Category: Best Practice

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
Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 2: Special Considerations

Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 2: Special Considerations

When a variety of equal time point (ETP) possibilities are available, operators have the option of being more selective and choosing airports with the best available service and support capabilities. However, there are times when available ETPs may be few and far between — such…

December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 3 – Particular Restrictions

Operating Requirements: Part 3 – Particular Restrictions

It’s always important to do your due diligence in terms of pre-trip planning. Consequences of missing a procedural step or documentation requirement may trigger issues with your permit application and/or operating flexibility day of operation…

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 1: Planning Tips

Calculating ETPs for GA Aircraft – Part 1: Planning Tips

There’s no regulatory requirement for general aviation (GA) operators to calculate Equal Time Points (ETPs) when planning and filing flight plans. However, ETP planning is a best practice procedure most operators choose to make as part of the pre-flight planning process…

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

Many unique operating requirements, here and there around the world, are location specific while others depend on the type of flight you’re operating. Some requirements, such as age restrictions, only apply to charter operations while others apply to all flight activity. It’s…

November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

It’s important to be very specific when ordering catering. Be mindful that any part of a catering order can be misinterpreted without a clear understanding on both sides. Differences in terminology, even between the UK and U.S. can result in catering outcomes that may not be…

November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating Requirements: Part 1 – Unique Airport and Country Considerations

Operating Requirements: Part 1 – Unique Airport and Country Considerations

Business aviation remains the best way to move around the world. There are, however, a myriad of assorted operating requirements that must be complied with when dealing with worldwide operations. Certain countries have unique operating requirements and/or particular…

November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Visas & CIQ

Traveling to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – Part 2: Permits, Visas & CIQ

While the permit request process for Abu Dhabi is one of the easier worldwide, with minimal documentation requirements, it’s important to consider officially mandated permit lead times…

November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2017 – Part 3: Local Area

Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2017 – Part 3: Local Area

For operators heading down to Brazil for the racing event this November crew accommodations and local transport options are important considerations. While you’ll not likely have issues with obtaining aircraft parking at your airport of choice many preferred hotel options will already be…

November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to RPLL – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

Operating to RPLL – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

For operations to Manila (RPLL) there are a number of important airport slot and permit issues to be aware of, particularly as general aviation (GA) movements are limited to no more than two per hour at this location…

November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Planning: Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou – Airports, Permits, Curfews & Ground Handling

BizAv Ops Planning: Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou – Airports, Permits, Curfews & Ground Handling

The Fortune Global Forum brings together world leaders and leaders of global multinationals December 6-8 in Guangzhou. One of the most influential economic forums held worldwide, this event promises to bring a heavy influx of general aviation (GA) to China’s southern gateway to the world…

November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – Part 1: Airports & Services

Traveling to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix – Part 1: Airports & Services

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place Nov 24-26 and it’s a highlight of the Formula One racing calendar. This event is set to attract domestic traffic and general aviation (GA) operators…

November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 Brazil Formula One Grand Prix in Sao Paulo – Part 2: Alternate Airports & CIQ

2017 Brazil Formula One Grand Prix in Sao Paulo – Part 2: Alternate Airports & CIQ

While Guarulhos (SBGR) will be the preferred airport for many general aviation (GA) operators heading to the 2017 Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix, as it’s the closest airport of entry (AOE) to the race event, there are other parking options to consider…

November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to RPLL – Part 1: Airport & Operating Considerations

Operating to RPLL – Part 1: Airport & Operating Considerations

Manila is a popular destination for business and leisure purposes and attracts a steady flow of general aviation (GA) activity. While aircraft parking is generally not an issue at Manila (RPLL), there are a number of operating considerations to be mindful of…

November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments More
EU Regulatory Update: Passport Expiration Dates, Part 2 – Key Considerations

EU Regulatory Update: Passport Expiration Dates, Part 2 – Key Considerations

If your passport is about to expire, or will expire within 90 days of your intended departure from the EU, it’s important to secure a new passport prior to entry into the EU. There are, however, certain cases where close-to-expiration passports may be accepted by Schengen border…

October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: New SBGR Parking Procedures

Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: New SBGR Parking Procedures

Guarulhos (SBGR) is the preferred airport for many international general aviation (GA) arrivals into Brazil for the Formula One Grand Prix event which runs November 11 and 12. As of October 25, 2017, at 0001, local new long term GA parking procedures go into effect at SBGR…

October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Master Crew Lists – Information, Requirements & Tips

Master Crew Lists – Information, Requirements & Tips

A Master Crew List (MCL) is a list the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) mandates every charter (non-scheduled commercial) operator have on file when flying to or within the U.S. Whenever APIS is transmitted by a charter operator using their carrier code, this information is vetted against the on-file MCL. This process ensures that information provided […]

October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments More
EU Regulatory Update: Passport Expiration Dates, Part 1 – Rule Changes

EU Regulatory Update: Passport Expiration Dates, Part 1 – Rule Changes

Beginning June 26, 2013 a regulatory amendment was put into effect by the European Parliament for European Union (EU) border control and immigration requirements. This regulation governs movement of all non-EU nationalities across EU borders and expands on…

October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments More