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Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ, Hotels, Security & More

Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel – Part 2: Permits, Slots, CIQ, Hotels, Security & More

With the exception of Cuba, the Caribbean, for the most part, has few requirements for permits, airport slots or prior permission required (PPRs) making operating in this region more user friendly than in many other parts of the world. Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ)…

November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

Cabotage restrictions have an impact on operations of non-U.S. registered business aircraft within the U.S. These rules and limitations, however, are often not well understood by general aviation (GA) operators. Consequences of non-compliance include Department of Transport (DOT) findings of violations, and potential order to cease and desist, as well as civil penalties of up […]

October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 3: Special Considerations

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 3: Special Considerations

When planning a mission in your business aircraft to a remote destination, additional steps need to be taken. Always consider the geopolitical situation at your destination. You always want to have back up plans ready in case you need to divert from/to a particular location…

October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

Caribbean Peak Season Bizjet Travel 2016 – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

While the Caribbean region is a relatively easy operating environment for business aircraft operators in terms of permits, airport slots and documentation requirements, there are issues to consider during peak travel season. Parking runs out at certain locations, fuel uplifts…

October 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 2: Services and Credit

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 2: Services and Credit

When operating your business aircraft to a remote location, there will likely be cases where you will be handled by agents unfamiliar with the specific needs of general aviation (GA). Often service standards can be minimal, or at least of a lower standard than you’re accustomed to…

October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 2: Equipment & Certification Mandates

BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 2: Equipment & Certification Mandates

Business aircraft operators with limited Performance Based Navigation (PBN) capabilities and certifications will encounter increasing limitations when transiting North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). While certain options and exemptions are available for operators without all the latest…

October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Ground Operations at Remote General Aviation Destinations – Part 1: Airport Considerations

Additional considerations are needed when operating to remote international locations and airports not frequented by general aviation (GA). For many of these locations it’s recommended to begin the pre-planning process three to four weeks in advance, due to logistical issues…

October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 1: Airports & Routings

BizAv Flight Planning Tips: Crossing the Atlantic – Part 1: Airports & Routings

For business aircraft operators contemplating an Atlantic crossing, there are numerous flight planning requirements to consider, and there are more of these in the North Atlantic than the South. In particular, additional pre-planning is required when transiting North Atlantic Tracks…

October 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Planning Tips: Stockholm, Sweden

Business Aviation Planning Tips: Stockholm, Sweden

General aviation (GA) operating flexibility to Stockholm is good – with plenty of aircraft parking, full support services and straight-forward procedures. Your particular operation, aircraft type and need for schedule change flexibility may however impact your choice of airports at Stockholm. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Two airports […]

October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Wide-body and Large General Aviation Aircraft Operating Considerations

Wide-body and Large General Aviation Aircraft Operating Considerations

Additional trip planning, permit, and day of flight considerations are recommended when operating wide-body or large general aviation (GA) aircraft. If you’re flying a Boeing 777 rather than a Gulfstream G550, for example, there are particular planning and logistical challenges to be aware of in order to ensure smooth operations to international destinations. The following […]

October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 – Permits & Flight Plans

Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 – Permits & Flight Plans

Although Malaysia is not a complex operating environment, from the planning, permit and access perspective, it’s important to give yourself sufficient lead time to secure permits and, when required, airport slots…

September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing

Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing

As many fellow aircraft brokers can attest, this career can be a lucrative way to earn a living, but can also become frustrating at times. In attempt to sell an aircraft, many in the industry seek the shortest route to closing a sale and miss the opportunity to successfully complete the aircraft closing. Excited about the prospect of closing the deal…

September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Transiting Malaysia: Part 1 – Airports & Local Area

Transiting Malaysia: Part 1 – Airports & Local Area

Malaysia is a relatively straight-forward, easy, operating environment with limited documentation requirements. Overflight permits are not necessary for most operations, and currently there are no Stage II noise restrictions. While there are no strict cabotage limitations…

September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Nigeria: Recent Fueling Issues & Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Nigeria: Recent Fueling Issues & Considerations

Due to a number of factors – including economic turmoil, civil unrest and strikes – issues with aviation fuel availability, credit and pricing in Nigeria have escalated over recent months. Fuel availability/pricing has become more unpredictable than usual in this region. For any planned fuel uplifts in Nigeria it’s recommended that operators take additional steps […]

September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Kuala Lumpur - Which Airport to Choose

Kuala Lumpur – Which Airport to Choose

Corporate traffic to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia remains strong with steady movements. Both area airports, available to general aviation (GA), are convenient and good options although each has its pros and cons to consider. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Kuala Lumpur has three airports Although Simpang (WMKF) is not […]

September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Paris Fall Fashion Week 2016: Business Aviation Tips for Success

Paris Fall Fashion Week 2016: Business Aviation Tips for Success

Paris Fall Fashion Week 2016 runs Sep 27 – Oct 5 and takes place at multiple venues in central Paris. The Spring (Feb/Mar) and Fall (Sept/Oct) Fashion Week periods are always a busy period in Paris for business and leisure travel. During this time, you can expect preferred options for…

September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops Tips: African Air Expo 2016 - Traveling to Accra

BizAv Ops Tips: African Air Expo 2016 – Traveling to Accra

The first major aerospace and aviation exhibition in Western Africa takes place Oct 24-26, 2016 at Accra Kotoka Intl (DGAA). This event brings major players in the aviation industry together, from throughout Africa and the international community, and is expected to draw significant general aviation (GA) traffic to the region. For any travel to Accra, […]

September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 2 of 2

Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 2 of 2

Each country has different regulations and requirements that must be adhered to as to when, where and how to file a Flight Plan (FPL) as well as revising flight plans…

September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 3: Planning Tips

Operating to Colombia – Part 3: Planning Tips

Authorities in Colombia are strict on documentation requirements governing business jet operations in the country, so if you are operating there, make sure all required information/documentation are provided. Also, it’s important to ensure passengers and crew have required visas and sufficient validity on passports to cover length of stay…

September 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 1 of 2

Guidelines for Managing the Flight Planning Process: Part 1 of 2

The process of filing and revising flight plans, as well as the validity periods of flight plans, differs by country. For some locations and regions this information may be more difficult to obtain. For destinations outside your home country/region, it’s often best to work with your 3rd-party…

September 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Fuel Alert: Fuel Shortages in Nigeria

Fuel Alert: Fuel Shortages in Nigeria

As a result of the currency devaluation currently taking place in Nigeria, recurring fuel shortages are being reported across the country, particularly in Abuja (DNAA), Port Harcourt (DNPO) and Lagos (DNMM). Fuel suppliers across Nigeria are not able to keep an adequate supply of fuel on hand, leading to recurring shortages. It is recommended that […]

September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 2: Permit Considerations

Operating to Colombia – Part 2: Permit Considerations

When traveling to Colombia, you’ll need to consider landing permits as well as overflight permits for surrounding countries. While the landing permit process for Colombia is fairly straightforward, there are particular documentation requirements and procedures to be…

August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Ops to Jakarta: Picking the Right Airport

BizAv Ops to Jakarta: Picking the Right Airport

Located on the NW coast of the island of Java, Jakarta is one of the most populous cities in SE Asia and a frequent destination for business aircraft. When conducting missions here, the first considerations in choosing an airport should be aircraft parking availability, convenience to the passenger’s destination, and aviation fueling arrangements. The following […]

August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Colombia – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

Operating to Colombia – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Slots

General aviation (GA) operators travel to Colombia for both business and leisure, and traffic to this region remains steady. While the operating environment here is much more straight-forward and less onerous compared to other countries in the region such as Venezuela…

August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Regulatory Update: Hong Kong Slots & Parking

Regulatory Update: Hong Kong Slots & Parking

For business aircraft operators, obtaining airport slots for Hong Kong (VHHH) had been a somewhat relaxed process in the past. There were no penalties, for example, for not using a confirmed slot, and operators were often able to depart VHHH without an airport slot. This all changes on September 1, 2016 with new regulatory requirements […]

August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
LABACE 2016: Business Aircraft Operations to Brazil

LABACE 2016: Business Aircraft Operations to Brazil

There are many operating requirements to consider when traveling to Brazil, and this information can change at a moment’s notice. With the 2016 Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) taking place next week, we thought it would be useful to compile recent articles on business aircraft operations to Brazil. See recent articles on […]

August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 2 – Dealing with TFR Restrictions

Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 2 – Dealing with TFR Restrictions

In order to experience the least potential operational impact from a Presidential Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR), always check the FAA website – beginning 72 hours prior to time of operation. Note that during VIP TFR closures you may need to revise your schedule, to operate…

August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizjet Ops to the Cape Verde Islands – Part 2: Permits, Visas and Health Considerations

Bizjet Ops to the Cape Verde Islands – Part 2: Permits, Visas and Health Considerations

Always ensure that you have appropriate landing and overflight permits for business aircraft operations to, or over, the Cape Verdes Islands. If you’re landing at any airport other than Sal Island (GVAC) or Praia (GVNP) it’s recommended that all services you require are confirmed in advance…

August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizJet Planning Tips: B20 & G20 Summits in Hangzhou, China

BizJet Planning Tips: B20 & G20 Summits in Hangzhou, China

The first G20 Summit hosted by China takes place in Hangzhou on Sept 4 – 5. Every year, this event generates an influx of private flights for the host city—including Head of State and VVIP flights. This year’s G20 will be no different…

August 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 1 – Closure Areas and Restrictions

Presidential TFRs – Impact on Bizav: Part 1 – Closure Areas and Restrictions

Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are put in place for U.S. presidential and vice presidential movements within the U.S. As these impose closures that impact general aviation (GA) movements, it’s important to understand TFR implications as well as the various nuances associated with regulatory compliance…

August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More