Shawn Leavell

Shawn Leavell has over 20 years experience in the industry and offers clients wide expertise in overall trip planning. A licensed dispatcher, Shawn currently serves as a Master Trip Owner on the Tango Team and has earned Employee of the Month awards several times. Previous to joining Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. Shawn was with US Army aviation operations for four years and an employee of Midway Airlines for three years. He can be reached at shawnleavell@univ-wea.com.

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International Tech Stops - Part 2: Permits & Operating Tips

International Tech Stops – Part 2: Permits & Operating Tips

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “International Tech Stops – Part 1: Clearance and Landing Considerations.” In addition to considering all required permits for your trip, there are many additional considerations to be mindful of when planning international tech stops. Some locations are easier and more straight-forward than others […]

December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments More
International Tech Stops --- Part 1: Clearance and Landing Considerations

International Tech Stops – Part 1: Clearance and Landing Considerations

Procedures and requirements for clearing customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) on international tech stops vary across the world. While some locations including the U.S. require CIQ clearance for all international arrivals including tech stops, other locations such as the Cape…

December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Parking Complexities – Challenging Locations

Aircraft Parking Complexities – Challenging Locations

Certain airports around the world are known for their aircraft parking issues – either in terms of year round general aviation (GA) parking limitations or restricted parking availability during peak hours and times of major local events. Your 3rd-party provider, and local ground handler, are great resources in terms of helping you source aircraft parking opportunities and avoid potential parking issues…

November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Parking Complexities – Top Considerations

Aircraft Parking Complexities – Top Considerations

There are often assorted challenges and considerations that come into play when planning for aircraft parking at different airports around the world. At some locations overnight parking for general aviation (GA) will not be available or may be highly restricted. At other locations parking may be very expensive, difficult to obtain, or lack adequate security…

November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overflight Permits – Part 2: Documentation and Revisions

Overflight Permits – Part 2: Documentation and Revisions

Overflight requirements around the world vary substantially. There can be unique – and sometimes strange – requirements for what constitutes an overflight, the documentation needed, lead times and validity periods, and communication procedures. Always double-check requirements in advance […]

January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overflight Permits – Part 1: General Requirements

Overflight Permits – Part 1: General Requirements

Overflight permits are authorizations from Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) to overfly that country’s airspace. These differ in terms of regulations and airspace coverage area, depending on the country. It’s always important to check overflight permit requirements in advance with your 3rd-party […]

January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Ferrying an Aircraft – Things to Consider

Additional planning and operational considerations come into play when ferrying aircraft – especially if you’re ferrying under an experimental permit. The goal of any business aviation trip is a seamless experience. Any oversight in terms of permits, arranging parking, and ferrying aircraft between airports can prove costly or cause a trip to be delayed. The […]

August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More