Category: Best Practice

Operating to LPPT – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Permits

Operating to LPPT – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Permits

Lisbon (LPPT) airport is conveniently located just five miles from the city center. LPPT is a busy location, with limitations on general aviation (GA) parking, so it’s best to plan on 10 days prior notice in order to obtain airport slots and parking. Operating options at this location diminish…

April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Luton Airport Imposes Aircraft Noise Restrictions that Impacts Business Aviation

Luton Airport Imposes Aircraft Noise Restrictions that Impacts Business Aviation

London is a popular destination for general aviation operators, and there are many airports in the region to pick from. One of the destinations that many operators travel to is Luton (EGGW). Though EGGW is a 24-hour airport, authorities have now published upcoming night restrictions that will be imposed June 1 through September 30—and every […]

April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Noise Curfews & Abatement -- Planning Considerations

Noise Curfews & Abatement – Planning Considerations

One of the biggest show stoppers out there, in terms of operating restrictions, is airport and noise curfews. It’s always important to be aware of all noise curfews, limitations and noise abatement procedures at your destination airports around the world. Repercussions for violating curfews and noise regulations can range from demands for explanations to monetary […]

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 3: Security, Ground Support & Local Area

Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 3: Security, Ground Support & Local Area

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) is taking place 17-19 April. When operating to China, operators should be aware that it’s an expensive operating environment, from the perspective of nav fees, airport fees, ground handling, parking, and ground handling…

March 19, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Israel – Part 3: Permits and Operating Procedures

Operating to Israel – Part 3: Permits and Operating Procedures

Israel permit procedures are, in many ways, unique and requirements are strictly enforced. It’s recommended that first time operators to this region allow additional permit processing lead time and understand all requirements with regard to providing local sponsor details…

March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 1: Airport, Parking & Services

Traveling to ABACE in Shanghai – Part 1: Airport, Parking & Services

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) takes place at Shanghai Hongqiao (ZSSS) Apr 17-19, 2018. One of the most prominent and high-value events in the international business aviation exhibition circuit ABACE is expected to draw over 8000 attendees from 51…

March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Israel – Part 2: Flight and Operating Restrictions

Operating to Israel – Part 2: Flight and Operating Restrictions

In this part of the world operators need to be mindful of restrictions impacting operations to/from Israel and the rest of the region. While these restrictions can be significant, there are ways to mitigate many of the operating challenges…

February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Security Tips -- Higher Threat Locations – Part 2: Local Crime and Kidnap Scenarios

Security Tips – Higher Threat Locations – Part 2: Local Crime and Kidnap Scenarios

When traveling with a private aircraft there’s a perception of wealth and there are people who see this as an opportunity to get something from you. Petty crime exists everywhere and risks of violent crime and/or kidnap are prevalent at many international locations. Being aware of, and…

February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Israel – Part 1: Airports & Local Area

Operating to Israel – Part 1: Airports & Local Area

Operating to Israel involves unique operating considerations, restrictions and security procedures that can complicate trip planning. For general aviation (GA) operators who travel to this region on a routine basis, missions go smoothly and can be set up on relatively short notice…

February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Security Tips for Higher Threat Locations – Part 1: Risk Mitigation

Security Tips for Higher Threat Locations – Part 1: Risk Mitigation

There are security risks to consider at all international destinations but some locations have higher threat levels than others. While larger airports around the world are relatively secure off airport, risks can be significant in many regions. Before traveling to any location it’s important to…

February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Sourcing adequate crew accommodations at World Cup venue locations can be a concern, particularly for shorter notice or last minute operations. Support providers and local ground handlers will have options available but these may not be in preferred areas or the particular…

February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

While landing permits for the Emirates can be obtained easily and quickly overflight permits to and from the region can be an important planning consideration. There are safety of flight issues to consider in terms of routing as well as individual flight department SOP that may…

February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 2: Permits, Cabotage & Visas

Russian overflight and landing permits are easier and more user friendly to obtain than even just a few years ago. Still, it’s always best to allow a little more than official permit lead time when making requests for any operation during the busy World Cup period…

February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking, & CIQ

Attending Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking, & CIQ

The Abu Dhabi Airshow takes place once every two years at Al Bateen (OMAD) Feb 26-28, 2018, positioning the Emirate as a leading global hub of aviation and aerospace. At just about the same time – Feb 27 to Mar 3 – the Dubai Boat Show unveils its offerings, continuing to establish…

February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 1: Airports, Slots, Parking, & Planning

