Greg Linton

Greg Linton, Team Lead, ELATE Team, is known as a solutions-oriented problem solver. He's also known as an expert on operations around the globe, particularly to Europe, Africa and China. Since joining Universal in 2000, Greg has facilitated more than 9,100 trip legs. He has represented Universal at numerous industry tradeshows and conventions including the European Business Aviation Association Conference & Exhibition and the National Business Aviation Association Conference. Greg has also been interviewed for and contributed articles to many industry publications. Prior to joining Universal, Greg served as an aircraft maintenance administration supervisor in the United States Marine Corps. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in aviation management. He can be reached at greglinton@univ-wea.com.

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BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

While permit requirements and associated lead times are not onerous for Dubai and Dubai-area airports, it’s important to be mindful of differing requirements between the various Emirates. Also, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) processes should be reviewed in advance due…

November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) airshow is the leading business aviation exhibition in the Middle East for business aviation professionals. For general aviation (GA) operators planning to attend MEBAA 2016 December 6-8, there are a number of planning…






November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 3: Special Considerations

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 3: Special Considerations

When planning a mission in your business aircraft to a remote destination, additional steps need to be taken. Always consider the geopolitical situation at your destination. You always want to have back up plans ready in case you need to divert from/to a particular location…






October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 2: Services and Credit

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 2: Services and Credit

When operating your business aircraft to a remote location, there will likely be cases where you will be handled by agents unfamiliar with the specific needs of general aviation (GA). Often service standards can be minimal, or at least of a lower standard than you’re accustomed to…






October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Additional considerations are needed when operating to remote international locations and airports not frequented by general aviation (GA). For many of these locations it’s recommended to begin the pre-planning process three to four weeks in advance, due to logistical issues…






October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 2: Permits & Slots

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 2: Permits & Slots

Charter operators need to consider permit lead times as this may complicate short notice trips to Geneva (LSGG)—especially during the busy EBACE2016 period (May 24-26).Having required documentation and information ready will help accelerate the permit acquisition process. Also, be aware of the airport slot process and availability during this event…






May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

EBACE 2016 runs May 24-26 at Geneva (LSGG), and this is a location that’s becoming more and more congested with general aviation (GA) activity. For those planning to attend this business aviation event or travel here during this time frame, we recommend beginning the trip planning process as early as possible…






April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

It’s important for business aircraft operators to assess support equipment and services needs at each international destination. In some cases, it’s best to research these requirements, with your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler, at least two weeks ahead of day of operation.






February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 1of 2 – Top Considerations

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 1of 2 – Top Considerations

Aircraft support equipment and supply considerations for destination airports are important pre-trip planning issues. Particularly when operating to remote or secondary/domestic airports this is a checklist item that should not be neglected.






January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Hazmat Flights: How-to for Business Aviation Operations

Hazmat Flights: How-to for Business Aviation Operations

“Hazmat” is anything capable of posing significant risk to health/safety when transported. Hazmat materials may be biological, chemical, or physical. Having undeclared materials that are considered “hazmat” on board has potential to complicate an international flight operation […]






November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
12 Ways Your BizAv Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 2

12 Ways Your BizAv Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 2

Last week, we discussed six out of 12 critical areas where a bizav trip can go wrong . Many of these are avoidable with proper preplanning. Today, we’ll discuss six more areas to round out our list of 12. This list by no means covers everything, but it does provide common pitfalls for […]






November 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
12 Ways Your Bizav Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 1

12 Ways Your Bizav Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 1

While most international operations go smoothly, there’s always potential from time to time for things to go sideways. One or two mistakes in the trip planning or execution process may be all it takes to initiate a ripple effect of issues, which may lead to operational delays or inability to […]






October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 2 – Procedural Considerations

Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 2 – Procedural Considerations

When conducting operations to the U.S. in a non-U.S.-registered business aircraft, it’s always important to consider any local restrictions and/or operating procedures that may impact your flight. Be aware that charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators face additional procedural requirements […]






June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 1 – Documentation Requirements

Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 1 – Documentation Requirements

A number of documentation and procedural requirements are essential to keep in mind when operating a business aircraft to the U.S. Mistakes in this area can lead to fines, delays, detention, and/or restrictions on future travel arrangements. It’s always best to double-check and confirm […]






May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments 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
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 Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

This year the Farnborough International Airshow occurs July 14-20. While overnight parking is not anticipated to be an issue at Farnborough (EGLF), there are assorted operating restrictions and curfews that must be considered for travel during this period. The following is an overview of what operating considerations you need to know: 1. Farnborough (EGLF) is […]

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 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
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
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 | 1 Comment More
Planning Tips for the 2014 Business Airport World Expo at Farnborough

Planning Tips for the 2014 Business Airport World Expo at Farnborough

The Farnborough Business Airport World Expo is Central Europe’s exhibition focused on showcasing Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs); Maintenance, Repair, and Overhauls (MROs); ground handling agents; and fuel companies to an audience of executive jet owners, operators, chief pilots, schedulers/dispatchers, and brokers. This event takes place at Farnborough (EGLF) March 26-27, 2014, and it’s anticipated that over […]

February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

This year’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place March 14-16 at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit – just a few kilometers south of central Melbourne. Always a popular event in the F1 circuit, the Australian Grand Prix is expected to draw over 300,000 visitors this year. Likewise, general aviation traffic is expected to be elevated. […]

February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Brazil Grand Prix 2013: Tips for Bizav Operators

Brazil Grand Prix 2013: Tips for Bizav Operators

The Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place November 22-24 at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Interlagos circuit located on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. The 4.3-kilometer, counterclockwise circuit features a very unique layout: tight infields, long straights and the infamous "Curva do Laranjinha." Due to the popularity of this Grand Prix event and the […]

November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops to Austin, Texas, for the 2013 US Grand Prix

Business Aviation Ops to Austin, Texas, for the 2013 US Grand Prix

US Formula One Grand Prix 2013 takes place November 15-17 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Circuit of the Americas track is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the US. For many business aircraft operators, the chance to visit Austin is always a welcome opportunity, and this upcoming racing event […]

October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2013 (UAE): Tips for Bizav Operators

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2013 (UAE): Tips for Bizav Operators

The 2013 Abu Dhabi Eithad Airways Formula One Grand Prix takes place November 1-3 at the Yas Marina Circuit. This promises to be a lively and well attended international racing event. An expanded entertainment program will be featured this year – both pre- and post-race – with some of the biggest names in Arab and […]

October 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning into South Korea: 2013 Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix

Business Aviation Trip Planning into South Korea: 2013 Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix

The 2013 Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix runs October 4-6 at the Yeongam international circuit. The race circuit was completed in 2010, and Korea is a new addition to an increasingly busy Formula 1. Yeongam is located some distance from major cities. For those planning to operate an aircraft into South Korea for this year’s […]

September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Trip Planning for the 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Trip Planning for the 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix

The 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix runs August 23-25 at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes forest 22 miles southeast of Liege. This is one of the most popular circuits in the annual Formula 1 calendar. If you want to go to the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, it’s best to begin the […]

July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

This year’s Magyar Nagydij Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held July 26-28 at the Hungaroring circuit, just outside Budapest, Hungary. Keep in mind that this will be a busy time in the Budapest area. Business aircraft operators need to plan in advance to secure the best parking and accommodation options. Here is what you’ll […]

June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: German Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Business Aviation Trip Planning: German Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

This year’s German Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held July 5-7 at the Nurburgring circuit. Note that this is a different race track, and location, than last year’s Nordschleife event. The 2013 German Grand Prix is anticipated to draw a large crowd and may result in increased General Aviation (GA) traffic. Due to this […]

June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Trip Planning Preparation: British Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Trip Planning Preparation: British Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

The 2013 British Formula 1 Grand Prix runs June 28-30 at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit north of London. This promises to be yet another busy event, bringing a large amount of General Aviation (GA) traffic into the UK. Business aircraft operators planning on flying into the UK around the time of this event need […]

June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More