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LABACE 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking, CIQ & Local Area

LABACE 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking, CIQ & Local Area

The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place two weeks later than usual this year, due to the 2016 Brazil Summer Olympics, and will run August 30 – September 1 at Sao Paulo Congonhas (SBSP). As all airports in the Sao Paulo area are expected…

July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games - Part 2: : Flight Planning, Parking & CIQ

OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 2: : Flight Planning, Parking & CIQ

Flight planning to Brazil will be somewhat more complex and involved during the Summer Games period (August 5-September 18). Parking at primary airports and especially Galeao, Rio de Janeiro (SBGL) will be in high demand…






July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 2: Contingency Planning

Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 2: Contingency Planning

While there’s almost always a way to set up a short notice general aviation (GA) flight to any major high-traffic event, the best options and the most hassle free experience are available to those who plan early and have Plan B contingency options in place…






July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games - Part 1: Airport Slots and Hub Airports

OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Airport Slots and Hub Airports

We’re a little more than a month out from the 2016 Brazil Summer Games, and authorities are now publishing additional information pertinent to operations to Brazil—and, especially, Galeao, Rio de Janeiro (SBGL)…






July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 1: Preplanning Tips

Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 1: Preplanning Tips

When high-traffic events—such as certain international sporting, political, economic and religious events—take place, additional challenges come into play when planning general aviation (GA) operations. This is especially true for events that bring in an influx of GA traffic…






July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Game – Part 2: Security Briefs and Executive Protection

BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Game – Part 2: Security Briefs and Executive Protection

Effectively mitigating security risks for travel to the 2016 Brazil Summer Games (August 5-September 18) involves recognizing potential risks and threats well prior to day of operation. It’s suggested that operators undertake rigorous assessments of what passengers and crew will be…






July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

Business Aircraft Ops to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC), July 18-23, will bring significant increases in general aviation (GA) traffic to the Cleveland area. While options will always be available for short notice or last minute trips we recommend making arrangements as early as possible in order to secure the best aircraft parking and accommodation options..






July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 2 - Visas, Support Services & Credit

Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 2 – Visas, Support Services & Credit

While general aviation (GA) operations to Cuba can often be coordinated and set up fairly quickly, it’s important not to overlook any required trip planning or day of operation details. This includes obtaining visas, keeping detailed records of your activities in Cuba and making advance credit arrangements…






July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix

This year’s Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix takes place July 22-24 at the Hungaroring Track, about 25 km northeast of central Budapest. This popular race event, which has taken place here since 1986, attracts elevated general aviation (GA) traffic to the region and puts a strain on local hotel availability. If you’re planning on attending, […]

July 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 1 – Regulatory Considerations

Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 1 – Regulatory Considerations

Over the past year we’ve seen quite a few changes in terms of easing of restrictions for N-registered general aviation (GA) operations to Cuba. While there’s been no real regularity to updates from the U.S. side, and Cuban authorities tend to not always announce regulatory changes in advance, operating restrictions continue to ease…






June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Risk Assessment

BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Risk Assessment

Security threat awareness and risk mitigation must be top of mind awareness for general aviation (GA) operators traveling to the 2016 Brazil Summer Games (August 5-September 18). Rio de Janeiro is well known for petty and violent crime, as well as criminal gang activity, while other Summer Games venues in Brazil also have their associated risks…






June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow takes place July 11 – 17, hosting over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries. This will be a busy period and general aviation (GA) operators are advised to confirm aircraft parking and crew accommodation options as early as possible. This event, which has operated continuously since 1948 and occurs on every […]

June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

Here and there around the world you’ll encounter airport slot situations more challenging than the average. These are typically very popular locations frequently congested with scheduled commercial activity. With proper advance planning and coordination with your 3rd-party…






June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Hotel, Local Area & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Hotel, Local Area & Weather

Most general aviation (GA) operators who travel to Ethiopia land only at Addis Ababa (HAAB). This location offers adequate crew accommodation options, full aircraft services and has good on and off airport security.