Russian World Cup will take place at 11 different cities across the country, from June 14 through July 15. This sporting event is expected to draw three million attendees, ensuring increased congestion at the various host airports. General aviation (GA) operators should be prepared for…

January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 2: Parking, CIQ and Services

Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 2: Parking, CIQ and Services

At many airports in Brazil it can be difficult obtaining aircraft parking and, in some cases, you may need to drop and go. Restrictions are in place at certain airports in terms of length of parking and size of aircraft. It’s important to consider any potential parking restrictions early on…

January 29, 2018 | 0 Comments More
2018 Aircraft Sales Forecast and What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

2018 Aircraft Sales Forecast and What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

There are many areas encompassing aviation, from private executive jets that charter flights like an upscale Uber sharing concept, to pre-paying aircraft block hours on cards, to shared ownership, to private use. Depending on what your needs are, there are things you need to consider for buying and selling an aircraft over the next year…

January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Top Destinations for Brazil – Part 1: Airport Considerations

This is a post by author Adonis Bastos. Adonis is the Flight Coordinator at Universal Aviation Brazil, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. Adonis is an expert on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at adonisbastos@universalaviation.aero. This is part one of a […]

January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments More
CPDLC Requirements Changed in Late 2017

CPDLC Requirements Changed in Late 2017

Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) are currently required in Datalink Mandated (DLM) airspace within the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). As of Dec 7, 2017, airspace impacted by CPDLC requirements expanded and this affects general aviation (GA) transatlantic operations. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. CPDLC requirements On Dec […]

January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Venice Carnival 2018 – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, CIQ & Local Area

Traveling to Venice Carnival 2018 – Part 2: Permits, PPRs, CIQ & Local Area

As prior permissions required (PPRs) are always needed for Venice (LIPZ) it’s best to request this as soon as schedule is known. PPR specifies your parking approval and duration. While parking approvals and length of stay can be revised upon arrival it’s always best to limit changes during…

January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Singapore Airshow 2018 – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Local Area

Traveling to Singapore Airshow 2018 – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Local Area

General aviation (GA) operations into Seletar (WSSL) are straight-forward with reasonably good operational and schedule revision flexibility, should the operator wish to make short notice or last minute changes. Singapore Changi (WSSS)is a much more inflexible and challenging operating environment…

January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Rio Carnival 2018: Airports, Parking, Permits, PPRs & CIQ

Traveling to Rio Carnival 2018: Airports, Parking, Permits, PPRs & CIQ

This year’s Rio Carnival runs Feb 9-14 with assorted events ranging from parades, music, and samba hall rehearsals. You can either arrive on the cusp of the activities and dive straight into the festivities or perhaps land in Rio earlier to witness spectacles additional spectacles, such as…

January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

Traveling to Carnival of Venice 2018 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The Carnival of Venice 2018 is an annual celebration of music, culture and costumes and it takes place Jan 27-Feb 15 on Venice island. If you’re attending via general aviation (GA) it’s best to make parking, aircraft support and crew accommodations arrangements as soon as the…

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the World Economic Forum at Davos – Airports, Parking & Services

Traveling to the World Economic Forum at Davos – Airports, Parking & Services

Davos World Economic Forum takes place at Davos-Klosters Jan 23-26, 2018, a meeting venue just a drive through the mountains from Zurich. With a theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,” Davos 2018 will be a busy venue with congestion issues to consider for general aviation (GA). The following is an overview […]

January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 3: Passports, Visas & CIQ

Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 3: Passports, Visas & CIQ

For U.S. and many other nationals access to Mexico is straight-forward and easy. However, there are considerations to be mindful of in clearing customs, immigration and customs (CIQ) as procedures and requirements can vary airport to airport…

December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 2: Fuel, Catering, Cabotage & Local Area

Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 2: Fuel, Catering, Cabotage & Local Area

The good news for general aviation (GA) operators heading to popular Mexican resort destinations during peak travel season is that availability of parking, crew accommodations and comprehensive support services are the best they’ve been…

December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
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
Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 1: Airports & Permits

Bizav Ops to Mexican Resort Destinations – Part 1: Airports & Permits

High season for general aviation (GA) operations to Mexican resort destinations is mid-November through the end of April. While airport infrastructure and ground handling support are of high standards at these destinations there are considerations to be mindful of…

December 13, 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
Operating Requirements: Part 4 – Best Practice Tips

Operating Requirements: Part 4 – Best Practice Tips

An international check list is always an effective tool when planning an international trip. Ensure you have all required overflight and landing permits, consider aircraft parking and security at destination and be sure you have all required documentation onboard in the event of a ramp…

December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More