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Tips on Flight Permits/PPRs for France

Tips on Flight Permits/PPRs for France

Prior Permission Required (PPR) is needed for some locations in France. While landing permits are only necessary for charter (non-scheduled commercial) and experimental aircraft operations, there are restrictions, lead times and operating limitations to consider. If this is your first charter […]

May 30, 2013 | 2 Comments More
In-Flight Catering Tips: Hors d’Oeuvres - Try Something New

In-Flight Catering Tips: Hors d’Oeuvres – Try Something New

Hors d’oeuvres – or gourmet appetizers – are probably the number-one food item your passengers are going to consume onboard a business aircraft flight. Think of hors d’oeuvres as the “ice breakers” that will set the tone for the rest of the flight. Catering is the one aspect of the flight […]

May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Coming Soon: Russian Landing Permit Changes – Effective May 30, 2013

Coming Soon: Russian Landing Permit Changes – Effective May 30, 2013

The Russian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced important changes related to landing permit requirements effective May 30, 2013. The good news for operators of non-scheduled flights to Russia is that permit application lead times have been reduced, permit validity has been extended, and fewer […]

May 28, 2013 | 3 Comments More
IS-BAO is Voluntary – an Added Value

IS-BAO is Voluntary – an Added Value

In previous articles on aviation safety management, we have alluded to the relationship between Safety Management Systems (SMSs) and 3rd-party audit standards, such as the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard (IAS). However, based on feedback we are hearing from the industry […]

May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: ETP and ETOP calculations (May 24)

Test Your AVsavvy: ETP and ETOP calculations (May 24)

Suppose you have a flight that requires both ETPs and ETOPs. For this flight you would like both the ETPs and ETOPs to be the same. What are the differences in how an ETP is calculated vs. an ETOP? Based on the above information, which option below is correct? Answer below and come back next […]

May 24, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (May 17) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (May 17) 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 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Paris Air Show 2013 Update – Requirements for Bizav Operators

Paris Air Show 2013 Update – Requirements for Bizav Operators

The 50th International Paris Air Show takes place biennially and occurs this year, June 17-23. The event takes place at Le Bourget Exposition Center – at Le Bourget (LFPB) airport north of Paris – and brings together aviation trade visitors and exhibitors […]

May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Tokyo International Conference on African Development

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Tokyo International Conference on African Development

The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) takes place June 1-3 in Yokohama, west of Tokyo. More than just a conference, TICAD has become a major global framework for Asia and Africa to collaborate in promoting Africa’s development. Due to increased demand for aircraft parking and hotel accommodations during the […]

May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix – Tips for Business Aircraft Operators

Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix – Tips for Business Aircraft Operators

Several good airport options are available for business aircraft operators intending to visit the Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix which runs July 7-9 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneaux in Montreal. Here’s some information to help you with your trip planning: 1. There are 3 primary airports to consider for the Canada F1 Grand Prix Three […]

May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
EBACE2013 Special: Your Guide to Business Aircraft Ops to Europe

EBACE2013 Special: Your Guide to Business Aircraft Ops to Europe

Since we first started this business aviation blog, we’ve released a number of articles covering business aviation operations to, from and within Europe. With the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) taking place tomorrow, jointly hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), we thought it […]

May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Proposed schedule issues (May 17)

Test Your AVsavvy: Proposed schedule issues (May 17)

Suppose you are planning your trip and the following is your schedule: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft type: GLF4 Type of flight: Private non-revenue Crew: 3 Passengers: 3 ETD NARITA/RJAA 1 May / 2000Z = 2 May / 0500 local ETA HONG KONG/VHHH 2 May / 0025Z = 2 May / 0825 local The following is the […]

May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (May 10) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (May 10) 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 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
It's Official: Lead Time Reduced for India Flight Permits

It’s Official: Lead Time Reduced for India Flight Permits

Last month we announced the news that the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would be reducing the lead time to obtain Indian clearances in the official Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR). Effective May 13, the CAR has been published, and lead times […]

May 16, 2013 | 4 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning – FIFA Confederation Cup Brazil 2013

Business Aviation Trip Planning – FIFA Confederation Cup Brazil 2013

This year’s FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in Brazil at six different cities from June 15 through June 30. The games are the preliminary events before the world cup next year. Each city will host three matches, with the finals on June 30 in Rio de Janeiro […]

May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Changes in Italian Charter Flight Permit Regulation - Explained

Changes in Italian Charter Flight Permit Regulation – Explained

Italy is always a popular destination for charter aircraft operators, especially going into the summer season, and operators to Italy have always faced a somewhat rigorous and time-consuming charter permit application process. Thanks to recent regulatory changes […]

May 15, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Canada Permit Requirements for Bizav Operators

Canada Permit Requirements for Bizav Operators

For business aircraft operators requesting landing or overflight permits for Canada, it’s best to work with a 3rd-party provider. Rules and regulations can be confusing, particularly in terms of what is and what is not permitted for charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations. Adequate pre-trip planning is essential in order to avoid potential cabotage and/or licensing issues. […]

May 14, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Avoiding Issues with Sydney International Airport (YSSY) Operational Curfews

Avoiding Issues with Sydney International Airport (YSSY) Operational Curfews

Recent advice from the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport has highlighted a new interpretation of Sydney (YSSY) curfew regulations and how they apply to private non-revenue and General Aviation (GA). The consequences for not understanding and conforming to these regulations […]

May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Traveling to Madrid (May 10)

Test Your AVsavvy: Traveling to Madrid (May 10)

Suppose you are planning your trip and the following is your schedule: Registry: NXXXX Aircraft type: DA900 Type of flight: Private non-revenue Crew: 2 Passengers: 2 ETD STANSTED/EGSS 20 April / 0900Z = 20 April / 1000 local ETA TORREJON/LETO 20 April / 1045Z = 21 April / 1245 local The following is the departure […]

May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (May 3) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (May 3) 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 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Winter Olympics 2014: Sochi, Russia, Welcomes Business Aviation

Winter Games 2014: Sochi, Russia, Welcomes Business Aviation

If you’re planning on operating your business aircraft to the 2014 Winter Games, you should begin your trip coordination as soon as possible. Not only will this be a busy period in Russia, but there will also be limitations on preferred hotel accommodations, aircraft parking, and pre-paid local ground transport – especially for operators who […]

May 9, 2013 | 3 Comments More
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