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Permit Requirements for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Changing Requirements Around the World

Permit Requirements for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Changing Requirements Around the World

For business aircraft operators, permit and documentation requirements continue to change and tighten around the world. While these changing requirements generally apply more to charter (non-scheduled commercial) than to private non-revenue operations, it’s important to…

June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup Final 2017 in Moscow – Part 2: Permit, Slots & Local Area

BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup Final 2017 in Moscow – Part 2: Permit, Slots & Local Area

For travel to Confederations Cup host cities during this period (June 17 and July 2), airport slots and landing permits will need to be requested as soon as possible. Once airport slot and permit approvals have been obtained it’s best to avoid last minute revisions as this could very well…

June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 2: Permits & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 2: Permits & CIQ

For a permit and documentation perspective Panama is an easy and friendly operating environment. Landing permits can usually be processed quickly, and permit revisions are seldom an issue. Keep in mind the customs and immigration procedures when traveling through…

June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: G20 Summit in Hamburg: Airports, Alternates, Parking & Special Considerations

BizAv Trip Planning: G20 Summit in Hamburg: Airports, Alternates, Parking & Special Considerations

The G20 Summit takes place July 7-8, hosted in Hamburg as the culmination of the German G20 presidency. A large turnout of diplomatic/VIP flights are expected, together with support flights carrying delegations/equipment. Business aircraft operators traveling to Hamburg (EDDH)…

June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Transiting Papua New Guinea – Operational Tips for Bizav

Transiting Papua New Guinea – Operational Tips for Bizav

The independent state of Papua New Guinea is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and shares an island with the Indonesian province of West Papua. While Port Moresby (AYPY) is the primary destination for most general aviation (GA) operations to Papua, the country also has many domestic airfields available. Operators heading to Papua need to […]

June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 1: Airports, Handling & Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 1: Airports, Handling & Local Area

Panama is a welcoming operating environment for general aviation (GA) with full handling, support services, aviation fuel and credit arrangements available at larger destinations. However, additional planning and caution is advised to ensure all needed support services will…

June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup FIFA Final 2017 in Russia – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Alternates & CIQ

BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup FIFA Final 2017 in Russia – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Alternates & CIQ

The 2017 Confederations Cup is a quadrennial international men’s football tournament organized by FIFA. It takes place at four host cities in Russia between June 17 and July 2. Due to expected heavy traffic congestion availability of general aviation (GA) parking, support services and crew accommodations are expected to be in very limited supply…

June 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
When to Hire Your Own Supervisory Agent for Remote Bizav Ops – Part 2

When to Hire Your Own Supervisory Agent for Remote Bizav Ops – Part 2

Many options are available for business aircraft operators within the realm of supervisory agent services. The agent may fly with you onboard the aircraft or reposition in advance to your arrival airport. Depending on your preferences and needs, there are different costs associated to such…

June 12, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Head of State Flights – Part 2: Permit and Service Considerations

Head of State Flights – Part 2: Permit and Service Considerations

The process of obtaining permits and coordinating aircraft services for Head of State operations differs from conventional general aviation (GA) flights due to the nature of these types of operations. And these types of flights are often very short notice. Fortunately, local airport…

June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More
When to Hire Your Own Supervisory Agent for Remote Bizav Ops – Part 1

When to Hire Your Own Supervisory Agent for Remote Bizav Ops – Part 1

When operating to a secondary, domestic-only, or remote international airport, you often are faced with the challenge of working with ground handlers who are not as experienced in handling business aircraft and/or cannot provide the level of support business aircraft operators…

June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Head of State Flights – Part 1: Special Considerations

Head of State Flights – Part 1: Special Considerations

When operating Head of State flights throughout the world special planning and day of operation considerations are involved. These additional considerations impact everything from special permit procedures to ground services coordination…

May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: 2018 Winter Games in Korea – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots, CIQ & Local Area

Business Aviation Trip Planning: 2018 Winter Games in Korea – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots, CIQ & Local Area

While South Korea is normally a straight-forward and easy operating environment for business aviation—from the perspective of obtaining permits, airport slots and parking approvals—you’ll be dealing with a higher level of demand and more competition among operators during …

May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Paris Air Show 2017 Flight Ops – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Local Area

Paris Air Show 2017 Flight Ops – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Local Area

This year’s Paris Airshow runs June 19-25. If you are planning on operating your business aircraft into the Paris area during this time, there are you operational requirements you need to be aware of. Start by reading part 1 on this series if you…

