Jason Davidson

A lifelong aviation enthusiast with nearly 15 years in the field, pilot and flight instructor Jason Davidson is an expert in all areas of flight planning. Jason, who joined Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. in 2005, has spent time on the Universal portfolio teams facilitating trips and providing quality assurance and project management duties to further improve systems within Universal. He currently serves as Master Flight Planner, and plays a critical role in preparing the Flight Planning Team and clients for all aspects and changes regarding flight planning such as ICAO 2012. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation from the University of North Dakota.
He can be reached at jasondavidson@univ-wea.com.

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Flight Planning Tips for North American Region

Flight Planning Tips for North American Region

Flight planning procedures are relatively unrestrictive and user friendly within the North American airspace. There are, however, equipment requirements, restrictions, and specific flight plan codes to take into account when flight planning within this region…

October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments More
European Region Flight Planning Tips

European Region Flight Planning Tips

Network Manager (NM), or Network Management Operations Centre (NMOC) – previously known as the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU)– is the operational unit of Eurocontrol and responsible for airspace management in Europe from the north edge of Africa, including…

October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Tips When Operating to Asia

Flight Planning Tips When Operating to Asia

Routing and airway restrictions are more common in Asia than in many other parts of the world. It’s important to work with your 3rd-party provider – early on in the flight planning process – to identify restricted airways, one-way airways, and domestic only airways…

September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
CPDLC Requirements Changing in Late 2017

CPDLC Requirements Changing in Late 2017

Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) are currently required in Datalink Mandated (DLM) airspace within the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). As of Dec 7, 2017, airspace impacted by CPDLC requirements will expand and this will affect general aviation (GA) transatlantic operations. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. CPDLC requirements […]

September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 Flight Planning Update: ADS-B Mandates and What’s Changed so Far

2017 Flight Planning Update: ADS-B Mandates and What’s Changed So Far

ADS (automatic dependent surveillance)-B is air traffic satellite-based surveillance technology. ADS-B is automatic and requires no pilot or external input. It’s dependent in that it depends on data from the aircraft’s navigation system. ADS-B is a key element of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and is now mandatory in certain regions of airspace. […]

February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 2 of 2

Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 2 of 2

Each country has different regulations and requirements that must be adhered to as to when, where and how to file a Flight Plan (FPL) as well as revising flight plans…

September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 1 of 2

Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 1 of 2

The process of filing and revising flight plans, as well as the validity periods of flight plans, differs by country. For some locations and regions this information may be more difficult to obtain. For destinations outside your home country/region, it’s often best to work with your 3rd-party…

September 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation ADS-B Mandates - Where Are We Now?

Business Aviation ADS-B Mandates – Where Are We Now?

As Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements continue to tighten worldwide, it’s important to stay informed of new and/or changing requirements. We previously covered the latest regulations in our article, “Business Aviation ADS-B Updates […]

December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Temporary Flight Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Temporary Flight Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are a type of Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that can be issued at any time. These airspace restrictions can cause flights to be re-routed or delayed. Non-adherence to TFR procedures may result in your flight being intercepted or detained and/or crew interviewed by law enforcement personnel. The following is an overview […]

June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation ADS-B Updates – Changes Over the Last Few Months

Business Aviation ADS-B Updates – Changes Over the Last Few Months

Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) coverage is growing throughout the world. Despite only five countries currently having any airspace where ADS-B equipage is mandated, ADS-B services are actually provided throughout a large amount of the world’s airspace. The information in this article is to go over those countries that currently have ADS-B mandates in place, […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
New Chinese ADIZ Over the East China Sea: Impact on Business Aviation

New Chinese ADIZ Over the East China Sea: Impact on Business Aviation

China’s recent establishment of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea is attracting attention and causing confusion among business aircraft operators around the world. An ADIZ is an airspace area over water or land where identification, location, and control of aircraft are required in the interests of national security. Many countries […]

December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) – One Year Later

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) – One Year Later

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) codes were introduced with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 2012 change that took effect on November 15, 2012. With that change came confusion and lots of questions. Let’s look at what PBN is, resources to use in order to determine which PBN codes to display in the Flight Plan (FPL), some […]

December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
ADS-B Requirements Coming Into Effect

ADS-B Requirements Coming Into Effect

Requirements for operators to be ADS-B equipped are being implemented in various parts of the world. For some, those implementation dates are right around the corner. Operators who do not meet ADS-B mandates may face reduced operating flexibility worldwide. Therefore, it’s important to understand emerging regulatory requirements and how they’ll impact your future global mobility. […]

September 23, 2013 | 5 Comments More
North Atlantic Data Link Mandate – What You Need to Know

North Atlantic Data Link Mandate – What You Need to Know

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approved a Proposal for Amendment (PFA) of the North Atlantic Tracks Regional Supplement Procedures (NAT Regional SUPPS) on January 4, 2012. This mandates, in phases, aircraft equipage with Future Air Navigation System (FANS 1/A), Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract (ADS-C) systems. Paragraphs 3.3.1 and […]

September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
How GNSS Augmentation Impacts Business Aircraft Operators

How GNSS Augmentation Impacts Business Aircraft Operators

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) augmentation comes in different forms but has the same objective: to improve the GNSS system’s attributes and allow aircraft operators to take advantage of lower approach minimums. As it’s not always clear what augmentation system(s) and performance capabilities an operator has, it’s important to verify your particular GNSS augmentation status […]

July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Things to Consider When Using Generic Flight Plans

Things to Consider When Using Generic Flight Plans

While generic flight plans can have a place in the preliminary trip planning process, it’s important to understand their limitations. Business jet operators should never use a generic flight plan to file a trip with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and should be aware that such flight plans only approximate aviation fuel burn and range capability […]

April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
ETOPS Update for Bizav Operators

ETOPS Update for Business Aircraft Operators

When flying longer routings over water and remote areas, business aircraft operators need to be aware of Extended Operations (ETOPS) rules and required certification. If you’re operating scheduled commercial or charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights, there are ETOPS requirements, certifications and alternate flight plans to note, depending on the aircraft’s state of authority. It’s important to […]

January 8, 2013 | 2 Comments More
ICAO 2012 – Examples of Flight Plan Changes Coming Soon!

ICAO 2012 – Examples of Flight Plan Changes Coming Soon!

This business aviation blog post continues from our previous article entitled: FAQs on Flight Plan Format Changes for ICAO 2012. New format ICAO 2012 flight plans are just around the corner and involve several important data and format changes that must be understood and adhered to. While many resources are available to business aircraft operators, […]

November 6, 2012 | 7 Comments More
FAQs on Flight Plan Format Changes for ICAO 2012

FAQs on Flight Plan Format Changes for ICAO 2012

In 2012, the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) Model Flight Plan Form and filed ICAO flight-plan messages will incorporate some modifications to the PRESENT format. The PRESENT ICAO flight-plan format will not be supported after November 15, 2012 at 0001z. ICAO 2012 will have a major impact on all Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), aircraft […]

July 30, 2012 | 2 Comments More