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Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow takes place July 11 – 17, hosting over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries. This will be a busy period and general aviation (GA) operators are advised to confirm aircraft parking and crew accommodation options as early as possible. This event, which has operated continuously since 1948 and occurs on every […]

June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

Here and there around the world you’ll encounter airport slot situations more challenging than the average. These are typically very popular locations frequently congested with scheduled commercial activity. With proper advance planning and coordination with your 3rd-party…






June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Hotel, Local Area & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Hotel, Local Area & Weather

Most general aviation (GA) operators who travel to Ethiopia land only at Addis Ababa (HAAB). This location offers adequate crew accommodation options, full aircraft services and has good on and off airport security.






June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland

Heads of State and heads of government of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries meet in Warsaw, Poland, July 8 and 9, for the 2016 NATO Summit. This meeting, held in the National Stadium, is a periodic opportunity for NATO member countries to evaluate and generate policy. For general aviation (GA) operators this event will […]

June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Flight Planning

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Flight Planning

Ethiopia is a generally straight-forward general aviation (GA) operating environment, but with some unique considerations operators must be mindful of. While flight planning and regulatory requirements in this region are generally less onerous and more flexible than many other parts…






June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

The 2016 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place July 1-3 at the Red Bull Circuit, just outside of Spielberg. As with all major international sporting events, general aviation (GA) traffic to the area will be higher than normal, local hotel accommodations are going to be limited, and road congestion close to the race venue […]

June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Offsetting Costs By Chartering Your Aircraft

Offsetting Costs By Chartering Your Aircraft

There are many benefits in owning a business aircraft such as being able to operate directly to your business destination, avoiding commercial airlines with long lines, and having an aircraft available at any time the passengers requires it. However, you will find that the associated costs in maintaining an aircraft when not used can prove expensive for many…






June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

Some airports are more challenging than others in terms of obtaining/revising airport slots. Certain locations confirm slot requests well prior to day of operation while others may not confirm slots until a few days, or even 24 hours, prior to operation…






June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Permits, Slots & PPRs

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Permits, Slots & PPRs

Ethiopian landing and overflight permits are straightforward but will not be processed without full and complete information and operating schedules. When landing in Ethiopia the purpose of your flight, along with a local business contact, must always be provided to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)…






June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, Slots & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, Slots & CIQ

Business aircraft operators need to be diligent on prior permission required (PPR) and airport slot coordination when operating to popular Greek islands during peak season (April – September). Overnight parking at many locations will be almost impossible to obtain. So, be prepared to drop, go and reposition…






June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Advance planning is always critical, particularly in terms of airport slots and parking, when operating to the Davos 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place Jan 17-20, 2017, in Davos-Klosters Switzerland . Required support services should be arranged well in advance and operators, especially for items such as hotels and transportation…






May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 1 – Slot Basics and Tips

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 1 – Slot Basics and Tips

More and more airports are requiring slots due to congestion issues, and these slot requirements differ depending upon the airport in question. For example, some airports require you to obtain slots prior to applying for a landing permit while others require airport slots for parking or arrival/departure permissions…






May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: CIQ

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) requirements for general aviation (GA) crew are minimal in Ethiopia. Authorities, however, are stringent on passenger documentation and procedural requirements…






May 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Strategically located between Europe, Africa and Asia, Greece attracts general aviation (GA) movements for business, tourism, and tech stops. While primary business destinations are Athens and Thessaloniki, dozens of popular island locations provide a constant magnet for GA traffic during the April…






May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Flying to the 2017 Davis World Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options and Parking

Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options and Parking

The Davos 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place Jan 17-20, 2017, at Davos-Klosters Switzerland. This event will bring together 3,000 internationally known business people, economists, and politicians in addition to some 40 Heads of State. Last year Davos attracted approximately 1,700 general aviation (GA) movements, and this year is expected to bring in…






May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Switzerland: Art Basel 2016

Business Aircraft Ops in Switzerland: Art Basel 2016

Art Basel is one of the world’s premier modern and contemporary art shows and held annually in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach. This year’s show in Basel, Switzerland will be held June 16-19. As usual, this event brings in above average congestion for both local traffic as well as aircraft movements. General aviation (GA) […]

May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Ethiopia: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

Fuel uplifts and arrangements for additional support services in Ethiopia usually go smoothly when using a supervisory agent. However, credit arrangements can be a concern in this region if not adequately addressed in advance. Your supervisory agent will assist with coordinating all credit arrangements…






May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Tips on Purchasing an Existing Part 135 Charter Certificate Post 2013 FAA Sequestration

Tips on Purchasing an Existing Part 135 Charter Certificate Post 2013 FAA Sequestration

Since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) sequestration, much has changed in the arena of new Part 135 charter certificates. With the FAA looking to reduce the current number of certificates, it may be best to look at purchasing an existing charter certificate. Below we will cover items you should consider when establishing a new Part 135 certificate or purchasing an existing one…






May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots & Operating Considerations

2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots & Operating Considerations

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and operating procedures at St. Petersburg (ULLI) are straight-forward and not particularly onerous. However, it’s recommended to work closely with your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler to ensure arrival processing, airport slots…






May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
France Ops: Euro Football Championship 2016

France Ops: Euro Football Championship 2016

The 2016 Euro Football Championship takes place June 10-July 10 at ten locations throughout France. Special accreditation procedures are going to impact some general aviation (GA) operations to Le Bourget (LFPB), aircraft parking may be particularly challenging in the south of France…






May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Ground Handling

With over 90 million inhabitants Ethiopia is the second highest population nation in Africa and the most populous landlocked country in the world. While most general aviation (GA) operations to Ethiopia are to Addis Ababa (HAAB), other airports are also available to operators…






May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

There are a number of weather resources available to flight crew to indicate current and predicted fog conditions. It’s always important for crews to have a basic understanding of the various means of predicting fog and how this information is portrayed on charts and weather briefs…






May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports & Parking

2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports & Parking

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), an annual conference dedicated to economic and business issues, is expected to attract over 7000 political and business leaders this June. For business aircraft operators planning to fly in during this high-traffic event, we recommend confirming airport slots…






May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Milan Ops: 2016 Euro Football Champions League Final

Milan Ops: 2016 Euro Football Champions League Final

Milan’s Stadium Giuseppe Meazza will host the 2016 Euro Football Champions League Final on May 28. This is a very large event for the Milan area, and the 79,000 seat stadium is expected to sell out. For general aviation (GA) operations to Milan during the Champion League Finals, there are many operating considerations to be mindful of.






May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Airports and Services

Business Aircraft Ops to Ethiopia: Airports and Services

Most general aviation (GA) operators heading to Ethiopia go to Addis Ababa (HAAB). While it’s fairly rare for operators to use other airports in the country, other good airfield options do exist. Be mindful, however, that service limitations and airport curfews must be considered for any operation other than to HAAB…






May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 2: Permits & Slots

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 2: Permits & Slots

Charter operators need to consider permit lead times as this may complicate short notice trips to Geneva (LSGG)—especially during the busy EBACE2016 period (May 24-26).Having required documentation and information ready will help accelerate the permit acquisition process. Also, be aware of the airport slot process and availability during this event…






May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 2: Permits, Fuel & Hotels

BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 2: Permits, Fuel & Hotels

For those planning to fly to the Spanish Grand Prix (May 13 – 15, 2016), it’s important to consider increased traffic and congestion at both Barcelona (LEBL) and Gerona (LEGE) and to be mindful of lead time requirement for charter permits, fuel uplifts, and customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) requirements…






May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 2: Operating Considerations

BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 2: Operating Considerations

In addition to what was covered in our last article, business aircraft operators flying into Japan during the G7 Summit period also need to be aware of possible permit requirements, the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) process for their preferred airport, and some general high-traffic event pre-planning considerations…






May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels

General aviation (GA) trips to Japan are something to look forward to regardless of the time of year. However, depending upon when you arrive, you could face limited options in terms of preferred hotel accommodations. We always recommend that operators consider and confirm crew accommodations early on in the trip planning process…






April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

EBACE 2016 runs May 24-26 at Geneva (LSGG), and this is a location that’s becoming more and more congested with general aviation (GA) activity. For those planning to attend this business aviation event or travel here during this time frame, we recommend beginning the trip planning process as early as possible…






April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More