Mark Miller

A former Air Traffic Controller with more than 35 years' experience in aviation, Universal Supervisor of Technical Planning Mark Miller has facilitated thousands of flight plans since joining the company in 1990. Prior to working for Universal, he served as air traffic control facility chief and battalion training manager for Korea Aviation Development and Research Command. Mark, who is fluent in Korean, is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration's Collaborative Decision Making group, the ICAO 2012 Flight Plan Filers group, and the New York and New Jersey Port Authority / Tracon group. Recognized within the industry for his expertise, he has shared his knowledge of aviation and flight planning with several industry trade publications. Mark can be reached at markmiller@univ-wea.com.

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BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 2: Equipment & Certification Mandates

BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 2: Equipment & Certification Mandates

Business aircraft operators with limited Performance Based Navigation (PBN) capabilities and certifications will encounter increasing limitations when transiting North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). While certain options and exemptions are available for operators without all the latest…

October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 1: Airports & Routings

BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 1: Airports & Routings

For business aircraft operators contemplating an Atlantic crossing, there are numerous flight planning requirements to consider, and there are more of these in the North Atlantic than the South. In particular, additional pre-planning is required when transiting North Atlantic Tracks…

October 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

Evolution in aircraft avionics and air traffic flight data processing has driven an initiative to reduce current lateral separation minima over the North Atlantic. A Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum (RLatSM) trial program goes into effect November 12, 2015, on the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). General Aviation (GA) operators have the opportunity to participate in the […]

August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
FAA’s Data Comm Program: Overview and Effects for Operators

FAA’s Data Comm Program: Overview and Effects for Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Data Comm program will change how operators receive flight plans and, to a certain extent, the manner in which flight plans are uplinked. It’s important to be aware of these changes as they went into effect as of June 2015 […]

July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Successfully Managing North Atlantic Tracks: Part 2 – Flying the Tracks

Successfully Managing North Atlantic Tracks: Part 2 – Flying the Tracks

Applying for and revising North Atlantic Track (NAT) authority is a fairly straightforward and user-friendly process. Once you’re on the NATs, there are considerations to be mindful of and rules to be complied with. Some operators, due to performance capability of their particular business aircraft […]

June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Successfully Managing North Atlantic Tracks: Part 1 – Track Basics

Successfully Managing North Atlantic Tracks: Part 1 – Track Basics

While North Atlantic Tracks (NATs) provide routing efficiencies and save business aircraft operators on Jet A and other operating costs, there are many rules and regulations associated with this track system and access to it which you must be aware of, including mandated equipment […]

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Regional Data Line Mandate – Part 2: NAT DLM Roadmap

North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 2 – NAT DLM Roadmap

The objective of the North Atlantic Data Link Mandate (NAT DLM) is to improve communication, surveillance, and air traffic control intervention capabilities within the North Atlantic Track (NAT) region. Operators should be familiar with implementation of phase 2 of NAT DLM as part […]

February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 1 – Implementation

North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 1 – Implementation

Phase 2 of the North Atlantic Data Link Mandate (NAT DLM) is being implemented in three stages – 2A, 2B, and 2C – commencing February 5, 2015; December 7, 2017; and January 30, 2020, respectively. Over time there will be changes in both expanded vertical and horizontal boundaries of NAT DLM airspace […]

February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Advances in avionics and Air Traffic Control (ATC) flight data processing systems are making it possible to reduce lateral separation within the busy North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). Current Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS) airspace will soon be modified to increase […]

January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 1 – Recent Changes

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 1 – Recent Changes

Installation of new Air Traffic Service (ATS) surveillance systems – combined with advancements in flight data processing systems and aircraft data link capabilities – has created opportunities for ATS improvements within the Gander oceanic control area […]

January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 2 – Impact on General Aviation

ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 2 – Impact on General Aviation

There’s a risk that some flight planning programs used by business aviation will not be fully updated and in compliance with new routing mandates as of November 13. It’s best to check and confirm with your 3rd-party provider or in-house scheduling department that flight […]

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 1 – What, When & How

ATS Route Changes for U.S. and Canada: Part 1 – What, When & How

On September 9, 2014, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) published final rules on modification, revocation, and establishment of multiple Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes within the north central and northeast U.S. NAV CANADA has also announced routing changes for […]

November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Operations to Amsterdam – Part 2: Compliance and Enforcement of Performance Navigation Mandates

