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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
Business Aviation Planning Tips: Venice Film Festival 2015

Business Aviation Planning Tips: Venice Film Festival 2015

The annual Venice Film Festival takes place September 2-12, 2015. This event typically attracts General Aviation (GA) traffic during a time that’s still considered high season for the region.

August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Ground Handling

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Ground Handling

When you conduct business aircraft operations to Kenya, it’s best to make ground handling arrangements well in advance. While larger airports are very well equipped in terms of General Aviation (GA) support, service, […]

August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part Two: Approach/Departure Impact

Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part Two: Approach/Departure Impact

Last week, we discussed the enroute impacts of crosswinds. Today, we’ll discuss impacts on the other side of the trip: arrival and departure. As a general best practice, you should always work with an experienced aviation meteorologist to determine if crosswinds will be a factor during your […]

August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing: Top Operational Considerations

2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing: Top Operational Considerations

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) biennial World Championship takes place Aug 22-30 in Beijing. Primary event venue is the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest,” north of the city. While we do not anticipate crew accommodation issues, it’s recommended to […]

August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 2: Parking & Services

Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 2: Parking & Services

It’s becoming more and more difficult for business aircraft operators to secure long-term (anything beyond two days) parking at Hong Kong (VHHH). In most cases you’ll not be granted a parking stay in excess of two days, and you may only get one-night parking at this location […]

August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Airport Overview

Business Jet Ops to Kenya: Airport Overview

In comparison to many international destinations, Kenya is a very welcoming General Aviation (GA) operating environment without many onerous pre-planning requirements or procedural hurdles. Still, it’s important to plan on adequate lead time for all airport, parking, fuel uplift, and service requests. […]

August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part One: Enroute Impacts

Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part One: Enroute Impacts

Crosswinds are winds that come at an angle to your aircraft in flight and on approach/takeoff, and they can impact your flight operations, fuel burn, and passenger comfort. It’s always important to consider the crosswind potential in your pre-trip planning – especially for required […]

August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Overview of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) in Italy

Overview of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) in Italy

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 and better managing airport resources, including Air Traffic Control (ATC) […]

August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 1: VHHH Requirements & Airport Slots

Hong Kong Parking & Slot Restrictions – Part 1: VHHH Requirements & Airport Slots

Aircraft parking and airport slot issues have intensified at Hong Kong (VHHH) over recent years, and the situation continues to become more challenging. Today, we’re seeing more and more cases of General Aviation (GA) operators not being able to land or depart VHHH on the days […]

August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in the Philippines – CIQ and Security

Business Aircraft Ops in the Philippines – CIQ and Security

For most airports in the Philippines, other than at Manila (RPLL), business aircraft crew members and passengers will clear Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) in the main terminal. It’s important to have all required visas, as well as evidence of necessary vaccinations […]

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 2: Processing Permit Exemptions

Turkey Overflight Permit Changes – Part 2: Processing Permit Exemptions

Even if you do not currently have an overflight of Turkey planned, it’s a good idea to apply for this permit exemption well in advance. Having it will give your business aircraft ongoing approval for unlimited overflights through Turkish airspace with only the requirement of filing a flight plan […]

July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

When applying for a Mexican permit, you will not be notified of any outstanding Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees. Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) only processes landing permits and is not notified in advance of business aircraft operators […]

July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More