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2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: GA Parking & CIQ Clearance

2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: GA Parking & CIQ Clearance

For business aircraft operators, parking limitations will not be as critical a factor during the opening phase of the Cannes Film Festival. The heaviest traffic period, when airport slots and parking approvals will be more of a significant issue, is expected to be May 21-26 […]

March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 1: Shanghai Airport & Parking Options

Chinese 2015 Grand Prix – Part 1: Shanghai Airport & Parking Options

The 2015 Chinese Grand Prix takes place April 10-12 at Shanghai. The Shanghai International Circuit, located about a 45-minute drive from central Shanghai, features a 5.451-kilometer (3.39-mile) track. This is a highly popular regional event, so it’s important to organize aircraft support and travel arrangements […]

March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

When operating to Costa Rica, it’s best to preplan aviation fuel uplifts, well in advance, particularly during high season (end of November till end of March). If you’re planning to depart during peak operating hours, it’s recommended to fuel on arrival or land with sufficient fuel to manage your […]

March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Long-range aviation weather forecasts have become more and more accurate over the years. These forecasts are generally created three to five days ahead of day-of-flight operation. Specific weather modeling computer programs – when interpreted by experienced aviation weather professionals – provide business aircraft operators with valuable tools in the preliminary trip and permit planning process. […]

March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

2015 Cannes Int’l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

Be prepared for high General Aviation (GA) traffic when operating to the French Riviera this May. With the Cannes International Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix taking place simultaneously, operational challenges can be anticipated in terms of aircraft parking, hotel accommodations […]

March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

There are various types of security assessments available for business aircraft operators. These range from basic country assessments to highly individualized local area assessments to assessments covering overflight, routings, and potential alternate airports. There are generally four categories […]

March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Continuing from our last article covering ground handling in Costa Rica, there are some additional considerations when it comes to aircraft parking, in-flight catering, and using domestic airfields that you should be aware of when operating your business jet to this country.

March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
ABACE2015 to Feature Key Discussions Addressing Operational Needs Across Asia-Pacific

ABACE2015 to Feature Key Discussions Addressing Operational Needs Across Asia-Pacific

As the operational environment for business aviation in the Asia-Pacific continues to evolve, operators must remain continually aware of changing procedures, expanded services and new equipment requirements, and other challenges across the region […]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Updated Charter Ops Security Screening in for Italy – Part 2: Screening Procedures

Updated Charter Ops Security Screening in for Italy – Part 2: Screening Procedures

As of early February 2015, additional security screening inspections have been implemented for certain international scheduled commercial, air taxi General Aviation (GA) charter (non-scheduled commercial) arrivals to Italy. While these additional security steps add about […]

March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Last-Minute Requests

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Last-Minute Requests

For business aircraft operators, last-minute international trips are often manageable when working with an experienced 3rd-party provider and assuming that all required information and documentation are available. It’s important to understand the differences among all […]

March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 1: General Tips

Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 1: General Tips

We all understand the value of security awareness and the need to try to avoid potential security issues. There are, however, areas of security planning/awareness that we all tend to overlook from time to time. Particularly when conducting business aircraft operations to moderate or high risk areas […]

March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Costa Rica is a friendly destination for business aircraft operations. Ground handling quality is high at major airports, and most services are readily available. Still, there are many issues to be mindful of, including availability of services at your destination, customs and immigration services […]

March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Updated Charter Ops Security Screening for Italy – Part 1: New Requirements

Updated Charter Ops Security Screening for Italy – Part 1: New Requirements

Revised security screening procedures have recently been put in place for certain charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Italy. While these new requirements are considered temporary, it’s important for charter operators to be aware of new security mandates, as well as associated delays […]

March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to the Galapagos Islands – Part 2: Operating Considerations

Business Aircraft Operations to the Galapagos Islands – Part 2: Operating Considerations

Pre-planning is imperative when traveling to the Galapagos Islands. Keep in mind that only private non-revenue, and not charter (non-scheduled commercial), general aviation operations may travel to the islands, with a limit of 20 passengers onboard the aircraft. Three weeks is recommended minimum lead time for the landing permit process […]

March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Guide to Flight Ops Into Shanghai for ABACE 2015 – Part 2: Landing Permits, Slots, & Visas

Guide to Flight Ops Into Shanghai for ABACE 2015 – Part 2: Landing Permits, Slots, & Visas

For General Aviation (GA) operations to the Shanghai area during the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) period, it’s important to ensure that airport slots and landing permits are obtained well in advance. Be aware of permit revision limitations in China as you’ll normally not be able to make […]

March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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