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 christinevamvakas@univ-wea.com.

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Business Aviation Planning Tips: India Operations

Business Aviation Planning Tips: India Operations

Operations to India typically go smoothly for well-prepared business aircraft operators who’ve allowed sufficient trip planning lead time. It’s important, however, to be aware of permit and visa requirements as well as assorted local airport and airway operating restrictions. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Considerations when operating to […]

November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders' Summit

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit

Brisbane, Australia is host city for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. The Summit will be held November 15 and 16 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the city’s central business district, South Bank. Brisbane’s upcoming G20 event is expected to attract up to 4,000 delegates. There will be increased demand for aviation […]

November 10, 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
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
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 | 1 Comment 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
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
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
Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA S&D 2014 Conference

Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA S&D 2014 Conference

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 […]

January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Top Operational FAQs from NBAA 2013 Conference

Top Operational FAQs from NBAA 2013 Conference

It’s been approximately a month since the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 2013 conference wrapped up in Las Vegas. At the show, we spoke to many business aircraft operators and found that many had common questions regarding various operational topics. Below is a compilation of articles on some of the most frequently discussed topics from […]

December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Africa 101: Planning for Aviation Ground Services

Business Aviation in Africa 101: Planning for Aviation Ground Services

For business aircraft operators, it’s best not to take service, aviation fuel, and ground handling service capabilities for granted when operating in many parts of Africa. Be sure to request and confirm all services as far in advance as possible in order to avoid potential delays and service […]

November 28, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation in Africa 101: Flight Permits, Ground Handling, Visas, and Security

Business Aviation in Africa 101: Flight Permits, Ground Handling, Visas, and Security

For business aircraft operators, Africa can be a permit-intensive operating environment, with specific documentation requirements and longer-than-average permit lead times. It’s important to begin working with your 3rd-party provider, and local ground handlers, well in advance of any planned operation to this […]

November 21, 2013 | 1 Comment 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
Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix – Tips for Business Aircraft Operators

Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix – Tips for Business Aircraft Operators

Several good airport options are available for business aircraft operators intending to visit the Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix which runs July 7-9 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneaux in Montreal. Here’s some information to help you with your trip planning: 1. There are 3 primary airports to consider for the Canada F1 Grand Prix Three […]

May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the UEFA Europa League Final in Amsterdam

Business Aircraft Ops to the UEFA Europa League Final in Amsterdam

The 2013 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League Final will be the final match of the 2012-2013 UEFA Europa League – the 42nd season of Europe’s secondary club tournament. The match will take place at the Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013. Because of increased business aviation and general traffic for this event, […]

April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix – Tips for Business Aircraft Operators

Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix – Tips for Business Aircraft Operators

The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will be held April 19-21 at the Bahrain F1 circuit. Because of increased business aviation and general traffic for this event, it’s best to begin organizing your trip as soon as possible. Here is some information to help you with your planning: 1. There are 3 primary airports to […]

March 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Flying to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Flying to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

This year’s Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix will be held March 22nd-24th at the Sepang International circuit, located about 60 km south of Kuala Lumpur. Business aircraft operators planning to attend the Grand Prix should make arrangements for Malaysian permits, aircraft ground services, and hotel accommodations as early as possible. 1. There are two […]

February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
8 Tips for Flying to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

8 Tips for Flying to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

This year’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held 15-17 March at the Albert Park circuit, south of Melbourne. There are three airport options for business jet operators traveling to this event. The Australian Grand Prix is a busy period and draws large crowds. Best options, in terms of aircraft parking and hotel accommodations, […]

February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operations to the Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix

Business Aviation Operations to the Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix

This year’s Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobas Do Brasil Grand Prix will be held November 23 – 25 at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace circuit, located south of Sao Paulo. The city will come alive during this event, and demand for business aviation and related services will be higher than normal. Best options in terms […]

November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Flying to the Austin Formula 1 Grand Prix

Flying to the Austin Formula 1 Grand Prix

This year’s U.S. Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held November 16th-18th on an all-new, purpose-built track at the Circuit of the Americas southeast of the Texas capital of Austin. The new 3.427-mile track will feature a selection of corner sequences inspired by the best Grand Prix venues. The Austin Grand Prix will be busy, […]

October 22, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Tips for Business Aircraft Operators Flying to the UAE for the Formula 1 Grand Prix

Tips for Business Aircraft Operators Flying to the UAE for the Formula 1 Grand Prix

This year’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held November 2nd-4th at the Yas Marina circuit located on Yas Island. Abu Dhabi City will come alive during this event, and demand for business aviation services and other related travel accommodations will run high. An anticipated sell-out crowd of over 50,000 spectators […]

October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Safety: SMS Solutions Worksheet

Aviation Safety: SMS Solutions Worksheet

Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) are an ICAO requirement. By not having a verifiable SMS in place, business jet operators may face denial of landing permits and other issues. As this requirement will eventually impact all business jet operators, both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) […]

October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments More