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Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

For business aircraft operators traveling to the UK, requests for aviation fuel, in-flight catering, and other services should be made in advance of the trip. Here, we’ll cover the key things you need know about these ground service requests, as well as information about […]

December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Catering: Proteins – How to Get the Most From Your In-flight Meals

Aviation Catering: Proteins – How to Get the Most From Your In-flight Meals

From the passenger’s perspective, catering can make or break a trip in a business aircraft. However, it’s not always easy orchestrating all the various elements of a successful in-flight catering experience. Some level of pre-planning is essential, particularly for more elaborate protein […]

December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
VAT Compliance Programs for Europe: Part 1 – VAT Considerations

VAT Compliance Programs for Europe: Part 1 – VAT Considerations

Value-Added Tax (VAT) in Europe can significantly impact your operational costs while in the region. While many business aircraft operators reclaim VAT after the fact, this can be an expensive and lengthy rebate process. The best approach, when possible, is to exempt (or zero-rate) VAT at time of Jet A-1 fuel uplift […]

December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Moscow: Part 1 – Which Airport to Pick

Business Aircraft Operations in Moscow: Part 1 – Which Airport to Pick

Moscow-area airports are always busy with business aircraft movements, and traffic to this area continues to grow. The good news is that operators have different airport options, parking is seldom an issue, and permit processes are manageable with advance planning […]

December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

For business aircraft operating to the UK, there are situations when Prior Permission Required (PPR) and/or permits, for landing or overflight, may be required. Though this is a straightforward process, there are lead times and information/documentation that need to be considered […]

December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Tea Service

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Tea Service

Tea, especially green tea, has become a frequently consumed hot beverage onboard private jets, primarily due to its beneficial health effects. However, there are differences in how different cultures serve tea and when this beverage is consumed.

December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the French Riviera via Le Castellet: Part 2 – Operating Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to the French Riviera via Le Castellet: Part 2 – Operating Considerations

Le Castellet (LFMQ) is a user-friendly airfield and a popular alternate parking choice for nearby French Riviera locations. While there are occasional issues with Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) availability – and rare cases when weather conditions may cause you to divert […]

December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More
MEBA 2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the Middle East

MEBA 2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the Middle East

Regulatory requirements and other operational requirements can change at a moment’s notice. A great example of that is the change in how Israel landing permits are processed, which took place earlier this year. Our blog’s mission is to give you the information you need to make your critical missions a success. With the 2014 Middle […]

December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Airport Slots

When airport slots are required for UK destinations, best practice is to submit requests as early as possible. Business aircraft operators will need to request airport slots via a 3rd-party provider or ground handler rather than directly, unless you have a direct account with the […]

December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 2 - Payment & Compliance Issues

UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 2 – Payment & Compliance Issues

Although reporting and paying UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) have been legal obligations since April 2013, many General Aviation (GA) operators still do not do so. For this reason, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stepped up its policing of non-payers, and penalties are being […]

December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the French Riviera via Le Castellet: Part 1 - Airport Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to the French Riviera via Le Castellet: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Le Castellet (LFMQ) is a medieval village perched on a hill a few miles inland between Marseille and Toulon. For business aircraft operators planning missions to the French Riviera (Southern France), LFMQ is an ideal parking alternate when Nice (LFMN) and/or Cannes (LFMD) […]

December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation ADS-B Mandates - Where Are We Now?

Business Aviation ADS-B Mandates – Where Are We Now?

As Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements continue to tighten worldwide, it’s important to stay informed of new and/or changing requirements. We previously covered the latest regulations in our article, “Business Aviation ADS-B Updates […]

December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

For business aircraft operators, the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process is a quick and not an onerous procedure in the UK. The process goes even more smoothly and quickly when working with your ground handler and providing all required […]

November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 1 – APD Basics

UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 1 – APD Basics

UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) was extended to General Aviation (GA) in April 2013 following its earlier introduction to commercial aviation in 1994. It is calculated based on distance flown and seat pitch, with higher rates imposed for aircraft with 1) a Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) […]

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Operations to and From Endemic Countries: Tips & Best Practices (Part 2 of 2)

Aircraft Operations to and From Endemic Countries: Tips & Best Practices (Part 2 of 2)

When you conduct international trips in your business aircraft, it’s important to ensure that all persons onboard are prepared, from a health and immunization perspective, for travel to the intended destinations. Know what the risks are, be aware of travel and documentation […]

November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 2 – Impact on General Aviation

ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 2 – Impact on General Aviation

There’s a risk that some flight planning programs used by business aviation will not be fully updated and in compliance with new routing mandates as of November 13. It’s best to check and confirm with your 3rd-party provider or in-house scheduling department that flight […]

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

The UK is a common destination for business aviation operations. While UK ground handling services are of a high standard, advance planning and early notification of handling requests improve service options and help avoid unnecessary delays […]

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Four Tips for Protecting Your Aircraft From Germs and Bacteria

Four Tips for Protecting Your Aircraft From Germs and Bacteria

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the Ebola crisis affecting West Africa. Not unlike past outbreaks of other diseases (e.g., SARS, Bird Flu), this crisis has highlighted aviation since the industry is considered the most common transportation […]

November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

Business Aircraft Operations to Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

On September 14, Hurricane Odile made landfall in Los Cabos, Mexico, causing significant damage throughout Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Authorities and businesses have been working consistently over the past two months to repair […]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Operations to and from Endemic Countries: Key Considerations (Part 1 of 2)

Aircraft Operations to and from Endemic Countries: Key Considerations (Part 1 of 2)

With Ebola coverage all over the news, it’s more important than ever for business aircraft operators to be aware of and plan for international travel health risks. When you operate to/from regions with endemic health issues, it’s important to be aware of any relevant travel restrictions […]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 1 – What, When & How

ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 1 – What, When & How

On September 9, 2014, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) published final rules on modification, revocation, and establishment of multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes within the north central and northeast U.S. NAV CANADA has also announced routing changes for […]

November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Documentation, Hotels, and Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Documentation, Hotels, and Local Area

As long as you have correct documentation on hand, business aircraft operations to Greece are usually easy and straightforward. There’s almost always aircraft parking available – at many airports with advance notice – and adequate services can be obtained. Even at more remote destinations […]

November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Planning Tips: India Operations

Business Aviation Planning Tips: India Operations

Operations to India typically go smoothly for well-prepared business aircraft operators who’ve allowed sufficient trip planning lead time. It’s important, however, to be aware of permit and visa requirements as well as assorted local airport and airway operating restrictions. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Considerations when operating to […]

November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Saudi Arabia

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Saudi Arabia

For business aircraft operators, missions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are easy to facilitate with sufficient advance planning. There are, however, issues to consider in terms of permits, visas, and sponsor letter requirements. Particularly for first-time operators to the region, it’s important to work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler early in the […]

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders' Summit

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit

Brisbane, Australia is host city for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. The Summit will be held November 15 and 16 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the city’s central business district, South Bank. Brisbane’s upcoming G20 event is expected to attract up to 4,000 delegates. There will be increased demand for aviation […]

November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMs

Flight planning procedures and requirements for Greece follow the Eurocontrol policies, and, for business aircraft operators, these procedures are straightforward. It’s usually best to have your ground handler assist with flight plan filing in Greece. He or she can monitor […]

November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

Avoiding the need for passengers to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. when possible is a significant benefit for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. Any operator that meets Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requirements can become a "signatory carrier" and transport Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) participants to the U.S. without […]

November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Vietnam – Part 2: CIQ, Documentation, and Ground Services

Business Aviation in Vietnam – Part 2: CIQ, Documentation, and Ground Services

For business aircraft operators with missions to Vietnam, it’s important to coordinate visa and Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) arrangements and additional ground services with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler in advance […]

November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Medical Air Charters: Five Indicators of Quality

Medical Air Charters: Five Indicators of Quality

If a loved one is ill and needs to be transported to a specialized hospital, do you know the available options? Scrambling for services during an emergency only adds to the confusion and unnecessary stress. The best way to prepare is with a plan in place. Air ambulance and medical arrangements give patients the highest […]

November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Slots, Permits, and PPRs

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Slots, Permits, and PPRs

For business aircraft operating to Greece, permits and Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) are required in certain situations and at some airports. In all cases, however, you’ll need to request parking permission in advance. It’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider […]

October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More