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To Sauce, or Not to Sauce? – Part 2: How to Rescue and Create Sauces at Altitude

To Sauce, or Not to Sauce? – Part 2: How to Rescue and Create Sauces at Altitude

When things go wrong with sauces at altitude, it’s not the end of the world. Effective solutions are available, and many creative means exist to fix a “broken” sauce that may have been re-heated incorrectly. Be aware that certain types of sauces are more […]

June 23, 2014 | 1 Comment More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

With the implementation of Mandatory Circular CO SA-02/14 R1 in Mexico, be aware that local airport comandantes are still in the process of understanding the new regulatory changes, approved on June 18, 2014. Because of this, it’s best to anticipate possible operating delays […]

June 20, 2014 | 2 Comments More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 - Positive Developments for GA

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 – Positive Developments for GA

On June 18, 2014 regulatory changes went into effect which significantly increases flexibility for many foreign registered general aviation (GA) operators traveling to Mexico. As of this date it’s now once again allowable for foreign-registered private non-revenue operators that […]

June 20, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Fuel, Additional Services, & Security

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Fuel, Additional Services, & Security

Additional consideration and planning are required when setting up aviation fuel uplifts for Argentina. It’s important to double-check advance notification and documentation requirements for fuel uplifts in order to avoid delays day of operation […]

June 19, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops to Military Airports in India – Part 1: Access & CIQ

Business Aviation Ops to Military Airports in India – Part 1: Access & CIQ

Military airports in India are often available to General Aviation (GA); however, permit requirements and available services vary depending on location. If you plan to operate to a military airfield in India, it’s important to begin the planning process early and work closely with your […]

June 18, 2014 | 1 Comment More
How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 2: Taxes, Documentation, and Tips

How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 2: Taxes, Documentation, and Tips

Business aircraft operators should always ensure they’re comparing apples with apples when reviewing competing jet fuel quotes. In some parts of the world, particularly Europe, fuel taxes can double or triple the base price of fuel. Depending on your type of […]

June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Caviar Service

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: Caviar Service

Eating caviar is common among owners of private jets and business aviation passengers. As this luxury food item is quite expensive, corporate flight attendants should know how to store, prepare, and serve caviar with the correct utensils, corresponding accompaniments […]

June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Customs, Immigration, & Quarantine

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Customs, Immigration, & Quarantine

While Argentina is a fairly straightforward and flexible destination from the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance perspective, there are particular visa, reciprocity, and onboard personal effects regulations that must be considered before […]

June 12, 2014 | 3 Comments More
2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 2 – Permits & CIQ

2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 2 – Permits & CIQ

Permits for Bolivia should be obtained well in advance of the upcoming G77 summit held on June 14-15. Consider requesting blanket permits if you plan to operate to Bolivia on a routine basis. Be mindful, also, of all applicable visa requirements […]

June 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More
How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 1: Know the Basics

How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 1: Know the Basics

Jet fuel uplifts remain one of the most significant opportunities for business aircraft operators to save on overall flight department costs. To take advantage of these savings, however, it’s important to source and compare jet fuel quotes for every destination […]

June 10, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

This year the Farnborough International Airshow occurs July 14-20. While overnight parking is not anticipated to be an issue at Farnborough (EGLF), there are assorted operating restrictions and curfews that must be considered for travel during this period. The following is an overview of what operating considerations you need to know: 1. Farnborough (EGLF) is […]

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Ground Handling

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Ground Handling

For business aircraft operators traveling to Argentina, your considerations for making ground handling arrangements can vary greatly depending on destination. In general, it’s important to allow a little extra lead time for ground handling requests and to ensure that all […]

June 5, 2014 | 1 Comment More
2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 1 – Airport Options

2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: Part 1 – Airport Options

The Group of 77 (G77) is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations (UN). The annual G77 meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs convenes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia this year, June 14-15. We expect this event to cause infrastructure […]

June 4, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Aircraft Cleaning and Maintenance: Helicopter Cleaning Tips

Aircraft Cleaning and Maintenance: Helicopter Cleaning Tips

These days, there is a lot of discussion about aircraft care. However, advice is limited for rotor-wing aircraft operators. Although it’s worth noting that many of the cleaning basics remain the same between fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft, helicopter cleaning can actually be a more complicated and time-consuming endeavor. The following are tips to consider when cleaning your helicopter.

June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
2014 Brazil World Cup Update: Aircraft Parking Issues

2014 Brazil World Cup Update: Aircraft Parking Issues

The upcoming 2014 World Cup period will be an especially busy time throughout Brazil. It’s important to understand that, at this point in time, few options are available for airport slots, aircraft parking, and hotel accommodations. If you have not yet begun to set up your arrangements for planned travel to Brazil during this period, it’s highly recommended that you start without delay. The following is an overview of what you need to know.