May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, Visas & Cabotage

2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, Visas & Cabotage

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. As permits and airport slots are needed for all general aviation (GA) operations to St. Petersburg (ULLI), it’s best to begin setting this up as soon as schedule is known. Operators should consider additional…

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: 2018 Winter Games in Korea – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Handling & Local Area

Business Aviation Trip Planning: 2018 Winter Games in Korea – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Handling & Local Area

The 2018 Winter Games will be held at PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea February 9-25. This venue is about a 3.5-hour drive from downtown Seoul. Opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, as will most snow sports. Ice sports will be…

May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Paris Air Show 2017 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Accreditation

Paris Air Show 2017 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Accreditation

Taking place every two years, the Paris Air Show is a must-attend event for many in the aviation industry. This year the airshow and exhibition runs June 19-25 at Le Bourget (LFPB). Trade days are June 19-22 with the show open to the public June 23-25. As this will be a busy event, in…

May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. This annual dialog with the international community will focus on key economic and financial issues facing the global community. This is a high traffic event, so it’s recommended that operators make…

May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the G7 in Italy in May

Traveling to the G7 in Italy in May

The 43rd G7 summit will be held May 26-27 in Taormina Italy on the island of Sicily. Focusing on the global economy, foreign policy, security and environmental sustainability this summit will draw a considerable volume of head of state and general aviation (GA) traffic to Sicily…

May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 2: Permits & Requirements

Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 2: Permits & Requirements

Landing permits are needed for general aviation (GA) operations to French Polynesia. Charter operators should be aware of additional lead time and documentation requirements. Documentation mandates are more comprehensive and stringent for charter operations to…

May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments More
VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 2: Disinsection Options/Considerations

VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 2: Disinsection Options/Considerations

It’s recommended that operators consider residual disinsection, if Hong Kong (VHHH) will be a regular destination, as it will simplify the process and eliminate the need to keep stock of the onboard sprays. For less frequent operations, it is recommended to use the non-residual…

May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 2: Permits

Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 2: Permits

For business aircraft operators planning to fly to or over Mongolia it’s important to be mindful that required routings and flight information regions (FIRs) are integral to landing and overflight permits. This can cause issues if, for example, your approved routings and FIRs from China and…

May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments More
VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 1: Applicable Flights & Available Options

VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 1: Applicable Flights & Available Options

On March 8 Hong Kong authorities announced that Zika requirements would be implemented for all inbound aircraft effective April 26. As there’s no grace period associated this new regulatory requirement, operators must now be in compliance. Several different options are…

May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to 2017 Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Airports, Parking & Services

Operating to 2017 Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Airports, Parking & Services

Preferred overnight parking options may be challenging to obtain at both Nice (LFMN) and Cannes (LFMD) during this event period. Although extended aircraft parking is available at LFMN, daily parking change rates escalate exponentially the longer you stay. For operators not…

May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 3: Visas, Pets & Weapons

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 3: Visas, Pets & Weapons

Caution is advised when planning for crew visa requirements to China. In the past all crew had required specific crew visas to arrive aboard general aviation (GA) aircraft and they often needed a different type of visa to depart via scheduled airline. Today, within the realm of crew…

May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to the Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: Operating Procedures & CIQ

Operating to the Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: Operating Procedures & CIQ

The two largest events on the Cote d’Azur – the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – will run back to back this year putting additional demands on general aviation (GA) infrastructure, airport slots, parking, support services, crew accommodations and local…

April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

For business aircraft operators, the landing permit process for China has become easier and quicker over recent years and airport slots are generally not a significant issue or operational impediment. Meanwhile, customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is a relatively…

April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 1: Airports, Curfews & Parking

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 1: Airports, Curfews & Parking

Shanghai is served by two airports – Hongqiao (ZSSS) and Pudong (ZSPD) – with each having different general aviation (GA) access and parking considerations. While ZSSS has the best GA infrastructure, it’s now become the more difficult of the two airfields in terms of accessibility…

April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 1: Operating Tips

Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 1: Operating Tips

Mongolia is a land locked country in east-central Asia, bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. Today, Mongolia is a routine overflight transit route for general aviation (GA) operating between eastern Asia and Europe. While Mongolia is a generally straight-forward and…

April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 1: Airports & Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 1: Airports & Ground Handling

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic and comprises five groups of islands. These include the Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands and Austral islands. Despite the large area of this operating territory, stretching over…

April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Local Area

General aviation (GA) operations at Nairobi (HKJK) are not given priority over scheduled commercial traffic in terms of customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance. So, it’s important to work with your ground handler, prior to arrival, to try to avoid having to clear CIQ…

April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments More