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Answer to Last Week's (August 2) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (August 2) 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 […]

August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operations to Ireland – Permits, PPRs and Airport Slots

Operations to Ireland – Permits, PPRs and Airport Slots

It’s important to know Prior Permission Required (PPR) and airport slot requirements when planning operations to Ireland. While the process and necessary documentation are not onerous, it’s important to submit all documentation simultaneously […]

August 8, 2013 | 1 Comment More
The Importance of Having a Checklist for International Trips – Part 2

The Importance of Having a Checklist for International Trips – Part 2

There are a myriad of planning details to consider – from permits to in-flight catering to weather considerations – for every international trip. Using an effective international checklist will result in more effective and trouble-free global missions for operators […]

August 7, 2013 | 1 Comment More
8.33-kHz Radio Channel Spacing Changes Are Coming to Europe

8.33-kHz Radio Channel Spacing Changes Are Coming to Europe

Europe is getting ready for the final phase in the deployment of 8.33-kHz radios – with mandatory use throughout European airspace by 2018. While this will solve long-standing radio frequency congestion problems, for at least a decade, it will put a burden on many business aircraft operators. All operators flying to Europe, or planning such […]

August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 for the Middle East

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 for the Middle East

Adjusting to the cultural differences of their clients is a constant challenge for corporate flight attendants. As they are flying clients from all over the world, their knowledge and skills need to be up to date at all times. Understanding and respecting cultural differences will not only make […]

August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Traveling to Chennai (August 2)

Test Your AVsavvy: Traveling to Chennai (August 2)

Registry: XXXX Aircraft type: G5 Type of flight: Private non-revenue Crew: 2 Passengers: 4 ETD STANSTED/EGSS 30 AUG/2330 UTC ETA CHENNAI/VOMM 31 AUG/0840 UTC ETD CHENNAIR/VOMM 04 SEP/ 0330 UTC ETA FRANKFURT/EDDF 04 SEP/1250 UTC EGSS INFORMATION UTC CONVERSION: + 1.00 (UNTIL OCT 27 2013) AIRPORT OPERATING HOURS: 24 HOURS 2330-0600 LOCAL THERE ARE NOISE […]

August 2, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Answer to Last Week's (July 26) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Last Week’s (July 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 […]

August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Operations to Ireland – Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMS

Operations to Ireland – Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMS

For business aircraft operators, flight planning in Ireland is a relatively straightforward process, as you long as you plan in advance and understand the operating environment. However, it’s important to be aware that any changes or delays to your flight plan may impact Eurocontrol-issued airway slots […]

August 1, 2013 | 2 Comments More
The Importance of Having a Checklist for International Trips – Part 1

The Importance of Having a Checklist for International Trips – Part 1

Having a checklist to go through prior to any international flight is always best practice. There are many things that can change depending on the parameters of a trip, and operators need to consider all of that prior to the day of operation. International trip planning involves many details, and the potential for problems to […]

July 31, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Aircraft Icing and How It Affects Your Flight

Aircraft Icing and How It Affects Your Flight

It’s extremely important that pilots understand the dangers of aircraft icing. Even if an airplane is equipped and certified to operate in known icing conditions, there are limitations. Flying into known or potential icing situations without thorough knowledge of icing and its effects should be avoided. Pilots need to know the adverse effects of icing […]

July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Trip Planning for the 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Trip Planning for the 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix

The 2013 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix runs August 23-25 at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes forest 22 miles southeast of Liege. This is one of the most popular circuits in the annual Formula 1 calendar. If you want to go to the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, it’s best to begin the […]

July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
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