Category: Best Practice

Security Precautions for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Security Precautions for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The resort towns of Cabo San Lucas (MMSL) and San Jose del Cabo (MMSD), both located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, are an ever increasing tourist destination. With the recent increase in visitors to the area comes an increase of crime like any major other major city. Since the beginning of 2017, […]

September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to Leuchars Airport: Changes for GA Ops

Traveling to Leuchars Airport: Changes for GA Ops

If you’re flying to St Andrews for golf, Leuchars (EGQL) is the closest and preferred general aviation (GA) airport. St Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world, and a popular destination for many business aviation operators. Here are tips on operating to the spiritual…

September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

There are only rare cases where the Department of Transportation (DOT) actually notifies operators on required permissions and procedures for operating non-U.S. aircraft on charters (non-scheduled commercial) to the U.S. However, in the end it’s always up to the operator to be…

September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments More
CPDLC Requirements Changing in Late 2017

CPDLC Requirements Changing 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 will expand and this will affect general aviation (GA) transatlantic operations. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. CPDLC requirements […]

September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the 2017 Formula One Grand Prix in Japan

Traveling to the 2017 Formula One Grand Prix in Japan

This year’s Formula One Japanese Grand Prix takes place October 6-8 at the Suzuka International Race Course. October 6 is for practice, October 7 is when qualifying runs take place and October 8 is race day. Built by the Honda Motor Company as a test facility in 1962 the…

September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Urgent! We need you to contact Congress TODAY to oppose ATC privatization! No time to wait!

Update! We need you to contact Congress TODAY to oppose ATC privatization! No time to wait!

UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Irma, the Speaker cancelled votes on Monday, September 11, but the airlines are still working to get the votes to get this to the House Floor this month, and WE MUST PREVENT THESE VOTES! We need you to act today! The time to act and oppose legislation (HR 2997) that will […]

September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Planning: Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2017

Business Aviation Ops Planning: Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2017

Milan Fashion Week is a semi-annual clothing trade show held in Milan during spring and fall. The upcoming September 26-October 3 runway event debuts the latest from different fashion houses for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. Because this is one of the “Big 4”…

September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 1: General Requirements

Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 1: General Requirements

When operating charters (non-schedued commercial) to/from the U.S., with non-U.S. registered aircraft, there are many considerations to be mindful of. Particular procedures and/or documentation requirements must be complied with, depending upon the country of registry of…

September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: London Fashion Week, Fall 2017– Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

BizAv Planning Tips: London Fashion Week, Fall 2017– Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

This season’s London Fashion Weeks runs Sept 15-19 at assorted venues in the London area, primarily West London and the Strand district…

August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments More
GA Airport Slots at VHHH – Latest Changes Affecting Operators

GA Airport Slots at VHHH – Latest Changes Affecting Operators

Although availability of general aviation (GA) airport slots for Hong Kong (VHHH) has become more restrictive, there are new regulatory issues to be mindful of beginning September 1, 2017. These changes have potential to further complicate airport slot management at this location. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. VHHH […]

August 28, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: London Fashion Week, Fall 2017 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Services

BizAv Planning Tips: London Fashion Week, Fall 2017 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Services

London Fashion Week is held twice a year, in both fall and spring, and its part of the “Big 4” international fashion weeks. It brings the who’s who of the fashion world to London, together with a large quantity of business jets in supporting roles. This season’s event—debuting the…

August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Cannes Yacht Festival 2017

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Cannes Yacht Festival 2017

If you are operating your business aircraft to the Cannes Yacht Festival (Sept 12-17) to experience one of the world’s leading in-water yacht shows, you don’t want to spoil it by not getting preferred aircraft parking or crew accommodation options. Due to the high-traffic nature…

August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Additional Operating Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Additional Operating Considerations

One of the most prosperous countries in South America, Chile is an important and frequent destination for business operators. Rounding out our series on business aircraft ops to Chile, in this article we’ll cover some remaining miscellaneous items that you’ll be to be aware of before…

August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Venice Film Festival 2017: Best Travel Options for General Aviation

Venice Film Festival 2017: Best Travel Options for General Aviation

The Venice International Film Festival (VIFF), dating right back to 1932, is one of today’s three major world film festivals and draws significant general aviation (GA) traffic each year. To ensure best possible options in terms of parking, crew accommodation and support services it’s best to…

August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Flight Planning and Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Flight Planning and Weather

While flight plan filing for Chile is fairly straightforward, there are some requirements and regulatory nuances business aircraft operators need to be aware of in order to maximize operating flexibility to this region…

August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Executive Security in Business Aviation: Part 3 – Weapons Considerations

Executive Security in Business Aviation: Part 3 – Weapons Considerations

Unfortunately, it’s not practical to hire executive protection type-licensed to carry and use weapons at all worldwide locations. In order to conform to various country and local requirements you’ll usually need to hire local armed executive protection personnel, for each…

August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Fuel & Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Fuel & Security

While Chile offers competitive fuel options at most larger airports, and general aviation (GA) uplifts are normally on time, be aware of potential delays during peak airport hours. For example, at Santiago (SCEL) commercial peak periods are 0700-0900 and 1800-2100 local and…

August 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Executive Security in Business Aviation: Part 2 – Security Specifics

Executive Security in Business Aviation: Part 2 – Security Specifics

It’s always important to consider security risks at planned destinations and, when needed, to obtain advance intelligence briefs and organize executive protection services. Be sure to use trusted and well vetted security providers in order to mitigate security risks as much as…

July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Airport Slots & Permits

Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Airport Slots & Permits

For general aviation (GA), Chile is an easier operating environment than many other regions of the world. Airport slots are normally not a factor, and permit revisions are straight-forward. However, to avoid permit and slot complications it’s always best to submit your requests…

July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Executive Security in Business Aviation: Part 1 – General Considerations

Executive Security in Business Aviation: Part 1 – General Considerations

Executive security – personal protection for passengers and crew – is often required depending on the type of flight operation and destination. Additional considerations come into play when operating internationally. In most cases, foreign nationals will not be permitted to bring guns or…

July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: CIQ Clearance

Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: CIQ Clearance

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance in Chile either takes place within a fixed-base operator (FBO) or at a main terminal, depending upon your airport of entry. It’s important to note that clearance requirements differ when you have more than 19 passengers onboard…

July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to LABACE 2017 in Sao Paulo – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Local Area

Bizav Ops to LABACE 2017 in Sao Paulo – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ & Local Area

Permit considerations and lead times vary depending on if you’re making one or more stops in Brazil. If you plan to clear customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) at an airport of entry (AOE) in Brazil and continue on to Congonhas (SBSP), the domestic permit requirement, and…

July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Ground Handling & Additional Services

Business Aircraft Ops to Chile: Ground Handling & Additional Services

Chile stretches almost 2700 miles in length, between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, and is one of the most prosperous countries in South America. When setting up ground handling here we recommend 24 hours advance notification to ensure customs, immigration and agriculture…

July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to LABACE 2017 in Sao Paulo – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Handling & Planning Tips

Bizav Ops to LABACE 2017 in Sao Paulo – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Handling & Planning Tips

The annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) takes place Aug 15-17 this year at Congonhas (SBSP). This marks the 15th year this major global aviation event has taken place. Higher than normal general aviation (GA) traffic is expected during this period…

July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Chile – Part 1: Airports, Ground Handling & Parking

Operating to Chile – Part 1: Airports, Ground Handling & Parking

Stretching down the west coast of South America, Chile is a country where some 90% of the 18 million population lives in the middle third of the territory, around Santiago. The far north, close to the Atacama Desert, and the extreme south are relatively unpopulated. Most general…

July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments More
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
Aviation Weather Tips: All You Need to Know about Ceilings

Aviation Weather Tips: All You Need to Know about Ceilings

Ceilings at arrival and departure airports – measured cloud base height relative to the ground – impact business aircraft operations around the world. Conditions are most significant when sky is totally obscured and particularly when local terrain is also a factor. Ceilings impact visual flight rule (VFR) and instrument flight rule (IFR) operations differently, and […]

June 28, 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
BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup Final 2017 in Moscow – Part 2: Permit, Slots & Local Area

BizAv Ops Planning: Confederations Cup Final 2017 in Moscow – Part 2: Permit, Slots & Local Area

For travel to Confederations Cup host cities during this period (June 17 and July 2), airport slots and landing permits will need to be requested as soon as possible. Once airport slot and permit approvals have been obtained it’s best to avoid last minute revisions as this could very well…

June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 2: Permits & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 2: Permits & CIQ

For a permit and documentation perspective Panama is an easy and friendly operating environment. Landing permits can usually be processed quickly, and permit revisions are seldom an issue. Keep in mind the customs and immigration procedures when traveling through…

June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments More