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Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017– Part 2: Permits, Ground Handling & Local Area

Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017– Part 2: Permits, Ground Handling & Local Area

While landing permits for Italy are only required for charter (non-scheduled commercial) procedures involved and lead time required for such permits can be quite onerous. You also need to be aware of airport slots and Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) procedures…

November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 1: General Considerations

Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 1: General Considerations

Your greatest security risks on international travel, and even on domestic operations, are generally off-airport. Corporate crews routinely stay in hotels at assorted worldwide locations, and there are important considerations to be mindful of from both safety and security…






November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Part 1: Airports and Parking

Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Part 1: Airports and Parking

Milan Fashion Week takes place four times each year—with 2017 dates being Jan 21-27, Feb 22-28, Jun 17-20 and Sep 20-27. These are periods when general aviation (GA) movements increase and hotel accommodations can become more challenging. For those planning to attend one or…






November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

While permit requirements and associated lead times are not onerous for Dubai and Dubai-area airports, it’s important to be mindful of differing requirements between the various Emirates. Also, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) processes should be reviewed in advance due…






November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Managing Owner & Charter Use

Managing Owner & Charter Use

You’ve just taken delivery of your new business jet and look forward to fully using it to save travel time. However, your CFO reminds you that the aircraft’s business plan calls for 200 hours of charter a year to help offset some of the fixed costs of ownership. How will you manage all your…






November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) airshow is the leading business aviation exhibition in the Middle East for business aviation professionals. For general aviation (GA) operators planning to attend MEBAA 2016 December 6-8, there are a number of planning…






November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Finland Now Requires APIS Submissions for GA

Finland Now Requires APIS Submissions for GA

On April 29, 2004, Finland put advance passenger information system (APIS) filing requirements into place for scheduled commercial carriers, as a result of a European Union (EU) directive. However, it was not until September 1, 2016, that APIS reporting became mandatory for general aviation (GA). As this recent regulatory transition was not well publicized, there […]

November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
APEC 2016 Peru - Taking Place in Lima

APEC 2016 Peru – Taking Place in Lima

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Peru 2016, the Economic Leader’s Meeting, runs November 17-19 this year in Lima with the theme being “Quality Growth and Human Development.” As this event will significantly increase general aviation (GA) traffic to the region additional pre-trip and day of operation planning should be considered. The following is an overview of […]

November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ, Hotels, Security & More

Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ, Hotels, Security & More

With the exception of Cuba, the Caribbean, for the most part, has few requirements for permits, airport slots or prior permission required (PPRs) making operating in this region more user friendly than in many other parts of the world. Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ)…






November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

Cabotage restrictions have an impact on operations of non-U.S. registered business aircraft within the U.S. These rules and limitations, however, are often not well understood by general aviation (GA) operators. Consequences of non-compliance include Department of Transport (DOT) findings of violations, and potential order to cease and desist, as well as civil penalties of up […]

October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 3: Special Considerations

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 3: Special Considerations

When planning a mission in your business aircraft to a remote destination, additional steps need to be taken. Always consider the geopolitical situation at your destination. You always want to have back up plans ready in case you need to divert from/to a particular location…






October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

While the Caribbean region is a relatively easy operating environment for business aircraft operators in terms of permits, airport slots and documentation requirements, there are issues to consider during peak travel season. Parking runs out at certain locations, fuel uplifts…






October 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 2: Services and Credit

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 2: Services and Credit

When operating your business aircraft to a remote location, there will likely be cases where you will be handled by agents unfamiliar with the specific needs of general aviation (GA). Often service standards can be minimal, or at least of a lower standard than you’re accustomed to…






October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 2: Equipment & Certification Mandates

BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 2: Equipment & Certification Mandates

Business aircraft operators with limited Performance Based Navigation (PBN) capabilities and certifications will encounter increasing limitations when transiting North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). While certain options and exemptions are available for operators without all the latest…






October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Additional considerations are needed when operating to remote international locations and airports not frequented by general aviation (GA). For many of these locations it’s recommended to begin the pre-planning process three to four weeks in advance, due to logistical issues…






October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 1: Airports & Routings

BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 1: Airports & Routings

For business aircraft operators contemplating an Atlantic crossing, there are numerous flight planning requirements to consider, and there are more of these in the North Atlantic than the South. In particular, additional pre-planning is required when transiting North Atlantic Tracks…






October 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Planning Tips: Stockholm, Sweden

