Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson is an expert on arranging charter flights for business aviation, particularly obtaining difficult permits. An FAA Licensed Dispatcher, Mark currently serves as a Master Mission Advisor on the Universal Charter Management Team. Since joining Universal in 2002, he has facilitated more than 6,000 global trip legs, and specializes in last-minute requests. Mark can be reached at markhudson@univ-wea.com.

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Permit Requirements for Business Aviation: Part 2 – Basic Considerations

Permit Requirements for Business Aviation: Part 2 – Basic Considerations

There are a number of basic permit considerations that must be taken into account by both private non-revenue and charter operators during the trip planning phase. “Know before you go” is always the best policy…

July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Permit Requirements for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Changing Requirements Around the World

Permit Requirements for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Changing Requirements Around the World

For business aircraft operators, permit and documentation requirements continue to change and tighten around the world. While these changing requirements generally apply more to charter (non-scheduled commercial) than to private non-revenue operations, it’s important to…

June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 2: Permits & Requirements

Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 2: Permits & Requirements

Landing permits are needed for general aviation (GA) operations to French Polynesia. Charter operators should be aware of additional lead time and documentation requirements. Documentation mandates are more comprehensive and stringent for charter operations to…

May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 1: Airports & Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 1: Airports & Ground Handling

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic and comprises five groups of islands. These include the Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands and Austral islands. Despite the large area of this operating territory, stretching over…

April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 3: Planning Tips

Operating to Colombia – Part 3: Planning Tips

Authorities in Colombia are strict on documentation requirements governing business jet operations in the country, so if you are operating there, make sure all required information/documentation are provided. Also, it’s important to ensure passengers and crew have required visas and sufficient validity on passports to cover length of stay…

September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 2: Permit Considerations

Operating to Colombia – Part 2: Permit Considerations

When traveling to Colombia, you’ll need to consider landing permits as well as overflight permits for surrounding countries. While the landing permit process for Colombia is fairly straightforward, there are particular documentation requirements and procedures to be…

August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

Operating to Colombia – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

General aviation (GA) operators travel to Colombia for both business and leisure, and traffic to this region remains steady. While the operating environment here is much more straight-forward and less onerous compared to other countries in the region such as Venezuela…

August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow takes place July 11 – 17, hosting over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries. This will be a busy period and general aviation (GA) operators are advised to confirm aircraft parking and crew accommodation options as early as possible. This event, which has operated continuously since 1948 and occurs on every […]

June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Tips: Business Aircraft Operations to (or over) Cyprus

BizAv Tips: Business Aircraft Operations to (or over) Cyprus

When overflying Cyprus – or landing for destination/ tech stop purposes – there are several operating considerations to be mindful of. Cyprus, a member state of the European Union (EU), is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a popular business and tourism destination. The following is an overview of what you need to […]

January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: Peak Season in the Caribbean - High Traffic Areas

BizAv Planning Tips: Peak Season in the Caribbean – High Traffic Areas

Caribbean island destinations tend to get busy between early November and late April each year. During peak season, particularly between U.S. Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and during Spring Break, general aviation (GA) movements to this region intensify significantly. During these peak periods parking, services, accommodations and fuel availability may be limited at times. The following […]

December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships takes place at Sopot, Poland March 7-9, 2014. Since its founding in 1912, the IAAF has been the worldwide governing body for the sport of track and field athletics. High traffic is expected at this year’s event at Sopot; likewise, general aviation traffic to the […]

February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Charter Flight Operations to Germany: Landing Permits 101

Charter Flight Operations to Germany: Landing Permits 101

When you operate to Germany as charter (non-scheduled commercial), it’s important to ensure that appropriate landing permits are in place. Government authorities mandate specific documentation and lead times to process permit requests. For this reason, it’s recommended that charter operators keep all required documentation on file with their 3rd-party provider, just in case a short-notice […]

December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Landing Permits, Importation and More

Operating to Colombia – Landing Permits, Importation and More

In most cases, business aviation flights to Colombia don’t require landing permits, airport slots or Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) unless the intended stay is longer than 48 hours or operating domestically. For longer stays, there are permit and aircraft importation considerations to bear in mind. Always confirm with your 3rd-party provider what’s required based on […]

April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Demystifying the Charter Flight Permit Process in Germany

Demystifying the Charter Flight Permit Process in Germany

Germany can be a challenging operating environment for non-European Union (EU) charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. Due to long permit lead times, together with the volume and scope of documentation requirements, charter permits require significant time to set up and revise. Work with your 3rd-party provider, well in advance of scheduled operations, to confirm and satisfy […]

August 27, 2012 | 2 Comments More