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Planning BizAv Operations to Thailand – Part 2: CIQ and Aircraft Services

Planning BizAv Operations to Thailand – Part 2: CIQ and Aircraft Services

When planning operations to Thailand, please ensure that all applicable visa and Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) requirements are checked in advance. Also, airport service availability is an important consideration as the airport may not have all the services you seek.

October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Australian BizAv Ops Checklist – Part 4: CIQ and Documentation

Australian BizAv Ops Checklist – Part 4: CIQ and Documentation

Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) procedures vary at airports across the Australian continent. Unlike in some other areas of the world, Australian CIQ requires a minimum lead time advance notification for clearance arrangements.

October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Argentina – Part 1: Restrictions & Permit Requirements

BizAv Ops to Argentina – Part 1: Restrictions & Permit Requirements

Argentina is a fairly straightforward operating environment for General Aviation (GA), with manageable permit processes and no cabotage issues. However, allow for additional planning lead time to ensure best aircraft parking options and to complete all permit processes and requirements.

October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Airport Options

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Airport Options

General Aviation (GA) operators routinely travel to India for both business and tourism. We’ve seen tremendous increases in GA operations to the country over recent years due primarily to growth in business opportunities. To maximize efficiency and flexibility of flight operations to the Indian […]

October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Planning BizAv Operations to Thailand – Part 1: Permit Planning

Planning BizAv Operations to Thailand – Part 1: Permit Planning

Pre-planning is essential when you conduct business aircraft operations to Thailand. There are many important factors to consider in terms of landing permits, aircraft parking, and cabotage. A missed item or planning consideration could delay your flight or even stop it in its tracks. When you apply for Thai permits […]

September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops: October 2015 World Bank Meeting in Lima – Part 2: Permits, CIQ, and Documentation

BizAv Ops: October 2015 World Bank Meeting in Lima – Part 2: Permits, CIQ, and Documentation

While aircraft parking is not anticipated to be an issue at Lima, Peru (SPIM) during the World Bank Meeting (October 9-11, 2015), there are reasons why operators may decide to drop, go, and reposition…

September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops: October 2015 World Bank Meeting in Lima – Part 1: Airports, Alternates, and Local Area

BizAv Ops: October 2015 World Bank Meeting in Lima – Part 1: Airports, Alternates, and Local Area

World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund meetings will take place in Lima, Peru October 9-11, 2015. These meetings, which bring together Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors from 188 member countries, will put additional demand on General Aviation (GA) infrastructure and handling capabilities at Lima…

September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Hotels & Local Area

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Hotels & Local Area

When conducting business aircraft ops to Kenya, keep in mind that summer is high season for tourism, and options for preferred hotel accommodations may be more limited during this period. First-time visitors need to also be aware of hotel and ground transport conditions, as well as requirements […]

September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to the 2015 Mexico Formula One Grand Prix

Bizav Ops to the 2015 Mexico Formula One Grand Prix

After an absence of 23 years, the Formula One Grand Prix is returning to Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race circuit October 30-November 1. Business aircraft operators planning to attend this top international racing event – 71 laps around a newly renovated race track – have many options available […]

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Australian BizAv Ops Checklist – Part 3: Curfews, Noise, Security, and ADS-B

Australian BizAv Ops Checklist – Part 3: Curfews, Noise, Security, and ADS-B

The good news from Australia is that certain airports have loosened curfew restrictions, which were previously based on model/type of aircraft. Recent Australian regulatory changes have made late-night operations much more manageable, particularly at airports like Sydney Int.’l (YSSY) and Adelaide (YPAD) […]

September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) in Spain

Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) in Spain

Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) is a system developed by Eurocontrol and the European Union (EU) to improve operational efficiency at high-traffic airports. It does this by reducing delays, better utilizing infrastructure and resources, and optimizing traffic flow. Two airports in Spain […]

September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

When conducting bizav ops to Kenya, you don’t need to show documentation to Air Traffic Control (ATC) in order to file a flight plan. Kenyan authorities, however, require a special form to be used in order to successfully file a compliant and valid flight plan. Also, there are a couple of weather […]

September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Central and South Asia Bizav Ops – Part 2: Airport and Local Considerations

Central and South Asia Bizav Ops – Part 2: Airport and Local Considerations

When conducting business aircraft operations into secondary airports in the Central and South Asian region, it’s important to confirm availability of aircraft support services as well as security, in-flight catering, and credit availability well in advance […]

September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Australian Bizav Ops Checklist – Part 2: Permit & Slot Considerations

Australian Bizav Ops Checklist – Part 2: Permit & Slot Considerations

Depending upon your type of operation and destination in Australia, airport slots and permits can be critical planning items. Be aware of peak periods of commercial airline operations, as well as all applicable permit requirements […]

