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Tips for Business Aircraft Operators Planning a Trip to the Grand Prix in Spain

Tips for Business Aircraft Operators Planning a Trip to the Grand Prix in Spain

If you are a business aircraft operator and plan to attend Grand Prix events in Spain this year, now is the time to make arrangements and request services. These popular events can put a strain on local infrastructure, and best options for landing permits, aircraft parking, hotels, and other services will go to those who […]

April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Identifying Permit Requirements

Reader Question Day: Identifying Permit Requirements

Here is this week’s question: How do you most frequently obtain the latest information regarding permit requirements? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6070001″] You can also participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog […]

March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Operating under the Visa Waiver Program: Top FAQs from Business Aviation Operators

Operating under the Visa Waiver Program: Top FAQs from Business Aviation Operators

This aviation blog post is part of a series on the visa waiver program and continues from our last post: “Visa Waiver Program and Business Aviation: Answers to Common Questions.“ Operating as a signatory carrier into the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a straightforward and usually trouble-free process. As VWP authorization goes […]

March 29, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft on Ground (AOG)

Dealing with Aircraft Maintenance Issues While in China

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating a business jet into China. While there’s no good place to have an aircraft on the ground (AOG), the situation can be more challenging in China, where you may face the prospect of days or weeks in the country organizing a repair. Even items […]

March 28, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Jet Fuel Taxes, Aviation Fuel Taxes

Aviation Fueling in the Far East: Understanding Fuel Taxes

This aviation blog post is the second part in a series on aviation fueling in the Far East and continues from our last post “Aviation Fueling in the Far East: 4 Things Business Aviation Operators Should Know“. Aviation fuel tax rates in the Far East are generally not as high as they are in other […]

March 27, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Jet A-1, Aviation Fuel in Asia and the Far East

Aviation Fueling in the Far East: 4 Things Business Aviation Operators Should Know

This aviation blog post is the first part of a series on aviation fueling in the Far East. Aviation fuel uplifts in the Far East often require additional planning. Each country within the region is unique in terms of aviation fueling issues, fuel tax and tax exemptions. You’ll encounter a multitude of differently formatted fuel […]

March 26, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Aircraft Departure Challenges

Reader Question Day: Aircraft Departure Challenges

Here is this week’s question: What difficulty do you experience most frequently when your aircraft is ready to depart? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6039663″] You can also participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for reading Operational […]

March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)

ABACE2012 Special: Planning a Business Aviation Trip to China

Over the past two months 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 2012 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) taking place next week, which is jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the […]

March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments More
RJAA vs. RJTT Airport in Tokyo, Japan

Which Airport to Pick in Tokyo for Bizav Flights: Customs, Documentation and Services (Part 2 of 2)

This aviation blog post is the second part of a series on selecting airports in Tokyo for business aviation flights and continues from our previous post covering a review of Tokyo airport options, requirements and costs. Customs clearance is straight-forward at both Tokyo airports, and a new business aviation clearance option debuts at Narita, Japan […]

March 21, 2012 | 1 Comment More
RJAA vs. RJTT Airport in Tokyo, Japan

Which Airport to Pick in Tokyo for Bizav Flights: Overview of Options, Requirements and Costs (Part 1 of 2)

This aviation blog post is the first part of a series on selecting airports in Tokyo for business aviation flights. With the new general aviation terminal (GAT) opening in Narita, Japan (RJAA) on March 31, 2012, choices in Tokyo have never been better for business aviation operators. Airport slots are easier to obtain than just […]

March 20, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Border Overflight Exemptions for Business Aviation

8 FAQs Before Requesting a Border Overflight Exemption

Please note that changes have been made with regards to the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) process effective June 17, 2013. For more information on the new changes, please see our article "Breaking News: CBP Changes BOE Process – Effective June 17, 2013." This aviation blog post is part of a series on border overflight exemptions […]

March 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Aircraft Overnight Stops

Reader Question Day: Aircraft Overnight Stops

Here is this week’s question: When picking an airport for an overnight stop, what is most important to your operations? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6039577″] Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and sharing your unique insight with the business aviation community!

March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Navigating Local Culture in India: 6 Tips for Your First Business Aviation Trip

Navigating Local Culture in India: 6 Tips for Your First Business Aviation Trip

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to India and continues from our last post “7 Things to Pay Attention to When Arranging Auxiliary Services in India.” India is a country with an ancient and dynamic history and a culture spanning back to the beginning of human civilization. With a population […]

March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment More
6 Marriott Hotels in Beijing

Navigating Local Culture in China: 6 Tips for Your First Business Aviation Trip

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to China and continues from our last post “9 Important Tips for Flight Planning into China.” China is a welcoming and safe operating environment for flight crews and passengers. Hotel quality at major centers is excellent. In outlying areas, however, hotel choices will be […]

March 14, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Visa Waiver Program and Business Aviation: Answers to Common Questions

Visa Waiver Program and Business Aviation: Answers to Common Questions

This blog post is the first in a series on the visa waiver program. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Many corporate operators have registered as ‘signatory carriers,’ which gives them the same privileges […]

March 13, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Information In-Flight Caterers Need to Know about Your Orders, and Their Challenges to Fulfill Them

Information In-Flight Caterers Need to Know about Your Orders, and Their Challenges to Fulfill Them

This aviation blog post is part of a series on in-flight catering for business aviation and continues from our last post: 6 Common Questions about Ordering In-Flight Catering. There are so many possibilities in the world of in-flight catering. With sufficient lead time, an understanding of capabilities and limitations at worldwide locations and willingness to […]

March 12, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Arranging Flight Crew Ground Transport

Reader Question Day: Arranging Flight Crew Ground Transport

Here is this week’s question: When traveling internationally, what form of transportation do you prefer for the flight crew? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6018775″] Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and sharing your unique insight with the business aviation community!

