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Operating to Israel – Part 1: Airports & Local Area

Operating to Israel – Part 1: Airports & Local Area

Operating to Israel involves unique operating considerations, restrictions and security procedures that can complicate trip planning. For general aviation (GA) operators who travel to this region on a routine basis, missions go smoothly and can be set up on relatively short notice…

February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Security Tips for Higher Threat Locations – Part 1: Risk Mitigation

Security Tips for Higher Threat Locations – Part 1: Risk Mitigation

There are security risks to consider at all international destinations but some locations have higher threat levels than others. While larger airports around the world are relatively secure off airport, risks can be significant in many regions. Before traveling to any location it’s important to…

February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Sourcing adequate crew accommodations at World Cup venue locations can be a concern, particularly for shorter notice or last minute operations. Support providers and local ground handlers will have options available but these may not be in preferred areas or the particular…

February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

While landing permits for the Emirates can be obtained easily and quickly overflight permits to and from the region can be an important planning consideration. There are safety of flight issues to consider in terms of routing as well as individual flight department SOP that may…

February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 2: Permits, Cabotage & Visas

Russian overflight and landing permits are easier and more user friendly to obtain than even just a few years ago. Still, it’s always best to allow a little more than official permit lead time when making requests for any operation during the busy World Cup period…

February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking, & CIQ

Attending Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking, & CIQ

The Abu Dhabi Airshow takes place once every two years at Al Bateen (OMAD) Feb 26-28, 2018, positioning the Emirate as a leading global hub of aviation and aerospace. At just about the same time – Feb 27 to Mar 3 – the Dubai Boat Show unveils its offerings, continuing to establish…

February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Russian World Cup will take place at 11 different cities across the country, from June 14 through July 15. This sporting event is expected to draw three million attendees, ensuring increased congestion at the various host airports. General aviation (GA) operators should be prepared for…

January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 2: Parking, CIQ and Services

Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 2: Parking, CIQ and Services

At many airports in Brazil it can be difficult obtaining aircraft parking and, in some cases, you may need to drop and go. Restrictions are in place at certain airports in terms of length of parking and size of aircraft. It’s important to consider any potential parking restrictions early on…

January 29, 2018 | 0 Comments More
2018 Aircraft Sales Forecast and What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

2018 Aircraft Sales Forecast and What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

There are many areas encompassing aviation, from private executive jets that charter flights like an upscale Uber sharing concept, to pre-paying aircraft block hours on cards, to shared ownership, to private use. Depending on what your needs are, there are things you need to consider for buying and selling an aircraft over the next year…

January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 1: Airport Considerations

This is a post by author Adonis Bastos. Adonis is the Flight Coordinator at Universal Aviation Brazil, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. Adonis is an expert on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at adonisbastos@universalaviation.aero. This is part one of a […]

January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments More
CPDLC Requirements Changed in Late 2017

CPDLC Requirements Changed in Late 2017

Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) are currently required in Datalink Mandated (DLM) airspace within the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). As of Dec 7, 2017, airspace impacted by CPDLC requirements expanded and this affects general aviation (GA) transatlantic operations. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. CPDLC requirements On Dec […]

January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Venice Carnival 2018 – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, CIQ & Local Area

Traveling to Venice Carnival 2018 – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, CIQ & Local Area

As prior permissions required (PPRs) are always needed for Venice (LIPZ) it’s best to request this as soon as schedule is known. PPR specifies your parking approval and duration. While parking approvals and length of stay can be revised upon arrival it’s always best to limit changes during…

January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Singapore Airshow 2018 – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Local Area

Traveling to Singapore Airshow 2018 – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Local Area

General aviation (GA) operations into Seletar (WSSL) are straight-forward with reasonably good operational and schedule revision flexibility, should the operator wish to make short notice or last minute changes. Singapore Changi (WSSS)is a much more inflexible and challenging operating environment…

January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Rio Carnival 2018: Airports, Parking, Permits, PPRs & CIQ

Traveling to Rio Carnival 2018: Airports, Parking, Permits, PPRs & CIQ

This year’s Rio Carnival runs Feb 9-14 with assorted events ranging from parades, music, and samba hall rehearsals. You can either arrive on the cusp of the activities and dive straight into the festivities or perhaps land in Rio earlier to witness spectacles additional spectacles, such as…

January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The Carnival of Venice 2018 is an annual celebration of music, culture and costumes and it takes place Jan 27-Feb 15 on Venice island. If you’re attending via general aviation (GA) it’s best to make parking, aircraft support and crew accommodations arrangements as soon as the…

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Singapore Airshow 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

Traveling to Singapore Airshow 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

Asia’s largest aerospace and defense event takes place Feb 6-11 at Singapore Changi (WSSS). Held once every two years, the Singapore Airshow attracts industry executives from around the world in addition to high-level government and military delegations. Conferences and static…

January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the World Economic Forum at Davos – Airports, Parking & Services

Traveling to the World Economic Forum at Davos – Airports, Parking & Services

Davos World Economic Forum takes place at Davos-Klosters Jan 23-26, 2018, a meeting venue just a drive through the mountains from Zurich. With a theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,” Davos 2018 will be a busy venue with congestion issues to consider for general aviation (GA). The following is an overview […]

January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 3: Passports, Visas & CIQ

Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 3: Passports, Visas & CIQ

For U.S. and many other nationals access to Mexico is straight-forward and easy. However, there are considerations to be mindful of in clearing customs, immigration and customs (CIQ) as procedures and requirements can vary airport to airport…

December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 2: Fuel, Catering, Cabotage & Local Area

Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 2: Fuel, Catering, Cabotage & Local Area

The good news for general aviation (GA) operators heading to popular Mexican resort destinations during peak travel season is that availability of parking, crew accommodations and comprehensive support services are the best they’ve been…

December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
International Tech Stops - Part 2: Permits & Operating Tips

International Tech Stops – Part 2: Permits & Operating Tips

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “International Tech Stops – Part 1: Clearance and Landing Considerations.” In addition to considering all required permits for your trip, there are many additional considerations to be mindful of when planning international tech stops. Some locations are easier and more straight-forward than others […]

December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 1: Airports & Permits

Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 1: Airports & Permits

High season for general aviation (GA) operations to Mexican resort destinations is mid-November through the end of April. While airport infrastructure and ground handling support are of high standards at these destinations there are considerations to be mindful of…

December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
International Tech Stops --- Part 1: Clearance and Landing Considerations

International Tech Stops – Part 1: Clearance and Landing Considerations

Procedures and requirements for clearing customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) on international tech stops vary across the world. While some locations including the U.S. require CIQ clearance for all international arrivals including tech stops, other locations such as the Cape…

December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 4 – Best Practice Tips

Operating Requirements: Part 4 – Best Practice Tips

An international check list is always an effective tool when planning an international trip. Ensure you have all required overflight and landing permits, consider aircraft parking and security at destination and be sure you have all required documentation onboard in the event of a ramp…

December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 2: Special Considerations

Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 2: Special Considerations

When a variety of equal time point (ETP) possibilities are available, operators have the option of being more selective and choosing airports with the best available service and support capabilities. However, there are times when available ETPs may be few and far between — such…

December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 3 – Particular Restrictions

Operating Requirements: Part 3 – Particular Restrictions

It’s always important to do your due diligence in terms of pre-trip planning. Consequences of missing a procedural step or documentation requirement may trigger issues with your permit application and/or operating flexibility day of operation…

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 1: Planning Tips

Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 1: Planning Tips

There’s no regulatory requirement for general aviation (GA) operators to calculate Equal Time Points (ETPs) when planning and filing flight plans. However, ETP planning is a best practice procedure most operators choose to make as part of the pre-flight planning process…

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

Many unique operating requirements, here and there around the world, are location specific while others depend on the type of flight you’re operating. Some requirements, such as age restrictions, only apply to charter operations while others apply to all flight activity. It’s…

November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

It’s important to be very specific when ordering catering. Be mindful that any part of a catering order can be misinterpreted without a clear understanding on both sides. Differences in terminology, even between the UK and U.S. can result in catering outcomes that may not be…

November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 1 – Unique Airport and Country Considerations

Operating Requirements: Part 1 – Unique Airport and Country Considerations

Business aviation remains the best way to move around the world. There are, however, a myriad of assorted operating requirements that must be complied with when dealing with worldwide operations. Certain countries have unique operating requirements and/or particular…

November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Visas & CIQ

Traveling to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Visas & CIQ

While the permit request process for Abu Dhabi is one of the easier worldwide, with minimal documentation requirements, it’s important to consider officially mandated permit lead times…

November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More