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Tips for Selecting a Business Aviation Tech Stop – Part 1: Key Considerations

Tips for Selecting a Business Aviation Tech Stop – Part 1: Key Considerations

Choosing the best tech stops for your long-haul international trip is always an important planning item. Considerations include route of flight, time of operation, runway information, airport and handling infrastructure, and fuel availability. Choices may also be impacted by your…

February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to the Bahamas – Part 1: Airports, Permits & CIQ

Business Aircraft Operations to the Bahamas – Part 1: Airports, Permits & CIQ

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas – an island nation with more than 700 islands, cays and islets – stretches from just offshore Florida down to the Turks and Caicos Island group. This island group remains a very popular seasonal destination with modern-day general aviation…

February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating a Business Aircraft through Nicaragua – Part 2: Airports & Services

Operating a Business Aircraft through Nicaragua – Part 2: Airports & Services

Most general aviation (GA) operations to Nicaragua only stop at Managua (MNMG). However, there are several domestic airports available in the country which operators use from time to time. When operating to locations other than MNMG, you’ll need to take extra planning steps…

February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments More
2017 Flight Planning Update: ADS-B Mandates and What’s Changed so Far

2017 Flight Planning Update: ADS-B Mandates and What’s Changed So Far

ADS (automatic dependent surveillance)-B is air traffic satellite-based surveillance technology. ADS-B is automatic and requires no pilot or external input. It’s dependent in that it depends on data from the aircraft’s navigation system. ADS-B is a key element of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and is now mandatory in certain regions of airspace. […]

February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Operating a Business Aircraft through Nicaragua – Part 1: Permits

Operating a Business Aircraft through Nicaragua – Part 1: Permits

For business aircraft operators, Nicaragua overflight permit and landing permits requirements are straightforward. However, an additional level of permit complexity must be considered when planning domestic operations in Nicaragua…

February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 2: Calculating and Paying Fees

Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 2: Calculating and Paying Fees

Air navigation fees (“nav fees”) are almost universally applicable when using another country’s airspace. As these charges vary, and can be high in some cases, it’s best to obtain nav fee estimates in advance. By varying the route of flight, you may be able to cut down on total nav…

January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 2 – Documentation and Permits

Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 2 – Documentation and Permits

While there are not many documentation or permit considerations to plan for on a Santa Maria (LPAZ) stop, it’s important to pre-arrange airport, handler and fuel delivery overtime services for any night operations…

January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 1: Key Considerations

Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 1: Key Considerations

When flying internationally, you’ll usually be paying air navigation fees (“nav fees”) to some country or group of countries. While these costs vary depending on where you are in the world, some regions can be particularly expensive. Being aware of applicable nav fees, and payment…

January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 1 – Airport and Local Area

Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 1 – Airport and Local Area

Located in the Portuguese territory of the Azores, between the U.S. and Africa, Santa Maria (LPAZ) is a great tech stop for general aviation (GA) operators. This location is frequently used by operators traveling between South America and Europe and between the Caribbean and Middle…

January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint Use Civil/Military Airfields: Part 2 – Airport Examples

Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint Use Civil/Military Airfields: Part 2 – Airport Examples

In some cases, military airports offer attractive options for general aviation (GA) operators for being able to get closer to the passenger destination. With adequate advance trip preparation, working with your trip support provider and local ground handlers, it’s possible to access a fairly…

January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Technical Stops for Business Aviation: Part 2 – Additional Considerations

Technical Stops for Business Aviation: Part 2 – Additional Considerations

It’s always important to ensure you meet all requirements for a particular tech stop. Work with your trip support provider and local ground handler to be aware of any curfews, operating restrictions and documentation requirements. Some airports, for example, are closed on…

January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint-Use Airfields: Part 1—General Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint-Use Airfields: Part 1—General Considerations

Military and military/civilian joint-use airfields are occasionally used by general aviation (GA). Keep in mind that these locations often have unique requirements and procedures for processing permits. Particularly in the case of military airfields, there are usually additional…

January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Technical Stops for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Technical Stops for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

While today’s longer range corporate aircraft do not make use of technical stops as often as their airborne predecessors, there are still many cases where tech stops are a necessary part of life when operating internationally and intercontinentally. Choosing the best technical stop…

January 4, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 2 – Updating Records

Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 2 – Updating Records

In order to run the most accurate flight plans it’s important to regularly update aircraft weight records. If you add items such as furnishings, avionics, and winglets, this may impact your basic operating weight (BOW), payload capability, and climb/range performance to name a few…

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the Dominican Republic – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to the Dominican Republic – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

From the permit perspective operations to the Dominican Republic are straightforward and not onerous. However, there are additional steps and considerations to be mindful of for certain categories of charter operations…

December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Aircraft Weight & Equipment – Impact on Flight Planning: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Flight plans are highly dependent upon aircraft weight. When an aircraft is heavier, this affects climb performance and flight level capability as well as available payload and range potential. Weight is always one of most important flight planning considerations as it impacts overall…

December 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the Dominican Republic – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to the Dominican Republic – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The second largest Caribbean nation after Cuba, the Dominican Republic has a population of over 10 million and is a popular destination for general aviation (GA) business and tourism movements…

December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 3: Security Briefs

Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 3: Security Briefs

In most cases you won’t find much information on specific hotel security/safety issues online – unless the hotel has had a publicized attack or security incident. Travel sites will have guest reviews, but these are mostly focused on amenities rather than safety/security specifics…

December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & CIQ

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airport Slots & CIQ

When traveling into London for the London International Boat Show (Jan 6-7, 2017), or any other time of year, you’ll need to be aware of requirements for permits, documentation, slots, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and more…

December 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017– Part 3: CIQ & Zika Procedures

Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017– Part 3: CIQ & Zika Procedures

Schengen visa requirements for Italy mirror those for the rest of the EU. It’s important to ensure that passengers who require visas obtain them prior to landing. While active crew do not require visas for Italy, it’s often recommended to have applicable Schengen visas, in order to…

December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

London International Boat Show takes place Jan 6-15, 2017 at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, located in the Royal Victoria Docks area between Canary Wharf and the City. This annual event showcases top end yachts and yacht outfitting, and it attracts a steady volume of international…

December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Room Considerations & Tips

Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Room Considerations & Tips

A hotel room is not just a hotel room. Your safety and security at international hotel locations will be impacted by many non-room specific considerations including surveillance of public areas, access controls to guest areas, fire safety, and room security factors. There are simple tips…

December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017– Part 2: Permits, Ground Handling & Local Area

Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017– Part 2: Permits, Ground Handling & Local Area

While landing permits for Italy are only required for charter (non-scheduled commercial) procedures involved and lead time required for such permits can be quite onerous. You also need to be aware of airport slots and Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) procedures…

November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 1: General Considerations

Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 1: General Considerations

Your greatest security risks on international travel, and even on domestic operations, are generally off-airport. Corporate crews routinely stay in hotels at assorted worldwide locations, and there are important considerations to be mindful of from both safety and security…

November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Part 1: Airports and Parking

Bizjet Travel to Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Part 1: Airports and Parking

Milan Fashion Week takes place four times each year—with 2017 dates being Jan 21-27, Feb 22-28, Jun 17-20 and Sep 20-27. These are periods when general aviation (GA) movements increase and hotel accommodations can become more challenging. For those planning to attend one or…

November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

While permit requirements and associated lead times are not onerous for Dubai and Dubai-area airports, it’s important to be mindful of differing requirements between the various Emirates. Also, customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) processes should be reviewed in advance due…

November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Managing Owner & Charter Use

Managing Owner & Charter Use

You’ve just taken delivery of your new business jet and look forward to fully using it to save travel time. However, your CFO reminds you that the aircraft’s business plan calls for 200 hours of charter a year to help offset some of the fixed costs of ownership. How will you manage all your…

November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

BizJet Travel to Dubai for MEBAA 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Services

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) airshow is the leading business aviation exhibition in the Middle East for business aviation professionals. For general aviation (GA) operators planning to attend MEBAA 2016 December 6-8, there are a number of planning…

November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Finland Now Requires APIS Submissions for GA

Finland Now Requires APIS Submissions for GA

On April 29, 2004, Finland put advance passenger information system (APIS) filing requirements into place for scheduled commercial carriers, as a result of a European Union (EU) directive. However, it was not until September 1, 2016, that APIS reporting became mandatory for general aviation (GA). As this recent regulatory transition was not well publicized, there […]

November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
APEC 2016 Peru - Taking Place in Lima

APEC 2016 Peru – Taking Place in Lima

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Peru 2016, the Economic Leader’s Meeting, runs November 17-19 this year in Lima with the theme being “Quality Growth and Human Development.” As this event will significantly increase general aviation (GA) traffic to the region additional pre-trip and day of operation planning should be considered. The following is an overview of […]

November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More