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Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs
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Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider
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Business Aircraft Operation to Guam – Tips and Best Practices

Business Aircraft Operation to Guam – Tips and Best Practices
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

While Venezuela is a straightforward operating environment from the flight planning perspective, there are unique considerations to be mindful of in this operating arena. If you have unpaid navigation (nav) fees, for example, your outbound flight plan will not be accepted by Venezuelan authorities...
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Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Additional planning and operational considerations come into play when ferrying aircraft – especially if you're ferrying under an experimental permit. The goal of any business aviation trip is a seamless experience. Any oversight in terms of permits, arranging parking, and ferrying aircraft between airports can prove costly or cause a trip to be delayed...
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Business Aircraft Operation to Guam – Tips and Best Practices

Business Aircraft Operation to Guam – Tips and Best Practices

Guam, the largest island in Micronesia, is an organized unincorporated territory of the U.S. and one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government. Business aircraft operators planning to fly to Guam need to be aware of certain operating considerations and paperwork requirements in order to ensure a smooth mission to this location. The following...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (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 through at least 31 August.
  • (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) Through 21 November, officials are prohibiting entry of any foreign non-resident who has visited any country affected by the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus in the last 30 days.
  • (ALL - Cote d'Ivoire) Commercial airliners are prohibited from carrying passengers from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria to Cote d'Ivoire due to the Eobla virus outbreak. All passengers will have their temperature checked upon arrival from any destination.
  • (ALL - Senegal) Departures and arrivals from Senegal to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are prohibited due to the Ebola virus outbreak.
  • (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 - 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 due to the Ebola outbreak.
  • (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.
  • (HECA) Cairo - All inbound traffic departing from Libyan airports is not permitted through 20 September.
  • (LCLK) Larnaca will be closed between 2100-2300 on 28 August.
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic:
    • Between 1500-1955 on 29 August.
    • Sundays-Fridays between 0150-0700 and 1100-1500 through 27 October.
    • Between 0600-1200 on 28 November.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (DNKN) Kano - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria has limited fuel available. Advise volumes required and confirm availability in advance.
  • (DNMM) Lagos - UVair supplier MRS OIL is prone to stock-outs. Advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (FGBT) Bata - 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.
  • (FZWA) Mbuji-Mayi - UVair supplier Cobil requires 48 hours' notice to arrange fuel; advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance.
  • (GUCY) Conakry - 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.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Kenya
One suspect has been killed and eight others arrested in connection with the recent fighting between the Degodia and Garre communities in Mandera. County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo said three people died as a result of the conflict, including the suspect who was shot by the military. The suspect was found with an AK-47 rifle with 28 rounds of ammunition. In addition, 11 people were injured.

  Djibouti
Djiboutian President Ismael Omar Guelleh was not injured in a shooting that left three people wounded at the Horn of Africa country's main airport. Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said a Republican Guard member is under arrest after the incident in which Guelleh's personal physician, Idris Abdi Gala, was shot three times. The shooting took place shortly after Guelleh left the airport. He is attending a regional summit in neighboring Ethiopia.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - China) China CAA office will be closed on 6-8 September due to public holidays. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing.
  • (NTAA) Papeete - Only runway will be closed for scheduled arrivals and departures between 1800-0330 through 10 January 2015.
  • (WSSL) Seletar, Singapore will be closed daily between 1600-1800 through 29 August.
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)
  • (RCSS) Songshan, Taipei - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco is unable to provide over-wing refueling.
  • (RPVM) Lapu-Lapu - UVair supplier Petron has no fuel available. Operators should divert to Manila (RPLL) while Mactan fuel depot is out of service for repairs and maintenance through end of August.
  • (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

  Australia
New counter-terrorism units working at Australia's two largest airports have intercepted a person of interest. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the new units operating at Sydney and Melbourne Airports would soon be introduced at all Australian international airports to monitor the movements of travelers on security watch lists. Biometric screening of passengers will also be introduced at all airports.

  Malaysia
Malaysian police arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts at a factory run by JCY International, a Malaysian firm that makes parts for electronic giants, including Samsung, Hitachi, and Western Digital. The riot in the southern industrial hub of Johor state on Tuesday was an attempt to draw attention to the poor working conditions for the four million foreign workers. Workers have accused the firm of negligence after an employee at a nearby JCY factory died last Thursday after complaining of chest pains.

  South Korea
A massive data breach in South Korea has exposed the personal information of 27 million individuals, roughly 72 percent of the population. The police arrested 16 individuals, who are suspected of trading 220 million records containing personal information on people ages 15-65. It appears that the data was collected from website registrations for online games and other types of online services. Online gaming is a huge industry and pastime in South Korea.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (VARIOUS - Ukraine) Both Simferopol (UKFF) and Sevastopol (UKFB) airports are closed due to the political climate between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding Crimea.
  • (EDDB) Berlin will be closed:
    • Between 0400-2000 through 2 September.
    • Between 2230-0320 on 2-3 September.
    • Between 2230-0300 on 8-9 September.
    • Between 2230-0320 on 9-10 September.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (LIML) Linate, Milan will be closed to all traffic through 5 September.
  • (LIRN) Naples will be closed daily between 2100-0400 through 31 August.
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).
  • (EGCN) Doncaster-Sheffield - UVair supplier Conoco Phillips is unable to provide fuel. Fuel credit is available through the handler Weston Aviation.
  • (EGNT) Newcastle - UVair supplier Conoco Phillips is unable to provide fuel at the commercial ramp. Air BP continues to fuel normally at the GA ramp.
  • (EGNV) Darlington-Teesside - Fuel credit is available through the handler Weston Aviation while Conoco Phillips is not fueling.
  • (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.
  • (LFRH) Lorient - UVair supplier Air Total advises that the airport will be closed for runway maintenance through 31 August.
  • (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

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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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (MMPR) Puerto Vallarta will be closed between 0630-1100 on 28 August.
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.
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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.
  • (MROC) San Jose will be closed daily between 0530-1030 on 19 September-25 October.
  • (SABE) Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires will be closed between 0430-0730 on 28 August and 2-30 September.
  • (SBBE) Belem will be closed between 1200-1500 through 6 September.
  • (SBBR) Brasilia will be closed daily between 1000-1300 and 2100-0000 through 3 September.
  • (SBCF) Belo Horizonte will be closed between 0200-0900 on 3-9 September and between 0901-2359 on 3 September through 14 November.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 on 1 September-10 October.
  • (SPIM) Lima will be closed between 0640-1030 on 1-6 September.
  • (TNCA) Oranjestad will be closed due to an emergency exercise on 1235-1430 on 9 September and daily between 0400-1100 through 1 October.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (ALL - Peru) Only domestic refueling is available through UVair supplier Petroperu (when next destination is within Peru). This includes (SPHI) Chiclayo, (SPQT) Iquitos, (SPQU) Arequipa, (SPRU) Trujillo, (SPSO) Pisco, (SPST) Tarapoto, (SPTN) Tacna, (SPYL) Talara, and (SPZO) Cusco. At (SPIM) Lima, UVair supplier Repsol Peru is fueling normally.
  • (MGGT) Guatemala City - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco, fueling on the east and military ramps from 0900-1600 LT, requires a minimum of 24 hours' notice. Outside these hours, or with less than 24 hours' notice, fueling will be on the south international ramp.
  • (SVMI) Caracas - UVair fuel provider PDVSA/Petroleo expects fueling delays of up to 90 minutes due to limited fuel trucks and personnel serving the GA area. GA operators should fuel on arrival to avoid delays at departure. Consider diverting to Barcelona (SVBC), Willemstad (TNCC), or Aruba (TNCA) if these delays are unacceptable.
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.

NBAA, Others Call for Action on Third-Class Medical Exemption
NBAA recently joined with other aviation stakeholders in calling for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to expedite its review of an FAA notice of proposed rulemaking to reform the third-class medical certification requirement.
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/personnel/medical/20140825-nbaa-others-call-for-action-on-third-class-medical-exemption.php

NBAA Encourages Aircraft Management Companies to Provide Feedback on FET Audits
The IRS has become more aggressive in federal excise tax (FET) audits, and auditors have been assessing the 7.5 percent FET on a variety of non-commercial managed flight operations, including flights conducted by aircraft owners under Part 91.
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/federal/fet/management-fees/20140821-survey.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are two tropical systems at this time. Tropical Storm Maria is about 820 miles southwest of Punta Eugenia, Mexico moving toward the northwest at 5 knots with sustained winds of 60 knots. Hurricane Cristobal is about 300 miles northwest of Bermuda moving toward the northeast at 25 knots with sustained winds of 80 knots.

VOLCANOS
Ubinas, Peru has an ash cloud from 21,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southeast at 10 knots. Sakurajima, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 6,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 5 knots. Tungurahua, Ecuador has an ash cloud from 28,000 feet to the surface moving toward the west at 15 knots. Bagana, Bougainville, SW Pacific has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northwest at 10 knots. Stromboli, Italy has an ash cloud from 18,000 feet to 10,000 feet moving toward the southeast at 20 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 series of weak cold fronts pushing through central Russia should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A stationary frontal boundary over southern Japan should produce thunderstorms across the area over the next few days. Low pressure over northeast Russia should produce rain showers and fog 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. A cold front in the western North Pacific should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area. Low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska should keep rain showers and fog in forecast through tomorrow for coastal Alaska, including Anchorage.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A cold front over southwestern Australia could produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. A slow moving area of low pressure north of New Zealand could produce rain showers across the area, especially North Island.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in the western North Atlantic should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front extending from the southern tip of Greenland southward into the central Atlantic should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. A weak area of low pressure over the U.K. should keep rain showers and fog in the forecast through tomorrow. A weak cold front pushing through northern Europe could lead to mainly afternoon thunderstorms. Unsettled conditions should produce mainly afternoon thunderstorms across the Baltic States, Greece, and Italy. An area of low pressure extending from Finland eastward into Russia could produce rain showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms across the region.

NORTH AMERICA
Low pressure in the western Gulf of Mexico should enhance thunderstorm activity along the Texas coast through Saturday. Low pressure moving across the Plains should produce rain showers across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Also, there could be a chance of thunderstorms from Iowa to Oklahoma. A cold front pushing through the northern Rockies should produce rain showers across the region. Low pressure over northern New England could produce rain showers and fog from Maine northward to the Canadian Maritimes.

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

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