Nathan Shelley

Senior Flight Planning Specialist Nathan Shelley is a well recognized subject matter expert on all flight planning aspects of operations to Africa, the Middle East and China. As a Flight Planner, Nathan supports some of Universal's most active international clients. He's also serves as a member of Universal's Flight Planning Best Practices Group. Nathan has been twice nominated as Information Specialist and has been recognized with two Employee of the Month Awards. Nathan has 10 years in the aviation industry and received a degree in Aviation Management and Dispatch from San Jacinto College. He can be reached at nathanshelley@univ-wea.com.

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Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 2 – Updating Records

Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 2 – Updating Records

In order to run the most accurate flight plans it’s important to regularly update aircraft weight records. If you add items such as furnishings, avionics, and winglets, this may impact your basic operating weight (BOW), payload capability, and climb/range performance to name a few…

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Flight plans are highly dependent upon aircraft weight. When an aircraft is heavier, this affects climb performance and flight level capability as well as available payload and range potential. Weight is always one of most important flight planning considerations as it impacts overall…

December 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 2 – Top Considerations

Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 2 – Top Considerations

While runway length, lighting, airport hours, airport overtime availability and local weather are top priorities when picking alternates and equal time points (ETPs), there are some other important considerations to also be mindful of. For example, it may be important that the location is an airport of entry (AOE) and that customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) is available at time of your arrival…

March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 1 – Maximizing your Options

Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 1 – Maximizing your Options

Some regions of the world are more challenging than others when pre-planning for airport alternates and equal time points (ETPs). While you may not always have access to full services support and 4th-party services at these locations, the primary consideration must always be safety and ability to get easily into and out of these locations.

February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Incorrect Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 2 – Areas to Watch for

Incorrect Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 2 – Areas to Watch for

Having accurate and updated aircraft specs on file with your 3rd-party provider not only ensures more efficient routings and flight legs but also helps operators maintain regulatory compliance. More information is required today than ever before for worldwide general aviation […]

February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 1 – Keeping Specs/Weights Updated

Aircraft Specifications and Flight Planning: Part 1 – Keeping Specs/Weights Updated

Aircraft specs differ depending on aircraft model as well as the particular aircraft. For instance if you have three similar models of aircraft in your fleet, each is likely to have different specs/weights to consider. Providing the most current and accurate aircraft specifications and weights to your 3rd-party […]

January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More