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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
Test Your AVsavvy: Operating to Georgia? (June 21)

Test Your AVsavvy: Operating to Georgia? (June 21)

Suppose you have the following proposed trip: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft Type: G5 Type of flight: Part 91 Crew: 3 Passengers: 2 ETD STANSTED/EGSS 23 JUL/0700 UTC ETA MOSCOW/UUWW 23 JUL/1000 UTC ETD MOSCOW/UUWW 26 JUL/0800 UTC ETA TBLISI/UGTB 26 JUL/1000 UTC UK COUNTRY INFORMATION LANDING PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHARTER (NON-SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL) FLIGHTS TO THIS […]

June 21, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (June 14) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (June 14) 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 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops in France: Flight Planning, Weather and NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Ops in France: Flight Planning, Weather and NOTAMs

While flight planning in France is a fairly routine process, it’s important to be aware of flight plan format and lead time nuances in order to avoid delays. Your 3rd-party provider will help with procedural requirements, and your local ground handler can assist in reducing, or […]

June 20, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Update: Managed Part 91 Aircraft and the "New" IRS position on FET

Update: Managed Part 91 Aircraft and the “New” IRS position on FET

As I wrote about previously, back on March 9, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) chief counsel released new guidance affecting aircraft owners and lessees who contract with aircraft management companies to employ pilots and provide services on their behalf. In so doing, the chief […]

June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Breaking News: CBP Changes BOE Process – Effective June

Breaking News: CBP Changes BOE Process – Effective June 17, 2013

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced changes to its Southern Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) process which go into effect June 17, 2013. With the latest changes provided by CBP, more flexibility is given to operators traveling through this area. The official notice from CBP is below. Changes to the CBP Overflight Exemption Process […]

June 18, 2013 | 2 Comments More
St. Petersburg, Russia International Economic Forum – Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips

St. Petersburg, Russia International Economic Forum – Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) runs June 20-22 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The forum provides a unique platform for global leaders to engage with their peers in finding solutions to the most pressing global issues. This will be a particularly busy period for St. Petersburg – in terms of business aircraft movements and […]

June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Landing in Frankfurt (June 14)

Test Your AVsavvy: Landing in Frankfurt (June 14)

Suppose you have the following proposed trip: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft Type: G5 Type of flight: Part 91 Crew: 3 Passengers: 2 ETD NEWARK/KEWR 22 JUN/1900 UTC ETA FRANKFURT/EDDF 23 JUN/0150 UTC ETD FRANKFURT/EDDF 25 JUN/0900 UTC ETA NEWARK/KEWR 25 JUN/1640 UTC KEWR INFORMATION: UTC CONVERSION: – 4.00 AIRPORT OPERATING HOURS: 24 HOURS PEAK HOURS: 0800-1000 […]

June 14, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (June 7) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (June 7) 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 14, 2013 | 1 Comment More
BizAv Trip Planning Tips: G8 Summit 2013, Northern Ireland

BizAv Trip Planning Tips: G8 Summit 2013, Northern Ireland

Some of the world’s most powerful leaders – including heads of State from Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US – will meet June 17-18, 2013 for the 39th annual G8 Summit. This year’s G8 will be held at the Lough Erne Resort on the shores of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh – about 60 miles (96 km) […]

June 13, 2013 | 1 Comment More
LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew - Understandingthe Risks

LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew – Understanding the Risks

In my previous article , I discussed things to consider before selecting LASIK (or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) as a treatment option for vision correction. For those who have determined that LASIK is the option for them, it’s important to understand the risks involved […]

June 12, 2013 | 9 Comments More
Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 1: Determining Risks

Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 1: Determining Risks

While it’s relatively rare for volcanic activity to impact routine global aviation activity, there are occasional dramatic examples of operational disruptions. The potential risks of operating in regions of volcanic activity range from flight schedule disruptions to catastrophic engine […]

June 11, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: German Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Business Aviation Trip Planning: German Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

This year’s German Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held July 5-7 at the Nurburgring circuit. Note that this is a different race track, and location, than last year’s Nordschleife event. The 2013 German Grand Prix is anticipated to draw a large crowd and may result in increased General Aviation (GA) traffic. Due to this […]

June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Feasibility issues with the trip? (June 7)

Test Your AVsavvy: Feasibility issues with the trip? (June 7)

Suppose your passenger requests the trip below on July 15th: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft type: G4 Type of flight: Part 91 Crew: 3 Passengers: 3 ETD DUBAI/OMDB 23 JUL/0400 UTC ETA MUMBAI/VABB 23 JUL/0700 UTC ETD MUMBAI/VABB 23 JUL/0800 UTC ETA DELHI/VIDP 23 JUL/0930 UTC ETD DELHI/VIDP 26 JUL/0330 UTC ETA AGRA/VIAG 26 JUL/0900 UTC ETD […]

June 7, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (May 31) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (May 31) 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 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Airport Slot Procedures for France

Airport Slot Procedures for France

Airport congestion exists in France, particularly during special event periods, and airport slot planning can become important during pre and active trip phases. For business aircraft operators, best practice is to be aware of airport slot windows and to request and revise airport slots […]

June 6, 2013 | 1 Comment More
LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew – Understanding Your Options

LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew – Understanding Your Options

LASIK (or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a relatively new laser eye surgery technology. The first laser was approved for LASIK in 1996; however, the long-term safety and effectiveness of the surgery are still not clearly understood. Before pilots or crew members commit to eye […]

June 5, 2013 | 5 Comments More
Tips for Business Aircraft Ops to Europe in the Summer

Tips for Business Aircraft Ops to Europe in the Summer

Operating to popular European destinations during summer months can be challenging, as you’re often dealing with high demand/limited supply situations. For short-notice trips to busy Mediterranean destinations, it’s critical to begin preparations with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler as early as possible to avoid potential delays, repositions and day-of-operation issues. Here is what you […]

June 4, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Trip Planning Preparation: British Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Trip Planning Preparation: British Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

The 2013 British Formula 1 Grand Prix runs June 28-30 at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit north of London. This promises to be yet another busy event, bringing a large amount of General Aviation (GA) traffic into the UK. Business aircraft operators planning on flying into the UK around the time of this event need […]

June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: ICAO 2012 discrepancies (May 31)

Test Your AVsavvy: ICAO 2012 discrepancies (May 31)

Suppose you’ve updated your 3rd-party provider with the ICAO 2012 data for your aircraft. The PBN information you provided is (PBN/A1B1C1D1) along with the Item 10a information (SDFGHRWXY) and Item 10b information (/S). Based on the above information, which option below is correct? Answer below and come back next Friday to see if you got […]

May 31, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (May 24) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (May 24) 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 […]

May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More