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Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Hotels, Local Transport, and Security

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Hotels, Local Transport, and Security

Hong Kong offers an attractive range of accommodation options for crews who are overnighting or just looking for a few hours rest. While it’s not normally problematic or overly expensive to book crew accommodations close to Hong Kong (VHHH) or in the central city district, there are times […]

February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
In-Flight Catering Tips: BizAv Operations to the United States

In-Flight Catering Tips: BizAv Operations to the United States

When operating business aircraft to the U.S., there are key considerations that should be planned for from the in-flight catering perspective. Understanding all regulatory nuances and best practice procedures helps avoid potential issues on arrival in the U.S. and/or when operating within the U.S.






February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 2 - European Region

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 2 – European Region

Europe is an operating environment where charter aircraft operators typically require permits, but private operators generally do not. This can impact flexibility of operations and last minute schedule change possibilities for operators on charter.






February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the 2016 Melbourne Grand Prix

Business Aircraft Ops to the 2016 Melbourne Grand Prix

The Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place March 18-20, 2016 at the Albert Park street circuit a few miles south of central Melbourne. For general aviation (GA) operators planning to attend this event or traveling to Melbourne during this time, it’s important to consider aircraft parking and […]






February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather

When planning business aviation operations to Hong Kong (VHHH), be advised that procedures for filing flight plans differ from many other parts of the world. At this location it’s always important to have your ground handler involved with flight plan filing in order to avoid potential issues and help ensure on time departures.






February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
NBAA URGENT - Help Needed!

Progress! NBAA – FAA Overhaul Bill Stirs Uproar – WSJ

Thank you for your advocacy for our industry! Using NBAA’s tools to Contact Congress, you’ve made our voices heard that a privatized United States air traffic control is not a viable solution! As you can see from this Wall Street Journal article, our efforts are moving the needle. Keep up the good work, and keep getting the […]

February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

It’s important for business aircraft operators to assess support equipment and services needs at each international destination. In some cases, it’s best to research these requirements, with your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler, at least two weeks ahead of day of operation.






February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
NBAA URGENT - Help Needed!

NBAA URGENT – Help Needed!

Please read and action ASAP! There are reports that as soon as early February, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will be considering a proposal to strip the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of its management of the U.S. Air Traffic Control System, transferring its operation to a private entity funded by user fees.






February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 - Basic Considerations

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

For charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators it can be more challenging traveling to some countries and regions than others, from the documentation and permit perspective. It’s always best to work with your 3rd-party provider, well in advance of day of operation, to confirm all applicable permit/documentation requirements.






February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

When planning business aircraft operations to the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, always ensure that proper lead times are provided for prior permissions required (PPRs), landing and overflight permits, and services requested. You should also be aware of the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance process.






February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Permits & PPRs

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Permits & PPRs

As one of the world’s more congested airports, Hong Kong (VHHH) is constantly working to manage traffic flows and use ramp space effectively. Prior permission required (PPR) and landing permit requirements must always be at top-of-mind-awareness when operating your business […]






January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 1of 2 – Top Considerations

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 1of 2 – Top Considerations

Aircraft support equipment and supply considerations for destination airports are important pre-trip planning issues. Particularly when operating to remote or secondary/domestic airports this is a checklist item that should not be neglected.






January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 2: Secure Transport

Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 2: Secure Transport

In higher threat locales pre-paid private ground transport is suggested, and security trained drivers should be considered. Best practice is to work with your in-house security department or outside security provider to ensure adequate levels of security and protection are obtained.






January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 1 of 2 – Airports and Services

Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 1 of 2 – Airports and Services

The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, consists of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic about 850 miles west of continental Portugal and 1200 miles southeast of Newfoundland. For many trans-Atlantic general aviation (GA) flights, the Azores is a preferred tech stop.






January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
OPS ALERT: More TSA Waiver Changes – Effective Immediately

OPS ALERT: More TSA Waiver Changes – Effective Immediately

On January 16, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new NOTAMs on TSA Waiver regulations. With these NOTAMs, revised TSA Waiver procedures have become effective for operators with aircraft registered in designated “portal countries.” The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Recent changes Three NOTAMs were issued – 6/4260, […]

January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operations to Hong Kong: Airport Slots

Business Aviation Operations to Hong Kong: Airport Slots

Obtaining airport slots for the times you desire can be a challenging proposition in the case of Hong Kong (VHHH). There are particular periods – including late at night and during long weekend and holiday periods – when slot availability is even more limited. For the most successful operation to VHHH […]






January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Tips: Business Aircraft Operations to (or over) Cyprus

BizAv Tips: Business Aircraft Operations to (or over) Cyprus

When overflying Cyprus – or landing for destination/ tech stop purposes – there are several operating considerations to be mindful of. Cyprus, a member state of the European Union (EU), is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a popular business and tourism destination. The following is an overview of what you need to […]

January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 1: Options to Consider

Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 1: Options to Consider

Planning for local ground transportation arrangements can be a critical consideration for many business aviation missions. As there are various types of options available, as well as assorted pros and cons to consider, it’s always important to know what is and what is not available and to have contingency plans ready.






January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
SDC2016 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in North and South America

SDC2016 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in North and South America

One constant in business aviation is our continuously-evolving regulatory and operating environment. Recent examples, include: Changes impacting operations to Cuba APIS requirements for Colombia, and TSA Waiver Changes As always, our goal with this blog is to give you the accurate information you need to stay on top of changes, set expectations with your stakeholders, […]

January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Fuel, Security & Additional Services

BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Fuel, Security & Additional Services

When operating to Hong Kong (VHHH), the general aviation terminal (GAT) provides complete and full aircraft handling and support services. This is a one-stop-shopping option with a single invoice at the end of the experience. While costs are high at this location, services provided are among the best you’ll find anywhere.






January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Operating Tips: Singapore Airshow 2016

BizAv Operating Tips: Singapore Airshow 2016

The 2016 Singapore Airshow takes place February 16-21 at the Changi Exhibition Center. This top ranking biennial aviation event always draws large crowds of trade attendees and higher than normal volumes of business aviation flight activity. Planning for parking, accommodations and – when required – permits should be arranged as early as possible.






January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Fuel: Part 2 – Day of Operation Considerations

Business Aviation Fuel: Part 2 – Day of Operation Considerations

In regards to fuel planning for business aircraft missions, best practice is to plan all fuel uplifts in advance, especially for more remote locations. Always use trusted sources for provision of your fuel and understand all the charges/taxes that will be involved with your uplift, ahead of time, at all intended destinations.






January 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Indonesia Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements for General Aviation

Indonesia Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements for General Aviation

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest populations, at over 255 million inhabitants, and the country spreads over 3,275 miles East to West. There are many popular business and leisure destination stops here, and the island chain is so wide that diverting this airspace would be a challenge for many North to South flight operations. […]

January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Aircraft Ground Handling

BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Aircraft Ground Handling

In order to travel to Hong Kong (VHHH) business aircraft operators need to ensure that services such as ground handling are arranged in advance. VHHH has a general aviation terminal (GAT) offering full aircraft support services, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance, fuel uplifts, and […]






January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 2: Operational Details

Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 2: Operational Details

While diplomatic flights enjoy certain benefits, including the opportunity for shorter notice permits, express customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance, and priority parking/handling, there are potential glitches and pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. It’s important to follow all requirements of your […]






January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Fuel: Part 1 – Supply and Delivery

Business Aviation Fuel: Part 1 – Supply and Delivery

While we like to assume that good quality and abundant fuel supplies will be available at most general aviation (GA) destinations worldwide this is not always the case. Prior to any international trip it’s recommended that business aircraft operators do their due diligence in confirming that […]






January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy – Part 2: Handling Requests, CIQ & Operating Costs

BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy – Part 2: Handling Requests, CIQ & Operating Costs

Venice (LIPZ) is a user friendly airport for general aviation (GA) movements with a full range of support services; however, it is important to be aware of all customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) requirements when arriving from outside the Schengen zone and to be mindful of potential […]






January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year! On behalf of our 1,700 people around the world, we hope all your critical missions are successful in 2016! We’ll be back next Monday with another article on business aircraft operations. As always, thank you for reading. From all of us at Universal

December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 1: Tips & Considerations

Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 1: Tips & Considerations

Permit, flight planning, and handling considerations for diplomatic flights differ from conventional private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. The planning process for diplomatic clearances involves country-to-country coordination, and there may be limitations […]






December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Northern Africa: Part 2 - Operator Tips

BizAv Ops to Northern Africa: Part 2 – Operator Tips

Northern Africa is a part of the world where trip pre-planning is critical and should be done with extra attention. Geopolitical situations can change at a moment’s notice, and operators must be aware of all their options, potential risks, and aircraft service limitations. If, for example, you experience an aircraft […]






December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More