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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
Business Aircraft Operations to the Bahamas – Part 2: Handling, Fuel & Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations to the Bahamas – Part 2: Handling, Fuel & Local Area

For business aircraft operators, the quality of support services and infrastructure at outlying airports in the Bahamas is not the same as what you’ll experience at major airports there. Advance confirmation of required services is recommended – particularly in terms of aviation…

February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More
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