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2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, Visas & Cabotage

2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, Visas & Cabotage

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. As permits and airport slots are needed for all general aviation (GA) operations to St. Petersburg (ULLI), it’s best to begin setting this up as soon as schedule is known. Operators should consider additional…

May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: 2018 Winter Games in Korea – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Handling & Local Area

Business Aviation Trip Planning: 2018 Winter Games in Korea – Part 1: Airports, Parking, Handling & Local Area

The 2018 Winter Games will be held at PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea February 9-25. This venue is about a 3.5-hour drive from downtown Seoul. Opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster, as will most snow sports. Ice sports will be…

May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Paris Air Show 2017 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Accreditation

Paris Air Show 2017 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Accreditation

Taking place every two years, the Paris Air Show is a must-attend event for many in the aviation industry. This year the airshow and exhibition runs June 19-25 at Le Bourget (LFPB). Trade days are June 19-22 with the show open to the public June 23-25. As this will be a busy event, in…

May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

2017 St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place June 1-3. This annual dialog with the international community will focus on key economic and financial issues facing the global community. This is a high traffic event, so it’s recommended that operators make…

May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to the G7 in Italy in May

Traveling to the G7 in Italy in May

The 43rd G7 summit will be held May 26-27 in Taormina Italy on the island of Sicily. Focusing on the global economy, foreign policy, security and environmental sustainability this summit will draw a considerable volume of head of state and general aviation (GA) traffic to Sicily…

May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 2: Permits & Requirements

Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 2: Permits & Requirements

Landing permits are needed for general aviation (GA) operations to French Polynesia. Charter operators should be aware of additional lead time and documentation requirements. Documentation mandates are more comprehensive and stringent for charter operations to…

May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments More
VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 2: Disinsection Options/Considerations

VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 2: Disinsection Options/Considerations

It’s recommended that operators consider residual disinsection, if Hong Kong (VHHH) will be a regular destination, as it will simplify the process and eliminate the need to keep stock of the onboard sprays. For less frequent operations, it is recommended to use the non-residual…

May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 2: Permits

Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 2: Permits

For business aircraft operators planning to fly to or over Mongolia it’s important to be mindful that required routings and flight information regions (FIRs) are integral to landing and overflight permits. This can cause issues if, for example, your approved routings and FIRs from China and…

May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments More
VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 1: Applicable Flights & Available Options

VHHH Zika Virus Requirements – Part 1: Applicable Flights & Available Options

On March 8 Hong Kong authorities announced that Zika requirements would be implemented for all inbound aircraft effective April 26. As there’s no grace period associated this new regulatory requirement, operators must now be in compliance. Several different options are…

May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to 2017 Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Airports, Parking & Services

Operating to 2017 Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Airports, Parking & Services

Preferred overnight parking options may be challenging to obtain at both Nice (LFMN) and Cannes (LFMD) during this event period. Although extended aircraft parking is available at LFMN, daily parking change rates escalate exponentially the longer you stay. For operators not…

May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 3: Visas, Pets & Weapons

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 3: Visas, Pets & Weapons

Caution is advised when planning for crew visa requirements to China. In the past all crew had required specific crew visas to arrive aboard general aviation (GA) aircraft and they often needed a different type of visa to depart via scheduled airline. Today, within the realm of crew…

May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating to the Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: Operating Procedures & CIQ

Operating to the Cannes Festival and Monaco Grand Prix 2017 – Part 1: Operating Procedures & CIQ

The two largest events on the Cote d’Azur – the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – will run back to back this year putting additional demands on general aviation (GA) infrastructure, airport slots, parking, support services, crew accommodations and local…

April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

For business aircraft operators, the landing permit process for China has become easier and quicker over recent years and airport slots are generally not a significant issue or operational impediment. Meanwhile, customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is a relatively…

April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 1: Airports, Curfews & Parking

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 1: Airports, Curfews & Parking

Shanghai is served by two airports – Hongqiao (ZSSS) and Pudong (ZSPD) – with each having different general aviation (GA) access and parking considerations. While ZSSS has the best GA infrastructure, it’s now become the more difficult of the two airfields in terms of accessibility…

April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 1: Operating Tips

Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 1: Operating Tips

Mongolia is a land locked country in east-central Asia, bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. Today, Mongolia is a routine overflight transit route for general aviation (GA) operating between eastern Asia and Europe. While Mongolia is a generally straight-forward and…

April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 1: Airports & Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to French Polynesia – Part 1: Airports & Ground Handling

