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Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine
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Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember
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Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services
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Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans
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Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

The Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) experience in Greece is relatively quick, professional, and user-friendly. If you're arriving from outside the European Union (EU), however, it's important to confirm you have all documentation and required visas in order prior to arrival...
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Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Surprisingly we are still having discussions about the importance of a third crewmember on large cabin aircraft. Perhaps we have been discussing points that are simply too obvious and need to consider some of the benefits of a third crewmember that nobody really wants to think about...
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Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

For business aircraft operators traveling to China, it's important to plan on sufficient lead time to obtain overflight and landing permits, as well as secure any required airport slots. Planning a trip to Beijing (ZBAA) is more involved than at most airports in China as airport slots are always required...
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Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

For business aircraft operators, catering is an essential element of any flight mission and one that's "highly visible" from the passenger perspective. While catering issues and malfunctions are inevitable from time to time, these challenges can usually be addressed and rectified creatively...
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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.
  • (LCLK) Larnaca will be closed:
    • Between 2135-0315 on 3-30 November.
    • Between 2045-0330 on 1-14 December.
    • Between 2045-0330 on 19 January-1 March 2015.
    • Between 0045-0130 on 1 April-28 June 2015.
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic:
    • Between 0150-0700 and 1100-1500 on Sundays-Fridays through 27 October.
    • Between 0600-1200 on 28 November.
    • Between 1600-2055 on 23 January-20 March 2015.
    • Between 1100-2030 on 22-23 September 2015.
  • (LTFJ) Sabiha Gokcen, Istanbul will be closed:
    • Between 2200-0400 on 5-20 November.
    • Between 2100-0300 on 6-15 April 2015.
    • Between 2200-0200 on 4 May-10 October 2015.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (DBBB) Cotonou - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria is prone to supply issues. Advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance.
  • (DNKN) Kano - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria advises fuel restrictions of 1,320 U.S. gallons per uplift. 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.
  • (HDAM) Djibouti - UVair supplier Air Total advises fuel restrictions of 5,283 U.S. gallons per uplift. 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.
  • (OBBI) Muharraq - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco advises that runway 30R/12L will be closed for maintenance between 0030-0315 through 22 October.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Saudi Arabia
An American defense contractor was shot to death and another injured in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. The two U.S. citizens were employees of Vinnell Arabia, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, the Virginia-based defense and security giant. They were shot at a gas station and store about half-a-mile from the Vinnell Arabia base, where contractors working with the Saudi Arabian National Guard military programs operate. The base is about 20 miles from the U.S. embassy. Police later shot and wounded a suspect and then arrested him.

  Egypt
A bomb blast in central Cairo has left 12 people injured as a court sentenced seven Islamic militants to death over earlier terror attacks. The explosion was caused by a home-made bomb placed in a busy district near a courthouse and subway station. Egypt has witnessed a series of suicide bombings, assassinations, and attacks over the past year after the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - India) Indian CAA offices will be closed for public holidays on 23 October. Submit permit request as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (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.
  • (NTAA) Papeete will be closed daily between 1800-0330 through 10 January 2015.
  • (VTSP) Phuket will be closed daily between 1900-2359 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).
  • (PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall Islands) - UVair supplier ExxonMobil will not accept any ad-hoc flight fuel requests on 2-4 November due to monthly tanker replenishment.
  • (RCSS) Songshan, Taipei - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco is unable to provide over-wing refueling.
  • (UTTT) Tashkent - UVair supplier Airport Authority will not provide fuel for tech stops. Only passenger flights where UTTT is the final destination will be fueled.
  • (YBCG) Gold Coast-Coolangata - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco reports the hydrant fueling system has resumed normal operations.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Hong Kong
Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday that police involved in the beating of a pro-democracy protester would be removed from their positions after footage of the overnight incident went viral, sparking outrage. Police said they arrested 45 protesters in the early hours, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a main road in the Chinese-controlled city that had been barricaded by pro-democracy demonstrators with concrete slabs. Several officers appeared to beat and kick a handcuffed protester for several minutes after dragging him to a dark corner next to the protest site in the television footage.

