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Operating to Colombia – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

Operating to Colombia – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

General aviation (GA) operators travel to Colombia for both business and leisure, and traffic to this region remains steady. While the operating environment here is much more straight-forward and less onerous compared to other countries in the region such as Venezuela…

August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Regulatory Update: Hong Kong Slots & Parking

Regulatory Update: Hong Kong Slots & Parking

For business aircraft operators, obtaining airport slots for Hong Kong (VHHH) had been a somewhat relaxed process in the past. There were no penalties, for example, for not using a confirmed slot, and operators were often able to depart VHHH without an airport slot. This all changes on September 1, 2106 with new regulatory requirements […]

August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
LABACE 2016: Business Aircraft Operations to Brazil

LABACE 2016: Business Aircraft Operations to Brazil

There are many operating requirements to consider when traveling to Brazil, and this information can change at a moment’s notice. With the 2016 Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) taking place next week, we thought it would be useful to compile recent articles on business aircraft operations to Brazil. See recent articles on […]

August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 2 – Dealing with TFR Restrictions

Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 2 – Dealing with TFR Restrictions

In order to experience the least potential operational impact from a Presidential Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR), always check the FAA website – beginning 72 hours prior to time of operation. Note that during VIP TFR closures you may need to revise your schedule, to operate…






August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Ops to the Cape Verde Islands – Part 2: Permits, Visas and Health Considerations

Bizjet Ops to the Cape Verde Islands – Part 2: Permits, Visas and Health Considerations

Always ensure that you have appropriate landing and overflight permits for business aircraft operations to, or over, the Cape Verdes Islands. If you’re landing at any airport other than Sal Island (GVAC) or Praia (GVNP) it’s recommended that all services you require are confirmed in advance…






August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Planning Tips: B20 & G20 Summits in Hangzhou, China

BizJet Planning Tips: B20 & G20 Summits in Hangzhou, China

The first G20 Summit hosted by China takes place in Hangzhou on Sept 4 – 5. Every year, this event generates an influx of private flights for the host city—including Head of State and VVIP flights. This year’s G20 will be no different…






August 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 1 – Closure Areas and Restrictions

Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 1 – Closure Areas and Restrictions

Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are put in place for U.S. presidential and vice presidential movements within the U.S. As these impose closures that impact general aviation (GA) movements, it’s important to understand TFR implications as well as the various nuances associated with regulatory compliance…






August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Ops to the Cape Verde Islands – Part 1: Top Tips & Considerations

Bizjet Ops to the Cape Verde Islands – Part 1: Top Tips & Considerations

The Cape Verde Islands, officially the Republic or Cabo Verde, is a collection of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. While the Cape Verde Islands are seldom destination stops, the strategic location of this island group offers attractive tech stop opportunities for business aircraft operators…






August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
LABACE 2016 – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & PPRs

LABACE 2016 – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & PPRs

Be aware of additional traffic heading to Brazil during the 2016 Brazil Summer Games (August 5-September 18) and LABACE 2016 (August 30-September 1) period and begin the trip planning process as far in advance as possible…






August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Venice International Film Festival

BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Venice International Film Festival

This year’s Venice International Film Festival (or the Venice Film Festival) runs August 31 – September 10 at the Lido Venice. It is the oldest film festival in the world, founded in 1932, and comprises one of the “Big Three” film festivals alongside the Berlin International Film Festival…






August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More
LABACE 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking, CIQ & Local Area

LABACE 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking, CIQ & Local Area

The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place two weeks later than usual this year, due to the 2016 Brazil Summer Olympics, and will run August 30 – September 1 at Sao Paulo Congonhas (SBSP). As all airports in the Sao Paulo area are expected…






July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games - Part 2: : Flight Planning, Parking & CIQ

OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 2: : Flight Planning, Parking & CIQ

Flight planning to Brazil will be somewhat more complex and involved during the Summer Games period (August 5-September 18). Parking at primary airports and especially Galeao, Rio de Janeiro (SBGL) will be in high demand…






July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 2: Contingency Planning

Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 2: Contingency Planning

While there’s almost always a way to set up a short notice general aviation (GA) flight to any major high-traffic event, the best options and the most hassle free experience are available to those who plan early and have Plan B contingency options in place…






July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games - Part 1: Airport Slots and Hub Airports

OPS UPDATE | 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Airport Slots and Hub Airports

We’re a little more than a month out from the 2016 Brazil Summer Games, and authorities are now publishing additional information pertinent to operations to Brazil—and, especially, Galeao, Rio de Janeiro (SBGL)…






July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 1: Preplanning Tips

Ops Planning for High-Traffic GA Events – Part 1: Preplanning Tips

When high-traffic events—such as certain international sporting, political, economic and religious events—take place, additional challenges come into play when planning general aviation (GA) operations. This is especially true for events that bring in an influx of GA traffic…






July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Game – Part 2: Security Briefs and Executive Protection

BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Game – Part 2: Security Briefs and Executive Protection

Effectively mitigating security risks for travel to the 2016 Brazil Summer Games (August 5-September 18) involves recognizing potential risks and threats well prior to day of operation. It’s suggested that operators undertake rigorous assessments of what passengers and crew will be…






July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

Business Aircraft Ops to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC), July 18-23, will bring significant increases in general aviation (GA) traffic to the Cleveland area. While options will always be available for short notice or last minute trips we recommend making arrangements as early as possible in order to secure the best aircraft parking and accommodation options..






July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 2 - Visas, Support Services & Credit

Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 2 – Visas, Support Services & Credit

While general aviation (GA) operations to Cuba can often be coordinated and set up fairly quickly, it’s important not to overlook any required trip planning or day of operation details. This includes obtaining visas, keeping detailed records of your activities in Cuba and making advance credit arrangements…






July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix

This year’s Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix takes place July 22-24 at the Hungaroring Track, about 25 km northeast of central Budapest. This popular race event, which has taken place here since 1986, attracts elevated general aviation (GA) traffic to the region and puts a strain on local hotel availability. If you’re planning on attending, […]

July 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 1 – Regulatory Considerations

Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 1 – Regulatory Considerations

Over the past year we’ve seen quite a few changes in terms of easing of restrictions for N-registered general aviation (GA) operations to Cuba. While there’s been no real regularity to updates from the U.S. side, and Cuban authorities tend to not always announce regulatory changes in advance, operating restrictions continue to ease…






June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Risk Assessment

BizAv Security Planning for the 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Part 1: Risk Assessment

Security threat awareness and risk mitigation must be top of mind awareness for general aviation (GA) operators traveling to the 2016 Brazil Summer Games (August 5-September 18). Rio de Janeiro is well known for petty and violent crime, as well as criminal gang activity, while other Summer Games venues in Brazil also have their associated risks…






June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow takes place July 11 – 17, hosting over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries. This will be a busy period and general aviation (GA) operators are advised to confirm aircraft parking and crew accommodation options as early as possible. This event, which has operated continuously since 1948 and occurs on every […]

June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

Here and there around the world you’ll encounter airport slot situations more challenging than the average. These are typically very popular locations frequently congested with scheduled commercial activity. With proper advance planning and coordination with your 3rd-party…






June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Hotel, Local Area & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Hotel, Local Area & Weather

Most general aviation (GA) operators who travel to Ethiopia land only at Addis Ababa (HAAB). This location offers adequate crew accommodation options, full aircraft services and has good on and off airport security.






June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland

Heads of State and heads of government of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries meet in Warsaw, Poland, July 8 and 9, for the 2016 NATO Summit. This meeting, held in the National Stadium, is a periodic opportunity for NATO member countries to evaluate and generate policy. For general aviation (GA) operators this event will […]

June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Flight Planning

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Flight Planning

Ethiopia is a generally straight-forward general aviation (GA) operating environment, but with some unique considerations operators must be mindful of. While flight planning and regulatory requirements in this region are generally less onerous and more flexible than many other parts…






June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

The 2016 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place July 1-3 at the Red Bull Circuit, just outside of Spielberg. As with all major international sporting events, general aviation (GA) traffic to the area will be higher than normal, local hotel accommodations are going to be limited, and road congestion close to the race venue […]

June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Offsetting Costs By Chartering Your Aircraft

Offsetting Costs By Chartering Your Aircraft

There are many benefits in owning a business aircraft such as being able to operate directly to your business destination, avoiding commercial airlines with long lines, and having an aircraft available at any time the passengers requires it. However, you will find that the associated costs in maintaining an aircraft when not used can prove expensive for many…






June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

Some airports are more challenging than others in terms of obtaining/revising airport slots. Certain locations confirm slot requests well prior to day of operation while others may not confirm slots until a few days, or even 24 hours, prior to operation…






June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Permits, Slots & PPRs

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Permits, Slots & PPRs

Ethiopian landing and overflight permits are straightforward but will not be processed without full and complete information and operating schedules. When landing in Ethiopia the purpose of your flight, along with a local business contact, must always be provided to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)…






June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More