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Reader Question Day: Importing Aircraft into the EU

Reader Question Day: Importing Aircraft into the EU

Here is this week’s business aviation question: Have your operations imported any of your fleet’s aircraft into the European Union? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6363190″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for […]

July 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More
What You Need to Know about Fueling Your Business Aircraft in Brazil

What You Need to Know about Fueling Your Business Aircraft in Brazil

Brazil is a relatively easy and straightforward operating environment for fueling. Challenges that do surface usually have more to do with confirming jet-fuel deliveries and paying for jet fuel. We recommend that you work with your 3rd-party provider early in the process to avoid issues. Be aware that if you’re trying to arrange […]

July 5, 2012 | 3 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Is there an Error in this Flight Plan? (July 4, 2012)

Test Your AVsavvy: Is there an Error in this Flight Plan? (July 4, 2012)

Here’s another chance to test your “AVsavvy”. Imagine you have received the following filed ICAO flight plan message: (FPL-N000XX-IG -GLF5/M-SDGHIJPRWXYZ/SD -KHOU1300 -N0449F450 AEX5 MCB J22 PSK DCT GVE JAIKE3 -KTEB0258 KEWR -REG/N000XX SEL/TEST DOF/120512 STS/NONRVSM DAT/V RMK/ADSB NAV/RNVD1E2A1 E/0416 P/TBN R/UVE D/2 10 YELLOW A/RED WHITE BLUE RED STRP) Based on this, what is the […]

July 4, 2012 | 1 Comment More
HOW TO: Do-It-Yourself In-Flight Catering in Remote Locations (Part 1 of 2)

HOW TO: Do-It-Yourself In-Flight Catering in Remote Locations (Part 1 of 2)

This business aviation blog post is the first part of a two-part series. While in-flight caterers are usually the preferred and safest option for most business aircraft operators, there will be times when you’ll need to consider self-sourced catering at more remote locations. Here are some tips for success while maintaining safety standards in the […]

July 3, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Tips on Flying Your Business Aircraft to the German Grand Prix

Tips on Flying Your Business Aircraft to the German Grand Prix

The German Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place this year July 20 – 22 at the Hockenheim race track, located between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. The new Hockenheim ring is one of the fastest circuits in Formula 1 and features one of the best facilities in the Formula 1 series of races. While Hockenheim does not […]

July 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Obtaining Visas

Reader Question Day: Obtaining Visas

Here is this week’s business aviation question: How does your organization most often obtain visas? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6350763″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and […]

June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments More
General Overview of GA Airport Operations and Security in Brazil

General Overview of GA Airport Operations and Security in Brazil

This is a post by author Andre Camargo. Andre is Country Manager for Universal Aviation Brazil which has aircraft ground handling facilities in São Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. Andre is an expert on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at andrecamargo@universalaviation.aero. This business aviation blog post is part […]

June 28, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Flying Charter to the U.K.? Here’s What You Need to Know

Flying Charter to the U.K.? Here’s What You Need to Know

Obtaining U.K. charter (non-scheduled commercial) landing permits is usually not difficult if you have all required documents available and submit a request in correct format within the appropriate lead time. However, from time to time, you may run into the complication of a local U.K. charter operator objecting to your permit request and holding up […]

June 27, 2012 | 5 Comments More
How to Choose the Best In-Flight Catering Options Based on the Length of Your Flight

How to Choose the Best In-Flight Catering Options Based on the Length of Your Flight

This aviation blog post is part of a series on in-flight catering for business aircraft operators. In-flight catering is an important ingredient in the success of any flight. If passengers are happy with catering, they’ll view the overall flight experience more positively. While there are many factors to consider when making in-flight catering arrangements, an […]

June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More
7 Tips for Business Jet Operators Flying to the British Grand Prix

7 Tips for Business Jet Operators Flying to the British Grand Prix

The 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone, which is about 90 minutes northwest of London, on July 6 – 8, 2012. Few sporting occasions match the intensity, glamour, and drama of the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, and visitors can look forward to a full weekend of great racing. […]

June 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Getting Information about Events that Impact Your Trips

Reader Question Day: Getting Information about Events that Impact Your Trips

Here is this week’s business aviation question: How do you most frequently obtain the latest information regarding events (such as the Olympics or a Grand Prix) that affect your trip? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6333313″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the […]

June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Flying to Brazil: 6 Tips for Navigating Customs, Immigration, and Agriculture

Flying to Brazil: 6 Tips for Navigating Customs, Immigration, and Agriculture

This is a post by author Andre Camargo. Andre is Country Manager for Universal Aviation Brazil which has aircraft ground handling facilities in São Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. Andre is an expert on business aircraft operations in Brazil and can be contacted at andrecamargo@universalaviation.aero. This business aviation blog post is the […]

June 21, 2012 | 1 Comment More
10 Popular Airports in the Middle East for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2 of 2

10 Popular Airports in the Middle East for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 2 of 2

This business aviation blog post is part two in a series on popular airports in the Middle East for business aircraft operators. Many good stops are available in the Middle East for business aircraft operators, with 24-hour operations, credit, and full support services. In our previous post, we discussed 5 popular airports in the Middle […]

June 20, 2012 | 1 Comment More
5 (More) Tips for Mitigating Risk when Operating to Volatile Areas – Part 2 of 2

5 (More) Tips for Mitigating Risk when Operating to Volatile Areas – Part 2 of 2

This business aviation blog post is the second part of a series on mitigating risk when operating to volatile areas and continues from our previous post. Advance preparation is the key consideration when operating to volatile areas. In Part 1 of this series, we covered issues facing business jet operators when planning trips to volatile […]

June 19, 2012 | 3 Comments More
7 Tips on Flying Your Jet to the Farnborough Air Show

7 Tips on Flying Your Jet to the Farnborough Air Show

The Farnborough International Airshow takes place every other year in even numbered years, and it’s one of the world’s largest aviation trade shows, with 1,400-plus exhibitors and more than 120,000 attendees. This year, trade days are July 9-13, followed by public days on the July 14-15 weekend. Farnborough always draws a lot of traffic to […]

June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Airport Issues During Major Events

Reader Question Day: Airport Issues During Major Events

Here is this week’s business aviation question: When flying into a city hosting a large event, what is the most common issue you face at the airport? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6206409″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our […]

June 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops in Europe for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in Europe for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. For business aircraft operators, the European region offers many good tech stop options, depending where you’re flying to and from. Best practice is to avoid tech stops at locations with significant airport congestion or tight airport slot requirements. […]

June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Arranging Jet Fuel: 6 Tips for During Your Mission

Arranging Jet Fuel: 6 Tips for During Your Mission

This aviation blog post is part of a series on jet fuel issues impacting business jet operators and continues from our last post “Arranging Jet Fuel: 6 Considerations for Your Pre-trip Planning.” Jet fuel related difficulties that operators may experience in the active trip phase include jet fuel shortages, delivery delays, particularly during peak periods, […]

June 13, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Mitigating Risk when Operating to Volatile Areas - Part 1 of 2

Mitigating Risk when Operating to Volatile Areas – Part 1 of 2

This business aviation blog post is the first part of a series on mitigating risk when operating to volatile areas. Certain areas of the world are more volatile environments compared to others for business-aviation operations. Risks can include war, terrorism, frequent kidnappings, or potentially more localized issues such as strikes and local civil unrest. Whenever […]

June 12, 2012 | 4 Comments More
10 Popular Airports in the Middle East for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 1 of 2

10 Popular Airports in the Middle East for Business Aircraft Operators – Part 1 of 2

This business aviation blog post is part one in a series on popular airports in the Middle East for business aircraft operators. Many good airports for tech stops and overnights are available in the Middle East for business aircraft operators, with 24-hour operations, credit, and full support services. Be mindful of landing and overflight permit […]

June 11, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Common Issues with Flight Plans

Reader Question Day: Common Issues with Flight Plans

Here is this week’s business aviation question: What is the most common issue you face regarding flight plans you receive? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6206480″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for […]

June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops in Africa for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in Africa for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. When flying to or from Africa, tech stop planning will usually be a function of great circle routing. However, there are many options to consider in the tech stop determination equation for business jet operators. All locations in […]

June 7, 2012 | 3 Comments More
SMS Implementation and Practical Considerations for Business Aviation Operators

SMS Implementation and Practical Considerations for Business Aviation Operators

There’s no easy way to implement an effective Safety Management System (SMS) that will serve your organization well. However, an effective SMS can result in tangible and worthwhile benefits, such as enhanced operational safety and regulatory compliance. In any case, all operators will eventually have to meet […]

June 6, 2012 | 4 Comments More
U.S. Customs for Non-U.S. Registered Charter Aircraft (Active Trip): Clearing U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs for Non-U.S. Registered Charter Aircraft (Active Trip): Clearing U.S. Customs

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on U.S. Customs for Non-U.S. Registered Charter Aircraft and continues from our previous post. For charter (non-scheduled commercial) aircraft operators, clearing U.S. customs involves additional documentation, procedures and lead times than it does for private non-revenue operators. Additional considerations come into play when operating a […]

June 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Which Airport to Pick in Singapore for Business Aviation Flights

Which Airport to Pick in Singapore for Business Aviation Flights

This is a post by author Yvonne Chan. Yvonne is Managing Director for Universal Aviation Singapore, which has an aircraft ground-handling facility in Seletar. Yvonne is an expert on business aircraft operations in Singapore and can be contacted at yvonnechan@universalaviation.aero. For business aircraft operators, airport options are attractive in Singapore, with full services available, but […]

June 4, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Hotel Issues During Major Events

Reader Question Day: Hotel Issues During Major Events

Here is this week’s business aviation question: When flying into a city hosting a large event, what is the most common issue you face regarding hotels? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6206462″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier […]

June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More
APIS, TSA and DOT Authorization Info for Non-U.S. Registered Business Aircraft

APIS, TSA and DOT Authorization Info for Non-U.S. Registered Business Aircraft

For business-aviation operators, the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) process is generally trouble-free, so long as the rules and requirements are well understood and followed. However, incorrect filings can result in delays and potential fines. It’s important to keep in mind that filing APIS does not negate the requirement to notify customs of your arrival. […]

May 31, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Flying to Stansted, London (EGSS): Tips for Business Aviation Operators

Flying to Stansted, London (EGSS): Tips for Business Aviation Operators

There are eight airports in the immediate London area to handle general aviation (GA) flights, but only two are 24-hour airports – Stansted (EGSS) and Luton (EGGW).While all airports have their own unique operating restrictions, EGSS is particularly user friendly, efficient, and flexible in terms of schedule changes. The focus here is on providing a […]

May 30, 2012 | 3 Comments More
U.S. Customs for Non-U.S. Registered Charter Aircraft (Pre-Trip): Making U.S. Customs Arrangements

U.S. Customs for Non-U.S. Registered Charter Aircraft (Pre-Trip): Making U.S. Customs Arrangements

This business aviation blog post is the first part of a series on U.S. Customs for Non-U.S. Registered Charter Aircraft. The U.S. has a rigorous customs clearing process. Any errors in the APIS and customs set up and clearance process can result in operational delays and challenges to what should otherwise be a smooth inbound […]

May 29, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Test Your AVsavvy: Is there an Error in this Flight Plan (KTEB - BIKF)?

Test Your AVsavvy: Is there an Error in this Flight Plan (KTEB – BIKF)?

Today we are trying something new–a chance to test your “AVsavvy”. Below is copy of an international flight plan and corresponding NOTAMs, followed by a question. Answer by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page. When answering, please provide the rationale for your response. We will reveal the correct answer this Friday (although […]

May 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More