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NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

Regulatory and other operational requirements can change at a moment’s notice. A great example of such changes is the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) changes that took place this year. Our blog’s mission is to give you the information you need to stay current on the information you need to make your missions successful. With the […]

October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

The Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) experience in Greece is relatively quick, professional, and user-friendly. If you’re arriving from outside the European Union (EU), however, it’s important to confirm you have all documentation and required visas in order prior to arrival [...]

October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Completing Your Flight Department: The Importance of a Third Crewmember

Surprisingly we are still having discussions about the importance of a third crewmember on large cabin aircraft. Perhaps we have been discussing points that are simply too obvious and need to consider some of the benefits of a third crewmember that nobody really wants to think about [...]

October 15, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 2 – Permits, Airport Slots, and Services

For business aircraft operators traveling to China, it’s important to plan on sufficient lead time to obtain overflight and landing permits, as well as secure any required airport slots. Planning a trip to Beijing (ZBAA) is more involved than at most airports in China as airport slots are always required [...]

October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 2: Checklists and Emergency Backup Plans

For business aircraft operators, catering is an essential element of any flight mission and one that’s “highly visible” from the passenger perspective. While catering issues and malfunctions are inevitable from time to time, these challenges can usually be addressed and rectified creatively [...]

October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Ground Handling

Airports in Greece are much busier during summer months (May-September) for business aircraft operators. You’ll always do better to make aircraft parking, ground handling, and fuel arrangements well in advance of arrival. By planning early you may be able to expedite the Customs [...]

October 9, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Last-Minute Trip Changes: Knowing Your Options

Last-Minute Trip Changes: Knowing Your Options

In the business aviation world, last-minute schedule changes are many times inevitable. While schedule revisions can be more challenging in certain parts of the world, solutions are always possible with adequate planning and connections. Before submitting change requests [...]

October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 1 – Changes to GA Parking Rules

Understanding Beijing Aircraft Parking: Part 1 – Changes to GA Parking Rules

Beijing (ZBAA) has experienced aircraft parking issues over the last few years. Recently, new restrictions were added limiting length of aircraft parking stays for General Aviation (GA) at this location. It’s now more important than ever to consider and confirm ZBAA parking options as early [...]

October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 1: Basic Requirements

Essential Onboard Catering Supplies for Flight Attendants – Part 1: Basic Requirements

Business aviation aircraft operate all over the world. Whether your destination is a remote location or a major international hotspot, you can expect catering issues to arise from time to time. In the interest of being as self-sufficient as possible – and to deal with any catering error that may arise [...]

October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Considerations

Business Aircraft Operations to Greece: Airport Considerations

For business aircraft operators traveling to Greece, it’s important to confirm Prior Permission Required (PPR), airport curfew, and aircraft parking requirements as soon as your schedule is known – particularly during summer months. Be aware of assorted airport restrictions and limitations [...]

October 2, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Last Minute Trip Changes: How They Can Affect Your Business Aviation Trip

Last Minute Trip Changes: How They Can Affect Your Business Aviation Trip

When considering last-minute schedule changes, be aware of limitations and/or downstream consequences with your arrangements. Before submitting change requests, know how they will affect not only where you’re going, but also any down-line schedules. You’ll often have a small window [...]

October 1, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aircraft Operations to Tianjin, China: Part 2 – Permits, Visas and CIQ

Business Aircraft Operations to Tianjin, China: Part 2 – Permits, Visas and CIQ

Tianjin (ZBTJ), the preferred general aviation alternate for Beijing (ZBAA), is a straightforward destination in terms of airport access and operating flexibility. However, due diligence in permit and documentation pre-planning is important in ensuring smooth and delay-free operations [...]

September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Understanding African Overflight and Landing Permits: Part 2 – Lead Times, Documentation, and Cautions

Understanding African Overflight and Landing Permits: Part 2 – Lead Times, Documentation, and Cautions

When operating to Africa, best practice is to confirm lead times, documentation, and other requirements prior to any operation. A local business sponsor will be needed at many locations, prior to a permit being processed. It’s important to supply complete information on local business contacts to the [...]

September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 2 - Aircraft Parking, Services, and Security

Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 2 – Aircraft Parking, Services, and Security

Should you desire special services upon arrival into Russia, such as on-board customs, immigration, and quarantine clearance and vehicle access airside, it’s best to give your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler plenty of advance notification. Although such services are at the discretion of airport authorities, these options may be available at St. Petersburg (ULLI). The following is an overview of what you need to know when operating to St. Petersburg.

September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Aruba Pre-Clearance - Now a Reality for General Aviation

UPDATE: Aruba Pre-Clearance – Now a Reality for General Aviation

In mid-March 2014, preclearance of General Aviation (GA) began at Aruba (TNCA). This will be the second location worldwide with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance services for GA. The other available location, Shannon (EINN), inaugurated GA preclearance in March of 2010. The following is an overview of what you need to know about preclearance services for GA at Aruba.