September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops Planning: 2015 Genoa International Boat Show

Bizav Ops Planning: 2015 Genoa International Boat Show

The annual Genoa International Boat Show – one of the world’s premier boat shows – takes place September 30-October 5 this year. Genoa has a long history as a ship- and yacht-building center, and this popular show has been an important event on the Italian Riviera since 1962 […]

September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Flight Permits & Slots

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Flight Permits & Slots

When you apply for Kenyan overflight and landing permits, it’s important to be mindful of lead times as well as specific routing requirements. Currently, airport slots are not prevalent at Kenyan airports. However, airport authorities at Nairobi (HKJK) […]

September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Central and South Asia BizAv Ops – Part 1: Landing and Overflight Permits

Central and South Asia BizAv Ops – Part 1: Landing and Overflight Permits

When you travel to and through Central and South Asia – a.k.a. “the ‘Stans”: Afghanistan, , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – there are a number of considerations to be aware of. Many popular destinations exist within this region, but there are permit, lead time […]

September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Australian BizAv Ops Checklist – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Australian BizAv Ops Checklist – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Operators to Australia have their choice of many full-service airport locations, some with Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs). There are, however, a number of operating and planning considerations to keep in mind. Requirements – for airport hours and curfews; Customs, Immigration […]

September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops Planning: 2015 Japan Grand Prix

Bizav Ops Planning: 2015 Japan Grand Prix

The 2015 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix takes place September 25-27 at the Suzuka International Race Course. Practice and qualifying sessions happen that Friday and Saturday with the main race on Sunday. Suzuka race track is located in the countryside, some distance from […]

September 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

While documentation for clearing Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) is straightforward, you’ll want to confirm all applicable requirements with your 3rd-party provider and ground handlers in order to avoid delays upon arrival. CIQ processing may take longer than normal […]

September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Cuban Ops - What BizAv Operators Need to Know

UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Effective July 22, 2015, a final rule issued by the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) removed Cuba from the U.S. state-sponsored terrorism risk list. While pre-existing license requirements for general aviation (GA) operations to the island still exist, operating conditions […]

September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Singapore Grand Prix – Operating Tips

Singapore Grand Prix – Operating Tips

Singapore hosts the Formula One Grand Prix once again this year with the event taking place September 18-20 at the Marina Bay street circuit. The winding race course around Marina Bay involves 61 laps of the 5.065- circuit and is expected to attract domestic spectators in addition to […]

September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for Greece: New GA Airport Slot Requirements

UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for Greece: New GA Airport Slot Requirements

Effective July 2015, airport slots became mandatory for operation to many airports in Greece. While airport slots have always been required for scheduled commercial traffic – for both arrival and departure – they were not needed for General Aviation (GA). The impact of this sudden regulatory change is complicating GA trip planning and adding a level of […]

August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Kenya is generally a straightforward business aircraft operating environment from the perspective of Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance and procedures. However, it’s important to ensure you have all required documentation and applicable visas – including a gen dec stamped by customs […]

August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

The Rugby World Cup takes place once every four years, and this time it’s in the UK. This year, the Rugby World Cup takes place at various venues in England and Wales between September 17 and October 31. This will be a very popular event, so there will be high local traffic […]

August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Preparation Aloft

In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Preparation Aloft

Last week, I covered selecting the right dessert. Now let’s talk about in-flight preparation. It’s very important to first be mindful of available flight and service times to avoid challenging yourself with a complex dessert presentation that may not be best for a short flight […]

August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

Evolution in aircraft avionics and air traffic flight data processing has driven an initiative to reduce current lateral separation minima over the North Atlantic. A Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum (RLatSM) trial program goes into effect November 12, 2015, on the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). General Aviation (GA) operators have the opportunity to participate in the […]

August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Aviation Fuel, Security, & Other Ground Services

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Aviation Fuel, Security, & Other Ground Services

Obtaining fuel at larger airports in Kenya, for either tech or destination stops, is usually a smooth and efficient process for business aircraft operators so long as they have a fuel release and credit has been organized in advance.

August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

Processing of charter permits for the UK underwent significant changes in 2014. It’s important to be aware of the permit request and revision lead time policies. Also, authorities are taking steps to eliminate “grey” charter flights […]

August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Maximizing the Passenger Experience

In-flight Catering and Desserts Onboard: Maximizing the Passenger Experience

Choosing just the right dessert can help take the passenger flight experience to the next level. Keep in mind, however, that dessert preferences vary depending on what part of the world you’re in, as well as on dietary and religious requirements of your passengers.

August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More