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic and comprises five groups of islands. These include the Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands and Austral islands. Despite the large area of this operating territory, stretching over…

April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Local Area

General aviation (GA) operations at Nairobi (HKJK) are not given priority over scheduled commercial traffic in terms of customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance. So, it’s important to work with your ground handler, prior to arrival, to try to avoid having to clear CIQ…

April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Operating a BizJet to a New Destination – Part 2 of 2

Tips for Operating a BizJet to a New Destination – Part 2 of 2

When planning a trip to a new destination a number of considerations need to be taken into account. Short notice permits, and last minute arrangement of aircraft services, may or may not be possible for the planned destination(s). But, there are certain steps operators can take…

April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 2: Permits & Slots

Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 2: Permits & Slots

Airport slot requirements for Nairobi (HKJK) went into effect in April 2015, due to increased traffic at this busy airport. If operating your business aircraft here, ensure that you give yourself sufficient lead time for all landing permit. Permit documentation requirements are somewhat…

April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Operating a BizJet to a New Destination – Part 1 of 2

Tips for Operating a BizJet to a New Destination – Part 1 of 2

When planning a trip in your business aircraft to a new destination, or a region of the world you’ve not traveled to before, certain considerations should always be top-of-mind. Taking care of these basic elements of trip planning will positively impact the success of your upcoming…

March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 1: Airports and Services

Business Aircraft Ops to Nairobi, Kenya – Part 1: Airports and Services

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Kenya. A cosmopolitan and multi-cultural city, Nairobi is one of the major financial centers in Africa and, on the tourism front, is known as the “Safari capital of the world.” If you’re operating your business aircraft to Nairobi…

March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 2: Permits & Visas

ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 2: Permits & Visas

Lead times for obtaining China landing permits are not onerous with requests generally approved within 24 – 48 hours. While slots are provided in conjunction with landing permits be aware that curfews and operating limitations are associated at both Shanghai airports…

March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Customs Tips For Any Trip: Part 2 – Compliance with the Details

Customs Tips For Any Trip: Part 2 – Compliance with the Details

For business aircraft operators, “know before you go” is the critical rule to follow for successfully navigating the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance process at any new or unfamiliar international location. Be aware that CIQ, in general, is becoming stricter…

March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

The 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) takes place at Shanghai Hongqiao (ZSSS) Apr 11-13. As this is widely considered as the main annual event for business aviation in the region, you can expect an influx of general aviation (GA) traffic into Shanghai…

March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Customs Tips for Any Trip: Part 1 – Avoiding Issues on your Trip

Customs Tips for Any Trip: Part 1 – Avoiding Issues on your Trip

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) authorities worldwide, are becoming more stringent on clearance requirements. Be mindful that every airport location can be somewhat unique in terms of CIQ requirements and procedures—even at airports within the same…

March 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Assessing Airport and Aircraft Security – Part 2: Aircraft Security Options

Assessing Airport and Aircraft Security – Part 2: Aircraft Security Options

Always check with your trip support and/or security provider on current security/threat status at all planned destinations and tech stops. Ensure you have the latest information on what is and what is not permitted, in terms of aircraft security, for each destination. Understand costs…

March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Asian Flight Permit Requirements 101 – Part 2: Revisions and Cabotage Considerations

Asian Flight Permit Requirements 101 – Part 2: Revisions and Cabotage Considerations

Permit revisions are often more challenging and restrictive within the Asian operating environment. Best practice is to ‘know before you go’ in terms of what is, and what is not, possible in terms of permit revisions and schedule changes…

March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Assessing Airport and Aircraft Security – Part 1: Top Considerations

Assessing Airport and Aircraft Security – Part 1: Top Considerations

Airport and aircraft security must always be top of mind, particularly when traveling to unfamiliar airport locations. Depending on the airport, different options and services will be available ranging from simple security considerations to more involved arrangements. It’s…

March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Asian Flight Permit Requirements 101 – Part 1: General Considerations

Asian Flight Permit Requirements 101 – Part 1: General Considerations

Be prepared to deal with numerous permits requirements when traveling to and within Asia. You can expect that overflight and landing permits are needed for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. You’ll deal with various complexities in the…

February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Selecting a Business Aviation Tech Stop – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & PPRs

Tips for Selecting a Business Aviation Tech Stop – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & PPRs

When planning international tech stops issues such as permits, airport slots, prior permissions required (PPRs), visa requirements and customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) procedures/hours are always top considerations. If you’re missing one or more of the above…

February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments More