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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
Estimating Costs of your BizAv Trip – Part 1: Cost Considerations

Estimating Costs of your BizAv Trip – Part 1: Cost Considerations

Early in the trip planning phase many business aircraft operators like to pre-calculate estimated trip costs. Accuracy of such pre-trip cost estimates is highly dependent upon the operator providing as full and accurate details on trip schedule and services needed as possible..

December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Our industry and Universal needs your help!

Our industry and Universal needs your help!

Dear Friends, It’s that time again – time for us to step up as an industry, let our collective voices be heard and protect our industry and livelihoods! As you can read in NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen’s letter, the issue of privatizing air traffic control paid for by user fees is once again […]

December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 2: Claiming Exemptions for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 2: Claiming Exemptions for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

There are options available for exempting Value Added Tax (VAT) and Mineral Oil Tax (MOT) on fuel uplifts in Europe. Applicable rules and requirements vary depending upon the country, airport and nature of your flight…

December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Flight Planning

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Flight Planning

Flight planning requirements for India depend on where you’re flying to and whether your destination is a civilian or military airfield. While India has become a friendlier operating environment for business aviation, over recent years it still strictly adheres to its rules, procedures, and unique requirements…

December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bangkok – Which Airport to Pick: Part 1- Landing Options

Bangkok – Which Airport to Pick: Part 1- Landing Options

Two airports of entry (AOEs) are available to general aviation (GA) in the Bangkok area. Each has particular pros and cons. Both airports are unrestricted, in terms of aircraft size and noise levels, and do not have curfew hours in place…

December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: Peak Season in the Caribbean - High Traffic Areas

BizAv Planning Tips: Peak Season in the Caribbean – High Traffic Areas

Caribbean island destinations tend to get busy between early November and late April each year. During peak season, particularly between U.S. Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and during Spring Break, general aviation (GA) movements to this region intensify significantly. During these peak periods parking, services, accommodations and fuel availability may be limited at times. The following […]

December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 1: Basic Considerations for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 1: Basic Considerations for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

Pre-planning fuel uplifts in Europe can significantly impact overall operating costs by minimizing impact of fuel taxes and duties. Depending upon where you uplift and your type of flight, fuel costs at some locations may be three times what they’d be at other locations…

November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Military Airports, Special Requirements & Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Military Airports, Special Requirements & Airport Slots

When operating to military airports in India – and there are several popular joint use civilian/military airfields open to general aviation (GA) – additional permit, lead time and operational considerations enter the mix in terms of trip planning. Additionally, you will need to be aware of special operating requirements, and the slot process…

November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Parking Complexities – Challenging Locations

Aircraft Parking Complexities – Challenging Locations

Certain airports around the world are known for their aircraft parking issues – either in terms of year round general aviation (GA) parking limitations or restricted parking availability during peak hours and times of major local events. Your 3rd-party provider, and local ground handler, are great resources in terms of helping you source aircraft parking opportunities and avoid potential parking issues…

November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Venice (LIPZ) - Part 2: Airport Information, Parking & Fuel

Business Aircraft Ops to Venice (LIPZ) – Part 2: Airport Information, Parking & Fuel

Venice (LIPZ) has a good quality general aviation terminal (GAT) facility located close to water taxi transport options to local hotels. It’s important, however, to be mindful of GAT operating hours, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance options and fuel uplift restrictions whenever operating to this location…

November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hazmat Flights: How-to for Business Aviation Operations

Hazmat Flights: How-to for Business Aviation Operations

“Hazmat” is anything capable of posing significant risk to health/safety when transported. Hazmat materials may be biological, chemical, or physical. Having undeclared materials that are considered “hazmat” on board has potential to complicate an international flight operation […]

November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Permit Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Permit Considerations

While permit lead times for India have reduced over recent years there are certain regulatory nuances to consider during the business aviation trip planning process. Your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler both provide essential services …

November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Parking Complexities – Top Considerations

Aircraft Parking Complexities – Top Considerations

There are often assorted challenges and considerations that come into play when planning for aircraft parking at different airports around the world. At some locations overnight parking for general aviation (GA) will not be available or may be highly restricted. At other locations parking may be very expensive, difficult to obtain, or lack adequate security…

November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Venice (LIPZ) - Part 1: Permits, PPRs & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Venice (LIPZ) – Part 1: Permits, PPRs & CIQ

Located on the mainland, Venice Marco Polo Int’l (LIPZ) is the airport of entry (AOE) for planning a business aviation trip to the Venice. When planning a trip to this location you need to give special attention to the process for permits, permissions, and customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ)…

November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
NBAA2015 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

NBAA2015 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

Changes in the regulatory and other operational requirements can happen at a moment’s notice. One good example is the rapidly changing operating environment for Cuba, as a result of some of the U.S. sanctions being lifted. As always, our goal with this blog is to give you the accurate information you need to help make […]

November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Colombia APIS: New Requirements for Business Aircraft Ops

Colombia APIS: New Requirements for Business Aircraft Ops

As of August 2015 a new regulatory requirement mandates Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) reporting for all business aircraft operations to/from Colombia. As these requirements differ, in terms of information needed and reporting procedures, from U.S. APIS and eAPIS, it’s important to understand all of the particular requirements. The following is an overview of what […]

November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning: 2016 Brazil Summer Games - Airport Slots & Closures

BizAv Planning: 2016 Brazil Summer Games – Airport Slots & Closures

The 2016 Brazil Summer Games and Paralympics will be held at various city venues in Brazil between August 5 and September 18. While the primary Summer Games events take place in Rio de Janeiro, football matches will be held at Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Manaus…

November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2015: Operator Tips for Travel to the Event

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2015: Operator Tips for Travel to the Event

The Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix takes place November 27-29 at the Yas Island Marina Circuit, about 30 minutes from the city center. If you’re a business aircraft operator heading to Abu Dhabi to attend the Grand Prix it’s best to organize aircraft parking, hotel accommodations and general trip planning as soon as schedule […]

November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
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