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U.S. GA Airports: Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD/RBD)

U.S. GA Airports: Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD/RBD)

A very convenient option for business aircraft operators traveling to the city center or area sporting events is Dallas Executive (KRBD). This often overlooked airport may become preferred for domestic-only business aircraft traffic due to an […]

May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Monaco Grand Prix 2013 – A Quick Rundown for Your Trip Planning

Monaco Grand Prix 2013 – A Quick Rundown for Your Trip Planning

The Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco is set for May 23-26. As this is the 71st Monaco Grand Prix, it promises to be yet another very busy and popular event. As Monaco does not have an airport, business aircraft operators will need to consider their options in France. Aircraft parking at nearby airports may […]

May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to London for UEFA Champions League 2013 Final

Trip Planning Tips for the UEFA Champions League 2013 Final in London

The UEFA Champions League 2013 Final takes place 25 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium on the north side of London. The events that led up to the final were comprised of three qualifying rounds: a playoff round, a group stage, and four knockout rounds […]

May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Landing in New Delhi? (May 3)

Test Your AVsavvy: Landing in New Delhi? (May 3)

Suppose you are planning your trip and the following is your schedule: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft type: G2 (Stage 2) Type of flight: Private non-revenue Crew: 2 Passengers: 2 ETD DUBAI/OMDB 20 April / 1900Z = 20 April / 2300 local ETA NEW DELHI/VIDP 20 April / 2135Z = 21 April / 0105 local The following […]

May 3, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (Apr. 26) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (Apr. 26) 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 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Spanish Grand Prix 2013 – a Quick Rundown of Information for Your Trip Planning

Spanish Grand Prix 2013 – a Quick Rundown of Information for Your Trip Planning

Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana is coming soon, May 10-12, at the Catalonia circuit just north of Barcelona. The first Spanish Grand Prix was held in 1913 and the event has only grown in popularity over the years. It’s important to begin working with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler as soon as possible, […]

May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment More
9 Tips for Operating to Geneva – Just in time for EBACE

9 Tips for Operating to Geneva – Just in time for EBACE

When operating a business aircraft to Geneva (LSGG), such as for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), be particularly careful with airport curfew hours and airport slot/PPR requirements. While aircraft parking is usually available at this location there are several alternate airports to use if and when required. Here are some tips to […]

May 1, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Business Aviation Options for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – A Quick Rundown

Business Aviation Options for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival – A Quick Rundown

The Cannes Film Festival is a very busy time of the year for the Mediterranean region. This year, the festival takes place May 15-26, and it’s important to plan trips to this area in advance. For operators setting up trips to the festival on short notice, there are always airport and aircraft parking options available. […]

April 30, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Operating to Spain during Summer Months

Operating to Spain during Summer Months

For business aircraft operators, flying to the Mediterranean region of Spain during the summer high season is something to look forward to – particularly if you’re able to secure aircraft parking on arrival. When traveling during busy summer periods, always be sure to arrange Prior […]

April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Can you make a tech stop? (Apr. 26)

Test Your AVsavvy: Can you make a tech stop? (Apr. 26)

Which of the following airports won’t allow you to make a tech stop? A. Beijing, China / ZBAA B. Kathmandu, Nepal / VNKT C. La Paz, Bolivia / SLLP D. Natal, Brazil / SBNT La Paz Information AIRPORT OPERATING HOURS: 24 HOURS THIS IS A JOINT MILITARY AND CIVIL AIRPORT, BUT NO PPR IS REQUIRED […]

April 26, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (Apr. 19) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (Apr. 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 […]

April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Italy during Summer Months – Part 2: Operating Tips

Operating to Italy during Summer Months – Part 2: Operating Tips

While short-notice ground handling, fuel and service requests can usually be accommodated for business aircraft visiting Italy during the summer months, it’s preferable to provide at least 24 hours’ notice – especially when operating on weekends. Ground handling personnel are busy during high […]

April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Italy during Summer Months – Part 1: Regional Considerations

Operating to Italy during Summer Months – Part 1: Regional Considerations

While Italy is a popular destination all season, General Aviation (GA) movements intensify during peak travel periods, especially at Mediterranean-area locations in the summer. When traveling to Italy during peak season, your best flight and service options will be available with as much advance […]

April 24, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Operating to Greece during Summer Months

Operating to Greece during Summer Months

During the summer months, it’s best to plan as far in advance as possible for business aircraft operations to popular Greek destinations, in order to enjoy the best options in terms of aircraft parking, hotels, services and fuel uplifts. Particularly when operating to smaller island […]

April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operating to France During the Summer Months

Operating to France During the Summer Months

The Mediterranean region of France is a busy and popular destination during the summer months, and business aircraft traffic is high. While 3rd-party providers and ground handlers can orchestrate last-minute requests for aircraft parking, hotels and service availability, best practice is to do as much […]

April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Military permit needed? (Apr. 19)

Test Your AVsavvy: Military permit needed? (Apr. 19)

Suppose you are reviewing the following airports for future trips: A. Beijing, China / ZBAA B. Kathmandu, Nepal / VNKT C. Agra, India / VIAG D. Nha Trang, Vietnam / VVNT The following is information about those airports: Beijing Information AIRPORT OPERATING HOURS: NORMAL HOURS 0001-2359 LOCAL PEAK HOURS 0800-2200 LOCAL SLOTS ARE REQUIRED FOR […]

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

Answer to Last Week’s (Apr. 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 […]

April 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Tips on Airport Operations for France: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

Tips on Airport Operations for France: Fuel, Additional Services and Security

For business aircraft operations in France, pre-arranging fuel and 4th-party services are particularly important when operating on weekends or flying to smaller regional airports. While airport security is good across the country, certain services, amenities and credit may be limited at smaller […]

April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Things to Consider when Selecting Tech Stops

Things to Consider when Selecting Tech Stops

For business aircraft operators, a range of considerations must be taken into account when selecting tech stops. Ideally, you’re looking for a trouble-free experience for both crew and passengers. Some tech stop locations are easier and more reliable than others. Always consider your operations’ specification restrictions when choosing routings and tech stops and look for […]

April 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Changes in China: Continued Progress

Flight Planning Changes in China: Continued Progress

Traffic is up both to and within China, but for business aircraft operators there can be challenges when flight planning within this region. While we’re seeing progress in terms of higher-level routings and shorter-notice permit approvals, there are still many unknown and/or restricted airways and airports within China where information from the governing authority isn’t […]

April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments More
BIG NEWS: India’s Landing Permit Lead Time Reduced to 3 Days; Overflights Now 1 Day

BIG NEWS: India’s Landing Permit Lead Time Reduced to 3 Days; Overflights Now 1 Day

As reported by several news outlets late last week, the Indian government has instructed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for India to change the lead time to obtain Indian permits. That means that when the process is finalized, the lead time will […]

April 15, 2013 | 1 Comment More
ABACE 2013: Your Guide to Business Aircraft Ops in China

ABACE 2013: Your Guide to Business Aircraft Ops in China

Since we first started this business aviation blog, we’ve released a number of articles covering business aviation operations to, from and within China. With the 2013 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 […]

April 15, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy: Leaving Singapore (Apr. 12)

Test Your AVsavvy: Leaving Singapore (Apr. 12)

Suppose that your proposed flight is as follows: Private Non-Revenue (Part 91) Registration: NXXXX Aircraft Type: Gulfstream 4 (GLF 4) Crew: 3 Passengers: 4 Itinerary: ETD SINGAPORE / WSSS 25 APR / 0440 UTC = 25 APR / 1240 LOCAL – Slot confirmed ETA DUBAI / OMDB 25 APR / 1145 UTC = 25 APR […]

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

Answer to Last Week’s (Apr. 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 […]

April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Tips on Airport Operations for France – Ground Handling

Tips on Airport Operations for France – Ground Handling

For business aircraft operators, the availability of ground handling and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) is good at major airports in France, but limited at smaller regional airports. Best practice: work with your ground handler, in advance of arrival, to confirm required services […]

April 11, 2013 | 1 Comment More
5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tipsfor Your Aircraft

5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Aircraft

It’s that time of year to brush off the hangar dust and get ready for the UV-drenched bliss we call spring! If your plane is itching to get back into the skies, we’ve got five easy spring cleaning tips for getting your aircraft into great shape […]

April 10, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Which Airport to Pick in Shanghai for Business Aircraft Operations

Which Airport to Pick in Shanghai for Business Aircraft Operations

Shanghai offers two excellent airports that seldom have issues with aircraft parking. It’s important, however, to be aware of General Aviation (GA) operating restrictions at Shanghai-area airports. There are limitations in terms of how many movements you may make per day and late-night aircraft service […]

April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the UEFA Europa League Final in Amsterdam

Business Aircraft Ops to the UEFA Europa League Final in Amsterdam

The 2013 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League Final will be the final match of the 2012-2013 UEFA Europa League – the 42nd season of Europe’s secondary club tournament. The match will take place at the Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013. Because of increased business aviation and general traffic for this event, […]

April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Traveling to Zurich (Apr. 5)

Test Your AVsavvy: Traveling to Zurich (Apr. 5)

Suppose you have a flight scheduled for Zurich. The following is the proposed schedule and the appropriate information for your trip: Private Non-Revenue (Part 91) Registration: NXXXX Aircraft Type: Gulfstream 4 (GLF 4) Crew: 3 Passengers: 4 Itinerary: ETD DUBAI / OMDB 25 APR / 1245 UTC = 25 APR / 1645 LOCAL – Slot […]

April 5, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (Mar. 29) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (Mar. 29) 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 […]

April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More