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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ
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World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) is an easy process assuming correct documentation is provided. For business aircraft operators traveling to Japan, best practice is to work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler in advance to confirm all documentation and visa requirements...
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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Airport slots will be one of the larger concerns for business aircraft operators traveling to St. Petersburg (ULLI) during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) period (May 22-24, 2014), and full instructions on when airport slots will be processed won't be known until the...
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World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

All General Aviation (GA) operators traveling to Brazil during the World Cup period should obtain Brazilian domestic operating permits. Domestic permits are needed when making more than one stop in country, and you'll likely require a second stop in order to reposition...
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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.
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.
  • (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

  Nigeria
Heavily armed men have kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria's Borno state and torched the surrounding town, one day after a deadly bombing in the African state's capital. No one claimed responsibility for Tuesday's kidnapping, but officials suspect fighters of the armed group Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden." The attackers killed a soldier and police officer guarding the school, then took off with at least 100 students, a State Security Service official said. Some of the girls managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Sudan – 10 April
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of traveling to Sudan and urged to avoid all travel to the Darfur region of Sudan, the Blue Nile, and Southern Kordofan states.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/sudan-travel-warning.html

Chad – 15 April
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of travel to Chad and urged to avoid travel to eastern Chad and border regions.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/chad-travel-warning.html

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (All - Myanmar) The CAA will be closed through 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)
  • (NZAA) Auckland - ChevronTexaco remains unable to provide fuel for any non-scheduled or ad hoc/charter flights through 24 April.
  • (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

  South Korea
At least 295 people are still unaccounted for as efforts continue to rescue passengers aboard a South Korean ferry that sank off the country's south-west coast on Wednesday morning. Officials said 164 of the ship's 476 passengers have been rescued. The South Korean coast guard confirmed two dead, but there were fears that many passengers may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank. Dozens of coastguard and navy vessels were battling to rescue passengers, including 325 high school pupils and their teachers.

  China
China's air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the U.S. A team from Texas, California, and Washington State has found that pollution from Asia, much of it arising in China, is leading to more intense cyclones, increased precipitation, and more warm air in the mid-Pacific moving toward the North Pole. According to the team's findings, which were released on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these changes could ultimately contribute to erratic weather in the U.S.

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

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).
  • (VARIOUS - Macedonia) UVair supplier Makpetrol's main fuel office will be closed from 18-21 April. Fuel is available to UVair cardholders 24/7 at Ohrid (LWOH) and Skopje (LWSK). However, customers with no UVair card must pre-arrange fueling before 1500 LT on 17 April.
  • (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 as UVair's supplier.
  • (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).
  • (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
Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war. Seven armored personnel carriers bearing the Ukrainian flag rumbled into the mainly Russian-speaking town in a show of force against Moscow-backed gunmen who have occupied public buildings in 10 eastern towns and cities in the last week. The attempt by the Kiev government to re-assert control slowly without bloodshed came on the eve of four-power talks in Geneva on Thursday at which the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers will meet for the first time in the presence of the United States and the European Union.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Ukraine – 16 April
U.S. citizens are warned to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine, specifically the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula and on the eastern border of Ukraine.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/ukraine-travel-warning.html

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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (CYXD) Edmonton City Centre airport has closed permanently.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (ALL - Mexico) ASA's main fueling office for Mexico will be closed through Monday morning on 21 April. UVair customers who have pre-arranged fuel will have no trouble fueling; those who have not made arrangements will not be allowed to fuel.
  • (KPNC) Ponca City, OK - No fuel is available due to the airport being closed until 23 April.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Mexico
Police in Colombia have arrested an operative from Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel who was attempting to buy cocaine laboratories from Colombia's FARC rebels, in another sign the cartel is extending its reach. Hector Manuel Coronel Castillo, also known as "Rincon," was captured following a six-month undercover operation in the Colombian city of Cali, and allegedly moved around the country administering the Mexican cartel's business. Castillo was responsible for sending at least 10 tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico over the past year, police said, with help from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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
  • (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.
  • (SUMU) Montevideo - UVair supplier Petrobras Uruguay has limited fuel supplies. Unless confirmed in advance, expect no fuel through 21 April.
  • (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.
  • (TVSV) St. Vincent (Kingstown) - UVair supplier Sol Petroleum is experiencing a fuel shortage. Verify fuel requirements in advance.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Colombia – 14 April
U.S. citizens are warned about the security situation in Colombia due to violence linked to narco-trafficking that continues to affect some rural areas and parts of large cities.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/colombia-travel-warning.html

