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LABACE 2016: Business Aircraft Operations to Brazil

LABACE 2016: Business Aircraft Operations to Brazil

There are many operating requirements to consider when traveling to Brazil, and this information can change at a moment’s notice. With the 2016 Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) taking place next week, we thought it would be useful to compile recent articles on business aircraft operations to Brazil. See recent articles on […]

August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2016 Special: Asia-Pacific Trip Planning Recap

ABACE 2016 Special: Asia-Pacific Trip Planning Recap

Over the past few years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Asia – regulatory changes and operational how-to’s for China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to name a few. With the 2016 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly sponsored by […]

April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
NBAA IOC2016 Special: International Business Aircraft Ops

NBAA IOC2016 Special: International Business Aircraft Ops

The 2016 International Operators Conference (IOC), hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), takes place on today. This conference focuses on topics related to the international operation of business aircraft. Common discussions are international regulatory issues (such as TSA waivers, Colombia APIS, UK-APD, U.S. CBP, etc.), regional operations (such as Asia, South America, etc.), […]

March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
SDC2016 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in North and South America

SDC2016 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in North and South America

One constant in business aviation is our continuously-evolving regulatory and operating environment. Recent examples, include: Changes impacting operations to Cuba APIS requirements for Colombia, and TSA Waiver Changes As always, our goal with this blog is to give you the accurate information you need to stay on top of changes, set expectations with your stakeholders, […]

January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year! On behalf of our 1,700 people around the world, we hope all your critical missions are successful in 2016! We’ll be back next Monday with another article on business aircraft operations. As always, thank you for reading. From all of us at Universal

December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Happy Holidays 2015!

Happy Holidays 2015!

On behalf of everyone at Universal, we would like to wish you peace and happiness this holiday season. We’ll be back on Monday with another article covering operational topics impacting business aviation. Safe travels this season and always.

December 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
ABACE2015 Prep: Business Aircraft Trip Planning in Asia

ABACE2015 Prep: Business Aircraft Trip Planning in Asia

Over the past three years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Asia – including permit and parking changes in China, Vietnam ops, and Indonesia ops, to name a few. With the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow — co-hosted by […]

April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财

Happy Lunar New Year! 恭喜发财

My Dear Friends and Colleagues, May the year of the Goat bring you good luck, joy, prosperity and the best of health. My warmest regards, and a very HEARTFELT… “Gong Xi Fa Cai!” Greg Evans Chairman of the Board Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year! On behalf of our 1,700 employees around the world, we hope all your missions are successful ones in 2015! We’ll be back next week with another article covering topics impacting business aircraft operations. As always, thank you for reading. From all of us at Universal

January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Happy Holidays 2014!

Happy Holidays 2014!

On behalf of our 1,700 employees around the world, we wish you happiness this holiday season and success in all in your missions. We’ll be back tomorrow with another article covering operational topics impacting business aviation. Safe travels this season.

December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
MEBA 2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the Middle East

MEBA 2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the Middle East

Regulatory requirements and other operational requirements can change at a moment’s notice. A great example of that is the change in how Israel landing permits are processed, which took place earlier this year. Our blog’s mission is to give you the information you need to make your critical missions a success. With the 2014 Middle […]

December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

Regulatory and other operational requirements can change at a moment’s notice. A great example of such changes is the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) changes that took place this year. Our blog’s mission is to give you the information you need to stay current on the information you need to make your missions successful. With the […]

October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
EBACE 2014: Compilation of Articles Covering Business Aviation in Europe

EBACE 2014: Compilation of Articles Covering Business Aviation in Europe

Over the past two and a half years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Europe. With the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), we thought […]

May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2014 Prep: Trip Planning Into China

ABACE 2014 Prep: Trip Planning Into China

Over the past two years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within China. With the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), we thought it would […]

April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
IOC 2014: Your Updates to International Business Aircraft Ops

IOC 2014: Your Updates to International Business Aircraft Ops

The 2014 International Operators Conference (IOC), hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), takes place on Monday. This conference focuses on topics related to the international operation of business aircraft. Common discussions are international regulatory issues (such as EU-ETS, UK-APD, U.S. CBP, etc.), regional operations (such as Asia, South America, etc.), and safety. Many […]

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 31) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Arrangements in FAPE? (January 31)

Your passenger has requested to fly into Port Elizabeth (FAPE) on Feb 3 at 1930 local for a business meeting she has. This is a private flight and you have requested the landing permit for your trip. This would be your first time to this airport but you’ve determined that as this is a smaller […]

January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment More
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Answer to Last Week’s (January 24) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Mongolian landing permit? (January 24)

Suppose you are traveling on a private non-revenue flight to Mongolia and are in the process of requesting the landing permit, but you’re still working on the ground handling and all other third party services. You’re requesting the landing permit three days in advance to ensure that you give CAA the appropriate time to process […]

January 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 17) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Operating to Thailand (January 17)

Suppose you are scheduled to travel to Adelaide (YPAD). The following is the information for your schedule: Tail number: XXXX Aircraft type: G650 Crew: 3 Passengers: 5 Schedule: ETD Anchorage/PANC 04 Feb / 1400 UTC ETA Bangkok/VTBD 05 Feb / 0400 UTC ETD Bangkok/VTBD 08 Feb / 1000 UTC ETA Anchorage/PANC 08 Feb / 2050 […]

January 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 10) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Specific route of MZBZ needed? (January 10)

All flights departing on an IFR Flight Plan from Belize (MZBZ) that will enter the Mexico Flight Information Region (FIR) on airways B753/UB573 or B764/UB764 must be routed via R899/UR899 CTM V38/UJ2 MID or via R899/UR899 CTM G765/UG765 CZM. Information needed: IFR FLIGHTS DEPARTING BELIZE ENTERING THE MEXICO FIR Based on the above information, which […]

January 10, 2014 | 1 Comment More
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Answer to Last Week’s (January 3) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Indian overflight permit needed? (January 3)

While flying through the India FIR boundary out over the Indian Ocean, which one of these routes requires an India overflight permit? INDIA INFORMATION: MAX LENGTH OF STAY FOR FOREIGN REGISTERED AIRCRAFT IS 15 DAYS. ALL AIRCRAFT ENTERING INDIAN AIRSPACE WHERE MAX CERTIFIED SEATING CAPACITY IS MORE THAN 30 SEATS OR MAX PAYLOAD CAPACITY IS […]

January 3, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (December 27) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014! We’ll be back tomorrow with another article covering topics impacting business aircraft operations. As always, thank you for reading. From all of us at Universal

January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: A permit for the new Chinese ADIZ? (December 27)

China has recently implemented an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over much of the East China Sea. This new ADIZ covers space previously claimed by Japan, especially over a group of islands both countries claim. The Chinese government refers to the islands as the Diaoyu Islands, while the Japanese government refers to them as the […]

December 27, 2013 | 1 Comment More
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Answer to Last Week’s (December 20) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Happy Holidays 2013!

Happy Holidays 2013!

On behalf of all of us, we wish you a warm “Happy Holidays.” We’ll be back tomorrow with another article covering operational topics impacting business aviation. Safe travels this season.

December 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More