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Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Business Aviation in Barcelona Series: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has become even more popular as a business and tourism destination over recent years. If you have a trip to this beautiful and culturally inspiring part of the world, it’s something to look forward to. Barcelona (LEBL) is an [...]

July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Food Safety

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Food Safety

Flight attendants are responsible for many aspects of a flight, and one of those responsibilities is in-flight catering. One of the most important aspects of in-flight catering is food safety, which is critical to the well-being of both the passengers and crew.

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Ground Handling

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Ground Handling

With permits no longer required for most stays of up to 72 hours in Venezuela, traffic to Caracas (SVMI) and other major destinations has increased. This has also increased demand for ground handling services, fuel, secure transport, and 4th-party services. Ground handling and [...]

July 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

More and more General Aviation (GA) operators are taking advantage of pre-clearance services at Shannon, Ireland (EINN). This U.S. Customs pre-clearance option has been steadily enhanced over the years. With time involved to pre-clear now significantly reduced compared to a few years ago [...]

July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Ops Update: Singapore Charter Landing Permit Changes

Ops Update: Singapore Charter Landing Permit Changes

Permit changes that impact the permit application process for business aviation recently went into effect for Singapore. It’s important to be aware of lead times, required documentation, and permit processing nuances in order to ensure smooth operations to this increasingly popular [...]

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: The Bahamas

Business Aviation Trip Planning: The Bahamas

While the Bahamas is a welcoming environment for business aviation, be aware that support services may be lacking at secondary airfields. When operating to remote airfields or to major airports during high season, it’s important to confirm fuel, services, and local ground handling availability. The following is an overview of what you need to know […]

July 14, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Hotels, Local Area, Visas, and CIQ

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Hotels, Local Area, Visas, and CIQ

Argentina is generally a safe and secure region with adequate General Aviation (GA) infrastructure and services available. Prior to any operation to Argentina, however, it’s always best to confirm hotel and local transport options well in advance of travel, as well as be aware of [...]

July 10, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Security Planning for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Vetting and Arranging for Security

Security Planning for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Vetting and Arranging for Security

There’s no standard for airport security within the international operating arena. Each airport differs in terms of security infrastructure and procedures. Airport security, including secure parking options, also varies by the type of operation – commercial or General Aviation (GA) [...]

July 9, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Taiwan Landing and Overflight Permits for Business Aircraft Operators

Taiwan Landing and Overflight Permits for Business Aircraft Operators

While landing permits for Taiwan are fairly straightforward for business aircraft operators, there are lead times to be mindful of. Be aware that overflying Taiwan will impact your ability to land in China – and vice versa. Always give yourself plenty of time to assemble required documentation and sponsor information when requesting Taiwan permits. The […]

July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Photography: More Tips for Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

Aviation Photography: More Tips for Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

If you currently have an aircraft for sale, lease, or charter, you want the most appealing photography of your aircraft’s interior and exterior. In previous articles, “Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft [...]

July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMS

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMS

Argentina has a number of unique procedures and requirements in terms of filing and revising flight plans. The most practical way for business aircraft operators to deal with flight plan filing/revisions when operating to Argentina is with the assistance [...]

July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Security Planning for Business Aviation Travel – Part 1: Pre-Planning

Security Planning for Business Aviation Travel – Part 1: Pre-Planning

To reduce risk and improve the success of your international trips, it is recommended for business aircraft operators to order security intelligence reports for international destinations they’ve not been to before or have not visited in more than 60 days. There are different types of reports [...]

July 2, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Standard Aviation Weather Briefs: What to Know Before Takeoff

Standard Aviation Weather Briefs: What to Know Before Takeoff

A critical element in the flight planning process – particularly for longer-range missions – is the aviation weather brief. While standard aviation weather briefs vary in format and inclusions, certain information should always be available to crews – both for preliminary flight planning purposes and day of operation. The following is an overview of what […]

July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Temporary Flight Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Temporary Flight Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are a type of Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that can be issued at any time. These airspace restrictions can cause flights to be re-routed or delayed. Non-adherence to TFR procedures may result in your flight being intercepted or detained and/or crew interviewed by law enforcement personnel. The following is an overview […]

June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Argentina is a hospitable and straightforward operating environment for General Aviation (GA). It is important, however, to communicate with your 3rd-party provider and/or local ground handler to confirm any applicable permit, Prior Permission Required (PPR) [...]

June 26, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Ops to Military Airports in India – Part 2: Operations, Fuel, and Services

Business Aviation Ops to Military Airports in India – Part 2: Operations, Fuel, and Services

When operating to any military airfield in India, it’s imperative to confirm aircraft parking status well in advance. Be aware that your operational flexibility may be somewhat restricted as active military operations and exercises are always given first priority [...]

