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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
France Ops: Euro Football Championship 2016

France Ops: Euro Football Championship 2016

The 2016 Euro Football Championship takes place June 10-July 10 at ten locations throughout France. Special accreditation procedures are going to impact some general aviation (GA) operations to Le Bourget (LFPB), aircraft parking may be particularly challenging in the south of France…






May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Ground Handling

With over 90 million inhabitants Ethiopia is the second highest population nation in Africa and the most populous landlocked country in the world. While most general aviation (GA) operations to Ethiopia are to Addis Ababa (HAAB), other airports are also available to operators…






May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

There are a number of weather resources available to flight crew to indicate current and predicted fog conditions. It’s always important for crews to have a basic understanding of the various means of predicting fog and how this information is portrayed on charts and weather briefs…






May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports & Parking

2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports & Parking

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), an annual conference dedicated to economic and business issues, is expected to attract over 7000 political and business leaders this June. For business aircraft operators planning to fly in during this high-traffic event, we recommend confirming airport slots…






May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Milan Ops: 2016 Euro Football Champions League Final

Milan Ops: 2016 Euro Football Champions League Final

Milan’s Stadium Giuseppe Meazza will host the 2016 Euro Football Champions League Final on May 28. This is a very large event for the Milan area, and the 79,000 seat stadium is expected to sell out. For general aviation (GA) operations to Milan during the Champion League Finals, there are many operating considerations to be mindful of.






May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Airports and Services

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Airports and Services

Most general aviation (GA) operators heading to Ethiopia go to Addis Ababa (HAAB). While it’s fairly rare for operators to use other airports in the country, other good airfield options do exist. Be mindful, however, that service limitations and airport curfews must be considered for any operation other than to HAAB…






May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 2: Permits & Slots

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 2: Permits & Slots

Charter operators need to consider permit lead times as this may complicate short notice trips to Geneva (LSGG)—especially during the busy EBACE2016 period (May 24-26).Having required documentation and information ready will help accelerate the permit acquisition process. Also, be aware of the airport slot process and availability during this event…






May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 2: Permits, Fuel & Hotels

BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 2: Permits, Fuel & Hotels

For those planning to fly to the Spanish Grand Prix (May 13 – 15, 2016), it’s important to consider increased traffic and congestion at both Barcelona (LEBL) and Gerona (LEGE) and to be mindful of lead time requirement for charter permits, fuel uplifts, and customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) requirements…






May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 2: Operating Considerations

BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 2: Operating Considerations

In addition to what was covered in our last article, business aircraft operators flying into Japan during the G7 Summit period also need to be aware of possible permit requirements, the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) process for their preferred airport, and some general high-traffic event pre-planning considerations…






May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels

General aviation (GA) trips to Japan are something to look forward to regardless of the time of year. However, depending upon when you arrive, you could face limited options in terms of preferred hotel accommodations. We always recommend that operators consider and confirm crew accommodations early on in the trip planning process…






April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

EBACE 2016 runs May 24-26 at Geneva (LSGG), and this is a location that’s becoming more and more congested with general aviation (GA) activity. For those planning to attend this business aviation event or travel here during this time frame, we recommend beginning the trip planning process as early as possible…






April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 1: Airport and Parking Options

BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 1: Airport and Parking Options

The Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 will be held May 13 – 15 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, north of Barcelona. This event will bring in heavier than normal traffic to both Barcelona and Gerona with significant road congestion anticipated to/from the race circuit…






April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 1: Airport Options

BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 1: Airport Options

This year’s G7 Summit takes place May 26-27 at the Shima Kanko Hotel on Kashiko Island in Japan. In addition to attendance by G7 head of states, there will be associated meetings taking place with leaders from many other nations. We expect this to be a particularly busy G7 event for general aviation (GA) purposes…






April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Flight Planning & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Flight Planning & Weather

Flight planning for business aircraft operations in Japan is, for the most part, straight-forward. But, there are particular processes that should be followed to avoid potential operational issues on arrival/departure. As each airport has specific procedures and local operating restrictions, it’s best to review all requirements with your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler prior to day of operation…






April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ and Local Area

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ and Local Area

Landing permits procedures and lead time for Russia are relatively straight-forward, and airport slots will be available for general aviation (GA) operations to Sochi (URSS) during the Russian Grand Prix period (April 27 – May 2). However, be mindful that approved slots may not be at the time you request and revising a slot time may be challenging…






April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 1: Airports & Parking

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 1: Airports & Parking

The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place May 1, 2016 at the Sochi Autodrome. In addition to the main race event on May 1, practice races will be held April 29 with qualifying races taking place April 30. We anticipate general aviation (GA) traffic to the area will be at peak levels from about April 27 through to May 2, with more than 400 business aviation operations…






April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda

The 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa takes place May 11-13 2016 at Camp Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, is emerging as a regional tech hub and boasts one of sub-Sahara Africa’s fastest GDP growth rates. Leaders from across Africa will meet at Kigali to discuss the potential of rapid […]

April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Zika Virus and Business Aviation: Considerations for International Operators

Zika Virus and Business Aviation: Considerations for International Operators

Active transmission of Zika virus is a factor in certain countries and territories as noted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site. It’s important for international business aircraft operators to be aware of and mitigate Zika risks as well as to comply with aircraft disinfection mandates in place at various international locations. […]

April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 Cannes Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Slots, PPRs and Local Area

2016 Cannes Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Slots, PPRs and Local Area

Airport slots and prior permission requirement (PPR) mandates need to be addressed early in the flight planning process for business aircraft operations to either Nice (LFMN) or Cannes (LFMD) during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix period (May)…






April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
UK APD in 2016: Regulations & New Costs

UK APD in 2016: Regulations & New Costs

Advance passenger duty (APD) is a per passenger duty that must be paid to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for qualifying business aircraft departures from most UK airports. There are different procedures for registering for UK APD, and payment methods vary. It’s important for business aircraft operators traveling to the UK to be mindful of […]

April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2016 Special: Asia-Pacific Trip Planning Recap

ABACE 2016 Special: Asia-Pacific Trip Planning Recap

Over the past few years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Asia – regulatory changes and operational how-to’s for China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to name a few. With the 2016 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly sponsored by […]

April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements

Landing permits and aircraft parking approvals in Japan differ somewhat from other parts of the world, and they vary depending upon type of general aviation (GA) operation. As congestion at major airports in Japan can be considerable it’s recommended that all approvals be obtained as soon as schedule is known…






April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 Cannes Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: Airport Options

2016 Cannes Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: Airport Options

The French Riviera comes alive again this May with the Cannes Film Festival May 11-22 and Monaco Grand Prix May 26-29. Unlike previous years, when the two iconic events occurred at virtually the same time, they are spread out a little this time around…






April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More