March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More
7 Things to Pay Attention to When Arranging Auxiliary Services in India

7 Things to Pay Attention to When Arranging Auxiliary Services in India

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to India and continues from our last post “What You Need to Know About Ground Handling and Aircraft Fueling in India“. For business-aviation operators, airports in India are generally safe, with very strict security procedures in place. Nonetheless, this is an area of the […]

March 8, 2012 | 2 Comments More
9 Important Tips for Flight Planning into China

9 Important Tips for Flight Planning into China

This blog post is part of a series on operating to China and continues from our last post “13 Things to Know About Overflight and Landing Permits in China“. While China continues to evolve into a more flexible operating environment, there remain a number of flight planning limitations, restrictions and weather issues to keep in […]

March 7, 2012 | 3 Comments More
Flight Crew Visas: Rules, Risks and Risk-Avoidance

Flight Crew Visas: Rules, Risks and Risk-Avoidance

This aviation blog post is part of a series on flight crew visas and continues from our last post entitled “5 Things Business Aviation Operators Should Know About Crew Visa Requirements.” Flight crew visa issues continue to surface from time to time. These glitches can be problematic, potentially leading to significant delays for your operation […]

March 6, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Operating to Mexico: 7 Logistical Tips for Your First Trip

Operating to Mexico: 7 Logistical Tips for Your First Trip

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to Mexico and continues from our last article entitled “Operating to Mexico: Overview of Landing Permits and Restrictions.” For a successful and trouble-free trip to Mexico, it’s always best practice for business-aviation operators to plan for a range of logistical issues that may impact […]

March 5, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: How do you manage flight crew visas?

Reader Question Day: How do you manage flight crew visas?

Here is this week’s question: In your planning for international travel, how do you manage flight crew visas? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”5972852″] Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and sharing your unique insight with the business aviation community!

March 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Ground Handling and Aircraft Fueling in India: What You Need to Know

Ground Handling and Aircraft Fueling in India: What You Need to Know

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to India and continues from our last post entitled: 10 Tips for Navigating India’s Permits, PPRs and Slots. While ground handling and aircraft fuel services in India continue to improve, due to a lack of infrastructure, the country still poses some operational challenges. […]

March 1, 2012 | 3 Comments More
13 Things to Know About Overflight and Landing Permits in China

13 Things to Know About Overflight and Landing Permits in China

February 6, 2014: To see the updated regulations regarding China permits, please see our articles: "China Overflight and Landing Permits – Part 1: Changes in Lead Times and Revisions" and "China Overflight and Landing Permits – Part 2: Permit Considerations." This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to China and […]

February 29, 2012 | 4 Comments More
5 Things Business Aviation Operators Should Know About Flight Crew Visa Requirements

5 Things Business Aviation Operators Should Know About Flight Crew Visa Requirements

This business aviation blog post is the first part in a series on flight crew visas. Many countries require crew to obtain specific “crew” visas. Flight crew members continue to encounter visa issues here and there around the world on a fairly regular basis. It’s important to always verify the correct visa type needed to […]

February 28, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Operating to Mexico: Overview of Landing Permits and Restrictions

Operating to Mexico: Overview of Landing Permits and Restrictions

This business aviation blog post is the first part in a series on operating to Mexico. Mexico is a frequent and straightforward destination for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. However, there are a number of planning considerations to keep in mind. For private non-revenue operators, there are not many restrictions. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) […]

February 27, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Ground Transportation Confirmations for Your Passengers

Reader Question Day: Ground Transportation Confirmations for Your Passengers

Here is this week’s question: What level of confirmation details do your passengers request for their ground transportation arrangements? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”5972823″] Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and sharing your unique insight with the business aviation community!

February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More
10 Tips for Navigating India’s Permits, PPRs and Slots

10 Tips for Navigating India’s Permits, PPRs and Slots

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to India and continues from our last post titled: 5 Guidelines for Flight-Planning Your Way Through India. While the permit process for India can be lengthy and complex at times, the good news is that this region is evolving as an important, business […]

February 23, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Don't use taxis in China for pax/crew ground transportation

Flight Ops to China: Tips for Arranging Security, Ground Transport and In-flight Catering

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to China and continues from our last post entitled: 8 Tips for Aircraft Ground Handling and Fueling in China. When operating to China, there are important considerations to keep in mind regarding security, ground transportation and in-flight catering services. To ensure a successful […]

February 22, 2012 | 2 Comments More
The Do’s and Don'ts of Conducting International Flight Operations

The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting International Flight Operations

This aviation blog post is part of a series on general best practice for operating a business jet internationally and continues from our last post entitled: 6 Things Business Aviation Operators Must Do Before Traveling Internationally. For business-aviation operators, there are many things to consider when planning an international trip. With all the different components […]

February 21, 2012 | 1 Comment More