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Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Hilo (PHTO)

Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Hilo (PHTO)

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 […]

March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Route Planning Pitfalls: Part 2 – Complexities and Solutions

Flight Route Planning Pitfalls: Part 2 – Complexities and Solutions

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 […]

March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 2 – Turbulence and Other Top Considerations

Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 2 – Turbulence and Other Top Considerations

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 […]

March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Guide to Flight Ops Into Shanghai for ABACE 2015 – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Guide to Flight Ops Into Shanghai for ABACE 2015 – Part 1: Airports & Parking

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 […]

March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations When Operating to PHNY

Top Considerations When Operating to Lanai (PHNY)

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 […]

February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation and Communities – Business Breeds Business

Business Aviation and Communities – Business Breeds Business

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 […]

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

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 […]

February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

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 […]

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财

Happy Lunar New Year! 恭喜发财

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.

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Operating Considerations for Kahului Maui (PHOG)

Top Operating Considerations for Kahului Maui (PHOG)

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.

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Route Planning Pitfalls: Part 1 – What to Watch For

Flight Route Planning Pitfalls: Part 1 – What to Watch For

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 […]

February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Securing Your Aircraft on the Ground

Tips for Securing Your Aircraft on the Ground

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 […]

February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 1 – Definitions

Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 1 – Definitions

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 […]

February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Honolulu

Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Honolulu

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.

February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Incorrect Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 2 – Areas to Watch for

Incorrect Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 2 – Areas to Watch for

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 […]

February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to the Galapagos Islands – Part 1: Airport Options

Business Aircraft Operations to the Galapagos Islands – Part 1: Airport Options

The Galapagos Islands, a group of 19 islands some 620 miles west of the South American continent, are a remote and isolated region. Although there are three airports in the island group capable of General Aviation (GA) operations, each has its own restrictions with limited […]

February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Australia: Part 2 – TSP, ADS-B, and Other Operating Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Australia: Part 2 – TSP, ADS-B, and Other Operating Considerations

Australia has some unique operating requirements and considerations to be mindful of. Particularly for first-time business aviation charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators, it’s important to be aware of all documentation and procedural requirements and to be in full compliance […]

February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Regional Data Line Mandate – Part 2: NAT DLM Roadmap

North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 2 – NAT DLM Roadmap

The objective of the North Atlantic Data Link Mandate (NAT DLM) is to improve communication, surveillance, and air traffic control intervention capabilities within the North Atlantic Track (NAT) region. Operators should be familiar with implementation of phase 2 of NAT DLM as part […]

February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 1 – Implementation

North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 1 – Implementation

Phase 2 of the North Atlantic Data Link Mandate (NAT DLM) is being implemented in three stages – 2A, 2B, and 2C – commencing February 5, 2015; December 7, 2017; and January 30, 2020, respectively. Over time there will be changes in both expanded vertical and horizontal boundaries of NAT DLM airspace […]

February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Aviation Schedulers & Dispatchers: Top Trip-Planning Considerations

Tips for Aviation Schedulers & Dispatchers: Top Trip-Planning Considerations

Within corporate flight departments, schedulers and dispatchers continue to assume more and more responsibility. Route and documentation planning, access to airspace and airports, and managing risk in disruptive weather situations are just some of the critical flight department functions requiring scheduler and dispatcher oversight. Also, as the regulatory environment becomes increasingly complex, and safety and […]

February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Australia: Part 1 – Top Airport Options

Business Aircraft Ops to Australia: Part 1 – Top Airport Options

With the peak travel season in Australia now underway, it’s a good time for us to review planning considerations for business aircraft operations to our country. Traveling to Australia is a straightforward process without an excessive number of restrictions or lead time requirements […]

February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 2: CIQ

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 2: CIQ

Generally speaking, Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) procedures at Kona Int.’l (PHKO) are fairly routine for business aircraft operations, and local officials are accommodating in working with operator schedules. However, the Hawaiian Islands do have strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements […]

January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 1 – Keeping Specs/Weights Updated

Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 1 – Keeping Specs/Weights Updated

Aircraft specs differ depending on aircraft model as well as the particular aircraft. For instance if you have three similar models of aircraft in your fleet, each is likely to have different specs/weights to consider. Providing the most current and accurate aircraft specifications and weights to your 3rd-party […]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Istanbul, Turkey

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is becoming an increasingly popular and busy destination for business aircraft travel. There are, however, assorted limitations and restrictions to consider when operating to this location. Both landing permits and airport slots are required, and extended parking may be difficult to obtain. If you are planning a trip to Istanbul, the following is an […]

January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Trip Planning Tips: Indonesia

Business Aircraft Trip Planning Tips: Indonesia

Indonesia is an archipelago of over 17,000 islands stretching 3,181 miles latitudinally. While business aircraft operations are usually confined to a few selected locations, there are tech stop opportunities to consider in this region. Due to a somewhat lengthy permit approval process, it’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider, as early as possible, to […]

January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Kona Int.’l (PHKO) is a popular airport for business aircraft operators as both a final destination and a tech stop. While this location is straightforward in terms of ease of operations and parking/services availability, you may encounter limited availability of hotel accommodations and rental vehicles, depending on time of year […]

January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

For business aircraft operators, there are a number of particular hazards associated with snow and snow accumulation. Best practice is to take advantage of all available forecasting tools to “know before you go.” […]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: South Africa Operations

Business aircraft traffic to South Africa has increased in recent years. While airport and aircraft service options are generally good in this part of the world, it’s always best to provide your 3rd-party provider and ground handler with as much advance notification as possible. In addition, you need to ensure you have all required documentation […]

January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Advances in avionics and Air Traffic Control (ATC) flight data processing systems are making it possible to reduce lateral separation within the busy North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). Current Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS) airspace will soon be modified to increase […]

January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Flight crews will find some of the best hotels in the world – from 5-star London-area properties to assorted restored castles in the countryside – here in the UK. There are also convenient international chain airport hotel options. Be aware that prices will be higher, and some hotels will sell out during high season.

January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More