For business aircraft operators, parking limitations will not be as critical a factor during the opening phase of the Cannes Film Festival. The heaviest traffic period, when airport slots and parking approvals will be more of a significant issue, is expected to be May 21-26 […]
The 2015 Chinese Grand Prix takes place April 10-12 at Shanghai. The Shanghai International Circuit, located about a 45-minute drive from central Shanghai, features a 5.451-kilometer (3.39-mile) track. This is a highly popular regional event, so it’s important to organize aircraft support and travel arrangements […]
When operating to Costa Rica, it’s best to preplan aviation fuel uplifts, well in advance, particularly during high season (end of November till end of March). If you’re planning to depart during peak operating hours, it’s recommended to fuel on arrival or land with sufficient fuel to manage your […]
Long-range aviation weather forecasts have become more and more accurate over the years. These forecasts are generally created three to five days ahead of day-of-flight operation. Specific weather modeling computer programs – when interpreted by experienced aviation weather professionals – provide business aircraft operators with valuable tools in the preliminary trip and permit planning process. […]
Be prepared for high General Aviation (GA) traffic when operating to the French Riviera this May. With the Cannes International Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix taking place simultaneously, operational challenges can be anticipated in terms of aircraft parking, hotel accommodations […]
There are various types of security assessments available for business aircraft operators. These range from basic country assessments to highly individualized local area assessments to assessments covering overflight, routings, and potential alternate airports. There are generally four categories […]
Continuing from our last article covering ground handling in Costa Rica, there are some additional considerations when it comes to aircraft parking, in-flight catering, and using domestic airfields that you should be aware of when operating your business jet to this country.
As the operational environment for business aviation in the Asia-Pacific continues to evolve, operators must remain continually aware of changing procedures, expanded services and new equipment requirements, and other challenges across the region […]
As of early February 2015, additional security screening inspections have been implemented for certain international scheduled commercial, air taxi General Aviation (GA) charter (non-scheduled commercial) arrivals to Italy. While these additional security steps add about […]
For business aircraft operators, last-minute international trips are often manageable when working with an experienced 3rd-party provider and assuming that all required information and documentation are available. It’s important to understand the differences among all […]
We all understand the value of security awareness and the need to try to avoid potential security issues. There are, however, areas of security planning/awareness that we all tend to overlook from time to time. Particularly when conducting business aircraft operations to moderate or high risk areas […]
Costa Rica is a friendly destination for business aircraft operations. Ground handling quality is high at major airports, and most services are readily available. Still, there are many issues to be mindful of, including availability of services at your destination, customs and immigration services […]
Revised security screening procedures have recently been put in place for certain charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Italy. While these new requirements are considered temporary, it’s important for charter operators to be aware of new security mandates, as well as associated delays […]
Pre-planning is imperative when traveling to the Galapagos Islands. Keep in mind that only private non-revenue, and not charter (non-scheduled commercial), general aviation operations may travel to the islands, with a limit of 20 passengers onboard the aircraft. Three weeks is recommended minimum lead time for the landing permit process […]
For General Aviation (GA) operations to the Shanghai area during the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) period, it’s important to ensure that airport slots and landing permits are obtained well in advance. Be aware of permit revision limitations in China as you’ll normally not be able to make […]
Hilo (PHTO) is a quiet location with no congestion issues affecting General Aviation (GA) movements. PHTO serves as an ideal quick turn between North America and the Southern Pacific or Asia. It is not as busy as Kona (PHKO) and closer to great circle on certain trans-Pacific routings […]
For business aircraft operators, certain regions of the world are more complex than others in terms of route planning and associated restrictions. Understanding all the complexities upfront and planning well in advance – including having a Plan B – is best practice for avoiding the […]
For business aircraft operators, wind shear can have significant impact during takeoff/landing due to its effect on control of the aircraft. Wind shear can be the sole or one of the contributing causes of many aircraft accidents. Low-level/surface-level wind shear is caused mostly by thunderstorm […]
The 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) will take place April 14-16 at Shanghai Hongqiao (ZSSS). Since its relaunch in 2012, ABACE has been widely regarded as the premier tradeshow event for business aviation in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s ABACE is expected to attract over 8,000 attendees […]
Lanai (PHNY) is a privately owned Hawaiian island with a small airport and a 5,001-foot runway. Biggest draw at this location are the two Four Seasons resorts. Business aircraft operators planning on visiting Lanai should be prepared for very limited airport services […]
All across America there is a huge network of business aircraft helping ensure the smooth running of thousands of companies: not only major companies, but also plenty of small- to medium-sized operations. Business aviation is absolutely essential to the business community on a day-to-day […]
The starting point, when planning a trip to Cuba by a U.S. operator, is to determine the purpose of the flight and if purpose of the travel falls under approved travel by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). An important consideration is whether to take your own aircraft or use a charter flight […]
The recent January 2015 regulatory changes in the U.S. – Cuba relations will no doubt encourage future business and investment opportunities between these two countries. However, for the time being there will continue to be assorted operating challenges and compliance issues to deal with for general aviation (GA) operators […]
My Dear Friends and Colleagues, May the year of the Goat bring you good luck, joy, prosperity and the best of health. My warmest regards, and a very HEARTFELT… “Gong Xi Fa Cai!” Greg Evans Chairman of the Board Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Kahului Maui (PHOG) is an easy and welcoming location for business aircraft as both destination and tech stop, with full services and plenty of aircraft parking available.
Business aircraft operators experienced in international operations know that routings based solely on great circle route and predicted winds are often not ideal, won’t be approved, or are not even feasible. This is due to a seemingly endless assortment of routing restrictions in place worldwide. Preferred routings – and routings based on specific airway requirements – will dictate your ultimate flight plan routing. Start your planning process as early as possible in order to obtain the […]
Throughout my career in the aviation industry, I’ve been amazed at how trusting some are with leaving their aircraft unsecured when expecting service from an outside party. And while many will point to the convenience it brings in not having to orchestrate leaving behind a key […]
For business aircraft operators, wind shear has the potential to cause flight turbulence and sudden increases/decreases in both ground and air speed, as well as other associated violent air movements. It’s always best to talk with your 3rd-party provider or aviation meteorologist to confirm the potential impact of any expected wind shear […]
Honolulu (PHNL) is a business aviation-friendly location with 24-hour operations, full services, and credit. As with any landing rights airport, however, advance planning and notification are required.
Having accurate and updated aircraft specs on file with your 3rd-party provider not only ensures more efficient routings and flight legs but also helps operators maintain regulatory compliance. More information is required today than ever before for worldwide general aviation […]