Recent Articles

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 2: CIQ

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 2: CIQ

Generally speaking, Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) procedures at Kona Int.’l (PHKO) are fairly routine for business aircraft operations, and local officials are accommodating in working with operator schedules. However, the Hawaiian Islands do have strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements […]

January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 1 – Keeping Specs/Weights Updated

Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 1 – Keeping Specs/Weights Updated

Aircraft specs differ depending on aircraft model as well as the particular aircraft. For instance if you have three similar models of aircraft in your fleet, each is likely to have different specs/weights to consider. Providing the most current and accurate aircraft specifications and weights to your 3rd-party […]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Istanbul, Turkey

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is becoming an increasingly popular and busy destination for business aircraft travel. There are, however, assorted limitations and restrictions to consider when operating to this location. Both landing permits and airport slots are required, and extended parking may be difficult to obtain. If you are planning a trip to Istanbul, the following is an […]

January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Trip Planning Tips: Indonesia

Business Aircraft Trip Planning Tips: Indonesia

Indonesia is an archipelago of over 17,000 islands stretching 3,181 miles latitudinally. While business aircraft operations are usually confined to a few selected locations, there are tech stop opportunities to consider in this region. Due to a somewhat lengthy permit approval process, it’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider, as early as possible, to […]

January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Kona Int.’l (PHKO) is a popular airport for business aircraft operators as both a final destination and a tech stop. While this location is straightforward in terms of ease of operations and parking/services availability, you may encounter limited availability of hotel accommodations and rental vehicles, depending on time of year […]

January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

For business aircraft operators, there are a number of particular hazards associated with snow and snow accumulation. Best practice is to take advantage of all available forecasting tools to “know before you go.” […]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business aircraft traffic to South Africa has increased in recent years. While airport and aircraft service options are generally good in this part of the world, it’s always best to provide your 3rd-party provider and ground handler with as much advance notification as possible. In addition, you need to ensure you have all required documentation […]

January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Advances in avionics and Air Traffic Control (ATC) flight data processing systems are making it possible to reduce lateral separation within the busy North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). Current Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS) airspace will soon be modified to increase […]

January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Flight crews will find some of the best hotels in the world – from 5-star London-area properties to assorted restored castles in the countryside – here in the UK. There are also convenient international chain airport hotel options. Be aware that prices will be higher, and some hotels will sell out during high season.

January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 1 – Types of Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 1 – Types of Snow

With the winter season now upon much of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about snow. Different types of snow and snow byproducts have the potential to significantly impact general aviation movements throughout many parts of the world […]

January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overflight Permits – Part 2: Documentation and Revisions

Overflight Permits – Part 2: Documentation and Revisions

Overflight requirements around the world vary substantially. There can be unique – and sometimes strange – requirements for what constitutes an overflight, the documentation needed, lead times and validity periods, and communication procedures. Always double-check requirements in advance […]

January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 1 – Recent Changes

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 1 – Recent Changes

Installation of new Air Traffic Service (ATS) surveillance systems – combined with advancements in flight data processing systems and aircraft data link capabilities – has created opportunities for ATS improvements within the Gander oceanic control area […]

January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

While flight plan filing procedures are straightforward in the UK, it’s always best to work with a 3rd-party provider or ground handler when submitting flight plan requests. There may be short-notice, or pop-up, operating restrictions in place that will impact requested routings […]

January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Stage 2 Aircraft Operations – Part 2: Operating Basics

Stage 2 Aircraft Operations – Part 2: Operating Basics

More and more airports are barring/restricting Stage 2 operations. This presents a range of growing challenges for business aircraft operators of Stage 2 equipment when flying internationally […]

January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overflight Permits – Part 1: General Requirements

Overflight Permits – Part 1: General Requirements

Overflight permits are authorizations from Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) to overfly that country’s airspace. These differ in terms of regulations and airspace coverage area, depending on the country. It’s always important to check overflight permit requirements in advance with your 3rd-party […]

January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 2 – CIQ & Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 2 – CIQ & Local Area

Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) pre-clearance is not available for international business aircraft operations to Glasgow (EGPF). In most cases you’ll need to park on the main apron, deplane passengers for CIQ clearance, and then reposition to your assigned parking area […]

January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year! On behalf of our 1,700 employees around the world, we hope all your missions are successful ones in 2015! We’ll be back next week with another article covering topics impacting business aircraft operations. As always, thank you for reading. From all of us at Universal

January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Stage 2 Aircraft Operations – Part 1: Rules & Limitations

Stage 2 Aircraft Operations – Part 1: Rules & Limitations

Stage 2 aircraft face operating limitations/restrictions in many parts of the world. It’s important, therefore, for operators of Stage 2 aircraft to make themselves aware of all applicable noise restrictions early in the trip planning phase.

December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
CARICOM APIS – Rules for Business Aviation Operators to Know

CARICOM APIS – Rules for Business Aviation Operators to Know

The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IACS) requires that all private non-revenue and commercial flights to/from 10 of the 15 CARICOM member states submit passenger information prior to arrival/departure. Although CARICOM Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) went into effect February 1, 2007, there are still operators to the […]

December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 1 – Airport & Parking

Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 1 – Airport & Parking

For business aircraft operators, there are unique considerations to take into account when planning a stop at Glasgow (EGPF) – including a prohibition of chewing gum while on the ramp. This location, however, makes an excellent tech stop and is a straightforward destination stop […]

December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Happy Holidays 2014!

Happy Holidays 2014!

On behalf of our 1,700 employees around the world, we wish you happiness this holiday season and success in all in your missions. We’ll be back tomorrow with another article covering operational topics impacting business aviation. Safe travels this season.

December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
A Guide to Business Aviation Operation to the Caribbean (Just in time for the busy holiday season)

A Guide to Business Aviation Operations to the Caribbean (Just in time for the busy holiday season)

The Caribbean encompasses 30 territories – including sovereign states, overseas territories, and dependencies. Of the 700 islands, reefs, and cays in this region, a couple of dozen destinations are always popular with the business aviation community. During peak travel season each year […]

December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
VAT Compliance Program for Europe: Part 2 – VAT Compliance Programs

VAT Compliance Program for Europe: Part 2 – VAT Compliance Programs

Various Value-Added Tax (VAT) compliance programs are available to general aviation operators. The benefit of these programs is to help manage VAT obligations and minimize VAT payments at the pump. Be aware, however, that not all VAT compliance programs are the […]

December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Moscow: Part 2 – Local Requirements and Considerations

Business Aircraft Operations in Moscow: Part 2 – Local Requirements and Considerations

All business aircraft operators traveling to any of the Moscow airports (Vnukovo [UUWW], Domodedovo [UUDD], and Sheremetyevo [UUEE]) need permits, and lead times must be considered. It’s important to keep documentation and visa requirements at top of mind […]

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

For business aircraft operators traveling to the UK, requests for aviation fuel, in-flight catering, and other services should be made in advance of the trip. Here, we’ll cover the key things you need know about these ground service requests, as well as information about […]

December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Catering: Proteins – How to Get the Most From Your In-flight Meals

Aviation Catering: Proteins – How to Get the Most From Your In-flight Meals

From the passenger’s perspective, catering can make or break a trip in a business aircraft. However, it’s not always easy orchestrating all the various elements of a successful in-flight catering experience. Some level of pre-planning is essential, particularly for more elaborate protein […]

December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
VAT Compliance Programs for Europe: Part 1 – VAT Considerations

VAT Compliance Programs for Europe: Part 1 – VAT Considerations

Value-Added Tax (VAT) in Europe can significantly impact your operational costs while in the region. While many business aircraft operators reclaim VAT after the fact, this can be an expensive and lengthy rebate process. The best approach, when possible, is to exempt (or zero-rate) VAT at time of Jet A-1 fuel uplift […]

December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in Moscow: Part 1 – Which Airport to Pick

Business Aircraft Operations in Moscow: Part 1 – Which Airport to Pick

Moscow-area airports are always busy with business aircraft movements, and traffic to this area continues to grow. The good news is that operators have different airport options, parking is seldom an issue, and permit processes are manageable with advance planning […]

December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

For business aircraft operating to the UK, there are situations when Prior Permission Required (PPR) and/or permits, for landing or overflight, may be required. Though this is a straightforward process, there are lead times and information/documentation that need to be considered […]

December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Tea Service

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Tea Service

Tea, especially green tea, has become a frequently consumed hot beverage onboard private jets, primarily due to its beneficial health effects. However, there are differences in how different cultures serve tea and when this beverage is consumed.

December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More