullet-proof vest and has a government-financed bodyguard. Mejia's dress code is becoming more commonplace for investigative journalists in Colombia, as threats against reporters in this country rise. Colombia's Ombudsman office reported 93 journalists were threatened from January to August 2014, more than double the 42 reported cases during the same period in 2013.

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

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NBAA Meets With FAA to Address Cockpit Voice Recorder Concerns
NBAA recently met with the FAA Chief Counsel's Office to discuss several issues, including a recent interpretation regarding cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) that has caused concern among Part 135 operators.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/part135/20150113-nbaa-meets-with-federal-aviation-administration-officials-to-address-cockpit-voice-recorder-concerns.php

FAA Requests Pilot Feedback on LED Lighting at Airports
The FAA is seeking input from pilots about their experience with Light Emitting Diode (LED) airport/heliport lighting during the approach, landing, taxiing, and take-off phases of flight.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/20150116-federal-aviation-administration-requests-pilot-feedback-on-led-lighting-at-airports.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There is only one active tropical cyclone at this time. Tropical Cyclone Niko is located over the South Pacific about 80 miles northeast of Tahiti with maximum winds of 50 knots. Niko is moving toward the southeast at 10 knots.

VOLCANOES
Dukono, located in Indonesia, is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 10,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the southeast at 10 knots. Soputan, also located in Indonesia, is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 12,000 feet. The ash is also moving toward the southeast at 10 knots. Bagana, located in New Guinea, has also become active and is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 9,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the south at 5 knots. Mt. Shiveluch, located on the Kamchatka Peninsula, is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 22,000 feet with movement toward the northeast at 35 knots.

AFRICA
A cold front associated with low pressure over Italy will extend southward into central Egypt and Algeria. Gusty wind along with occasional moderate turbulence can be expected along the front. Isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops of 50,000 feet can be expected over the central and southern portion of the continent. A 120-knot jet core at 40,000 feet will extend from west to east across northern Africa and will produce occasional moderate turbulence.

ASIA
A cold front stretching southward into northwestern China will produce a band of snow along with moderate, low-level turbulence. High pressure will dominate most of central and eastern China, resulting in late night and early morning fog. A 140-knot jet core at 40,000 feet will extend from northern India eastward across southern and eastern China. Occasional moderate turbulence will accompany the jet core.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 47,000 feet can be expected over the southern Philippines in association with a weak surface trough. Additional clusters of thunderstorms with maximum tops up to 50,000 feet can be expected across most of Indonesia, extending southward into northern Australia. A deep area of low pressure centered well east of Japan will produce rain showers and strong surface winds. Isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 40,000 feet can be expected along the associated cold front. Low pressure, developing along a cold front centered well north of Hawaii, will produce rain showers along with isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 42,000 feet. The cold front will continue northward into deep low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska. A 180-knot jet core at 40,000 feet will extend from just east of China northeastward over the western North Pacific. Occasional moderate to severe turbulence can be expected along the jet core. A 130-knot jet core will extend from southwest to northeast over the eastern North Pacific and will also generate occasional moderate turbulence.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A cold front extends northwestward across southeastern Australia and will produce isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 40,000 feet. Additional isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 48,000 feet can be expected along the northern and northeastern portion of the continent. High pressure over New Zealand will allow for patchy late night and early morning fog across the area. A 130-knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from the southeastern tip of Australia southeastward and will produce occasional moderate turbulence.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
Low pressure over the western North Atlantic and its associated cold front will produce isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 38,000 feet. A strong cold front pushing into the U.K. will produce occasional rain showers along with strong surface winds, resulting in occasional moderate turbulence. High pressure will dominate most of central Europe and will result in widespread dense fog across the area. A large area of low pressure centered over southern Italy will produce rain showers along with isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 30,000 feet across a large portion of the central and eastern Mediterranean Sea. A weaker area of low pressure over western Russia will produce widespread snow across the area. Farther east, high pressure will remain over central Russia, resulting in areas of dense fog. Low pressure and its associated cold front over eastern Russia will produce widespread snow. A 130-knot jet core at 35,000 feet will extend from west to east over the western North Atlantic. Moderate turbulence can be expected along this feature. A 140-knot jet core will extend from the northwestern North Atlantic northeastward to just south of Greenland before turning southeast again. Occasional moderate turbulence can be expected along this jet core.

NORTH AMERICA
Low pressure over southeastern Canada and its associated cold front will produce areas of snow along with occasional, moderate low-level turbulence. A stronger storm system centered over the Gulf of Alaska will spread rain into the coastal areas of Alaska, Canada, and the northwestern U.S. The precipitation will change to snow farther inland. Farther south, low pressure developing along the central Gulf Coast will produce rain inland and isolated thunderstorms with maximum tops to 44,000 feet along the coast and over the northern Gulf. Deep low pressure over the western North Atlantic will produce strong winds and snow over eastern Newfoundland. The strong surface winds will result in occasional moderate, low-level turbulence. Patchy fog will be possible across eastern Canada where high pressure will dominate. Areas of late night and early morning fog will also be possible over the west-central U.S. A 130-knot jet core at 35,000 feet will extend from the Pacific southeastward across the northwestern U.S. and will produce occasional moderate turbulence. A 120-knot jet core will extend from southeastern Texas eastward into Florida at 40,000 feet. Occasional moderate turbulence can also be expected along this jet core.

SOUTH AMERICA
Clusters of thunderstorms with maximum tops to 49,000 feet can be expected over the central and northern portion of the continent. A weak surface trough will trigger additional thunderstorms with maximum tops to 44,000 feet over northern Argentina. Patchy morning fog will be possible along the coast of Brazil. Jet cores will remain well south of the continent.

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