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BizAv Ops Planning: Art Basel (Switzerland) 2015

BizAv Ops Planning: Art Basel (Switzerland) 2015

The premier international show for modern and contemporary artwork, Art Basel (Switzerland) takes place June 18-21, 2015. This is a yearly event and attendees will arrive to view art from some 300 leading galleries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Those planning to operate general aviation (GA) aircraft to this event should request […]

May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Panama – Part 2: Airports and Operational Tips

Operating to Panama – Part 2: Airports and Operational Tips

For business aircraft operators traveling to Panama, there are a number of suitable airports to choose from. Full support services and credit are available at most Panamanian Airports of Entry (AOEs). Advance notification, however, may be needed for certain locations and/or hours of operation […]

May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Weather

Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Weather

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) processing of general aviation (GA) passengers/crew is a relatively quick and straight-forward process in Chile. However, be prepared to clear immigration/customs in the main terminal in almost all cases […]

May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots, and Restrictions

Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots, and Restrictions

Landing permits and airport slots will be required for business aircraft operations to all airports in Chile during the COPA 2015 period. While slot issues are not anticipated during this time, the situation could change at a moment’s notice, so be prepared and avoid last minute changes that may affect your trip […]

May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 1: Airports & Services

Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 1: Airports & Services

COPA America is the main international football tournament for national teams in South America. This year COPA takes place in eight different cities in Chile from June 11 – July 4. In addition to drawing in football teams from 12 nations, this event attracts attendees from all over the world […]

May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Panama – Part 1: Flight Permits and Approvals

Operating to Panama – Part 1: Flight Permits and Approvals

When you conduct business aircraft operation to Panama, it’s best to ensure that all appropriate documentation has been forwarded to your 3rd-party provider and/or local ground handler in advance. It’s also important to confirm visa requirements, in advance of day of operation, and to be aware of all permit issues […]

May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
The Operator’s Guide to the 2015 Paris Air Show – Part 2: Permits, CIQ, and Documentation

The Operator’s Guide to the 2015 Paris Air Show – Part 2: Permits, CIQ, and Documentation

The 51st International Paris Air Show runs June 15-21 at Le Bourget (LFPB), and this is a busy period for General Aviation (GA) traffic in the region. If you have already read our last article – covering airport options, parking, and ground services – now it’s time to get familiar with permit; Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) […]

May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Davos 2016 World Economic Forum – Part 2: Slots, CIQ, and Local Area

Davos 2016 World Economic Forum – Part 2: Slots, CIQ, and Local Area

The next Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting takes place January 21-24, 2016. More and more General Aviation (GA) operators have been traveling to Davos and Zurich (LSZH) during the WEF period, with approximately 1,700 aircraft movements during the 2015 event […]

May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 1 – Documentation Requirements

Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 1 – Documentation Requirements

A number of documentation and procedural requirements are essential to keep in mind when operating a business aircraft to the U.S. Mistakes in this area can lead to fines, delays, detention, and/or restrictions on future travel arrangements. It’s always best to double-check and confirm […]

May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Hotel Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Hotel Considerations

Hotels in Costa Rica are generally of high standards, and business aircraft operators will typically have plenty of options to consider. Be aware, however, that during high-traffic seasons preferred accommodations are often scarce and will be difficult to secure last minute.

May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
The Operator's Guide to the 2015 Paris Air Show – Part 1: Airport and Operational Considerations

The Operator’s Guide to the 2015 Paris Air Show – Part 1: Airport and Operational Considerations

The 51st International Paris Air Show runs June 15-21 at Le Bourget (LFPB). This biennial event remains the world’s oldest and largest air show. As such, it is a major draw for business aircraft operators from around the world […]

May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Davos 2016 World Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports and Parking

Davos 2016 World Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports and Parking

The next Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting takes place January 21-24, 2016. It’s always best for business aircraft operators to make Davos trip planning arrangements several months, preferably a year, in advance, as this helps secure the best aircraft parking, service, and accommodation options […]

May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Update: Temporary Importation of Aircraft into the EU – New Developments

Update: Temporary Importation of Aircraft into the EU – New Developments

Following changes to the 2011 permanent aircraft importation rules, when the UK was brought into line with other European Union (EU) member states, there have been lots of questions on how best to import aircraft into the EU. Permanent importation is still very possible, and in some cases it is the best—and often the only—option. […]

May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Documentation & Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Documentation & Local Area

It’s important to be mindful of documentation and procedural requirements impacting business aircraft operations to Costa Rica. Something as simple as dealing with airport departure tax last minute has the potential to delay your flight.