Business Aviation Planning Tips: Stockholm, Sweden

General aviation (GA) operating flexibility to Stockholm is good – with plenty of aircraft parking, full support services and straight-forward procedures. Your particular operation, aircraft type and need for schedule change flexibility may however impact your choice of airports at Stockholm. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Two airports […]

October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Wide-body and Large General Aviation Aircraft Operating Considerations

Wide-body and Large General Aviation Aircraft Operating Considerations

Additional trip planning, permit, and day of flight considerations are recommended when operating wide-body or large general aviation (GA) aircraft. If you’re flying a Boeing 777 rather than a Gulfstream G550, for example, there are particular planning and logistical challenges to be aware of in order to ensure smooth operations to international destinations. The following […]

October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 – Permits & Flight Plans

Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 – Permits & Flight Plans

Although Malaysia is not a complex operating environment, from the planning, permit and access perspective, it’s important to give yourself sufficient lead time to secure permits and, when required, airport slots…






September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing

Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing

As many fellow aircraft brokers can attest, this career can be a lucrative way to earn a living, but can also become frustrating at times. In attempt to sell an aircraft, many in the industry seek the shortest route to closing a sale and miss the opportunity to successfully complete the aircraft closing. Excited about the prospect of closing the deal…






September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Transiting Malaysia: Part 1 – Airports & Local Area

Transiting Malaysia: Part 1 – Airports & Local Area

Malaysia is a relatively straight-forward, easy, operating environment with limited documentation requirements. Overflight permits are not necessary for most operations, and currently there are no Stage II noise restrictions. While there are no strict cabotage limitations…






September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Nigeria: Recent Fueling Issues & Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Nigeria: Recent Fueling Issues & Considerations

Due to a number of factors – including economic turmoil, civil unrest and strikes – issues with aviation fuel availability, credit and pricing in Nigeria have escalated over recent months. Fuel availability/pricing has become more unpredictable than usual in this region. For any planned fuel uplifts in Nigeria it’s recommended that operators take additional steps […]

September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Kuala Lumpur - Which Airport to Choose

Kuala Lumpur – Which Airport to Choose

Corporate traffic to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia remains strong with steady movements. Both area airports, available to general aviation (GA), are convenient and good options although each has its pros and cons to consider. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Kuala Lumpur has three airports Although Simpang (WMKF) is not […]

September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Paris Fall Fashion Week 2016: Business Aviation Tips for Success

Paris Fall Fashion Week 2016: Business Aviation Tips for Success

Paris Fall Fashion Week 2016 runs Sep 27 – Oct 5 and takes place at multiple venues in central Paris. The Spring (Feb/Mar) and Fall (Sept/Oct) Fashion Week periods are always a busy period in Paris for business and leisure travel. During this time, you can expect preferred options for…






September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Tips: African Air Expo 2016 - Traveling to Accra

BizAv Ops Tips: African Air Expo 2016 – Traveling to Accra

The first major aerospace and aviation exhibition in Western Africa takes place Oct 24-26, 2016 at Accra Kotoka Intl (DGAA). This event brings major players in the aviation industry together, from throughout Africa and the international community, and is expected to draw significant general aviation (GA) traffic to the region. For any travel to Accra, […]

September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 2 of 2

Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 2 of 2

Each country has different regulations and requirements that must be adhered to as to when, where and how to file a Flight Plan (FPL) as well as revising flight plans…






September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 3: Planning Tips

Operating to Colombia – Part 3: Planning Tips

Authorities in Colombia are strict on documentation requirements governing business jet operations in the country, so if you are operating there, make sure all required information/documentation are provided. Also, it’s important to ensure passengers and crew have required visas and sufficient validity on passports to cover length of stay…






September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 1 of 2

Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 1 of 2

The process of filing and revising flight plans, as well as the validity periods of flight plans, differs by country. For some locations and regions this information may be more difficult to obtain. For destinations outside your home country/region, it’s often best to work with your 3rd-party…






September 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Fuel Alert: Fuel Shortages in Nigeria

Fuel Alert: Fuel Shortages in Nigeria

As a result of the currency devaluation currently taking place in Nigeria, recurring fuel shortages are being reported across the country, particularly in Abuja (DNAA), Port Harcourt (DNPO) and Lagos (DNMM). Fuel suppliers across Nigeria are not able to keep an adequate supply of fuel on hand, leading to recurring shortages. It is recommended that […]

September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 2: Permit Considerations

Operating to Colombia – Part 2: Permit Considerations

When traveling to Colombia, you’ll need to consider landing permits as well as overflight permits for surrounding countries. While the landing permit process for Colombia is fairly straightforward, there are particular documentation requirements and procedures to be…






August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More