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Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 1 – Airport and CIQ

Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 1 – Airport and CIQ
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Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2: CIQ, Permits, and Curfews

Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2: CIQ, Permits, and Curfews
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BizAv Tips for World Events and Holidays: Hotel Accommodations

BizAv Tips for World Events and Holidays: Hotel Accommodations
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Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 1 – Airport and CIQ

Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 1 – Airport and CIQ

St. Petersburg (ULLI) is the only airport available for business aviation operations to St. Petersburg. While this is not a difficult location from an aircraft parking, landing permit, or service perspective, there may be issues to consider during major event periods...
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Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2: CIQ, Permits, and Curfews

Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2: CIQ, Permits, and Curfews

While permit; Customs, Immigrations, and Quarantine (CIQ); and operating curfew issues are seldom problematic for the Caribbean region, it's important to pre-plan to avoid complications and to smooth the regulatory/operational process day of operation...
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BizAv Tips for World Events and Holidays: Hotel Accommodations

BizAv Tips for World Events and Holidays: Hotel Accommodations

Preferred hotel accommodations can be particularly difficult to secure and revise during busy event and holiday periods around the world. During these high occupancy times, crew rooms may cost up to 500% of regular rates and are often non-refundable/non-changeable. Accommodations, however, may be possible when working with experienced ground handlers and 3rd-party providers. 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.
  • (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 Ebola 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 2135-0315 on 3-30 November.
    • Between 2045-0330 on 1-14 December.
    • Between 2045-0330 from 19 January-1 March 2015
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic:
    • Sundays-Fridays between 0150-0700 and 1100-1500 through 27 October.
    • Between 0600-1200 on 28 November
    • Between 1600-2055 on 23 January 2015-20 March 2015.
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.
  • (FKYS) Yaounde - UVair supplier Air Total advises fuel restrictions of 8,000 USG per aircraft until further notice. Confirm availability in advance.
  • (FTTJ) N’Djamena - UVair supplier Oil Libya has no fuel due to a refinery shut down. This situation is expected to continue until the end of December.
  • (FZWA) Mbuji-Mayi - UVair supplier Cobil requires 48 hours’ notice to arrange fuel; advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance.
  • (HHAS) Asmara - UVair supplier Air Total has fueling restrictions in place; only VIP flights are allowed access with prior validation.
  • (HUEN) Entebbe - UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling normally.
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  Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on a military convoy over the weekend in central Nigeria's Kogi state, injuring four soldiers, a senior military source said Tuesday. The convoy of 850 soldiers came under fire late Sunday near the town of Okene as they drove toward the Kogi state capital Lokoja. The troops were to undergo counter-terrorism training for deployment to the northeast to fight Boko Haram Islamists.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Eritrea - 12 September
U.S. citizens are warned of the risks of travel to Eritrea as there is an increasing possibility that U.S. citizens would not receive the requisite exit permit from Eritrean authorities due to ongoing security concerns.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/eritrea-travel-warning.html

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (NTAA) Papeete will be closed daily for scheduled arrivals and departures between 1800-0330 through 10 January 2015.
  • (VTSP) Phuket will be closed between 1800-2359 through 29 September and between 1900-2359 on 30 September through 23 October. 
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.
  • (YBCG) Gold Coast-Coolangata - Due to airport expansion, hydrant system is being extended and UVair supplier ChevronTexaco's two hydrant bays will be offline for approximately 40 hours each. Work is set to begin on 6 October.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (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.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (LIML) Linate, Milan will be closed daily between 2130-0400 through 19 September.
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).
  • (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..
  • (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.
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  France

France's top security official said that five people have been arrested suspected of belonging to a ring that recruits young women to join Islamic militants in Syria. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the arrests were made Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the Lyon area, in central France. Young French men and women make up the largest contingent of European jihadist fighting in Syria, and security officials fear they will use newfound fighting skills – and European Union passports – to carry out attacks back home.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings

None for this region at publication time.

Low/no fuel announcements

None for this region at publication time.

FAM global monitor security briefings

  United States

President Barack Obama has called the Ebola outbreak in West Africa "a threat to global security," as he announced a larger U.S. role in fighting the virus. The world was looking to the U.S., Obama said, but added that the outbreak required a "global response." The measures announced included ordering 3,000 U.S. troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
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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 through 30 September.
  • (SBCF) Belo Horizonte will be closed daily between 0901-2359 through 14 November.
  • (SBRF) Recife will be closed from 22 September-6 December.
  • (SEGU) Guayaquil will be closed between 0500-1000 on 11-27 November.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 through 10 October and on 25 October.
  • (TNCA) Oranjestad Oranjestad will be closed 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

  Peru

Two hundred police officers are under investigation for ties to a criminal network allegedly led by a retired colonel. On September 15, the Peruvian Interior Ministry announced that around 200 police officials would be suspended while authorities investigated them for collaborating with a criminal organization which they suspect is led by retired Colonel Benedicto Jimenez and businessman Rodolfo Orellana. The police officers were listed in the contact books of the criminal organization, along with their telephone numbers and units. They included members of the police's anti-drug, criminal investigation, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering units.

  Colombia

At least seven police officers were killed and seven wounded when gunmen from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy in remote northwestern Colombia, officials said. President Juan Manuel Santos attributed the violence to the FARC and Colombia's "Clan Usuga" criminal gang. Colombia's 50-year-old conflict between the government and leftist rebels has at times also drawn in drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitary groups. The attack occurred in the northwestern region of Uraba, which has been a haven for armed groups since the 1960s.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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NBAA update briefs

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FAA to Begin Initial Testing of Unleaded Aviation Fuels
NBAA welcomed the FAA's decision to begin initial testing this fall of four unleaded aviation fuels at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center near Atlantic City, NJ. The laboratory tests are expected to be completed by the fall of 2015.
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/environment/avgas/20140910-faa-to-begin-initial-testing-of-unleaded-aviation-fuels.php

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Issues to Be Examined at NBAA2014
Two education sessions taking place at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) will provide valuable information about upcoming regulations governing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, as well as their expected impact on the business aviation industry.
http://www.nbaa.org/events/bace/2014/news/20140915-unmanned-aircraft-systems-issues-to-be-examined-at-nbaa2014.php

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TROPICAL
In the North Atlantic, Hurricane Edouard is situated just over the open waters about 1,000 miles east-northeast of Bermuda. Edouard is moving toward the east-northeast at 30 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Polo is centered about 180 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and moving toward the northwest at 10 mph. The center of Polo is expected to remain offshore as it continues tracking toward the northwest. Tropical storm Fung Wong is located approximately 430 miles east of Manila and moving toward the west-northwestward at 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph. Fung Wong will be moving across the northern Philippines on Friday.

VOLCANOS
In Japan, Mt. Sakurajima is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 10,000 feet. The ash cloud is moving toward the east at 20 knots. Mt. Dukono, located in Indonesia, is producing an ash cloud up to 8,000 feet. The ash is moving toward the northeast at 15 knots.

AFRICA
Clusters of thunderstorms with max tops to 50,000 feet can be expected over the central portion of the continent moving generally from east to west. Patchy morning fog is likely along portions of the southeastern coast of the continent. A cold front moving across the southern portion of the continent will produce strong surface winds, resulting in occasional, moderate low-level turbulence. A 120-knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from west to east across the southern portion of the continent and will produce occasional, moderate turbulence.

ASIA
A strong cold front associated with a deep storm system over central Russia will extend southward into western China, resulting in occasional showers along with moderate low-level turbulence. High pressure will dominate most of central and eastern China, resulting in a few areas of late night and early morning fog. The tail end of a cold front will extend westward into east-central China and will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet. A 120-knot jet core at 39,000 feet will extend from west to east from Korea eastward across Japan. Occasional, moderate turbulence can be expected along the jet core.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
A strong tropical disturbance will produce scattered thunderstorms with max tops to 52,000 feet near the northern Philippines. Additional areas of thunderstorms with tops up to 49,000 feet can be expected over most of Indonesia and Indochina. Low pressure centered several hundred miles east of Japan and its associated cold front will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 44,000 feet. Additional thunderstorms with tops to 40,000 feet can be expected over the central North Pacific in association with a cold front at extends northward to low pressure off the south coast of Alaska. A 120-knot jet core at 39,000 feet extends from northwest to southeast over the central North Pacific and will generate occasional, moderate turbulence. A 130-knot jet core at 37,000 extends from west to east across the northeastern North Pacific and will also generate occasional, moderate turbulence.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
High pressure dominates most of Australia and will allow for the development of patchy morning fog along the southeast coast. Low pressure situated just south of New Zealand will produce occasional rain showers with isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 30,000 feet. A 130-knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from west to east across the eastern portion of the continent and will produce occasional, moderate turbulence.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
Low pressure situated several hundred miles southeast of Nova Scotia and its associated cold front will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 45,000 feet southward to just off the east coast of Florida. A weak tropical wave will produce another area of isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 46,000 feet just east of the Caribbean. Low pressure centered off the northwest coast of Spain will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 35,000 feet. These storms will extend eastward into Portugal and western Spain. A small area of isolated thunderstorms can also be expected over central and western France in association with a weak surface trough. High pressure will dominate most of Eastern Europe and western Russia, resulting in the threat for patchy late night and early morning fog. Deep low pressure centered over central Russia will produce areas of rain and snow along with strong surface winds. The strong surface winds will result in moderate, low-level turbulence. A 120-knot jet core at 37,000 feet will also be associated with this system, resulting in moderate turbulence. High pressure will once again dominate eastern Russia, resulting in areas of patchy late night and early morning fog.

NORTH AMERICA
Deep tropical moisture along with a series of upper-level disturbances will produce isolated to few thunderstorms with max tops to 48,000 feet from the central Gulf coast westward into the southwestern U.S. Additional thunderstorms with max tops to 47,000 feet in association with a tropical wave can be expected over the western Caribbean. A surface trough will produce isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 44,000 feet over the small portion of the central Plains. Low pressure over the Canadian Maritimes will produce mainly rain showers. Gusty surface winds in the wake of the associated cold front will produce occasional, moderate turbulence across portions of New England. Deep low pressure off the coast of Alaska will produce areas of rain and rain showers northward into the south-central and southeastern portion of the state. Isolated air mass thunderstorms with max tops to 47,000 feet can be expected over central Mexico. A 110-knot jet core at 33,000 feet will extend from eastern Canada northeastward into extreme southern Greenland. A 120-knot jet core at 37,000 feet will extend from just off the southeast coast of Canada northeastward into the western North Atlantic. Occasional, moderate turbulence can be expected along this feature.

SOUTH AMERICA
Isolated thunderstorms with max tops to 47,000 feet will impact the northern and northwestern portion of the continent. A weak surface low will generate additional storms with tops to 44,000 feet over northern Argentina. A 120-knot jet core at 40,000 feet extends from west to east across southern Brazil and will generate occasional, moderate turbulence. A cold front moving across southern Argentina and Chile will produce a few rain showers along with occasional moderate low-level turbulence. Patchy morning fog is likely across southeastern Brazil.

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