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5 Tips for Planning Air Ambulance Flights

5 Tips for Planning Air Ambulance Flights

Most air ambulance flights are short-notice charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. Due to the nature of these flights, civil aviation authorities are generally very cooperative and accommodating in terms of permits and operational requirements. Still, potential operating issues/glitches are […]

November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: CIQ Requirements

Business Aircraft Ops to India: CIQ Requirements

While customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) is traditionally cleared in-terminal at airports in India there are steps your local ground handler can take to expedite this process…

November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
APEC 2015 CEO Summit and Economic Leader’s Meeting – Manila, Philippines

APEC 2015 CEO Summit and Economic Leaders’ Meeting – Manila, Philippines

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC’s) 2015 CEO Summit and Economic Leaders’ Meeting takes place November 16-19 in Manila, Philippines. The event brings together top business leaders, high level government officials, intellectuals, and media personalities from throughout the region and is considered one of Asia-Pacific’s premier business events. Operators traveling to Manila during this time period […]

November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Planning for the Brazil Grand Prix 2015 – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

Bizav Planning for the Brazil Grand Prix 2015 – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix takes place November 13-15 in the Sao Paulo area. In addition to airports and parking (which we discussed in Part 1 in this series), business aircraft operators also need to plan for permits and other requirements that vary airport to airport…

November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
12 Ways Your BizAv Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 2

12 Ways Your BizAv Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 2

Last week, we discussed six out of 12 critical areas where a bizav trip can go wrong . Many of these are avoidable with proper preplanning. Today, we’ll discuss six more areas to round out our list of 12. This list by no means covers everything, but it does provide common pitfalls for […]

November 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Fueling and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Fueling and Security

When you operate to India, fuel uplifts are usually reliable, on time, and competitive at most larger airports. At smaller airfields, however, you may have access to just a single fuel supplier, and advance arrangement of uplift and fuel credit often becomes a more important consideration…

October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flying to Paris for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Flying to Paris for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

The Paris Climate Change Conference, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, takes place in Paris November 30 – December 11. Venue for this event, with meetings and events running 24/7 during this 12-day period, is the convention facility at Le Bourget (LFPB)…

October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Planning for the Brazil Grand Prix 2016 – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Bizav Planning for the Brazil Grand Prix 2015 – Part 1: Airports & Parking

The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix takes place November 13-15 in the Interlagos neighborhood of Sao Paulo. This is a popular event, so planning in advance for services such as aircraft parking and your landing permit should be done as soon as your schedule is known…

October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Cuba APIS requirements Now Required for BizAv Ops

Cuba APIS Now Required for BizAv Ops

Please note that this article and the materials available herein are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain legal advice before operating any travel to Cuba. Cuba recently initiated advance passenger information system (APIS) filing requirements for general aviation (GA). This is […]

October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Additional Services & Operating Costs

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Additional Services & Operating Costs

When you operate to India, your ground handler will orchestrate all additional service requirements and credit arrangements with advance notification. At smaller and more remote airport locations, however, it’s best to plan on additional lead time for ground handling requests. This is particularly true if you need…

October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UK Value Added Tax (VAT): Ground Handling Charge Exemptions

UK Value Added Tax (VAT): Ground Handling Charge Exemptions

When business operators fly to the UK, there are opportunities to exempt Value-Added Tax (VAT) charges upfront. This can represent considerable operational savings. We find, however, that there’s often a lack of awareness of potential tax saving among operators who do not travel […]

October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning: 2015 G20 Summit in Antalya Turkey

BizAv Planning: 2015 G20 Summit in Antalya Turkey

The 2015 G20 Summit in Turkey will be the 10th annual meeting of top heads of state. The event takes place in the country’s southwestern city of Antalya, November 15-16. In order to secure preferred aircraft parking and hotel accommodations during this busy period, it’s important to begin trip planning arrangements as soon as schedule […]

October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
12 Ways Your Bizav Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 1

12 Ways Your Bizav Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 1

While most international operations go smoothly, there’s always potential from time to time for things to go sideways. One or two mistakes in the trip planning or execution process may be all it takes to initiate a ripple effect of issues, which may lead to operational delays or inability to […]

October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Ground Handling

The General Aviation (GA) ground handling and regulatory experience in India has improved over recent years, and the process has become more user-friendly. For example, even lead time requirements for operations to military airfields have reduced to as little as half the time it used to […]

October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Dubai Air Show 2015: BizAv Operating Tips & Planning Considerations

Dubai Air Show 2015: BizAv Operating Tips & Planning Considerations

The biennial Dubai Airshow takes place November 8-12 this year at Dubai World Central (OMDW). With an anticipated 65,000 trade visitors and 160 aircraft on static display, including 40 business aircraft, it’s important that bizav operators planning to attend begin trip planning now. As obtaining preferred aircraft parking and hotel accommodations may be challenging during […]

October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overview of BizAv Ops Procedures for Buenos Aires

Overview of BizAv Ops Procedures for Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big cosmopolitan capital and the second largest metropolitan area in South America. This is a key business and cultural hub and a frequent destination for General Aviation (GA) traffic…

October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Argentina – Part 2: Operating Considerations

BizAv Ops to Argentina – Part 2: Operating Considerations

Additional considerations must be kept in mind when conducting business aircraft operations to remote or domestic airports in Argentina. It’s important, also, to be aware of visa requirements and reciprocity fees for this region.

October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Airport Operations

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Airport Operations

Airport traffic in India is on the upswing, as a result of significant growth in scheduled commercial and low-cost carrier operations. General Aviation (GA) operators need to be mindful of peak commercial traffic periods along with potential parking challenges.

October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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