June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland

Heads of State and heads of government of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries meet in Warsaw, Poland, July 8 and 9, for the 2016 NATO Summit. This meeting, held in the National Stadium, is a periodic opportunity for NATO member countries to evaluate and generate policy. For general aviation (GA) operators this event will […]

June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Flight Planning

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Flight Planning

Ethiopia is a generally straight-forward general aviation (GA) operating environment, but with some unique considerations operators must be mindful of. While flight planning and regulatory requirements in this region are generally less onerous and more flexible than many other parts…






June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

The 2016 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place July 1-3 at the Red Bull Circuit, just outside of Spielberg. As with all major international sporting events, general aviation (GA) traffic to the area will be higher than normal, local hotel accommodations are going to be limited, and road congestion close to the race venue […]

June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Offsetting Costs By Chartering Your Aircraft

Offsetting Costs By Chartering Your Aircraft

There are many benefits in owning a business aircraft such as being able to operate directly to your business destination, avoiding commercial airlines with long lines, and having an aircraft available at any time the passengers requires it. However, you will find that the associated costs in maintaining an aircraft when not used can prove expensive for many…






June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

Some airports are more challenging than others in terms of obtaining/revising airport slots. Certain locations confirm slot requests well prior to day of operation while others may not confirm slots until a few days, or even 24 hours, prior to operation…






June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Permits, Slots & PPRs

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Permits, Slots & PPRs

Ethiopian landing and overflight permits are straightforward but will not be processed without full and complete information and operating schedules. When landing in Ethiopia the purpose of your flight, along with a local business contact, must always be provided to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)…






June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, Slots & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, Slots & CIQ

Business aircraft operators need to be diligent on prior permission required (PPR) and airport slot coordination when operating to popular Greek islands during peak season (April – September). Overnight parking at many locations will be almost impossible to obtain. So, be prepared to drop, go and reposition…






June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Advance planning is always critical, particularly in terms of airport slots and parking, when operating to the Davos 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place Jan 17-20, 2017, in Davos-Klosters Switzerland . Required support services should be arranged well in advance and operators, especially for items such as hotels and transportation…






May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 1 – Slot Basics and Tips

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 1 – Slot Basics and Tips

More and more airports are requiring slots due to congestion issues, and these slot requirements differ depending upon the airport in question. For example, some airports require you to obtain slots prior to applying for a landing permit while others require airport slots for parking or arrival/departure permissions…






May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: CIQ

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) requirements for general aviation (GA) crew are minimal in Ethiopia. Authorities, however, are stringent on passenger documentation and procedural requirements…






May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Strategically located between Europe, Africa and Asia, Greece attracts general aviation (GA) movements for business, tourism, and tech stops. While primary business destinations are Athens and Thessaloniki, dozens of popular island locations provide a constant magnet for GA traffic during the April…






May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Flying to the 2017 Davis World Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options and Parking

Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options and Parking

The Davos 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place Jan 17-20, 2017, at Davos-Klosters Switzerland. This event will bring together 3,000 internationally known business people, economists, and politicians in addition to some 40 Heads of State. Last year Davos attracted approximately 1,700 general aviation (GA) movements, and this year is expected to bring in…






May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Switzerland: Art Basel 2016

Business Aircraft Ops in Switzerland: Art Basel 2016

Art Basel is one of the world’s premier modern and contemporary art shows and held annually in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach. This year’s show in Basel, Switzerland will be held June 16-19. As usual, this event brings in above average congestion for both local traffic as well as aircraft movements. General aviation (GA) […]

May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Ethiopia: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

Fuel uplifts and arrangements for additional support services in Ethiopia usually go smoothly when using a supervisory agent. However, credit arrangements can be a concern in this region if not adequately addressed in advance. Your supervisory agent will assist with coordinating all credit arrangements…






May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Tips on Purchasing an Existing Part 135 Charter Certificate Post 2013 FAA Sequestration

Tips on Purchasing an Existing Part 135 Charter Certificate Post 2013 FAA Sequestration

Since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) sequestration, much has changed in the arena of new Part 135 charter certificates. With the FAA looking to reduce the current number of certificates, it may be best to look at purchasing an existing charter certificate. Below we will cover items you should consider when establishing a new Part 135 certificate or purchasing an existing one…






May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots & Operating Considerations

2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots & Operating Considerations

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and operating procedures at St. Petersburg (ULLI) are straight-forward and not particularly onerous. However, it’s recommended to work closely with your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler to ensure arrival processing, airport slots…






May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More