June 25, 2014 | 1 Comment More
International Holiday Periods and Business Aviation Trip Planning

International Holiday Periods and Business Aviation Trip Planning

Holiday periods are an important consideration in planning any general aviation flight. While some holidays are familiar to much of the international community – including Christmas, the Lunar New Year, Ramadan, and Thanksgiving – some are less known. India, for example, has numerous national holidays each year, and they have the potential to impact trip […]

June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
To Sauce, or Not to Sauce? – Part 2: How to Rescue and Create Sauces at Altitude

To Sauce, or Not to Sauce? – Part 2: How to Rescue and Create Sauces at Altitude

When things go wrong with sauces at altitude, it’s not the end of the world. Effective solutions are available, and many creative means exist to fix a “broken” sauce that may have been re-heated incorrectly. Be aware that certain types of sauces are more [...]

June 23, 2014 | 1 Comment More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

With the implementation of Mandatory Circular CO SA-02/14 R1 in Mexico, be aware that local airport comandantes are still in the process of understanding the new regulatory changes, approved on June 18, 2014. Because of this, it’s best to anticipate possible operating delays [...]

June 20, 2014 | 2 Comments More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 - Positive Developments for GA

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 – Positive Developments for GA

On June 18, 2014 regulatory changes went into effect which significantly increases flexibility for many foreign registered general aviation (GA) operators traveling to Mexico. As of this date it’s now once again allowable for foreign-registered private non-revenue operators that [...]

June 20, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Fuel, Additional Services, & Security

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Fuel, Additional Services, & Security

Additional consideration and planning are required when setting up aviation fuel uplifts for Argentina. It’s important to double-check advance notification and documentation requirements for fuel uplifts in order to avoid delays day of operation [...]

June 19, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops to Military Airports in India – Part 1: Access & CIQ

Business Aviation Ops to Military Airports in India – Part 1: Access & CIQ

Military airports in India are often available to General Aviation (GA); however, permit requirements and available services vary depending on location. If you plan to operate to a military airfield in India, it’s important to begin the planning process early and work closely with your [...]

June 18, 2014 | 1 Comment More
How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 2: Taxes, Documentation, and Tips

How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 2: Taxes, Documentation, and Tips

Business aircraft operators should always ensure they’re comparing apples with apples when reviewing competing jet fuel quotes. In some parts of the world, particularly Europe, fuel taxes can double or triple the base price of fuel. Depending on your type of [...]

June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Caviar Service

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Caviar Service

Eating caviar is common among owners of private jets and business aviation passengers. As this luxury food item is quite expensive, corporate flight attendants should know how to store, prepare, and serve caviar with the correct utensils, corresponding accompaniments [...]

June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Customs, Immigration, & Quarantine

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Customs, Immigration, & Quarantine

While Argentina is a fairly straightforward and flexible destination from the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance perspective, there are particular visa, reciprocity, and onboard personal effects regulations that must be considered before [...]

June 12, 2014 | 2 Comments More
2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 2 – Permits & CIQ

2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 2 – Permits & CIQ

Permits for Bolivia should be obtained well in advance of the upcoming G77 summit held on June 14-15. Consider requesting blanket permits if you plan to operate to Bolivia on a routine basis. Be mindful, also, of all applicable visa requirements [...]

June 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More
How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 1: Know the Basics

How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 1: Know the Basics

Jet fuel uplifts remain one of the most significant opportunities for business aircraft operators to save on overall flight department costs. To take advantage of these savings, however, it’s important to source and compare jet fuel quotes for every destination [...]

June 10, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

This year the Farnborough International Airshow occurs July 14-20. While overnight parking is not anticipated to be an issue at Farnborough (EGLF), there are assorted operating restrictions and curfews that must be considered for travel during this period. The following is an overview of what operating considerations you need to know: 1. Farnborough (EGLF) is […]

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Ground Handling

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Ground Handling

For business aircraft operators traveling to Argentina, your considerations for making ground handling arrangements can vary greatly depending on destination. In general, it’s important to allow a little extra lead time for ground handling requests and to ensure that all [...]

June 5, 2014 | 1 Comment More
2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 1 – Airport Options

2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 1 – Airport Options

The Group of 77 (G77) is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations (UN). The annual G77 meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs convenes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia this year, June 14-15. We expect this event to cause infrastructure [...]

June 4, 2014 | 2 Comments More