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NBAA update briefs

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Bolen Corrects New York Times' Negative Caricature of Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen again challenged a major newspaper's negative portrayal of business aviation, this time in a recent opinion piece from a New York Times columnist.
http://www.nbaa.org/news/letters/20140404-new-york-times.php

Fitness for Duty Vital to Successful Business Aviation Operations
Ensuring fitness for duty – physically, mentally, emotionally, and cognitively – is one of the most important aspects of a pilot's job, and so crucial that NBAA's Safety Committee has listed it among its Top Safety Focus Areas.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/20140414-fitness-for-duty-vital-to-successful-business-aviation-operations.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are no active tropical systems at this time.

VOLCANOES
Dukono, located in Indonesia, is producing an ash cloud up to 7,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the southeast at 25 knots. Ubinas, located in Peru, is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 32,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the east at only 3 knots. Finally, ash associated with Sheveluch extends up to 13,000 feet and is moving toward the south at 25 knots. Sheveluch is located on the Kamchatka peninsula.

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 50,000 feet can be expected over the central portion of the continent, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.

ASIA
A weak area of low pressure over southern China will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 44,000 feet, mainly during the afternoon and evening. A storm system over southeastern Mongolia will produce an area of light to moderate snow. A weak surface trough will trigger a few showers from Korea eastward into Japan. Patchy early morning fog is also possible across portions of Korea. A 100 knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from eastern China eastward into the Pacific. A 110 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from west to east across northern China and will produce occasional moderate turbulence.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet can be expected across most of Indochina, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Clusters of thunderstorms with max tops to 49,000 feet can be expected across most of Indonesia. A 140 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from west to east across the central and eastern Pacific. Occasional moderate turbulence will accompany this feature. Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet are likely across a small portion of the southwestern North Pacific in association with a weak surface trough.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A concentrated area of thunderstorms with max tops to 50,000 feet can be expected along and just off the northern coast. A cold front moving into the extreme southeast portion of Australia will produce a few showers along with moderate low-level turbulence. Deep low pressure centered over northern New Zealand will produce rain showers along with isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 33,000 feet across all of New Zealand, along with gusty winds resulting in occasional moderate low-level turbulence. A 130 knot jet core at 33,000 feet extends from west to east, but remains well south of Australia.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
Low pressure over the northern North Atlantic will produce snow across portions of eastern Greenland. The associated cold front will trigger rain and snow to the north and isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 38,000 feet farther south over the western North Atlantic. Low pressure in the vicinity of the Azores will produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 32,000 feet. A 150 knot jet core at 33,000 feet extends from just east of Newfoundland northeastward to just north of Iceland before turning back southeastward toward northern Norway. Moderate to occasional severe turbulence will accompany the jet core. Another jet core at 40,000 feet with max speeds of 100 knots extends from west to east off the northwest African coast. Occasional moderate turbulence will accompany this feature. Low pressure over the Black sea and its associated cold front will produce occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 30,000 feet, extending southwestward into southern Greece. Another storm system over northern Scandinavia will produce rain, freezing rain, and snow. Low pressure over western Russia will produce mainly snow across that region. A cold front pushing into eastern Russia will produce an area of snow showers.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front moving across the central U.S. is producing mainly rain showers with a small area of isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 38,000 feet over the southern Plains. A storm system moving into the northwest U.S. will produce rain showers and moderate low-level turbulence. Snow is likely farther north along the central Canadian coast. High pressure dominates most of central Canada where patchy morning fog is likely. A developing area of low pressure will produce a more concentrated area of thunderstorms with tops up to 45,000 feet over the central and eastern Gulf of Mexico. A 90 knot jet core at 33,000 feet extends from the central Great Lakes region northeastward across eastern Canada. A 100 knot jet core at 35,000 feet extends from northwest to southern across the northern Plains and will produce occasional light to moderate turbulence.

SOUTH AMERICA
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet can be expected from southern Brazil northward to the northern Venezuela and Colombia. Low pressure will produce an additional area of isolated thunderstorms over northern Argentina. A cold front will trigger additional thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet over northern Argentina. Low pressure over southern Argentina and its associated cold front will produce rain showers along with gusty winds and occasional moderate low-level turbulence across the region. A 120 knot jet core at 37,000 feet extends from central Argentina southeastward and will produce occasional moderate turbulence. Patchy morning fog is likely across a small portion of southeastern Brazil and northeastern Argentina.

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