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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) is an easy process assuming correct documentation is provided. For business aircraft operators traveling to Japan, best practice is to work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler in advance to confirm all documentation and visa requirements [...]

April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Airport slots will be one of the larger concerns for business aircraft operators traveling to St. Petersburg (ULLI) during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) period (May 22-24, 2014), and full instructions on when airport slots will be processed won’t be known until the [...]

April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment More
World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

All General Aviation (GA) operators traveling to Brazil during the World Cup period should obtain Brazilian domestic operating permits. Domestic permits are needed when making more than one stop in country, and you’ll likely require a second stop in order to reposition [...]

April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment More
ABACE 2014 Prep: Trip Planning Into China

ABACE 2014 Prep: Trip Planning Into China

Over the past two years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within China. With the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), we thought it would […]

April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

For business aircraft operators, ground handling services in Japan are among the best in the world, and operations here are seldom anything other than trouble-free. While handling costs are higher than average in this part of the world, you can look forward to reliable, professional, and on-time […]

April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

This year the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place May 22-24. SPIEF puts additional strains on existing airport infrastructure and service options – with traffic starting to come in about May 20 and final departures expected about May 26. For business aircraft operators seeking […]

April 9, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

If operating to the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival/Monaco Grand Prix period on short notice (or if last-minute planning arrangements can’t be avoided), be advised that being very flexible in terms of repositioning, sourcing crew accommodations, and dealing with fuel […]

April 8, 2014 | 1 Comment More
World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

The 2014 World Cup takes places June 12-July 13, 2014. During this period General Aviation (GA) parking, as well as crew accommodations, will be extremely limited. It’s best to begin working with your 3rd-party provider as soon as the schedule is known to coordinate a workable logistical plan […]

April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix returns to the Shanghai International Circuit April 18-20, 2014. This popular Grand Prix event takes place just southwest of the Shanghai city limits – near the town of Anting. Planning early for this event will help ensure preferred aircraft parking, services, and hotel accommodation options for General Aviation (GA) […]

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA IOC 2014 Conference

Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA IOC 2014 Conference

It’s been a few weeks since the NBAA 2014 International Operators Conference (IOC) took place in Tampa, Florida. During this event we spoke to many business aircraft operators who shared their questions regarding specific topics relevant to their operations. Below you will find a compilation of articles that cover some of the most popular topics […]

April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix Part 1 – Primary Airports

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix Part 1 – Primary Airports

The Cannes Film Festival takes place May 14-25, 2014, with the second week of the festival being the busiest. Meanwhile, the Monaco Grand Prix hits the streets May 22-25, 2014. The confluence of these two major events always creates challenges for business aviation operators in terms of aircraft […]

April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment More
European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: Guidelines for Business Aircraft Operators

European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: Guidelines for Business Aircraft Operators

Europe excise duties are applied to aircraft fuel uplifts and can significantly impact cost of fuel at the time of uplift for general aviation operators. Excise duty exemptions are available depending on the status and nature of your flight, but exemption requirements vary from country to country […]

March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Tips on Flying to Japan - Airport Ops

Tips on Flying to Japan – Airport Ops

General Aviation (GA) access to Japan is easier than it was just a few years ago – particularly with opening of 24-hour GA ops at Haneda (RJTT). But, it’s important to be aware of airport slot requirements, curfews, and aircraft parking restrictions. We recommend you work with your 3rd-party provider […]

March 27, 2014 | 2 Comments More
UPDATE: Border Overflight Exemptions – Positive Impacts from Recent Changes

UPDATE: Border Overflight Exemptions – Positive Impacts from Recent Changes

As of June 17, 2013, significant changes for the better were implemented to Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) process. The end result is that annual BOEs are now user-friendlier in terms of the approval process and operations. Business aviation benefits are significant and, in some cases, have dramatically improved operating flexibility […]

March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: TSA Waivers – Part 2: Application Process

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: TSA Waivers – Part 2: Application Process

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) waiver application process is now more streamlined and user-friendlier than it was in the past. For instance, the entire filing process is online, and the information you provide is saved for ease of future waiver filings [...]

