Dmitry Konovalov

Dmitry Konovalov is an expert on operations, permits and ground support for business aviation in Russia. Dmitry, who has more than 13 years’ experience in business aviation, currently serves as General Director, Universal Aviation Russia – Khabarovsk. Based in Khabarovsk, Russia, Dmitry is fluent in Russian and English. An active member of the Russian Business Aviation Association, Dmitry has a degree from Pacific State University.

You can reach Dmitry at dmitrykonovalov@universalaviation.aero.

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Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 2: Permits, Revisions and CIQ

Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 2: Permits, Revisions and CIQ

Obtaining permits for general aviation (GA) operations to Russia has eased considerably over recent years. There are, however, varying permit lead times, operational requirements and documentation issues to consider in this region…

June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 1: Airports & Operations

Operating to Eastern Russia – Part 1: Airports & Operations

In this blog series we consider tech and destination stops in north and northeastern Russia. While there are several airports used by general aviation (GA) in this region the two most popular are Petropavlovsk (UHPP) and Novosibirsk (UNNT) and using either of them depends on…

May 28, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Sourcing adequate crew accommodations at World Cup venue locations can be a concern, particularly for shorter notice or last minute operations. Support providers and local ground handlers will have options available but these may not be in preferred areas or the particular…

February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 2: Permits, Cabotage & Visas

Russian overflight and landing permits are easier and more user friendly to obtain than even just a few years ago. Still, it’s always best to allow a little more than official permit lead time when making requests for any operation during the busy World Cup period…

February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Russian World Cup will take place at 11 different cities across the country, from June 14 through July 15. This sporting event is expected to draw three million attendees, ensuring increased congestion at the various host airports. General aviation (GA) operators should be prepared for…

January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup Final 2017 in Moscow – Part 2: Permit, Slots & Local Area

BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup Final 2017 in Moscow – Part 2: Permit, Slots & Local Area

For travel to Confederations Cup host cities during this period (June 17 and July 2), airport slots and landing permits will need to be requested as soon as possible. Once airport slot and permit approvals have been obtained it’s best to avoid last minute revisions as this could very well…

June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup FIFA Final 2017 in Russia – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Alternates & CIQ

BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup FIFA Final 2017 in Russia – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Alternates & CIQ

The 2017 Confederations Cup is a quadrennial international men’s football tournament organized by FIFA. It takes place at four host cities in Russia between June 17 and July 2. Due to expected heavy traffic congestion availability of general aviation (GA) parking, support services and crew accommodations are expected to be in very limited supply…

June 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, Visas & Cabotage

2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, Visas & Cabotage

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. As permits and airport slots are needed for all general aviation (GA) operations to St. Petersburg (ULLI), it’s best to begin setting this up as soon as schedule is known. Operators should consider additional…

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. This annual dialog with the international community will focus on key economic and financial issues facing the global community. This is a high traffic event, so it’s recommended that operators make…

May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots & Operating Considerations

2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots & Operating Considerations

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and operating procedures at St. Petersburg (ULLI) are straight-forward and not particularly onerous. However, it’s recommended to work closely with your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler to ensure arrival processing, airport slots…

May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports & Parking

2016 St Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports & Parking

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), an annual conference dedicated to economic and business issues, is expected to attract over 7000 political and business leaders this June. For business aircraft operators planning to fly in during this high-traffic event, we recommend confirming airport slots…

May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ and Local Area

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ and Local Area

Landing permits procedures and lead time for Russia are relatively straight-forward, and airport slots will be available for general aviation (GA) operations to Sochi (URSS) during the Russian Grand Prix period (April 27 – May 2). However, be mindful that approved slots may not be at the time you request and revising a slot time may be challenging…

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 1: Airports & Parking

BizAv Trip Planning: 2016 Russian Grand Prix – Part 1: Airports & Parking

The Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place May 1, 2016 at the Sochi Autodrome. In addition to the main race event on May 1, practice races will be held April 29 with qualifying races taking place April 30. We anticipate general aviation (GA) traffic to the area will be at peak levels from about April 27 through to May 2, with more than 400 business aviation operations…

April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Coming Soon: Russian Landing Permit Changes – Effective May 30, 2013

Coming Soon: Russian Landing Permit Changes – Effective May 30, 2013

The Russian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced important changes related to landing permit requirements effective May 30, 2013. The good news for operators of non-scheduled flights to Russia is that permit application lead times have been reduced, permit validity has been extended, and fewer […]

May 28, 2013 | 3 Comments More