  Malaysia
Malaysian police in central Selangor state detained another 13 Muslim men suspected to be linked to the militant Islamic State group. Police last month picked up three Muslim men at the airport on suspicion of heading to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Earlier this year, authorities detained 19 suspected militants for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist acts in the country and abroad. Seven have been charged so far and the rest released.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

South Pacific - 10 October
U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region are alerted to the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones as the season begins on 1 November and ends on 30 April 2015.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/south-pacific-cyclone-season.html

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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.
  • (EGSS) London-Stansted will be closed between 0045-0445 on 20 October.
  • (EGGW) London-Luton will be closed between 0001-0530 on 7-15 March 2015.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (LIPZ) Venice will be closed to all traffic daily between 2300-0350 through 25 October.
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), Laval (LFOV), and Le Mans (LFRM).
  • (ENZV) Stavanger - UVair supplier Statoil expects continuing supply issues through 2014; tanker in sufficient stock or divert elsewhere.
  • (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

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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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

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Mexico - 10 October
U.S. citizens are warned about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (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.
  • (MROC) San Jose will be closed daily between 0530-1030 through 25 October.
  • (MRLB) Liberia will be closed between 0100-0600 on 17-31 October.
  • (SABE) Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires will be closed between 0430-0730 through 30 October.
  • (SBCF) Belo Horizonte will be closed daily between 0901-2359 through 11 November.
  • (SBRF) Recife will be closed daily between 0300-0900 through 6 December.
  • (SEGU) Guayaquil will be closed between 0500-1000 on 11-27 November.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed daily between 0630-1100 from 17 October through 31 October.
  • (TXKF) Hamilton will be closed from 0001 on 17 October through 2359 on 18 October due to hurricane Gonzalo.
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.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Brazil
Five teenagers were shot to death and a 12-year-old boy wounded in the city of Duque de Caxias, near Rio de Janeiro, authorities reported Tuesday. Several masked and armed men approached the group of 12- to 18-year-olds as they were chatting on the street near the entrance to the Parque Paulista sector in Duque de Caxias on Monday night and opened fire.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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NBAA update briefs

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NBAA, Other Industry Groups to Discuss ADS-B Equipage Challenges
The FAA plans to hold a "Call to Action" summit on 28 October to engage the aviation industry, including NBAA, in how to meet the January 1, 2020, deadline to equip aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/cns/adsb/20141009-nbaa-other-industry-groups-to-discuss-automatic-dependent-surveillance-broadcast-equipment-challenges.php

FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen to Speak at NBAA2014
NBAA has announced that Edward L. Bolton Jr., the assistant administrator for NextGen at the FAA, will be a featured speaker at a second-day Opening General Session of NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), on 21-23 October.
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2014/20141007-071.php

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TROPICAL
There are two tropical systems at this time. Tropical Storm Ana is about 630 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii moving toward the west at 10 knots with sustained winds of 60 knots. Hurricane Gonzalo is about 660 miles southwest of Bermuda moving toward the northwest at 13 mph with sustained winds of 125 mph.

VOLCANOES
Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 8,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 10 knots. Sinabung, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 14,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southeast at 10 knots. Fuego, Guatemala has an ash cloud from 14,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 5 knots.

AFRICA
Thunderstorms are likely over central Africa. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast.

ASIA
Isolated thunderstorms should be limited to southeastern India as the transition to the dry season begins. A series of cold fronts pushing through central Russia should produce rain showers across the region. Also, snow showers may be possible, especially across north-central Russia. A cold front approaching northeastern China should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area through tomorrow. High pressure dominates over Japan allowing for sunny skies and seasonal temperatures to prevail through the weekend.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorms activity continues across Indonesia and Indo-China; intensity and frequency are lower as we transition to the drier, winter season. A strong 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 gusty winds in forecast through tomorrow for coastal Alaska, including Anchorage.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
A weak cold front over southwestern Australia could produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. A weak cold front over New Zealand could produce rain showers across the area.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in the central North Atlantic should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. Low pressure over the U.K. should keep rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the forecast through tomorrow. A cold front approaching Western Europe should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area. Unsettled conditions should produce mainly afternoon thunderstorms across Greece and the Baltic States.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front pushing through New England could produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A weak cold front pushing through the northern Plains could produce rain showers across the area. High pressure anchored across the Deep South and also the Rockies should allow for pleasant conditions and seasonal temperatures through the weekend.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A developing area of low pressure over southern Brazil/northeastern Argentina should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front approaching southern Chile and Argentina could produce rain showers across the region.

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