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Test Your AVsavvy: Jakarta operations (July 26)

Test Your AVsavvy: Jakarta operations (July 26)

The passengers would like to travel to Jakarta. Which airport is the best solution? Registry: XXXX Aircraft type: F900 Type of flight: Private non-revenue Crew: 3 Passengers: 2 Airport Information WIII INFORMATION UTC CONVERSION: + 7 FROM UTC AIRPORT OPERATING HOURS: 24 HOURS THE AIRPORT MAINTAINS SECURITY 24 HRS A DAY. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY IS AVAILABLE. […]

July 26, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Answer to Last Week's (July 19) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (July 19) 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 […]

July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operations to Shannon, Ireland – Airport Operations & Security

Operations to Shannon, Ireland – Airport Operations & Security

Airport operations are particularly user-friendly and trouble-free in Ireland – particularly at Shannon (EINN), where scheduled commercial traffic is not much of a factor. You can park aircraft as long as you like and power in and out of parking stands and you’ll seldom face a requirement to relocate your aircraft on the field […]

July 25, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Trip Planning Tips: LABACE 2013

Trip Planning Tips: LABACE 2013

LABACE 2013 takes place August 14-16 at Congonhas, Sao Paulo (SBSP). When operating business aircraft to LABACE, be particularly careful with airport curfew hours, airport slot requirements and Prior Permission Required (PPR) requirements. Based on previous years’ experience with LABACE, airports in the Sao Paulo area should operate […]

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
How GNSS Augmentation Impacts Business Aircraft Operators

How GNSS Augmentation Impacts Business Aircraft Operators

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) augmentation comes in different forms but has the same objective: to improve the GNSS system’s attributes and allow aircraft operators to take advantage of lower approach minimums. As it’s not always clear what augmentation system(s) and performance capabilities an operator has, it’s important to verify your particular GNSS augmentation status […]

July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More
What’s the Future of Aircraft Sales and Ownership in America?

What’s the Future of Aircraft Sales and Ownership in America?

Pre-owned business aircraft are taking much longer to sell these days, and there are a growing number of challenges impeding General Aviation (GA) buyers. It may be some time before this situation changes, so aircraft sellers should take a second look at offers they receive from prospective buyers […]

July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Which route is possible? (July 19)

Test Your AVsavvy: Which route is possible? (July 19)

Your passenger provided you with trips that he would like to take. Based on the information below, which one is possible? Registry: NXXXX Aircraft Type: G5 Type of flight: Private non-revenue Crew: 3 Passengers: 4 Based on the above information, which option below is correct? Answer below and come back next Friday to see if […]

July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (July 12) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (July 12) 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 […]

July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Overview of CIQ and U.S. Preclearance in Shannon, Ireland

Overview of CIQ and U.S. Preclearance in Shannon, Ireland

Clearing Irish Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine (CIQ) is normally an uncomplicated process. Operators need to be mindful, however, of visa requirements and the need to dispose of almost all non-pre-packaged, non-shelf-stable international food and catering trash on arrival in Ireland. In almost all cases, passengers […]

July 18, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Venezuela Flight Planning Changes – What you need to know

Venezuela Flight Planning Changes – What you need to know

The flight plan process requirements in Venezuela have recently changed. In addition to navigating the new documentation requirements, you’ll also need to plan for additional time at the airport terminal prior to departure […]

July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Top 5 Cleaning Chemicals You Should Never Use On an Aircraft

Top 5 Cleaning Chemicals You Should Never Use On an Aircraft

Whether you’re in a pinch for a quick clean up or shopping to stock up your aircraft’s cleaning chemicals, today you have more choices than ever. Choices range from inexpensive household cleaning products all the way to extremely expensive specialty products. Although conveniently located at most local car and hardware […]

July 16, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Transportation Security Program (TSP) requirements in Australia for Business Aircraft Operators

Transportation Security Program (TSP) requirements in Australia for Business Aircraft Operators

Transportation Security Program (TSP) requirements have been a challenge for General Aviation (GA) operators to Australia over recent years. However, practical impact of this regulation has significantly diminished since March 2012. While all previous TSP regulations remain in place, far fewer GA operations to Australia are […]

July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Domestic travel to China? (July 12)

Test Your AVsavvy: Domestic travel to China? (July 12)

Suppose your passenger has requested to travel to Lhasa which is a domestic airport in China. The following is the schedule with the additional stops made for customs purposes in China: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft Type: G4 Type of flight: Part 91 Crew: 3 Passengers: 3 ETD ANCHORAGE/PANC 01 SEP/1500 UTC ETA BEIJING/ZBAA 15 SEP/1445 UTC […]

July 12, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (July 5) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (July 5) 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 […]

July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Requesting Jet Fuel and Other BizAv Services in Ireland

Requesting Jet Fuel and Other BizAv Services in Ireland

For business aircraft operators, jet fuel prices in Ireland – particularly in Shannon (EINN) – are among the lowest in Europe. Service levels for fuel and additional services are excellent, and availability is good. Best practice is to take the time to confirm fuel uplifts, as well as 4th-party vendor services, 24 hours before […]

July 11, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Leveraging a Charter Operator’s Untapped Marketing Department – The Flight Crew

Leveraging a Charter Operator’s Untapped Marketing Department – The Flight Crew

The first thing you realize when you get into the business of selling seats on private jets; whether it’s as a charter operator selling seats on somebody else’s aircraft, or a fractional company appealing to frequent clients; is this: you lose those seats if you don’t sell them. The elegant word for this is “marketing”, and […]

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Barbados

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Barbados

Barbados is an accommodating destination for business aviation. Full-service fixed base operators (FBOs) are available 24 hours, aircraft parking is plentiful, and jet fuel prices are reasonable. Barbados is a well-positioned tech stop between North America and South America or Africa and a good place to disembark passengers continuing on to the Grenadines and other […]

July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Noise Restrictions – What You Need to Know

Aircraft Noise Restrictions – What You Need to Know

Operators of Stage 2 aircraft are restricted, or forbidden, from operating to certain airports in many different regions. Restrictions may also apply if you’re operating a Stage 2 aircraft hush-kitted to Stage 3 standards. Best practice is to check on noise restrictions for each airport you plan to operate to in order to avoid issues […]

July 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Mexico operations (July 5)

Test Your AVsavvy: Mexico operations (July 5)

Suppose you have the following proposed trip: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft Type: G4 Type of flight: Part 135 Crew: 3 Passengers: 2 ETD HOUSTON/KHOU 15 AUG/1300 UTC ETA TOLUCA/MMTO 15 AUG/1445 UTC ETD TOLUCA /MMTO 17 AUG/1300 UTC ETA LA PAZ/MMLP 17 AUG/1440 UTC ETD LA PAZ/MMLP 18 AUG/1500 UTC ETA BROWNSVILLE/KBRO 18 AUG/1640 UTC MEXICO […]

July 5, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (June 28) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (June 28) 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 […]

July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Understanding Ground Handling at Ireland Airports

Understanding Ground Handling at Ireland Airports

Major airports in Ireland are easy destinations in terms of ground handling service availability and setup for business aviation operators. Landing permit requirements and operating restrictions are minimal, a full range of 4th-party services is available, and costs are competitive for ground handling […]

July 4, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Pet Passport Travel – Now Available at London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

Pet Passport Travel – Now Available at London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

Onboard pets may now enter the UK via Stansted (EGSS), and this is great news for many UK-bound business aircraft operators. There are, however, procedures and specific restrictions to consider, so it’s important to confirm all requirements with your ground handler in advance of travel […]

July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 2: Avoiding Potential Risks

Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 2: Avoiding Potential Risks

Whenever operating a business aircraft to areas prone to volcanic activity, being aware of the risks and how to deal with active volcanic events should be a pre-trip consideration. The good news is that volcanic activity prediction, and ash cloud tracking are much better than they […]

July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Picking the Best GA Airport in Milan, Italy

Picking the Best GA Airport in Milan, Italy

Milan offers two good airports for business aviation, and both are fairly flexible and accommodating in terms of parking. Linate (LIML) is much closer to downtown Milan – and is often the preferred option for business aircraft operators – but Malpensa (LIMC) is also business-aviation-friendly and can accommodate […]

July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Tech stop in LTBA? (June 28)

Test Your AVsavvy: Tech stop in LTBA? (June 28)

Suppose you have the following proposed trip: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft Type: G5 Type of flight: Part 91 Crew: 3 Passengers: 2 ETD STANSTED/EGSS 01 AUG/0700 UTC ETA ISTANBUL/LTBA 01 AUG/1020 UTC ETD ISTANBUL /LTBA 01 AUG/1120 UTC ETA CHENNAI/VOMM 01 AUG/1840 UTC EGSS INFORMATION UTC CONVERSION: + 1.00 AIRPORT OPERATING HOURS: 24 HOURS 2330-0600 LOCAL […]

June 28, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (June 21) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (June 21) 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 […]

June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Tips on Local Area, Culture and Hotels for France

Tips on Local Area, Culture and Hotels for France

For business aircraft operators, a destination stop in France is usually an enjoyable and trouble-free experience, and security is generally adequate both on- and off-airport. It’s best to consider advance planning for your trip, as services may be limited during busy seasons and periods of major events […]

June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

This year’s Magyar Nagydij Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held July 26-28 at the Hungaroring circuit, just outside Budapest, Hungary. Keep in mind that this will be a busy time in the Budapest area. Business aircraft operators need to plan in advance to secure the best parking and accommodation options. Here is what you’ll […]

June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Dubai, UAE

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Dubai, UAE

For business aircraft operators, Dubai (OMDB) is always a popular corporate destination, but one that can be very congested at times. The good news is that there are new alternate airfields you can use, close-by, with full services available. When planning a trip to Dubai, work with your 3rd-party provider to determine the best airport […]

June 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Bringing Hunting Weapons Onboard a Business Aircraft – What You Should Know

Bringing Hunting Weapons Onboard a Business Aircraft – What You Should Know

There are many options available in terms of transporting hunting and personal protection weapons onboard your business aircraft; however, there are operating challenges to consider. Traveling with weapons will limit your choice of destination and tech stops and, in almost every case, will require additional pre-trip planning measures. It’s important to work with your 3rd-party […]

June 24, 2013 | 1 Comment More