Jason Hayward

Based in London, Jason Hayward, general manager for Universal Aviation U.K. – London, is an expert on ground support and operations into the United Kingdom. He’s been with Universal since 1997 and has more than 25 years’ experience combined in aviation handling and operations. A native of the U.K. and veteran of the Royal Air Force, Jason has been instrumental in helping establish Universal Aviation offices around the globe. Jason is also an expert on coordinating operations and handling for special events and was Universal’s point person for the 2012 Games in London. He’s shared his insight on operations and special events with many industry publications. He can be reached at jasonhayward@universalaviation.aero.

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Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & CIQ

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & CIQ

When traveling into London for the London International Boat Show (Jan 6-7, 2017), or any other time of year, you’ll need to be aware of requirements for permits, documentation, slots, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and more…

December 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

London International Boat Show takes place Jan 6-15, 2017 at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, located in the Royal Victoria Docks area between Canary Wharf and the City. This annual event showcases top end yachts and yacht outfitting, and it attracts a steady volume of international…

December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
UK Charter Permits: Regulatory Changes Effective Oct. 2016

UK Charter Permits: Regulatory Changes Effective Oct. 2016

The process to obtain charter (non-scheduled commercial) permits for the UK has become easier over recent years. For example, there’s no longer the risk of locally-based UK charter operators objecting to charter requests from foreign-registered aircraft—which could potentially delay or cancel your planned charter flight…

March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

The Rugby World Cup takes place once every four years, and this time it’s in the UK. This year, the Rugby World Cup takes place at various venues in England and Wales between September 17 and October 31. This will be a very popular event, so there will be high local traffic […]

August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

Processing of charter permits for the UK underwent significant changes in 2014. It’s important to be aware of the permit request and revision lead time policies. Also, authorities are taking steps to eliminate “grey” charter flights […]

August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Flight crews will find some of the best hotels in the world – from 5-star London-area properties to assorted restored castles in the countryside – here in the UK. There are also convenient international chain airport hotel options. Be aware that prices will be higher, and some hotels will sell out during high season.

January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

While flight plan filing procedures are straightforward in the UK, it’s always best to work with a 3rd-party provider or ground handler when submitting flight plan requests. There may be short-notice, or pop-up, operating restrictions in place that will impact requested routings […]

January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

For business aircraft operators traveling to the UK, requests for aviation fuel, in-flight catering, and other services should be made in advance of the trip. Here, we’ll cover the key things you need know about these ground service requests, as well as information about […]

December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

For business aircraft operating to the UK, there are situations when Prior Permission Required (PPR) and/or permits, for landing or overflight, may be required. Though this is a straightforward process, there are lead times and information/documentation that need to be considered […]

December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Airport Slots

When airport slots are required for UK destinations, best practice is to submit requests as early as possible. Business aircraft operators will need to request airport slots via a 3rd-party provider or ground handler rather than directly, unless you have a direct account with the […]

December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

For business aircraft operators, the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process is a quick and not an onerous procedure in the UK. The process goes even more smoothly and quickly when working with your ground handler and providing all required […]

November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

The UK is a common destination for business aviation operations. While UK ground handling services are of a high standard, advance planning and early notification of handling requests improve service options and help avoid unnecessary delays […]

November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for UK Charter Permits

UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for UK Charter Permits

Many regulatory changes are on the cusp of going into effect regarding charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to the UK in April. For the most part, these are all very positive changes and will help remove some of the uncertainty and delay potential that had formerly existed in terms of processing charter permit requests […]

March 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More
UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon

UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon

Amended airport slot procedures for the UK were implemented during the London Games in 2012. It’s been determined that these airport slot procedures will now be a permanent requirement for all arriving/departing flights at airports using the […]

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Pet Passport Travel – Now Available at London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

Pet Passport Travel – Now Available at London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

Onboard pets may now enter the UK via Stansted (EGSS), and this is great news for many UK-bound business aircraft operators. There are, however, procedures and specific restrictions to consider, so it’s important to confirm all requirements with your ground handler in advance of travel […]

July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Traveling to London for UEFA Champions League 2013 Final

Trip Planning Tips for the UEFA Champions League 2013 Final in London

The UEFA Champions League 2013 Final takes place 25 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium on the north side of London. The events that led up to the final were comprised of three qualifying rounds: a playoff round, a group stage, and four knockout rounds […]

May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Flying Charter to the U.K.? Here’s What You Need to Know

Flying Charter to the U.K.? Here’s What You Need to Know

Obtaining U.K. charter (non-scheduled commercial) landing permits is usually not difficult if you have all required documents available and submit a request in correct format within the appropriate lead time. However, from time to time, you may run into the complication of a local U.K. charter operator objecting to your permit request and holding up […]

June 27, 2012 | 5 Comments More
Flying to Stansted, London (EGSS): Tips for Business Aviation Operators

Flying to Stansted, London (EGSS): Tips for Business Aviation Operators

There are eight airports in the immediate London area to handle general aviation (GA) flights, but only two are 24-hour airports – Stansted (EGSS) and Luton (EGGW).While all airports have their own unique operating restrictions, EGSS is particularly user friendly, efficient, and flexible in terms of schedule changes. The focus here is on providing a […]

May 30, 2012 | 3 Comments More
Pitfalls of Booking Airport Slots and Services for the 2012 London Olympic Games

Pitfalls of Booking Airport Slots and Services for the 2012 London Olympic Games

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to London for the 2012 Olympics. If you are a business-aviation operator planning a trip to the 2012 London Olympics, it’s important to know the best procedure for booking airport slots, ground handling and auxiliary services. Over the Olympic Games period this summer, a […]

April 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
4 Action Items for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Trip Planning

4 Action Items for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Trip Planning

This aviation blog post is part of a series on trip planning for the 2012 London Olympics and continues from our last post on 6 Important Tips for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Planning. When planning a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, you may need to request services such as ground […]

January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
6 Important Tips for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Planning

6 Important Tips for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Planning

This aviation blog post is part of a series on planning a business aviation flight to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London and across the U.K. from July 27th to August 12th, followed by the Paralympic Games from August 29th to September 9th. For air […]

January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More