Lex den Herder

Lex den Herder has been with Universal since 1977 and has more than 35 years of experience in flight operations, ground handling operations, customer support and sales and marketing in business aviation. Lex currently serves as vice president, government and industry affairs for Universal, where he has been instrumental in helping educate government and civil aviation authorities around the world on the advantages of business aviation and how they can make their countries' operating environments more business-aviation friendly. He also serves as Country Manager, Universal Aviation India – New Delhi. Lex played a key role in the recent decision by the Indian government to reduce the lead time needed to obtain landing and overflight permits. Lex relies on his network of global contacts built over the last three-plus decades, including corporate operators, civil aviation authorities, government officials and ground handling organizations to influence positive changes in operating requirements on behalf of the industry. Lex is a member of the National Business Aviation Association's International Operator's Committee and is a frequent speaker at industry associations around the world. A licensed Federal Aviation Administration dispatcher, Lex is a graduate of the Tulane University-Houston's Freeman School of Business and the Rice University Executive Education Program. You can reach Lex at lexdenherder@univ-wea.com.

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Obtaining Crew Visas and Temporary Landing Permits for India – Process Has Been Streamlined

Obtaining Crew Visas and Temporary Landing Permits for India – Process Has Been Streamlined

Previous difficulties and delays in obtaining crew visas and Temporary Landing Permits (TLPs) for India have been resolved as of September 4, 2013. With issuance of new directives from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, policy changes should be implemented very quickly. This is good news for all flight crews who fly to India on […]

September 17, 2013 | 6 Comments More
It's Official: Lead Time Reduced for India Flight Permits

It’s Official: Lead Time Reduced for India Flight Permits

Last month we announced the news that the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would be reducing the lead time to obtain Indian clearances in the official Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR). Effective May 13, the CAR has been published, and lead times […]

May 16, 2013 | 4 Comments More
BIG NEWS: India’s Landing Permit Lead Time Reduced to 3 Days; Overflights Now 1 Day

BIG NEWS: India’s Landing Permit Lead Time Reduced to 3 Days; Overflights Now 1 Day

As reported by several news outlets late last week, the Indian government has instructed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for India to change the lead time to obtain Indian permits. That means that when the process is finalized, the lead time will […]

April 15, 2013 | 1 Comment More