Bizav Operations to Amsterdam – Part 2: Compliance and Enforcement of Performance Navigation Mandates

The Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) inspection program was established by the European Civil Aviation Conference. SAFA ramp inspections are conducted by regulatory authorities of European Union (EU) member states. Any business aircraft operator arriving at Amsterdam […]

May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Operations to Amsterdam – Part 1: Flight Planning / Performance Navigation Requirements

BizAv Operations to Amsterdam – Part 1: Flight Planning / Performance Navigation Requirements

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on performance navigation requirements for Amsterdam. New regulations were put into place for Amsterdam (EHAM) – effective November 15, 2012 – requiring business aircraft operators to have RNAV-1 or P-RNAV capability. For all operations to EHAM, operators must ensure, by regulation, that they have this […]

May 21, 2014 | 1 Comment 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
Flight Planning: Using the Track Advisory System

Flight Planning: Using the Track Advisory System

Track Advisory (TA) guidelines were put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to avoid traffic conflicts for operations along Anchorage Center’s (ZAN) Russian Trans East (RTE) route system. The TA User’s Guide articulates the requirements for using the TA. When flying westbound from the U.S.to Russia, business aircraft operators may not […]

January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
8.33-kHz Radio Channel Spacing Changes Are Coming to Europe

8.33-kHz Radio Channel Spacing Changes Are Coming to Europe

Europe is getting ready for the final phase in the deployment of 8.33-kHz radios – with mandatory use throughout European airspace by 2018. While this will solve long-standing radio frequency congestion problems, for at least a decade, it will put a burden on many business aircraft operators. All operators flying to Europe, or planning such […]

August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Changes in China: Continued Progress

Flight Planning Changes in China: Continued Progress

Traffic is up both to and within China, but for business aircraft operators there can be challenges when flight planning within this region. While we’re seeing progress in terms of higher-level routings and shorter-notice permit approvals, there are still many unknown and/or restricted airways and airports within China where information from the governing authority isn’t […]

April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments More
CPDLC Datalink Changes for 2013

CPDLC Datalink Changes for 2013

Beginning February 7, 2013, the first phase of mandated controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) was implemented on North Atlantic tracks (NAT). Over time, additional CPDLC and automatic dependent surveillance-contact (ADS-C) requirements will facilitate future evolution of the air traffic management system (ATM). These changes will eventually require many business aircraft to be outfitted/retrofitted with updated […]

February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Customizing Flight Planning Formats for ETP and FIR Boundary Information

Customizing Flight Planning Formats for ETP and FIR Boundary Information

Equal time points (ETPs) and flight information region (FIR) boundary information are significant elements on your flight plan and warrant your attention when reviewing a flight plan format. The flight plan format should contain specific information and relevant calculations for ETPs, which are used when entering into regions […]

December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Customizing Flight Plans – What Your Flight Department Needs to Know

Customizing Flight Plans – What Your Flight Department Needs to Know

For business aviation flight departments – particularly those with large groups of pilots with various skills, techniques and knowledge – standard or generic flight plan formats help maximize consistency and safety. There are many options for customizing flight plans to meet an operation’s requirements in a way that can prove to be effective in keeping […]

October 24, 2012 | 2 Comments More
International Flight Planning 301: 6 Tips for Routes, Permits, and Revisions

International Flight Planning 301: 6 Tips for Routes, Permits, and Revisions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on international flight planning for business jet operators and continues from our last post “International Flight Planning 201: Random Routes and Route Restrictions.” For business-aviation flights, your ability to revise routes and permits varies depending upon the region of the world and reasons for the revision. […]

April 23, 2012 | 1 Comment More
International Flight Planning 201: Random Routes and Route Restrictions

International Flight Planning 201: Random Routes and Route Restrictions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on international flight planning for business jet operators and continues from our last post titled “International Flight Planning 101: 5 Things to Know before You Start.” For business-aviation flights, random routes (any routes not established or charted/published or otherwise available to all users) are available in […]

April 16, 2012 | 2 Comments More
International Flight Planning 101: 5 Things to Know before You Start

International Flight Planning 101: 5 Things to Know before You Start

This aviation blog post is part of a series on international flight planning for business jet operators. For business aviation operators flying internationally, airway and route planning is always a key consideration. The reasoning for this consideration is a range of airway restrictions worldwide: one-way airways, timed airways, domestic only or airline-only airways, as well […]

April 9, 2012 | 2 Comments More