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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
Business Aviation Trip Planning: San Juan, Puerto Rico (TJSJ)

Business Aviation Trip Planning: San Juan, Puerto Rico (TJSJ)

San Juan (TJSJ) is a user-friendly airport for General Aviation (GA) both as a destination and tech stop. Full services and credit are available here. Keep in mind, however, that Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) hours differ from airport […]

May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Southern France: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

Business Aircraft Operations to Southern France: Part 1 – Airport Considerations

During peak season, May-October each year, airports in southern France – including those around the French Riviera – experience congestion and aircraft parking issues. Typically, Nice (LFMN) is the most challenging airport at which to secure aircraft parking during peak season […]

May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan– Navigating Airport Slots

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan– Navigating Airport Slots

For business aircraft operators, it’s generally not problematic to arrange and revise airport slots for Japan. When operating to the Tokyo area – particularly Tokyo Int.’l, Haneda (RJTT) – availability of airport slots may be somewhat limited at times […]

May 1, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Helicopter Safety: Part 2 – Compliance Considerations

Helicopter Safety: Part 2 – Compliance Considerations

While these new helicopter safety rules go into effect April 22, 2014, there will be something of a grace period in terms of record-keeping and rule implementation. Best practice, at this point, is to carefully review all aspects of the new rules and develop a compliance plan […]

April 30, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Geneva during EBACE 2014 – Planning Tips

Business Aircraft Operations to Geneva during EBACE 2014 – Planning Tips

The European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) takes place May 20-22, 2014. During this period there will be aircraft parking restrictions in place for Geneva. Local fixed-base operators are preparing for an influx of General Aviation (GA) traffic, but there will be certain operating limitations to be mindful of during this period. The following […]

April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Hong Kong

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Hong Kong

For business aviation operators traveling to Hong Kong (VHHH), advanced planning is required, as well as knowledge of the operational challenges such as limited aircraft parking availability in the area. VHHH is a 24-hour airport with no curfews, and documentation requirements are very […]

April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Fuel, Security, and Additional Services

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Fuel, Security, and Additional Services

For business aircraft operators traveling to Japan, fuel services and arrangements are very reliable and straightforward. To ensure a seamless process, coordinate all fuel uplifts with your 3rd-party provider or handler in advance to ensure on-time services […]

April 24, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Helicopter Safety: Part 1 – New Regulations to Mitigate Risk

Helicopter Safety: Part 1 – New Regulations to Mitigate Risk

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) helicopter safety rules go into effect April 22, 2014. There will likely be a certain amount of confusion within the rotor wing marketplace when these new rules become active. Many of these new regulations […]

April 23, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Business Aviation ADS-B Updates – Changes Over the Last Few Months

Business Aviation ADS-B Updates – Changes Over the Last Few Months

Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) coverage is growing throughout the world. Despite only five countries currently having any airspace where ADS-B equipage is mandated, ADS-B services are actually provided throughout a large amount of the world’s airspace. The information in this article is to go over those countries that currently have ADS-B mandates in place, […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Isle of Man

European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Isle of Man

While the EU has general guidelines covering excise duty and duty exemptions applicable to Jet A-1, each member state has its own particular rules. European states – as well as territories outside the EU, including Switzerland, Sweden, and the Isle of Man – have their own policies on duty and duty […]

April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) is an easy process assuming correct documentation is provided. For business aircraft operators traveling to Japan, best practice is to work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler in advance to confirm all documentation and visa requirements […]

April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 2: Permits, Slots, PPRs, & CIQ

Airport slots will be one of the larger concerns for business aircraft operators traveling to St. Petersburg (ULLI) during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) period (May 22-24, 2014), and full instructions on when airport slots will be processed won’t be known until the […]

April 16, 2014 | 2 Comments More
World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 2 – Permits & Slots

All General Aviation (GA) operators traveling to Brazil during the World Cup period should obtain Brazilian domestic operating permits. Domestic permits are needed when making more than one stop in country, and you’ll likely require a second stop in order to reposition […]

April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment More
ABACE 2014 Prep: Trip Planning Into China

ABACE 2014 Prep: Trip Planning Into China

Over the past two years, we’ve released articles on this blog covering different topics focusing on operations to, from, and within China. With the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), we thought it would […]

April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Operating to Japan – Ground Handling

For business aircraft operators, ground handling services in Japan are among the best in the world, and operations here are seldom anything other than trouble-free. While handling costs are higher than average in this part of the world, you can look forward to reliable, professional, and on-time […]

April 10, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: St Petersburg International Economic Forum – Part 1: Airport Options

This year the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) takes place May 22-24. SPIEF puts additional strains on existing airport infrastructure and service options – with traffic starting to come in about May 20 and final departures expected about May 26. For business aircraft operators seeking […]

April 9, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix – Part 2: Alternate Airports & Local Considerations

If operating to the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival/Monaco Grand Prix period on short notice (or if last-minute planning arrangements can’t be avoided), be advised that being very flexible in terms of repositioning, sourcing crew accommodations, and dealing with fuel […]

April 8, 2014 | 1 Comment More
World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

World Cup 2014 Business Aviation Update: Part 1 – Airports & Parking

The 2014 World Cup takes places June 12-July 13, 2014. During this period General Aviation (GA) parking, as well as crew accommodations, will be extremely limited. It’s best to begin working with your 3rd-party provider as soon as the schedule is known to coordinate a workable logistical plan […]

April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix returns to the Shanghai International Circuit April 18-20, 2014. This popular Grand Prix event takes place just southwest of the Shanghai city limits – near the town of Anting. Planning early for this event will help ensure preferred aircraft parking, services, and hotel accommodation options for General Aviation (GA) […]

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA IOC 2014 Conference

Top Operational FAQs from the NBAA IOC 2014 Conference

It’s been a few weeks since the NBAA 2014 International Operators Conference (IOC) took place in Tampa, Florida. During this event we spoke to many business aircraft operators who shared their questions regarding specific topics relevant to their operations. Below you will find a compilation of articles that cover some of the most popular topics […]

April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More