March 25, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Venice International Boat Show

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Venice International Boat Show

The 2014 Venice International Boat Show takes place over two weekends – April 4 to 6 and April 11 to 13 – and is expected to draw some 80,000 attendees. For General Aviation (GA) traffic, Venice is always a busy destination during summer seasons and will be particularly busy over the International Boat Show period […]

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Brazil World Cup 2014 Trip Planning Tips: Arrangements Should Be Made Now

Brazil World Cup 2014 Trip Planning Tips: Arrangements Should Be Made Now

Over the last few months, Brazilian airport authorities have been working on laying out the requirements for business aircraft operators looking to travel to the World Cup this summer. Though some of these requirements are not yet known, it’s recommended that operators start requesting their services now, due to heightened demand at all primary cities […]

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operational Update: UK Air Passenger Duty Price Changes

Operational Update: UK Air Passenger Duty Price Changes

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is an excise duty charged by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Agency (HMRC) based on "chargeable" passengers being transported from a UK airport on a qualifying aircraft. The amount of APD you’ll pay is based on the number of chargeable passengers and their destination, with "premium" APD rates charged in some […]

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Buisness Aviation Trip Planning Tips: TSA Waivers – Part 1: Knowing When to Apply for One

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: TSA Waivers – Part 1: Knowing When to Apply for One

While there are a variety of TSA waiver types available, the most commonly requested waivers are for international movements – both overflight of the U.S. and landing within the U.S. It’s important to be aware of TSA waiver criteria, as well as the various scenarios under which TSA waivers are required […]

March 18, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Tips for Operating to Greece’s Top Destinations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Tips for Operating to Greece’s Top Destinations

Popular island destinations, exclusive summer resorts, and an upward trend in tourism have made Greece an even more in-demand tourism/business destination for this summer. For operators planning general aviation movements to Greece, there are many popular destination stops to consider. The good news is that operating to and […]

March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
IOC 2014: Your Updates to International Business Aircraft Ops

IOC 2014: Your Updates to International Business Aircraft Ops

The 2014 International Operators Conference (IOC), hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), takes place on Monday. This conference focuses on topics related to the international operation of business aircraft. Common discussions are international regulatory issues (such as EU-ETS, UK-APD, U.S. CBP, etc.), regional operations (such as Asia, South America, etc.), and safety. Many […]

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2014 Prep: Business Aviation Operations to Shanghai, China

ABACE 2014 Prep: Business Aviation Operations to Shanghai, China

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) takes place April 15-17, 2014, in Shanghai, with the aircraft static display located at Hongqiao (ZSSS). For business aircraft operators traveling to China – and particularly to the Shanghai area – during ABACE, there are several trip planning considerations to be mindful of […]

March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for UK Charter Permits

UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for UK Charter Permits

Many regulatory changes are on the cusp of going into effect regarding charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to the UK in April. For the most part, these are all very positive changes and will help remove some of the uncertainty and delay potential that had formerly existed in terms of processing charter permit requests […]

March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Bahrain Grand Prix 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Bahrain Grand Prix 2014

The 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix takes place April 4-6 at the Bahrain International Circuit.The Bahrain International Circuit, which uses a 15-corner configuration, made history back in 2004 as the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East. If you’re planning to attend, or even fly into Bahrain […]

March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon

UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon

Amended airport slot procedures for the UK were implemented during the London Games in 2012. It’s been determined that these airport slot procedures will now be a permanent requirement for all arriving/departing flights at airports using the [...]

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Reclear Flight Planning for Business Aviation 101

Reclear Flight Planning for Business Aviation 101

Reclear is a technique used in planning and managing fuel reserves – on long-haul flight legs – in such a way that these reserves can be deployed more effectively. Reclear flight planning has the advantage of providing additional flexibility – giving operators the ability to fly longer routes, increase payloads, or fly at higher cruise […]

March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Malaysia Grand Prix 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Malaysia Grand Prix 2014

The 2014 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix will be held March 28-30 at the Sepang International Circuit. This race circuit is located closer to Kuala Lumpur Intl (WMKK) and about 60 km south of central Kuala Lumpur. If you’re heading to this part of the world during this time period, it’s recommended to begin setting up […]

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 2 – Operational Requirements

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 2 – Operational Requirements

Israel takes security issues seriously, and crew onboard business aircraft must follow mandated procedures exactly on the day of operation. It’s recommended that first-time crews to Israel allow additional planning time to prepare for assorted security procedures [...]

March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Jet Fuel, Security, and Additional Service Considerations

Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Jet Fuel, Security, and Additional Service Considerations

If you are a business aircraft operator traveling to Dublin (EIDW), you should be aware of the local fueling and security processes prior to your visit. For instance, when requesting fuel for either destination or tech stop [...]

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
The Jet Fuel Checklist for International Business Aviation Trips

The Jet Fuel Checklist for International Business Aviation Trips

For business aircraft operators, jet fuel is an important aspect of the planning stage for any international trip. You have to determine your stops, the fuel uplift amount, and so on. Getting the best jet fuel price estimate/quote and all the associated fees can be a complicated process, and it can be difficult comparing price […]

February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More