April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Which GA Airport to Pick for Frankfurt: Part 2 – Operating Considerations

Which GA Airport to Pick for Frankfurt: Part 2 – Operating Considerations

There are airport slot, Prior Permission Required (PPR), and documentation requirements to be mindful of when operating your business aircraft to Frankfurt. Plan ahead, be aware of permit requirements, and know the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process […]

April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 – Nigeria

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 – Nigeria

Flying into Nigeria certainly presents a challenge for most corporate flight attendants due to issues such as cultural differences and language issues. Therefore, being prepared ahead of time and knowing what to expect with regards to vaccinations, safety and security […]

April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Beverage Services In Flight – Time-of-Day Recommendations

Beverage Services In Flight – Time-of-Day Recommendations

No matter what time of day you’re taking off, or where in the world you’re headed, there are creative beverage options (and departures from the "norm") to consider. Passenger preferences, time of day, and region of the world will all influence onboard drink choices […]

April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

For business aircraft operators, flight planning for Costa Rica is a straightforward process if the destination is an international airport. Additional considerations apply for any operation to domestic airfields within the country […]

April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Which GA Airport to Pick for Frankfurt: Part 1 – Landing Options

Which GA Airport to Pick for Frankfurt: Part 1 – Landing Options

For business aircraft operators, operating to Frankfurt is seldom an issue in terms of aircraft parking and service availability. There are, however, considerations in terms of airport slots, Prior Permissions Required (PPRs), and documentation. Work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler to take advantage of your options when planning a trip to the Frankfurt area […]

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Italian Charter Permits: Part 2 of 2 – Permit Approval Process

Italian Charter Permits: Part 2 of 2 – Permit Approval Process

Lead times for Italian charter permits are firm, and short-notice permit requests are not normally possible. Note that once a charter permit application has been made, with all required documentation submitted, the operator may travel to Italy without notice once the permit is approved […]

April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Beverage Services In-flight – Elevate the Passenger Experience

Beverage Services In-flight – Elevate the Passenger Experience

While in-flight catering pre-planning usually focuses on food selection, it’s important to note that beverage options are also very important considerations in terms of enhancing the overall in-flight experience. Current trends in beverage mixology are all about making beverage options […]

April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

While Costa Rica is a relatively easy and business aviation-friendly environment, there are operating and parking limitations to be mindful of. Aircraft parking availability can be an issue during high season. There are no guarantees that airport authorities will approve a General Aviation (GA) parking request during the busy season […]

April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 3 – Airport Operations, Alternates, and CIQ

Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 3 – Airport Operations, Alternates, and CIQ

While business aircraft operators traveling to Hong Kong (VHHH) will face overnight parking denials from time to time, there are tips to keep in mind to improve your odds of securing aircraft parking. It’s always best to plan ahead and submit requests 30 days in advance […]

April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Italian Charter Permits Changes – Part 1 of 2: General Requirements

Italian Charter Permits Changes – Part 1 of 2: General Requirements

Italian charter permits and associated requirements have changed a few times over the past two years. Today, permit requirements vary depending upon where your aircraft is registered, passenger seating capacity, where you’re operating, and how recently you’ve conducted a charter operation to Italy […]

April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
ABACE2015 Prep: Business Aircraft Trip Planning in Asia

ABACE2015 Prep: Business Aircraft Trip Planning in Asia

Over the past three years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Asia – including permit and parking changes in China, Vietnam ops, and Indonesia ops, to name a few. With the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow — co-hosted by […]

April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

While the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process in Costa Rica is relatively easy for business aviation, crew members and passengers, passport validity, visa requirements, and vaccinations are considerations to be mindful of […]

April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 2 – Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Hong Kong Aircraft Parking Update: Part 2 – Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Landing permits, Prior Permissions Required (PPRs), and airport slots are needed for all travel to Hong Kong (VHHH). A trip to Hong Kong – involving multiple request procedures to various airport authority departments – requires more pre-planning than those to most other international locations […]

April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 3: Local Area Considerations for GA

2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 3: Local Area Considerations for GA

Next to airport slot and parking issues, securing short-notice hotel accommodations will be one of the larger issues during the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix period. It’s important to try to avoid schedule revisions as rescheduling can have a negative cascading effect […]

April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 2: Slots, Documentation & Local Area

Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 2: Slots, Documentation & Local Area

Operators to China must ensure that appropriate lead times are considered when requesting permits and slots. Be aware that documentation requirements and opportunities to revise schedules can be particularly strict when traveling to China […]

April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

While landing permits are not needed for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations, there are certain limitations and considerations that must be taken into account regarding airport options and Airports of Entry (AOEs) when flying to Costa Rica […]

April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More