September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Tianjin, China: Part 1 - Airport Basics

Business Aircraft Operations to Tianjin, China: Part 1 – Airport Basics

Tianjin (ZBTJ) is the preferred alternate airport for Beijing (ZBAA). It’s a good place to reposition if you require longer-term parking and additional operating flexibility. As ZBAA becomes more and more congested and restrictive, the ZBTJ option has been growing in popularity with many international business aircraft operators. The following is an overview of what you need to know when operating to ZBTJ.

September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Understanding African Overflight and Landing Permits: Part 1 - Top 6 Challenging Destinations

Understanding African Overflight and Landing Permits: Part 1 – Top 6 Challenging Destinations

The African continent is experiencing a steady increase in business aviation. Business aircraft operators, however, still face challenges in terms of permit requests. It’s best to initiate the overflight and landing permit process as early as possible. Some locations are more difficult than others, from the permit perspective, so it’s important to pre-confirm documentation, credit, and lead time requirements with your 3rd-party provider. The following is an overview of what you need to know about overflight and landing permits when operating to Africa.

September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 1 – Airport and CIQ

Business Aviation Ops to St. Petersburg: Part 1 – Airport and CIQ

St. Petersburg (ULLI) is the only airport available for business aviation operations to St. Petersburg. While this is not a difficult location from an aircraft parking, landing permit, or service perspective, there may be issues to consider during major event periods [...]

September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators - Part 2: CIQ, Permits, and Curfews

Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2: CIQ, Permits, and Curfews

While permit; Customs, Immigrations, and Quarantine (CIQ); and operating curfew issues are seldom problematic for the Caribbean region, it’s important to pre-plan to avoid complications and to smooth the regulatory/operational process day of operation [...]

September 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
BizAv Tips for World Events and Holidays: Hotel Accommodations

BizAv Tips for World Events and Holidays: Hotel Accommodations

Preferred hotel accommodations can be particularly difficult to secure and revise during busy event and holiday periods around the world. During these high occupancy times, crew rooms may cost up to 500% of regular rates and are often non-refundable/non-changeable. Accommodations, however, may be possible when working with experienced ground handlers and 3rd-party providers. The following […]

September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operating Tips for Travel to Venezuela – Local Area, Culture and Hotels

Operating Tips for Travel to Venezuela – Local Area, Culture and Hotels

When operating to Venezuela confirm that you have all required documentation and be aware of currency control restrictions. Personal safety is best managed by sticking with known and secure transportation sourced by either your ground handler or hotel [...]

September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators - Part 1: Operating Considerations

Top In-Season Caribbean Destinations for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 1: Operating Considerations

In order to prepare for the high season for the Caribbean, business aircraft operators should consider making arrangements for aircraft parking, fuel, and hotel accommodations in advance. When it gets “busy” on the islands, it gets REALLY busy. Options can become scarce or nonexistent [...]

September 10, 2014 | 1 Comment More
International Standard Atmosphere: How It Affects Flight – Understanding the Basics

International Standard Atmosphere: How It Affects Flight – Understanding the Basics

International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) is a model used for the standardization of aircraft instruments. It was established, with tables of values over a range of altitudes, to provide a common reference for temperature and pressure. Flying in ISA-plus temperatures will have a negative impact on aircraft performance. If ISA-plus temperatures are excessive, aircraft may not […]

September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Landing Permits, Overflights, and Special Permits

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Landing Permits, Overflights, and Special Permits

Venezuela did away with landing permit requirements for many business aircraft operations staying less than 72 hours in the country at the airport of entry (AOE). Permits are still required for more than two entries in a calendar month or for longer stays, but documentation and procedural requirements [...]

September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Planning Your First Mission to Mexico & Central America

Tips for Planning Your First Mission to Mexico & Central America

For business aircraft operators planning their first trip to Mexico or Central America, preplanning is key. While these are relatively straightforward business aviation environments, local regulations, permit lead times, and operating requirements vary depending on destination. It’s best to coordinate with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler to avoid snags. In general, Mexico has more […]

September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More
EASA Announces TCO Authorization – New Requirements for Business Aviation

EASA Announces TCO Authorization – New Requirements for Business Aviation

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced Third-Country Operator (TCO) authorization requirements for all non-European Union (EU)-registered commercial operators traveling to the EU. This new regulatory requirement impacts both [...]

September 1, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

While Venezuela is a straightforward operating environment from the flight planning perspective, there are unique considerations to be mindful of in this operating arena. If you have unpaid navigation (nav) fees, for example, your outbound flight plan will not be accepted by Venezuelan authorities.

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Additional planning and operational considerations come into play when ferrying aircraft – especially if you’re ferrying under an experimental permit. The goal of any business aviation trip is a seamless experience. Any oversight in terms of permits, arranging parking, and ferrying aircraft between airports can prove costly or cause a trip to be delayed. The […]

August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operation to Guam – Tips and Best Practices

Business Aircraft Operation to Guam – Tips and Best Practices

Guam, the largest island in Micronesia, is an organized unincorporated territory of the U.S. and one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government. Business aircraft operators planning to fly to Guam need to be aware of certain operating considerations and paperwork requirements in order to ensure a smooth mission to this location. The […]

August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Security Planning

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Security Planning

Off-airport security should be top of mind for all visiting passengers and crew to Venezuela. Your ground handler and hotel will be able to arrange appropriate and safe local transportation.

August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More