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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Kenya is generally a straightforward business aircraft operating environment from the perspective of Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance and procedures. However, it’s important to ensure you have all required documentation and applicable visas – including a gen dec stamped by customs […]






August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

The Rugby World Cup takes place once every four years, and this time it’s in the UK. This year, the Rugby World Cup takes place at various venues in England and Wales between September 17 and October 31. This will be a very popular event, so there will be high local traffic […]






August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Preparation Aloft

In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Preparation Aloft

Last week, I covered selecting the right dessert. Now let’s talk about in-flight preparation. It’s very important to first be mindful of available flight and service times to avoid challenging yourself with a complex dessert presentation that may not be best for a short flight […]






August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

Evolution in aircraft avionics and air traffic flight data processing has driven an initiative to reduce current lateral separation minima over the North Atlantic. A Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum (RLatSM) trial program goes into effect November 12, 2015, on the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). General Aviation (GA) operators have the opportunity to participate in the […]

August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Aviation Fuel, Security, & Other Ground Services

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Aviation Fuel, Security, & Other Ground Services

Obtaining fuel at larger airports in Kenya, for either tech or destination stops, is usually a smooth and efficient process for business aircraft operators so long as they have a fuel release and credit has been organized in advance.






August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

Processing of charter permits for the UK underwent significant changes in 2014. It’s important to be aware of the permit request and revision lead time policies. Also, authorities are taking steps to eliminate “grey” charter flights […]






August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Maximizing the Passenger Experience

In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Maximizing the Passenger Experience

Choosing just the right dessert can help take the passenger flight experience to the next level. Keep in mind, however, that dessert preferences vary depending on what part of the world you’re in, as well as on dietary and religious requirements of your passengers.






August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Planning Tips: Venice Film Festival 2015

Business Aviation Planning Tips: Venice Film Festival 2015

The annual Venice Film Festival takes place September 2-12, 2015. This event typically attracts General Aviation (GA) traffic during a time that’s still considered high season for the region.






August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Ground Handling

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Ground Handling

When you conduct business aircraft operations to Kenya, it’s best to make ground handling arrangements well in advance. While larger airports are very well equipped in terms of General Aviation (GA) support, service, […]






August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part Two: Approach/Departure Impact

Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part Two: Approach/Departure Impact

Last week, we discussed the enroute impacts of crosswinds. Today, we’ll discuss impacts on the other side of the trip: arrival and departure. As a general best practice, you should always work with an experienced aviation meteorologist to determine if crosswinds will be a factor during your […]






August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing: Top Operational Considerations

2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing: Top Operational Considerations

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) biennial World Championship takes place Aug 22-30 in Beijing. Primary event venue is the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” north of the city. While we do not anticipate crew accommodation issues, it’s recommended to […]






August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 2: Parking & Services

Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 2: Parking & Services

It’s becoming more and more difficult for business aircraft operators to secure long-term (anything beyond two days) parking at Hong Kong (VHHH). In most cases you’ll not be granted a parking stay in excess of two days, and you may only get one-night parking at this location […]






August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Airport Overview

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Airport Overview

In comparison to many international destinations, Kenya is a very welcoming General Aviation (GA) operating environment without many onerous pre-planning requirements or procedural hurdles. Still, it’s important to plan on adequate lead time for all airport, parking, fuel uplift, and service requests. […]






August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part One: Enroute Impacts

Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part One: Enroute Impacts

Crosswinds are winds that come at an angle to your aircraft in flight and on approach/takeoff, and they can impact your flight operations, fuel burn, and passenger comfort. It’s always important to consider the crosswind potential in your pre-trip planning – especially for required […]






August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overview of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) in Italy

Overview of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) in Italy

Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) is a system developed by Eurocontrol and the European Union (EU) to improve operational efficiency at high-traffic airports. It does this by reducing delays and better managing airport resources, including Air Traffic Control (ATC) […]






August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 1: VHHH Requirements & Airport Slots

Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 1: VHHH Requirements & Airport Slots

Aircraft parking and airport slot issues have intensified at Hong Kong (VHHH) over recent years, and the situation continues to become more challenging. Today, we’re seeing more and more cases of General Aviation (GA) operators not being able to land or depart VHHH on the days […]






August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in the Philippines – CIQ and Security

Business Aircraft Ops in the Philippines – CIQ and Security

For most airports in the Philippines, other than at Manila (RPLL), business aircraft crew members and passengers will clear Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) in the main terminal. It’s important to have all required visas, as well as evidence of necessary vaccinations […]






July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 2: Processing Permit Exemptions

Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 2: Processing Permit Exemptions

Even if you do not currently have an overflight of Turkey planned, it’s a good idea to apply for this permit exemption well in advance. Having it will give your business aircraft ongoing approval for unlimited overflights through Turkish airspace with only the requirement of filing a flight plan […]






July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

When applying for a Mexican permit, you will not be notified of any outstanding Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees. Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) only processes landing permits and is not notified in advance of business aircraft operators […]






July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
LABACE 2015 Fly-In Prep: Permits, Flight Planning, and Local Area

LABACE 2015 Fly-In Prep: Permits, Flight Planning, and Local Area

As discussed in Part 1 of this article series, this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place August 11-13 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In our last article, we covered airports; parking; and customs, immigration, and quarantine for business aircraft […]






July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in the Philippines – Top Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops in the Philippines – Top Considerations

Unique considerations exist for business aircraft operations to the Philippines, and it’s important to plan on sufficient permit lead time. The Philippines comprises over 7,000 islands, and Manila is the most common destination for General Aviation (GA) movements […]






July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 1: Good News for Bizav

Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 1: Good News for Bizav

Requirements for Turkey overflights eased significantly on April 2, 2015 – at least for most general aviation operators. As a result of regulatory changes, operators of most private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) aircraft can now obtain the right to overfly Turkey without an overflight permit […]






July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 1: Calculating Fees & Managing Payments

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 1: Calculating Fees & Managing Payments

Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees are incurred when operating within Mexican airspace and when using airports outside of normal operating hours (overtime). These fees cover navigation services such as NAV aids, radio services, radar surveillance, etc. […]






July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
LABACE 2015 Fly-In Prep: Airports, Parking, and CIQ

LABACE 2015 Fly-In Prep: Airports, Parking, and CIQ

This year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place August 11-13 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. LABACE is the largest business aviation event in Latin America, attracting General Aviation (GA) flight departments, trade professionals, and exhibitors […]






July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
FAA’s Data Comm Program: Overview and Effects for Operators

FAA’s Data Comm Program: Overview and Effects for Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Data Comm program will change how operators receive flight plans and, to a certain extent, the manner in which flight plans are uplinked. It’s important to be aware of these changes as they went into effect as of June 2015 […]






July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: CIQ Services Now Available at Van Nuys (KVNY)

UPDATE: CIQ Services Now Available at Van Nuys (KVNY)

After a hiatus of almost 14 years, Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) services have been reinstated at Van Nuys (KVNY). While this is very good news for business aviation operators planning international arrivals into KVNY, there are certain limitations to be mindful of. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. […]

July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Preparing for the Brazil Summer Games – Part 2: Permits, Slots, and Operating Restrictions

Preparing for the Brazil Summer Games – Part 2: Permits, Slots, and Operating Restrictions

The 2016 Brazil Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro on August 3-21. This will be followed by the Paralympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro September 7-19. Last week, we discussed planning for airports and ground services. In this article we will discuss permits […]






July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Operations into Singapore – Part 2: Permits and CIQ

Bizjet Operations into Singapore – Part 2: Permits and CIQ

While Singapore is a welcoming business aviation operating environment with good services and facilities, there are permit requirements to consider for charter (non-scheduled commercial) and certain private non-revenue operators. Additionally, be aware of the customs and […]






July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Aruba: Fuel & Hotels

Business Aircraft Operations to Aruba: Fuel & Hotels

For business aircraft operations into Aruba, fuel and hotel planning are pretty straightforward. Fuel services at Aruba (TNCA) are generally efficient for both destination and tech stops; however, you may encounter delays during peak hours or with short-notice requests […]






July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Coffee and Tea Services Aloft: Elevate the In-flight Passenger Experience

Coffee and Tea Services Aloft: Elevate the In-flight Passenger Experience

While a seemingly mundane consideration, coffee and tea services aloft are an important part of the overall in-flight passenger experience. It’s always best to offer a range of different coffee/tea options and to consider creative options, in terms of beverage preparation and service aloft […]






July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More