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UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 1 – APD Basics

UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 1 – APD Basics

UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) was extended to General Aviation (GA) in April 2013 following its earlier introduction to commercial aviation in 1994. It is calculated based on distance flown and seat pitch, with higher rates imposed for aircraft with 1) a Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) [...]

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Operations to and From Endemic Countries: Tips & Best Practices (Part 2 of 2)

Aircraft Operations to and From Endemic Countries: Tips & Best Practices (Part 2 of 2)

When you conduct international trips in your business aircraft, it’s important to ensure that all persons onboard are prepared, from a health and immunization perspective, for travel to the intended destinations. Know what the risks are, be aware of travel and documentation [...]

November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 2 – Impact on General Aviation

ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 2 – Impact on General Aviation

There’s a risk that some flight planning programs used by business aviation will not be fully updated and in compliance with new routing mandates as of November 13. It’s best to check and confirm with your 3rd-party provider or in-house scheduling department that flight [...]

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

The UK is a common destination for business aviation operations. While UK ground handling services are of a high standard, advance planning and early notification of handling requests improve service options and help avoid unnecessary delays [...]

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Four Tips for Protecting Your Aircraft From Germs and Bacteria

Four Tips for Protecting Your Aircraft From Germs and Bacteria

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the Ebola crisis affecting West Africa. Not unlike past outbreaks of other diseases (e.g., SARS, Bird Flu), this crisis has highlighted aviation since the industry is considered the most common transportation [...]

November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

Business Aircraft Operations to Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

On September 14, Hurricane Odile made landfall in Los Cabos, Mexico, causing significant damage throughout Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Authorities and businesses have been working consistently over the past two months to repair [...]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Operations to and from Endemic Countries: Key Considerations (Part 1 of 2)

Aircraft Operations to and from Endemic Countries: Key Considerations (Part 1 of 2)

With Ebola coverage all over the news, it’s more important than ever for business aircraft operators to be aware of and plan for international travel health risks. When you operate to/from regions with endemic health issues, it’s important to be aware of any relevant travel restrictions [...]

November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 1 – What, When & How

ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 1 – What, When & How

On September 9, 2014, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) published final rules on modification, revocation, and establishment of multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes within the north central and northeast U.S. NAV CANADA has also announced routing changes for [...]

November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Documentation, Hotels, and Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Documentation, Hotels, and Local Area

As long as you have correct documentation on hand, business aircraft operations to Greece are usually easy and straightforward. There’s almost always aircraft parking available – at many airports with advance notice – and adequate services can be obtained. Even at more remote destinations [...]

November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Planning Tips: India Operations

Business Aviation Planning Tips: India Operations

Operations to India typically go smoothly for well-prepared business aircraft operators who’ve allowed sufficient trip planning lead time. It’s important, however, to be aware of permit and visa requirements as well as assorted local airport and airway operating restrictions. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Considerations when operating to […]

November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Saudi Arabia

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Saudi Arabia

For business aircraft operators, missions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are easy to facilitate with sufficient advance planning. There are, however, issues to consider in terms of permits, visas, and sponsor letter requirements. Particularly for first-time operators to the region, it’s important to work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler early in the […]

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders' Summit

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit

Brisbane, Australia is host city for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. The Summit will be held November 15 and 16 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the city’s central business district, South Bank. Brisbane’s upcoming G20 event is expected to attract up to 4,000 delegates. There will be increased demand for aviation […]

November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMs

Flight planning procedures and requirements for Greece follow the Eurocontrol policies, and, for business aircraft operators, these procedures are straightforward. It’s usually best to have your ground handler assist with flight plan filing in Greece. He or she can monitor [...]

November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

Avoiding the need for passengers to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. when possible is a significant benefit for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. Any operator that meets Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requirements can become a "signatory carrier" and transport Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) participants to the U.S. without […]

November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Vietnam – Part 2: CIQ, Documentation, and Ground Services

Business Aviation in Vietnam – Part 2: CIQ, Documentation, and Ground Services

For business aircraft operators with missions to Vietnam, it’s important to coordinate visa and Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) arrangements and additional ground services with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler in advance [...]

November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Medical Air Charters: Five Indicators of Quality

Medical Air Charters: Five Indicators of Quality

If a loved one is ill and needs to be transported to a specialized hospital, do you know the available options? Scrambling for services during an emergency only adds to the confusion and unnecessary stress. The best way to prepare is with a plan in place. Air ambulance and medical arrangements give patients the highest […]

November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Slots, Permits, and PPRs

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Slots, Permits, and PPRs

For business aircraft operating to Greece, permits and Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) are required in certain situations and at some airports. In all cases, however, you’ll need to request parking permission in advance. It’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider [...]

October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Weather Pressure Systems and Business Aviation

Weather Pressure Systems and Business Aviation

Atmospheric pressure is the force per unit area exerted on the surface by the weight of air above that surface. Atmospheric pressure varies widely on Earth, and these pressure changes are important in terms of local weather. For business aircraft operators, analyzing and understanding [...]

October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Vietnam: Part 1 – Operational Tips

Business Aviation in Vietnam: Part 1 – Operational Tips

Vietnam is attracting an increasing number of business- and tourism-related General Aviation (GA) movements – primarily to three or four key locations. While GA infrastructure is somewhat restricted in Vietnam, and choices in ground handling services are limited, operations to this part [...]

October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is probably the easiest and least restrictive region in the Middle East in terms of business aircraft permit requirements. We hear of few issues with landing permit requests and/or revisions for this area. Still, it’s important to ensure that any information/documentation submitted with permit requests is correct and valid, as […]

October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Operations in Greece: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

For business aircraft operators traveling to Greece, always confirm fuel uplift and credit requirements with your ground handler prior to arrival. It’s important to have correct documentation on hand to confirm fuel uplifts and to exempt Value-Added Tax (VAT) when applicable [...]

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operation to Fiji – Basic Information for Operators

Business Aircraft Operation to Fiji – Basic Information for Operators

With advance preparation business aircraft operations to Fiji tend to go very smoothly. It’s important, however, to be very clear and precise with regards to any changes to the schedule, crew, or passengers and to ensure that you have a stamped gen dec from your last departure point available [...]

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 3 – Alternate Recommendation – Tianjin (ZBTJ)

Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 3 – Alternate Recommendation – Tianjin (ZBTJ)

If you need to keep your business aircraft in the Beijing area longer than 48 hours, it’s best to operate to Tianjin (ZBTJ) and either travel to central Beijing by ground or drop passengers at Beijing (ZBAA) and reposition to ZBTJ [...]

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

Regulatory and other operational requirements can change at a moment’s notice. A great example of such changes is the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) changes that took place this year. Our blog’s mission is to give you the information you need to stay current on the information you need to make your missions successful. With the […]

October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

The Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) experience in Greece is relatively quick, professional, and user-friendly. If you’re arriving from outside the European Union (EU), however, it’s important to confirm you have all documentation and required visas in order prior to arrival [...]

October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Surprisingly we are still having discussions about the importance of a third crewmember on large cabin aircraft. Perhaps we have been discussing points that are simply too obvious and need to consider some of the benefits of a third crewmember that nobody really wants to think about [...]

October 15, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

For business aircraft operators traveling to China, it’s important to plan on sufficient lead time to obtain overflight and landing permits, as well as secure any required airport slots. Planning a trip to Beijing (ZBAA) is more involved than at most airports in China as airport slots are always required [...]

October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

For business aircraft operators, catering is an essential element of any flight mission and one that’s “highly visible” from the passenger perspective. While catering issues and malfunctions are inevitable from time to time, these challenges can usually be addressed and rectified creatively [...]

October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Ground Handling

Airports in Greece are much busier during summer months (May-September) for business aircraft operators. You’ll always do better to make aircraft parking, ground handling, and fuel arrangements well in advance of arrival. By planning early you may be able to expedite the Customs [...]

October 9, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Last-Minute Trip Changes: Knowing Your Options

Last-Minute Trip Changes: Knowing Your Options

In the business aviation world, last-minute schedule changes are many times inevitable. While schedule revisions can be more challenging in certain parts of the world, solutions are always possible with adequate planning and connections. Before submitting change requests [...]

October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More