Juan Muniz

Juan Muniz, Supervisor of Global Regulatory Services with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., is an expert on Mexico operations and permits. Juan has helped operators obtain hundreds of charter and private permits, using his knowledge of the process and close working relationship with Mexican civil aviation authorities and airport officials. Juan’s knowledge also extends to other regulatory issues such as: TSA Waivers, Border Overflight Exemptions, all CBP/APIS notifications, Visa Waiver Program, European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, and more. Juan can be reached at juanmuniz@univ-wea.com.

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Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

There are only rare cases where the Department of Transportation (DOT) actually notifies operators on required permissions and procedures for operating non-U.S. aircraft on charters (non-scheduled commercial) to the U.S. However, in the end it’s always up to the operator to be…

September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 1: General Requirements

Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 1: General Requirements

When operating charters (non-schedued commercial) to/from the U.S., with non-U.S. registered aircraft, there are many considerations to be mindful of. Particular procedures and/or documentation requirements must be complied with, depending upon the country of registry of…

September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

Cabotage restrictions have an impact on operations of non-U.S. registered business aircraft within the U.S. These rules and limitations, however, are often not well understood by general aviation (GA) operators. Consequences of non-compliance include Department of Transport (DOT) findings of violations, and potential order to cease and desist, as well as civil penalties of up […]

October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Explaining CANPASS for Business Aircraft Operations to Canada

Explaining CANPASS for Business Aircraft Operations to Canada

The Canadian Passenger Accelerated Service System (CANPASS) is an efficient and user-friendly method of reporting international general aviation (GA) arrivals into Canada. It has the benefit of allowing you to land at any airport of entry (AOE), as well as certain CANPASS-only airports, even during hours that customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is not […]

April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Canada to Require Electronic Travel Authorization

Canada to Require Electronic Travel Authorization

As of March 15, 2016, Canada will require Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for all visa-exempt foreign nationals entering the country by air. Effective this date, visa-exempt foreign nationals, other than U.S. citizens, must have an eTA prior to being processed by customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and entering Canada. The following is an overview of […]

February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Colombia APIS: New Requirements for Business Aircraft Ops

Colombia APIS: New Requirements for Business Aircraft Ops

As of August 2015 a new regulatory requirement mandates Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) reporting for all business aircraft operations to/from Colombia. As these requirements differ, in terms of information needed and reporting procedures, from U.S. APIS and eAPIS, it’s important to understand all of the particular requirements. The following is an overview of what […]

November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Cuba APIS requirements Now Required for BizAv Ops

Cuba APIS Now Required for BizAv Ops

Please note that this article and the materials available herein are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain legal advice before operating any travel to Cuba. Cuba recently initiated advance passenger information system (APIS) filing requirements for general aviation (GA). This is […]

October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

When applying for a Mexican permit, you will not be notified of any outstanding Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees. Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) only processes landing permits and is not notified in advance of business aircraft operators […]

July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 1: Calculating Fees & Managing Payments

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 1: Calculating Fees & Managing Payments

Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees are incurred when operating within Mexican airspace and when using airports outside of normal operating hours (overtime). These fees cover navigation services such as NAV aids, radio services, radar surveillance, etc. […]

July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

With the implementation of Mandatory Circular CO SA-02/14 R1 in Mexico, be aware that local airport comandantes are still in the process of understanding the new regulatory changes, approved on June 18, 2014. Because of this, it’s best to anticipate possible operating delays […]

June 20, 2014 | 2 Comments More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 - Positive Developments for GA

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 – Positive Developments for GA

On June 18, 2014 regulatory changes went into effect which significantly increases flexibility for many foreign registered general aviation (GA) operators traveling to Mexico. As of this date it’s now once again allowable for foreign-registered private non-revenue operators that […]

June 20, 2014 | 3 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
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
Mexico APIS: Now Required for Business Aviation Flights

Mexico APIS: Now Required for Business Aviation Flights

As of January 1, 2014, Mexico requires Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. Information to submit is the same for both types of flights and is no different than existing APIS requirements for scheduled commercial operations traveling to Mexico. The following is an overview of what […]

January 22, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Mexico's SENEAM Fee and Business Aviation – Part Two: Paying SENEAM Fees

Mexico’s SENEAM Fee and Business Aviation – Part Two: Paying SENEAM Fees

While there are many parameters to consider when dealing with SENEAM fee payment issues, the process can become manageable when it and the requirements that must be met are known. It’s best practice to clear up any past-due payments as soon as possible. Operators with past-due SENEAM fees will face significant future operating […]

November 28, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Mexico’s SENEAM Fee and Business Aviation – Part One: Explaining SENEAM Fees

Mexico’s SENEAM Fee and Business Aviation – Part One: Explaining SENEAM Fees

Overdue SENEAM navigation (nav) and overtime fees have become a hot-button topic within the business aviation industry this year. This is a unique situation, where operators must self-calculate, report, and pay nav and overtime fees due. Since Mexico began enforcement of SENEAM fees in late 2011, there have been dozens of reports of business aviation […]

November 20, 2012 | 6 Comments More
What You Need to Know about FAA Special-Route Clearances

What You Need to Know about FAA Special-Route Clearances

Operators with aircraft registered in certain counties require both a TSA waiver and special FAA route clearance when flying to the U.S. or over U.S. airspace. This adds additional complexity and lead time to the flight-planning process and may limit your routing options. ATC will automatically flag all flights through U.S. airspace of operators from […]

July 11, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Operating to Mexico: 7 Logistical Tips for Your First Trip

Operating to Mexico: 7 Logistical Tips for Your First Trip

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to Mexico and continues from our last article entitled “Operating to Mexico: Overview of Landing Permits and Restrictions.” For a successful and trouble-free trip to Mexico, it’s always best practice for business-aviation operators to plan for a range of logistical issues that may impact […]

March 5, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Operating to Mexico: Overview of Landing Permits and Restrictions

Operating to Mexico: Overview of Landing Permits and Restrictions

This business aviation blog post is the first part in a series on operating to Mexico. Mexico is a frequent and straightforward destination for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. However, there are a number of planning considerations to keep in mind. For private non-revenue operators, there are not many restrictions. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) […]

February 27, 2012 | 1 Comment More