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Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

For business aircraft operators, flight planning for Costa Rica is a straightforward process if the destination is an international airport. Additional considerations apply for any operation to domestic airfields within the country […]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Which GA Airport to Pick for Frankfurt: Part 1 – Landing Options

Which GA Airport to Pick for Frankfurt: Part 1 – Landing Options

For business aircraft operators, operating to Frankfurt is seldom an issue in terms of aircraft parking and service availability. There are, however, considerations in terms of airport slots, Prior Permissions Required (PPRs), and documentation. Work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler to take advantage of your options when planning a trip to the Frankfurt area […]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Italian Charter Permits: Part 2 of 2 – Permit Approval Process

Italian Charter Permits: Part 2 of 2 – Permit Approval Process

Lead times for Italian charter permits are firm, and short-notice permit requests are not normally possible. Note that once a charter permit application has been made, with all required documentation submitted, the operator may travel to Italy without notice once the permit is approved […]

April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Beverage Services In-flight – Elevate the Passenger Experience

Beverage Services In-flight – Elevate the Passenger Experience

While in-flight catering pre-planning usually focuses on food selection, it’s important to note that beverage options are also very important considerations in terms of enhancing the overall in-flight experience. Current trends in beverage mixology are all about making beverage options […]

April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

While Costa Rica is a relatively easy and business aviation-friendly environment, there are operating and parking limitations to be mindful of. Aircraft parking availability can be an issue during high season. There are no guarantees that airport authorities will approve a General Aviation (GA) parking request during the busy season […]

April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 3 – Airport Operations, Alternates, and CIQ

Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 3 – Airport Operations, Alternates, and CIQ

While business aircraft operators traveling to Hong Kong (VHHH) will face overnight parking denials from time to time, there are tips to keep in mind to improve your odds of securing aircraft parking. It’s always best to plan ahead and submit requests 30 days in advance […]

April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Italian Charter Permits Changes – Part 1 of 2: General Requirements

Italian Charter Permits Changes – Part 1 of 2: General Requirements

Italian charter permits and associated requirements have changed a few times over the past two years. Today, permit requirements vary depending upon where your aircraft is registered, passenger seating capacity, where you’re operating, and how recently you’ve conducted a charter operation to Italy […]

April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
ABACE2015 Prep: Business Aircraft Trip Planning in Asia

ABACE2015 Prep: Business Aircraft Trip Planning in Asia

Over the past three years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Asia – including permit and parking changes in China, Vietnam ops, and Indonesia ops, to name a few. With the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow — co-hosted by […]

April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

While the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process in Costa Rica is relatively easy for business aviation, crew members and passengers, passport validity, visa requirements, and vaccinations are considerations to be mindful of […]

April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 2 – Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 2 – Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Landing permits, Prior Permissions Required (PPRs), and airport slots are needed for all travel to Hong Kong (VHHH). A trip to Hong Kong – involving multiple request procedures to various airport authority departments – requires more pre-planning than those to most other international locations […]

April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 3: Local Area Considerations for GA

2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 3: Local Area Considerations for GA

Next to airport slot and parking issues, securing short-notice hotel accommodations will be one of the larger issues during the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix period. It’s important to try to avoid schedule revisions as rescheduling can have a negative cascading effect […]

April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 2: Slots, Documentation & Local Area

Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 2: Slots, Documentation & Local Area

Operators to China must ensure that appropriate lead times are considered when requesting permits and slots. Be aware that documentation requirements and opportunities to revise schedules can be particularly strict when traveling to China […]

April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

While landing permits are not needed for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations, there are certain limitations and considerations that must be taken into account regarding airport options and Airports of Entry (AOEs) when flying to Costa Rica […]

April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 1 – Parking & PPRs

Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 1 – Parking & PPRs

Arranging overnight aircraft parking continues to be a challenge at Hong Kong (VHHH) – even for operators based on the airfield. There are, however, steps you can take to improve success with parking requests. Keep in mind that if you need to relocate your aircraft, for overnight parking purposes, it may be necessary to consider […]

April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: GA Parking & CIQ Clearance

2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: GA Parking & CIQ Clearance

For business aircraft operators, parking limitations will not be as critical a factor during the opening phase of the Cannes Film Festival. The heaviest traffic period, when airport slots and parking approvals will be more of a significant issue, is expected to be May 21-26 […]

March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 1: Shanghai Airport & Parking Options

Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 1: Shanghai Airport & Parking Options

The 2015 Chinese Grand Prix takes place April 10-12 at Shanghai. The Shanghai International Circuit, located about a 45-minute drive from central Shanghai, features a 5.451-kilometer (3.39-mile) track. This is a highly popular regional event, so it’s important to organize aircraft support and travel arrangements […]

March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

When operating to Costa Rica, it’s best to preplan aviation fuel uplifts, well in advance, particularly during high season (end of November till end of March). If you’re planning to depart during peak operating hours, it’s recommended to fuel on arrival or land with sufficient fuel to manage your […]

March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Long-range aviation weather forecasts have become more and more accurate over the years. These forecasts are generally created three to five days ahead of day-of-flight operation. Specific weather modeling computer programs – when interpreted by experienced aviation weather professionals – provide business aircraft operators with valuable tools in the preliminary trip and permit planning process. […]

March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

Be prepared for high General Aviation (GA) traffic when operating to the French Riviera this May. With the Cannes International Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix taking place simultaneously, operational challenges can be anticipated in terms of aircraft parking, hotel accommodations […]

March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

There are various types of security assessments available for business aircraft operators. These range from basic country assessments to highly individualized local area assessments to assessments covering overflight, routings, and potential alternate airports. There are generally four categories […]

March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Continuing from our last article covering ground handling in Costa Rica, there are some additional considerations when it comes to aircraft parking, in-flight catering, and using domestic airfields that you should be aware of when operating your business jet to this country.

March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
ABACE2015 to Feature Key Discussions Addressing Operational Needs Across Asia-Pacific

ABACE2015 to Feature Key Discussions Addressing Operational Needs Across Asia-Pacific

As the operational environment for business aviation in the Asia-Pacific continues to evolve, operators must remain continually aware of changing procedures, expanded services and new equipment requirements, and other challenges across the region […]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Updated Charter Ops Security Screening in for Italy – Part 2: Screening Procedures

Updated Charter Ops Security Screening in for Italy – Part 2: Screening Procedures

As of early February 2015, additional security screening inspections have been implemented for certain international scheduled commercial, air taxi General Aviation (GA) charter (non-scheduled commercial) arrivals to Italy. While these additional security steps add about […]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Last-Minute Requests

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Last-Minute Requests

For business aircraft operators, last-minute international trips are often manageable when working with an experienced 3rd-party provider and assuming that all required information and documentation are available. It’s important to understand the differences among all […]

March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 1: General Tips

Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 1: General Tips

We all understand the value of security awareness and the need to try to avoid potential security issues. There are, however, areas of security planning/awareness that we all tend to overlook from time to time. Particularly when conducting business aircraft operations to moderate or high risk areas […]

March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Costa Rica is a friendly destination for business aircraft operations. Ground handling quality is high at major airports, and most services are readily available. Still, there are many issues to be mindful of, including availability of services at your destination, customs and immigration services […]

March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Updated Charter Ops Security Screening for Italy – Part 1: New Requirements

Updated Charter Ops Security Screening for Italy – Part 1: New Requirements

Revised security screening procedures have recently been put in place for certain charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Italy. While these new requirements are considered temporary, it’s important for charter operators to be aware of new security mandates, as well as associated delays […]

March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to the Galapagos Islands – Part 2: Operating Considerations

Business Aircraft Operations to the Galapagos Islands – Part 2: Operating Considerations

Pre-planning is imperative when traveling to the Galapagos Islands. Keep in mind that only private non-revenue, and not charter (non-scheduled commercial), general aviation operations may travel to the islands, with a limit of 20 passengers onboard the aircraft. Three weeks is recommended minimum lead time for the landing permit process […]

March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Guide to Flight Ops Into Shanghai for ABACE 2015 – Part 2: Landing Permits, Slots, & Visas

Guide to Flight Ops Into Shanghai for ABACE 2015 – Part 2: Landing Permits, Slots, & Visas

For General Aviation (GA) operations to the Shanghai area during the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) period, it’s important to ensure that airport slots and landing permits are obtained well in advance. Be aware of permit revision limitations in China as you’ll normally not be able to make […]

March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Hilo (PHTO)

Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Hilo (PHTO)

Hilo (PHTO) is a quiet location with no congestion issues affecting General Aviation (GA) movements. PHTO serves as an ideal quick turn between North America and the Southern Pacific or Asia. It is not as busy as Kona (PHKO) and closer to great circle on certain trans-Pacific routings […]

March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More