Derek Collins

Derek Collins has more than a decade’s experience working in ground support in Ireland. He is an expert at providing ground handling services to business aircraft throughout Ireland. Based in Shannon, Ireland, Derek has unique expertise in the United States Customs and Border Protection’s pre-clearance facility at Shannon, which allows operators to pre-clear all U.S. Customs and proceed directly to a number of destinations within the U.S. A member of the Shannon Airport Operations Committee, Derek works closely with airport authorities and CBP as an advocate on behalf of business aviation operators traveling to Shannon or using Shannon as a tech stop.

Derek, who has a degree from the University of Limerick, can be reached at derekcollins@universalaviation.aero.

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Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 4 – Post-Clearance Procedures

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 4 – Post-Clearance Procedures

After pre-clearing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Shannon (EINN), business aircraft operators may proceed directly to the U.S. However, you face certain limitations in terms of destination airports and post-landing procedures. It’s best to talk with your 3rd-party […]

August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

For business aircraft operators pre-clearing U.S. Customs at Shannon (EINN), it’s important to be aware of all aspects of the process prior to landing in order to avoid day-of-operation surprises and to ensure that the pre-clearance goes as smoothly and quickly as possible […]

August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 2 – Setting Up Pre-Clearance

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 2 – Setting Up Pre-Clearance

Now that you understand the U.S. pre-clearance basics at Shannon, Ireland (EINN), there are general guidelines to be aware of when setting up U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance at EINN. Talk with your ground handler – they’ll walk you through […]

July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 1 – Pre-Clearance Basics

More and more General Aviation (GA) operators are taking advantage of pre-clearance services at Shannon, Ireland (EINN). This U.S. Customs pre-clearance option has been steadily enhanced over the years. With time involved to pre-clear now significantly reduced compared to a few years ago […]

July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Operations to Ireland – Hotels, Local Area & Culture

Operations to Ireland – Hotels, Local Area & Culture

For crews on destination or overnight stops to Ireland, there are plenty of good hotel and local transport options to consider. High-quality accommodations are available close to major airports, and, in key cities, you’ll find large international chain hotels. Work with your ground handler or your 3rd-party provider to source […]

August 15, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Operations to Ireland – Permits, PPRs and Airport Slots

Operations to Ireland – Permits, PPRs and Airport Slots

It’s important to know Prior Permission Required (PPR) and airport slot requirements when planning operations to Ireland. While the process and necessary documentation are not onerous, it’s important to submit all documentation simultaneously […]

August 8, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Operations to Ireland – Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMS

Operations to Ireland – Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMS

For business aircraft operators, flight planning in Ireland is a relatively straightforward process, as you long as you plan in advance and understand the operating environment. However, it’s important to be aware that any changes or delays to your flight plan may impact Eurocontrol-issued airway slots […]

August 1, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Operations to Shannon, Ireland – Airport Operations & Security

Operations to Shannon, Ireland – Airport Operations & Security

Airport operations are particularly user-friendly and trouble-free in Ireland – particularly at Shannon (EINN), where scheduled commercial traffic is not much of a factor. You can park aircraft as long as you like and power in and out of parking stands and you’ll seldom face a requirement to relocate your aircraft on the field […]

July 25, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Overview of CIQ and U.S. Preclearance in Shannon, Ireland

Overview of CIQ and U.S. Preclearance in Shannon, Ireland

Clearing Irish Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine (CIQ) is normally an uncomplicated process. Operators need to be mindful, however, of visa requirements and the need to dispose of almost all non-pre-packaged, non-shelf-stable international food and catering trash on arrival in Ireland. In almost all cases, passengers […]

July 18, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Requesting Jet Fuel and Other BizAv Services in Ireland

Requesting Jet Fuel and Other BizAv Services in Ireland

For business aircraft operators, jet fuel prices in Ireland – particularly in Shannon (EINN) – are among the lowest in Europe. Service levels for fuel and additional services are excellent, and availability is good. Best practice is to take the time to confirm fuel uplifts, as well as 4th-party vendor services, 24 hours before […]

July 11, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Understanding Ground Handling at Ireland Airports

Understanding Ground Handling at Ireland Airports

Major airports in Ireland are easy destinations in terms of ground handling service availability and setup for business aviation operators. Landing permit requirements and operating restrictions are minimal, a full range of 4th-party services is available, and costs are competitive for ground handling […]

July 4, 2013 | 1 Comment More