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Emission Schemes Are Changing – Here’s Your Breakdown

Emission Schemes Are Changing – Here’s Your Breakdown

Keeping up with and adapting to ever-changing and complex carbon emissions regulations has long been a challenge for business aviation operators. In 2019, that task will become more challenging, as two new trading schemes – SWISS-ETS (CH-ETS) and CORSIA – will join the regulatory landscape. The result is that there are now three separate emissions […]

July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Weather Tips -- Visibility

Aviation Weather Tips — Visibility

Visibility conditions impact aviation operations in many ways. Poor visibility at a destination can reduce capacity of airports leading to ground delays, flight diversions, flight cancellations and extra operating costs just to name a few. Below is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Visibility defined Ground or surface visibility is the prevailing […]

July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Koror (PTRO) – Part 2 of 2: CIQ, Slots & Permits

Operating to Koror (PTRO) – Part 2 of 2: CIQ, Slots & Permits

Airport slots, and securing hotel accommodations are among the larger challenges when planning general aviation (GA) operations to Koror (PTRO). It’s recommended that a 3rd-party provider assist with arranging landing permits, airport slots, aircraft parking and ground…

June 26, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Koror (PTRO) – Part 1 of 2: Top Considerations

Operating to Koror (PTRO) – Part 1 of 2: Top Considerations

The Republic of Palau, a part of Micronesia, is located in the far Western Pacific. This island state shares maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines and the Federated States of Micronesia. Most populous of the 250 island group, Koror (PTRO), is about 650 nautical miles…

June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in Greece during Peak Season – Part 1: Airports & Parking

2018 Ops Update: Greece Peak Travel Season for Business Aviation

June through September is always peak season for Greece and this year it’s already congested. Airports throughout the country – both mainland and islands – are inundated with traffic from all over the world. Due to the congestion, authorities are implementing restrictions to accommodate for the influx, which is affecting general aviation (GA). The following […]

June 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to West Africa – Airports & Considerations

Operating to West Africa – Airports & Considerations

Business aviation is a necessity in West Africa in maximizing efficiency of global business opportunities. Whether you’re overflying the region, making a tech stop or landing, there are assorted requirements and occasional challenges to be aware of and prepare for. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Frequently visited destinations […]

June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments More
5 Tips for Regulatory Compliant Business Aircraft Operations in Mexico

5 Tips for Regulatory Compliant Business Aircraft Operations in Mexico

Is operating a business aircraft into Mexico in compliance with applicable domestic and international laws and regulations possible? That was the question was debated from operators on both sides of the issue recently in a popular business aviation industry forum. As both a ground support provider in Mexico and a TSS provider / ISP that […]

June 7, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 2: Permits, Revisions and CIQ

Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 2: Permits, Revisions and CIQ

Obtaining permits for general aviation (GA) operations to Russia has eased considerably over recent years. There are, however, varying permit lead times, operational requirements and documentation issues to consider in this region…

June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 1: Airports & Operations

Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 1: Airports & Operations

In this blog series we consider tech and destination stops in north and northeastern Russia. While there are several airports used by general aviation (GA) in this region the two most popular are Petropavlovsk (UHPP) and Novosibirsk (UNNT) and using either of them depends on…

May 28, 2018 | 0 Comments More
U.S. Customs & e-APIS for Private Non-Revenue Made Easy: Part 3 – eAPIS Considerations

U.S. Customs & e-APIS for Private Non-Revenue Made Easy: Part 3 – eAPIS Considerations

eAPIS requirements for Part 91 (private non-revenue) GA differ from APIS mandates applicable to Part 135 (non-scheduled commercial) and Part 121 (scheduled commercial) operations. It’s important to avoid input errors, even small typos, when sending eAPIS transmissions…

May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments More
U.S. Customs & e-APIS for Private Non-Revenue Made Easy: Part 2 – Visas, ESTAs and Border Overflight Exemptions

U.S. Customs & e-APIS for Private Non-Revenue Made Easy: Part 2 – Visas, ESTAs and Border Overflight Exemptions

Issues continue to occur, from time to time, with general aviation (GA) passengers arriving without visas or with incorrect visas. Every month we’re aware of passengers arriving in the U.S. with Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) aboard GA aircraft that are not Visa…

May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments More
U.S. Customs & e-APIS for Private Non-Revenue Made Easy: Part 1 – Setting up CIQ clearance

U.S. Customs & e-APIS for Private Non-Revenue Made Easy: Part 1 – Setting up CIQ clearance

Don’t assume that because you’ve filed eAPIS, that U.S. Customs need not be notified of your international arrival. All operators to the U.S. must pre-notify CBP at their intended port of entry. As pre-notification procedures differ from port to port it’s always best practice to research particular customs, immigration, and..

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Permits & Slot Flexibility Worldwide – Part 2: Slot Considerations

Permits & Slot Flexibility Worldwide – Part 2: Slot Considerations

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled: “Permits & Slot Flexibility Worldwide – Part 1: Permit Considerations.” Many airports around the world mandate operators to obtain airport slots. Some airports are more challenging than others in terms of obtaining and managing airport slots. In some cases, there are particular slot […]

May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to LPPT – Part 2: Slots, Fuel, Security and Operating Tips

Operating to LPPT – Part 2: Slots, Fuel, Security and Operating Tips

Operating restrictions and potential delays at Lisbon (LPPT)include peak hours of scheduled commercial activity and night time noise restrictions. For example, if you’re planning a landing after midnight be mindful that you’ll not be permitted to use thrust reversers. Also, airport slots…

April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Permits & Slot Flexibility Worldwide – Part 1: Permit Considerations

Permits & Slot Flexibility Worldwide – Part 1: Permit Considerations

Overflight and landing permits are needed for many international locations and regions, all with varying lead time, procedural and documentation requirements. To avoid potential pitfalls on the day of operation, it’s important to understand the various requirements and nuances…

April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to LPPT – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Permits

Operating to LPPT – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Permits

Lisbon (LPPT) airport is conveniently located just five miles from the city center. LPPT is a busy location, with limitations on general aviation (GA) parking, so it’s best to plan on 10 days prior notice in order to obtain airport slots and parking. Operating options at this location diminish…

April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Luton Airport Imposes Aircraft Noise Restrictions that Impacts Business Aviation

Luton Airport Imposes Aircraft Noise Restrictions that Impacts Business Aviation

London is a popular destination for general aviation operators, and there are many airports in the region to pick from. One of the destinations that many operators travel to is Luton (EGGW). Though EGGW is a 24-hour airport, authorities have now published upcoming night restrictions that will be imposed June 1 through September 30—and every […]

April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Noise Curfews & Abatement -- Planning Considerations

Noise Curfews & Abatement – Planning Considerations

One of the biggest show stoppers out there, in terms of operating restrictions, is airport and noise curfews. It’s always important to be aware of all noise curfews, limitations and noise abatement procedures at your destination airports around the world. Repercussions for violating curfews and noise regulations can range from demands for explanations to monetary […]

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 3: Security, Ground Support & Local Area

Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 3: Security, Ground Support & Local Area

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) is taking place 17-19 April. When operating to China, operators should be aware that it’s an expensive operating environment, from the perspective of nav fees, airport fees, ground handling, parking, and ground handling…

March 19, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Israel – Part 3: Permits and Operating Procedures

Operating to Israel – Part 3: Permits and Operating Procedures

Israel permit procedures are, in many ways, unique and requirements are strictly enforced. It’s recommended that first time operators to this region allow additional permit processing lead time and understand all requirements with regard to providing local sponsor details…

March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Visas

Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Visas

Landing and overflight permits for China are processed relatively quickly and it’s an easier process than it was even a couple of years ago, as sponsor letters are no longer required. In some cases China permit requests are processed within 24 hours. With Asian Business Aviation…

March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Universal Chairman’s Note * A WIN against ATC Privatization - Thank You!

Universal Chairman’s Note * A WIN against ATC Privatization – Thank You!

I’m excited to announce that, thanks to you, we have achieved a MAJOR WIN for Business and General Aviation! It appears, at least for now, through our collective efforts and shared voices, we have successfully defeated legislation “H.R. 2997”, – a bill that would privatize Air Traffic Control, put it into the hands of the […]

March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 1: Airport, Parking & Services

Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 1: Airport, Parking & Services

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) takes place at Shanghai Hongqiao (ZSSS) Apr 17-19, 2018. One of the most prominent and high-value events in the international business aviation exhibition circuit ABACE is expected to draw over 8000 attendees from 51…

March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Israel – Part 2: Flight and Operating Restrictions

Operating to Israel – Part 2: Flight and Operating Restrictions

In this part of the world operators need to be mindful of restrictions impacting operations to/from Israel and the rest of the region. While these restrictions can be significant, there are ways to mitigate many of the operating challenges…

February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Security Tips -- Higher Threat Locations – Part 2: Local Crime and Kidnap Scenarios

Security Tips – Higher Threat Locations – Part 2: Local Crime and Kidnap Scenarios

When traveling with a private aircraft there’s a perception of wealth and there are people who see this as an opportunity to get something from you. Petty crime exists everywhere and risks of violent crime and/or kidnap are prevalent at many international locations. Being aware of, and…

February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Israel – Part 1: Airports & Local Area

Operating to Israel – Part 1: Airports & Local Area

Operating to Israel involves unique operating considerations, restrictions and security procedures that can complicate trip planning. For general aviation (GA) operators who travel to this region on a routine basis, missions go smoothly and can be set up on relatively short notice…

February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Security Tips for Higher Threat Locations – Part 1: Risk Mitigation

Security Tips for Higher Threat Locations – Part 1: Risk Mitigation

There are security risks to consider at all international destinations but some locations have higher threat levels than others. While larger airports around the world are relatively secure off airport, risks can be significant in many regions. Before traveling to any location it’s important to…

February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Sourcing adequate crew accommodations at World Cup venue locations can be a concern, particularly for shorter notice or last minute operations. Support providers and local ground handlers will have options available but these may not be in preferred areas or the particular…

February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

While landing permits for the Emirates can be obtained easily and quickly overflight permits to and from the region can be an important planning consideration. There are safety of flight issues to consider in terms of routing as well as individual flight department SOP that may…

February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 2: Permits, Cabotage & Visas

Russian overflight and landing permits are easier and more user friendly to obtain than even just a few years ago. Still, it’s always best to allow a little more than official permit lead time when making requests for any operation during the busy World Cup period…

February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments More