It’s been a couple of weeks since the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers and Dispatchers (S&D) took place in New Orleans. During the conference, we spoke to many schedulers and dispatchers who shared questions regarding specific topics that impact their trips. Below is a compilation of articles covering some of the most frequently discussed topics from the show:
1. Advance Passenger Information System now required in Mexico
Mexico now requires both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators to file Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) manifests. The regulation went into effect on January 1, 2014, and the filing must be completed for all international arrivals into and departures out of Mexico. More information can be found in our article:
2. European Union Trading System changes
Since the implementation of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) in 2005, General Aviation (GA) operators have been faced with emissions tracking, verification, and payments for all applicable flights. Over the last few months, the European Commission has changed its stance that may delay CO2 emission verification and payments. The latest information pertaining to these changes can be found below:
- Aviation EU-ETS Changes – Part 1: Good News from the European Commission
- Aviation EU-ETS Changes – Part 2: Covered Areas, Calculations, and Exemptions
3. Traveling to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia
The Winter Games are fast approaching. With the Games taking place February 7-23, 2014, there is much planning to be completed for operators whose clients will be attending the event. An operator needs to consider items such as visas, landing permits, aircraft parking, and airport slots, to name a few. To stay on top of all the operational considerations, please read:
- 2014 Winter Games Update – Part 1: Client Categories, Airport Slots, Russian Landing Permits, and Visas
- 2014 Winter Games Update – Part 2: Fueling, Handling, and Other Operational Considerations
- More articles can be found on our blog
4. Planning your trip to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil
The World Cup will take place this year June 12-July 13. There are 12 cities that will host the games, with GA expected to carry 11% of the anticipated spectators. The most important considerations for this event will be aircraft parking, airport slots, and hotel accommodations. We recommend that operators planning on attending request these services as soon as possible. More information on this event can be found in these articles:
- Business Aviation Planning – 2014 World Cup Brazil: Part 1 – Primary Airports/Considerations
- Business Aviation Planning – 2014 World Cup Brazil: Part 2 – Alternate Airports
Also, for up-to-date information on operating to Brazil during the World Cup, please visit the Brazil 2014 Resource Center.
5. Visa and Temporary Landing Permit requirements for India
There has been much confusion over regulations pertaining to visa requirements for India. As of September 4, 2013, crew are now able to obtain crew visas and Temporary Landing Permits with the issuance of new directives from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs. To get all the information on the new directives, please see our article:
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About Christine Vamvakas
An FAA-Licensed Dispatcher, Christine Vamvakas is an expert in all areas of trip support services, including TSA Waivers, international visa requirements, aircraft fuel ranges, operations in Greece, and charter operations throughout Europe. A native of Greece, Christine is fluent in Greek and has more than a decade’s experience working in trip support services with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Having served as Master Trip Owner and Team Lead for Universal’s Charter Management Team, Christine has facilitated thousands of international trip legs and uses that experience in her role as Universal’s Operations Communications Manager. Christine holds a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration. Her expert commentary has been included in multiple business aviation publications. You can reach Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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