Jason Smith

Jason Smith has more than two decades of combined aviation experience in both trip support and ground handling and currently serves as a Master Trip Owner on Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.’s Large Aircraft Team. Jason’s areas of expertise include working with high-profile diplomatic VIPs, including heads of state, royalty, ministers and ambassadors. Since joining Universal in 1999, he has facilitated more than 10,000 trip legs. Some of his specialties include coordinating with customs and immigration for diplomatic clearances, and coordinating ground handling for large-cabin aircraft. Prior to joining Universal, Jason served more than 12 years at Raytheon Aircraft Services FBO.

Jason can be reached at jasonsmith@univ-wea.com.

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5 Great Tech Stops in Europe for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in Europe for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. For business aircraft operators, the European region offers many good tech stop options, depending where you’re flying to and from. Best practice is to avoid tech stops at locations with significant airport congestion or tight airport slot requirements. […]

June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment More
5 Great Tech Stops in Africa for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in Africa for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. When flying to or from Africa, tech stop planning will usually be a function of great circle routing. However, there are many options to consider in the tech stop determination equation for business jet operators. All locations in […]

June 7, 2012 | 3 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Central America has excellent tech stops with fast turnarounds and trouble-free procedures for business aircraft operators. Airfields offer 24-hour operations, quick turns and usually do not require Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance or visas. An experienced 3rd-party […]

May 24, 2012 | 2 Comments More
6 Great Tech Stops in Northeast Asia for Business Aviation – and Why

6 Great Tech Stops in Northeast Asia for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Many good tech stops exist in Northeast Asia (the “Far East” region) for business-aviation operators. Aircraft range will impact selection of tech stops. However, permits are also an important consideration for this region. You’ll generally have less flexibility […]

May 22, 2012 | 1 Comment More
5 Great Tech Stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands for Business Aviation – and Why

This aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. When overflying vast areas of ocean and very remote regions such as the South Pacific, it’s important to carefully plan tech stops – and alternate tech stops. For business aircraft operators, many good tech stops exist in Australia and […]

May 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
5 Great Tech Stops in the South American Region for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in the South American Region for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Tech-stop choices depend, of course, upon your itinerary and great circle routing. However, for business-aviation operators, there are plenty of 24-hour, fast, and efficient tech-stop options within the South American region. While jet-fuel availability is not a problem […]

April 19, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Great Tech Stops for Business Aviation Caribbean

6 Great Tech Stops in the Caribbean Region for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. For business jet operators, Caribbean tech stops are among the fastest, easiest and most straightforward in the world. We hear of few operators not receiving quick and efficient turns within this region. While paperwork and advance notice requirements […]

April 12, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Great Tech Stops for Business Aviation - North America

5 Great Tech Stops in North America for Business Aviation — and Why

This business aviation blog post is the first part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. There are many good 24-hour technical stops (“tech stops”) available throughout the North American region for business-aviation operators, with fast turns, full services and accommodating customs/immigration/quarantine (CIQ) procedures. There are other locations you’ll probably want to […]

April 5, 2012 | 2 Comments More