June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Important Airport Considerations

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Important Airport Considerations

For business aircraft operators traveling to and within Argentina, it is important to understand airport considerations and their potential impact on your operation. For example, you may need to know when it is necessary to have a Spanish speaker onboard to communicate to Air Traffic Control (ATC) […]

May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Operations to Amsterdam – Part 2: Compliance and Enforcement of Performance Navigation Mandates

Bizav Operations to Amsterdam – Part 2: Compliance and Enforcement of Performance Navigation Mandates

The Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) inspection program was established by the European Civil Aviation Conference. SAFA ramp inspections are conducted by regulatory authorities of European Union (EU) member states. Any business aircraft operator arriving at Amsterdam […]

May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements for Business Aircraft Travel

Understanding Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements for Business Aircraft Travel

Business aircraft operators run the risk of delayed or unfulfilled travel plans without required vaccinations or adequate vaccination records. Prior to any international travel – particularly to regions where yellow fever is endemic – it’s best to consult with your physician and 3rd-party provider at least a couple of weeks prior to operation. The following […]

May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More
To Sauce, or Not to Sauce? – Part 1: Choosing the Right Sauce for Your In-Flight Catering

To Sauce, or Not to Sauce? – Part 1: Choosing the Right Sauce for Your In-Flight Catering

Sauces can add to, or detract from, in-flight entrees or side dishes aloft. There’s an art to ordering, re-heating, and serving sauces. If chosen and prepared well, the right sauce at altitude can make an in-flight meal more successful and the overall flight experience even […]

May 26, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operations to Japan – Hotels, Local Area, and Culture

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operations to Japan – Hotels, Local Area, and Culture

Japan is a safe and secure country with a wide selection of accommodations and local transport options. Your ground handler will recommend preferred hotels and local transport to suit your individual needs. Caution is advised when booking 3-star or lower hotels […]

May 22, 2014 | 1 Comment More
BizAv Operations to Amsterdam – Part 1: Flight Planning / Performance Navigation Requirements

BizAv Operations to Amsterdam – Part 1: Flight Planning / Performance Navigation Requirements

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on performance navigation requirements for Amsterdam. New regulations were put into place for Amsterdam (EHAM) – effective November 15, 2012 – requiring business aircraft operators to have RNAV-1 or P-RNAV capability. For all operations to EHAM, operators must ensure, by regulation, that they have this […]

May 21, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 2: Charter Operations

Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 2: Charter Operations

Charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators have the option of entering Mexico under either one-shot or blanket permits. While a one-shot permit can be obtained fairly quickly […]

May 20, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 1: Private Ops

Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 1: Private Ops

Landing permits are required for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Mexico. Private operators have the option of either one-shot or annual permits […]

May 19, 2014 | 2 Comments More
EBACE 2014: Compilation of Articles Covering Business Aviation in Europe

EBACE 2014: Compilation of Articles Covering Business Aviation in Europe

Over the past two and a half years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within Europe. With the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), we thought […]

May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operations to Japan – Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMs

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operations to Japan – Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMs

When flight planning to Japan, be aware of correct filing procedures, as well as limitations on flight plan revisions. Revisions will not always be approved, particularly if you’re trying to depart earlier than originally scheduled. Your ground handler will be a valuable […]

May 15, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Purchasing an Existing Part 121, 135, or 145 Certificate: Part 2 – Steps in Purchasing or Applying for a Certificate

Purchasing an Existing Part 121, 135, or 145 Certificate: Part 2 – Steps in Purchasing or Applying for a Certificate

There are many considerations to take into account prior to purchasing an existing 121/135/145 certificate. We recommend that you work with an experienced aviation law firm and understand the costs for this process up front […]

May 14, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cabotage in Brazil

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cabotage in Brazil

Cabotage is generally not an issue in Brazil for General Aviation (GA); however, Brazilian cabotage regulations are not clear and may be subject to interpretation by local customs officials. There are steps you can take to ensure that cabotage issues do not cause […]

May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Southern France: Part 2 – Operating Considerations

Business Aircraft Operations to Southern France: Part 2 – Operating Considerations

Airport slots, Prior Permissions Required (PPRs), aircraft parking, and hotel/local transport issues must be considered when planning business aviation operations to the south of France during peak season. While last-minute and short-notice trips to the […]

May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operations to Japan - PPRs and Permits

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operations to Japan – PPRs and Permits

Operations permits are required for many private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) flight scenarios to Japan. These permits are normally arranged via ground handlers, and permit request lead times vary, depending on the flight plan. If your operation is planning a trip to Japan, the following is an overview of what you need to know.

May 8, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Purchasing an Existing Part 121, 135, or 145 Certificate:  Part 1 - Knowing the Regulations

Purchasing an Existing Part 121, 135, or 145 Certificate: Part 1 – Knowing the Regulations

Have you ever wondered whether to purchase an existing Part 121 (Airline Certificate), Part 135 (Charter Operator Certificate), or Part 145 (Repair/Service Facility Certificate) from an experienced operator? This can be a viable alternative to starting from scratch and beginning the process to obtain a new certificate. The advantage to purchasing an existing certificate is that doing so allows operators to immediately carry over their business, instead of having to wait two years or more when going through the standard Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) application approval process. The following is an overview of what you need to know if considering purchasing an existing certificate.

May 7, 2014 | 1 Comment More