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Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 1of 2 – Top Considerations

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 1of 2 – Top Considerations

Aircraft support equipment and supply considerations for destination airports are important pre-trip planning issues. Particularly when operating to remote or secondary/domestic airports this is a checklist item that should not be neglected.

January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 2: Secure Transport

Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 2: Secure Transport

In higher threat locales pre-paid private ground transport is suggested, and security trained drivers should be considered. Best practice is to work with your in-house security department or outside security provider to ensure adequate levels of security and protection are obtained.

January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 1 of 2 – Airports and Services

Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 1 of 2 – Airports and Services

The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, consists of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic about 850 miles west of continental Portugal and 1200 miles southeast of Newfoundland. For many trans-Atlantic general aviation (GA) flights, the Azores is a preferred tech stop.

January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
OPS ALERT: More TSA Waiver Changes – Effective Immediately

OPS ALERT: More TSA Waiver Changes – Effective Immediately

On January 16, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new NOTAMs on TSA Waiver regulations. With these NOTAMs, revised TSA Waiver procedures have become effective for operators with aircraft registered in designated “portal countries.” The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Recent changes Three NOTAMs were issued – 6/4260, […]

January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operations to Hong Kong: Airport Slots

Business Aviation Operations to Hong Kong: Airport Slots

Obtaining airport slots for the times you desire can be a challenging proposition in the case of Hong Kong (VHHH). There are particular periods – including late at night and during long weekend and holiday periods – when slot availability is even more limited. For the most successful operation to VHHH […]

January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Tips: Business Aircraft Operations to (or over) Cyprus

BizAv Tips: Business Aircraft Operations to (or over) Cyprus

When overflying Cyprus – or landing for destination/ tech stop purposes – there are several operating considerations to be mindful of. Cyprus, a member state of the European Union (EU), is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and a popular business and tourism destination. The following is an overview of what you need to […]

January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 1: Options to Consider

Ground Transportation Planning for Business Aviation – Part 1: Options to Consider

Planning for local ground transportation arrangements can be a critical consideration for many business aviation missions. As there are various types of options available, as well as assorted pros and cons to consider, it’s always important to know what is and what is not available and to have contingency plans ready.

January 19, 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
BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Fuel, Security & Additional Services

BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Fuel, Security & Additional Services

When operating to Hong Kong (VHHH), the general aviation terminal (GAT) provides complete and full aircraft handling and support services. This is a one-stop-shopping option with a single invoice at the end of the experience. While costs are high at this location, services provided are among the best you’ll find anywhere.

January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Operating Tips: Singapore Airshow 2016

BizAv Operating Tips: Singapore Airshow 2016

The 2016 Singapore Airshow takes place February 16-21 at the Changi Exhibition Center. This top ranking biennial aviation event always draws large crowds of trade attendees and higher than normal volumes of business aviation flight activity. Planning for parking, accommodations and – when required – permits should be arranged as early as possible.

January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Fuel: Part 2 – Day of Operation Considerations

Business Aviation Fuel: Part 2 – Day of Operation Considerations

In regards to fuel planning for business aircraft missions, best practice is to plan all fuel uplifts in advance, especially for more remote locations. Always use trusted sources for provision of your fuel and understand all the charges/taxes that will be involved with your uplift, ahead of time, at all intended destinations.

January 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Indonesia Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements for General Aviation

Indonesia Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements for General Aviation

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest populations, at over 255 million inhabitants, and the country spreads over 3,275 miles East to West. There are many popular business and leisure destination stops here, and the island chain is so wide that diverting this airspace would be a challenge for many North to South flight operations. […]

January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Aircraft Ground Handling

BizAv Operations to Hong Kong: Aircraft Ground Handling

In order to travel to Hong Kong (VHHH) business aircraft operators need to ensure that services such as ground handling are arranged in advance. VHHH has a general aviation terminal (GAT) offering full aircraft support services, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance, fuel uplifts, and […]

January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 2: Operational Details

Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 2: Operational Details

While diplomatic flights enjoy certain benefits, including the opportunity for shorter notice permits, express customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance, and priority parking/handling, there are potential glitches and pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. It’s important to follow all requirements of your […]

January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Fuel: Part 1 – Supply and Delivery

Business Aviation Fuel: Part 1 – Supply and Delivery

While we like to assume that good quality and abundant fuel supplies will be available at most general aviation (GA) destinations worldwide this is not always the case. Prior to any international trip it’s recommended that business aircraft operators do their due diligence in confirming that […]

January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy – Part 2: Handling Requests, CIQ & Operating Costs

BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy – Part 2: Handling Requests, CIQ & Operating Costs

Venice (LIPZ) is a user friendly airport for general aviation (GA) movements with a full range of support services; however, it is important to be aware of all customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) requirements when arriving from outside the Schengen zone and to be mindful of potential […]

January 4, 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
Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 1: Tips & Considerations

Trip Planning Tips: Diplomatic Flights – Part 1: Tips & Considerations

Permit, flight planning, and handling considerations for diplomatic flights differ from conventional private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. The planning process for diplomatic clearances involves country-to-country coordination, and there may be limitations […]

December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Northern Africa: Part 2 - Operator Tips

BizAv Ops to Northern Africa: Part 2 – Operator Tips

Northern Africa is a part of the world where trip pre-planning is critical and should be done with extra attention. Geopolitical situations can change at a moment’s notice, and operators must be aware of all their options, potential risks, and aircraft service limitations. If, for example, you experience an aircraft […]

December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy - Part 1: Airports, Parking & PPRs

BizAv Ops to the 2016 Carnival of Venice, Italy – Part 1: Airports, Parking & PPRs

One of the largest annual events in Venice — the Carnival — takes place January 23 – February 9. As this is a particularly busy time in the city it’s best to make aircraft parking and service requests early and to confirm crew accommodations well in advance. Venice changes completely during this period […]

December 28, 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
Business Aviation Alert: TSA Waiver Changes Now in Effect

Business Aviation Alert: TSA Waiver Changes Now in Effect

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in coordination with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) recently issued changes to TSA waiver requirements. As these changes go into effect immediately, it’s important for general aviation (GA) operators to be aware of applicable regulatory revisions. It’s been several years since changes were last made to TSA waiver requirements. These […]

December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Northern Africa: Part 1 – Regional Considerations

BizAv Ops to Northern Africa: Part 1 – Regional Considerations

Northern Africa has received a lot of news recently, and this region remains in a state of change from political, economic and security perspectives. Still, many operators have needs to take their aircraft to this part of the world for business purposes. Trips to this area can be reliably and successfully put together, assuming adequate pre-planning and close coordination between your 3rd-party provider and local ground handlers…

December 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Russia: Part 2 – Permits, Visas, and Documentation

BizAv Ops to Russia: Part 2 – Permits, Visas, and Documentation

When you conduct business aircraft ops to or through Russia, there are several top-of-mind-considerations – such as permits, documentation, and visa requirements – to be mindful of. Mistakes in these areas can be costly in terms of delayed operations and regulatory repercussions.

December 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India – Visa Requirements, Local Area, Hotels and Culture

Business Aircraft Ops to India – Visa Requirements, Local Area, Hotels and Culture

For flight crew operating to India there’s much to look forward to and enjoy. India is the second most populous country in the world and home to diverse geography, culture, architecture, and ethnicity. For the most successful general aviation (GA) operation to this region…

December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Update for Operations to Guatemala: Landing & Overflight Permits

Update for Operations to Guatemala: Landing & Overflight Permits

Guatemala recently revised its permit application process, and business aircraft operators must be mindful of these new and specific changes in order to avoid processing delays. As authorities are very stringent with both permit request procedures and lead times, it’s recommended that […]

December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Estimating Costs of Your Bizav Trip – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Estimating Costs of Your Bizav Trip – Part 2: Additional Considerations

In part one of these article series, we covered the basic components of a trip cost estimate. Trip cost estimates range from basic navigation, airport, and handling fee estimates to complete estimates of all costs likely to be incurred on a particular trip – including fuel uplifts, credit arrangements, and 4th-party services…

December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Russia: Part 1 – Airports & Operating Restrictions

BizAv Ops to Russia: Part 1 – Airports & Operating Restrictions

While business aircraft operations to major destinations and tech stops in Russia are relatively straightforward, additional considerations must be kept in mind when you operate during winter months and plan stops at more remote destinations.

December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Additional Flight Planning Considerations & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Additional Flight Planning Considerations & Weather

When planning a business aircraft mission to India, it’s important to be aware of all relevant flight planning requirements for the country and the particular airports. Your 3rd-party provider can supply the latest information and assorted tips on local requirements, restrictions, and credit considerations…

December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bangkok – Which Airport to Pick: Part 2 – CIQ and Security

Bangkok – Which Airport to Pick: Part 2 – CIQ and Security

Pre-planning is a key consideration when traveling to Thailand and the Bangkok region, and at least two weeks forward planning is recommended for general aviation (GA) operations…

December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More