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Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 1 – Permit Requirements

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Israel Part 1 – Permit Requirements

Due to security, Israel continues to tighten up the permit requirements for General Aviation (GA). Recent regulatory changes – put in place January 1, 2014 – require additional documentation for aircrew […]

February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Airport Slots

Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Airport Slots

For business aircraft operators traveling to Dublin (EIDW), airport slots are usually easy to obtain, except in cases of inclement weather or peak periods of commercial airline activity […]

February 20, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Understanding International Restrictions for Bringing Pets Onboard a Business Aviation Flight

Understanding International Restrictions for Bringing Pets Onboard a Business Aviation Flight

You’re carefully planning a complex international trip. Everything is going smoothly except for one thing: The client’s pet has ended up in quarantine on the other side of the world. That type of situation can make an otherwise perfectly executed mission a failure in the eyes of the aircraft owner. That’s why it’s important to […]

February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Egyptian Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements Impacting Business Aircraft Operators

Egyptian Landing and Overflight Permit Requirements Impacting Business Aircraft Operators

Egypt continues to be in a state of political unrest, and unexpected changes to regulations impacting General Aviation (GA) operations are possible. That said, the aviation infrastructure continues to function well, and most business aircraft operators are getting in and out of Egypt these days without problems. An important consideration when operating into Egypt is […]

February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Top 10 Business Aviation Planning Tips for Australia (+1 More)

Top 10 Business Aviation Planning Tips for Australia (+1 More)

For business aircraft operators traveling to Australia, there are some unique requirements – ranging from flight planning, to fueling, to visas and more – that must be considered before operating into the region […]

February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
China Overflight and Landing Permits – Part 2: Permit Considerations

China Overflight and Landing Permits – Part 2: Permit Considerations

Business aircraft operators planning flights to domestic and/or military airports in China are subject to longer lead times than those applicable to Airports of Entry (AOEs). It’s important to be mindful of airport slot requirements and peak operating hour limitations at busier airfields in China […]

February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

This year’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place March 14-16 at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit – just a few kilometers south of central Melbourne. Always a popular event in the F1 circuit, the Australian Grand Prix is expected to draw over 300,000 visitors this year. Likewise, general aviation traffic is expected to be elevated. […]

February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships takes place at Sopot, Poland March 7-9, 2014. Since its founding in 1912, the IAAF has been the worldwide governing body for the sport of track and field athletics. High traffic is expected at this year’s event at Sopot; likewise, general aviation traffic to the […]

February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Understanding FBOs, Ground Handlers, Supervisory Agents, and Their Differences

Understanding FBOs, Ground Handlers, Supervisory Agents, and Their Differences

While many North American- and European-based business aircraft operators are accustomed to Fixed-Based Operator (FBO) services, the more common handling standard internationally takes the form of local ground handlers. Depending upon location, these handlers may operate from an office on or off the airport or, in some cases, work out of the main terminal of […]

February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 31) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
China Overflight and Landing Permits – Part 1: Changes in Lead Times and Revisions

China Overflight and Landing Permits – Part 1: Changes in Lead Times and Revisions

If you have operated your business aircraft to China, you probably already know that landing and overflight permits are required for all private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to China. However, operators now need to be aware of recent significant changes impacting China permit […]

February 6, 2014 | 5 Comments More
Trip Planning Tips: Ops to Abu Dhabi for the 2014 Air Expo and Yacht Show

Trip Planning Tips: Ops to Abu Dhabi for the 2014 Air Expo and Yacht Show

Two major upcoming events in Abu Dhabi will attract increased General Aviation (GA) activity and put additional pressure on GA infrastructure. The Abu Dhabi Air Expo takes place February 25-27 at Bateen (OMAD), and the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show follows right on its heels March 1-3. The Air Expo will have the greater impact on […]

February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Simplifying Your Aviation Safety Management System

Simplifying Your Aviation Safety Management System

Many industry and regulatory “experts” suggest that implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive […]

February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Paris Fashion Week 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Paris Fashion Week 2014

Paris Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Paris and includes Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter events. The 2014 Autumn/Winter Paris Fashion Week takes place February 25-March 5 with events held in the Carrousel du Louvre, as well as other venues throughout the city […]

February 3, 2014 | 1 Comment More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Arrangements in FAPE? (January 31)

Your passenger has requested to fly into Port Elizabeth (FAPE) on Feb 3 at 1930 local for a business meeting she has. This is a private flight and you have requested the landing permit for your trip. This would be your first time to this airport but you’ve determined that as this is a smaller […]

January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 24) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: In-Flight Child Care Excellence

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: In-Flight Child Care Excellence

Children are frequent guests on business aircraft, and we should always make sure that flight attendants are properly trained in child care. This will ensure that children and their parents receive the best service during flights. Also, it is an excellent way to retain those clients for future trips, as they know they will receive […]

January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA S&D 2014 Conference

Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA S&D 2014 Conference

It’s been a couple of weeks since the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers and Dispatchers (S&D) took place in New Orleans. During the conference, we spoke to many schedulers and dispatchers who shared questions regarding specific topics that impact their trips. Below is a compilation of articles covering some of the most frequently […]

January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

If you currently have an aircraft for sale, lease, or charter, and want the most appealing photographs you can have to highlight the beauty of it, there are several factors for you to consider. In my last article, I shared tips for photographing the exterior of the aircraft. This month’s article discusses how to photograph […]

January 28, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Flight Ops to Milan for the Fall Fashion Week 2014

Flight Ops to Milan for the Fall Fashion Week 2014

Milan Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Milan. The upcoming winter/spring show takes place February 17-23, 2014. The latest innovations in dress design by renowned fashion designers are showcased. This is the place to be in February if you’re working within the realm of international high fashion […]

January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Mongolian landing permit? (January 24)

Suppose you are traveling on a private non-revenue flight to Mongolia and are in the process of requesting the landing permit, but you’re still working on the ground handling and all other third party services. You’re requesting the landing permit three days in advance to ensure that you give CAA the appropriate time to process […]

January 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 17) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: London Fashion Week 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: London Fashion Week 2014

London Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held in London each February and September. It ranks alongside New York, Paris, and Milan as one of the Big Four fashion weeks. The fall London Fashion Week takes place February 13-18 at Somerset House in central London. Operators planning to attend, with General Aviation (GA) aircraft […]

January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Mexico APIS: Now Required for Business Aviation Flights

Mexico APIS: Now Required for Business Aviation Flights

As of January 1, 2014, Mexico requires Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. Information to submit is the same for both types of flights and is no different than existing APIS requirements for scheduled commercial operations traveling to Mexico. The following is an overview of what […]

January 22, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Venice Carnival 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Venice Carnival 2014

Venice Carnival 2014 takes place February 15-March 4 and promises to draw significant attendance. Celebrating the relationship between humankind and the environment – and the importance of fantasy – Venice Carnival 2014 offers a chance to see how Venetian aristocrats once lived and promises solid days of costumed chaos. For business aviation […]

January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Brazilian Flavor Influences – Part 2: Regional Cuisine for In-flight Catering

Brazilian Flavor Influences – Part 2: Regional Cuisine for In-flight Catering

While certain national cuisines are available throughout Brazil, each region has its own feature dishes and flavor profiles. Work with your in-flight caterer to source uniquely appealing cuisine choices from various regions of the country […]

January 20, 2014 | 1 Comment More
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Test Your AVsavvy: Operating to Thailand (January 17)

Suppose you are scheduled to travel to Adelaide (YPAD). The following is the information for your schedule: Tail number: XXXX Aircraft type: G650 Crew: 3 Passengers: 5 Schedule: ETD Anchorage/PANC 04 Feb / 1400 UTC ETA Bangkok/VTBD 05 Feb / 0400 UTC ETD Bangkok/VTBD 08 Feb / 1000 UTC ETA Anchorage/PANC 08 Feb / 2050 […]

January 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy

Answer to Last Week’s (January 10) AVsavvy Question

In last Friday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you a flight schedule and some airport information and asked you to find the error. IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS. Below is the answer and explanation. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are happy to report […]

January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Flight Permits and PPRs

Operating to Ireland (EIDW): Flight Permits and PPRs

Prior Permission Required (PPR) is only necessary for certain business aircraft operations to Dublin (EIDW). If your operation requires a permit or PPR, it’s best to begin the request procedure as soon as possible. While EIDW is a straightforward operating environment, it’s important to understand requirements and revision procedures […]

January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Aviation Weather: Intro to SIGWX Charts

Aviation Weather: Intro to SIGWX Charts

Significant Weather (SIGWX) charts provide invaluable meteorological information to business aircraft operators and flight crew. Particularly for longer flights, or when weather issues may be a factor, SIGWX charts can be a vital flight planning tool. Here is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Know what SIGWX stands for Significant Weather – […]

January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More