John McClelland

With more than 19 years in business aviation, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Permits Manager John McClelland has acquired permits for operators traveling to almost every country in the world. A former officer in the U.S. Navy, John has managed a number of the company's Trip Support teams since joining Universal in 1994. He was also instrumental in helping train and launch new Universal teams, including the European Operations Center, Asia Permit Office, and ELATE teams. John, who has a bachelor's of science degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, can be reached at johnmcclelland@univ-wea.com.

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Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 2: Processing Permit Exemptions

Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 2: Processing Permit Exemptions

Even if you do not currently have an overflight of Turkey planned, it’s a good idea to apply for this permit exemption well in advance. Having it will give your business aircraft ongoing approval for unlimited overflights through Turkish airspace with only the requirement of filing a flight plan […]

July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 1: Good News for Bizav

Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 1: Good News for Bizav

Requirements for Turkey overflights eased significantly on April 2, 2015 – at least for most general aviation operators. As a result of regulatory changes, operators of most private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) aircraft can now obtain the right to overfly Turkey without an overflight permit […]

July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
HOW TO: Arranging Pakistan Landing and Overflight Permits

HOW TO: Arranging Pakistan Landing and Overflight Permits

When you request landing and overflight permits for Pakistan, it’s important to allow for official lead time, as well as provide all required documentation/information. In the majority of cases, permits for Pakistan are not difficult to obtain for most business aircraft operators. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. What […]

June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Bermuda Charter Landing Permit

Understanding Bermuda Charter Landing Permit Requirements

While there may have been some uncertainty in the past, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is now clear on the requirement that all charter operations to the island have a charter permit. While the permit process at this location is not difficult, it’s important to be mindful of lead times and documentation requirements. The following […]

July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 2 – Operational Requirements

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 2 – Operational Requirements

Israel takes security issues seriously, and crew onboard business aircraft must follow mandated procedures exactly on the day of operation. It’s recommended that first-time crews to Israel allow additional planning time to prepare for assorted security procedures […]

March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 1 – Permit Requirements

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 1 – Permit Requirements

Due to security, Israel continues to tighten up the permit requirements for General Aviation (GA). Recent regulatory changes – put in place January 1, 2014 – require additional documentation for aircrew […]

February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Egyptian Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements Impacting Business Aircraft Operators

Egyptian Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements Impacting Business Aircraft Operators

Egypt continues to be in a state of political unrest, and unexpected changes to regulations impacting General Aviation (GA) operations are possible. That said, the aviation infrastructure continues to function well, and most business aircraft operators are getting in and out of Egypt these days without problems. An important consideration when operating into Egypt is […]

February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Cuban Overflight Permits

Understanding Cuban Overflight Permits

While requesting and obtaining Cuba overflight permits is generally a straightforward process, it is best to use an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)-licensed 3rd-party provider (particularly for N-registered operators) due to U.S. sanction restrictions. Overflight routing opportunities have changed somewhat in recent years, so it’s important to be aware of current permit requirements and […]

March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Saudi Arabian Landing and Overflight Permit Requests

Tips for Saudi Arabian Landing and Overflight Permit Requests

Obtaining Saudi Arabian landing and overflight permits is a relatively straightforward process for business aircraft, as long as you or the 3rd-party provider assisting you with the flight has a firm understanding of the process and requirements. If you are planning a flight that will take you into or over Saudi Arabia, here what you […]

November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
6 Facts about Panama Landing and Overflight Permits

6 Facts about Panama Landing and Overflight Permits

For business aircraft operators, Panama landing and overflight permit requests can be processed quickly, assuming all required information is provided. Be aware of crew licensing requirements when making permit applications, as there are particular nuances to be aware of. Here are some facts to help you understand and navigate the Panama flight permit process: 1. […]

August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Changes in Jordan Landing Permits Impacting Business Aviation Operators

Changes in Jordan Landing Permits Impacting Business Aviation Operators

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to the Middle East. While obtaining landing permits for Jordan remains a fairly straightforward process for business aircraft operators, such permits are not as easy to obtain as they were earlier this year. Here are some main points to know about the revised […]

May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More