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Reader Question Day: Reviewing Aircraft Documentation

Reader Question Day: Reviewing Aircraft Documentation

Here is this week’s question: How often do you review your company’s aircraft documents to ensure their validity? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. Note: If you are reading this via email or RSS subscription, you will need to visit this article on our blog to participate. […]

February 3, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists on the Day of Operation

5 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists on the Day of Operation

This aviation blog post is part of a series on aviation weather and continues from our last post: 6 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists for Pre-Flight Planning. Besides having an aviation meteorologist assist with the planning stage of a trip, there are many benefits from using his or her expert knowledge for the day […]

February 2, 2012 | 1 Comment More
6 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists for Pre-Flight Planning

6 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists for Pre-Flight Planning

This aviation blog post is part of series on aviation weather. Given the availability of different online tools – including meteorological tools – operators have many options. In many cases, these tools provide sufficient information for crew members or aircraft dispatchers. However, for international trips, operators should consider using meteorologists, who offer benefits a do-it-yourself […]

February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment More
6 Common Questions about Ordering In-Flight Catering

6 Common Questions about Ordering In-Flight Catering

This aviation blog post is part of a series on in-flight catering for business aviation and continues from our last post: 6 Considerations for Planning In-Flight Catering Orders Pre-Trip. The in-flight catering process differs from one location to another. Placing and revising catering orders will normally involve more lead time than at home. Also, costs […]

January 31, 2012 | 2 Comments More
6 Considerations for Planning In-Flight Catering Orders Pre-Trip

6 Considerations for Planning In-Flight Catering Orders Pre-Trip

This aviation blog post is part of a series on in-flight catering for business aviation and continues from our last post: 4 Common In-Flight Catering Errors and Misconceptions. Sourcing catering internationally involves more considerations and flexibility than local catering. You may be securing catering from non-traditional sources, available packaging may not be appropriate for your […]

January 30, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Mitigating Security Risks

Reader Question Day: Mitigating Security Risks

Here is this week’s question: When operating to a destination where you perceive a security risk on the ground, what are the top three ways you mitigate that risk? POLL HAS BEEN CLOSED Help us make this blog, Operational Insight, an even more useful resource for the business aviation community by sharing your perspective and […]

January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Minimizing Jet Fuel Costs: 5 Tips for EU VAT and MOT Exemptions

Minimizing Jet Fuel Costs: 5 Tips for EU VAT and MOT Exemptions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on aircraft fueling for business aviation and continues from our last post: 5 Best Practices When Making Aircraft Fueling Arrangements. Jet fuel taxes vary by location and can more than double the base fuel price on international trips. There’s a lot to consider in terms of […]

January 26, 2012 | 13 Comments More
5 Best Practices When Making Aircraft Fueling Arrangements

5 Best Practices When Making Aircraft Fueling Arrangements

This aviation blog post is part of a series on aviation fueling tips and tricks for business jet operators. Planning fuel uplifts in advance is one of the best ways corporate operators can save money. Confirming credit in advance is particularly important – especially if you’re flying to a new or remote destination. Fuel taxes […]

January 25, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Flying to the Cannes Film Festival? 4 (More) Things You Must Know

Flying to the Cannes Film Festival? 4 (More) Things You Must Know

This aviation blog post is part two of a series on planning a flight to the Cannes Film Festival. It continues from our previous post covering selecting airports and airport alternates. Once you’ve reserved parking and Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) (if applicable) at Cannes, France (LFMD) or one of the surrounding airports for the Cannes […]

January 24, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Flying to Cannes? 4 Tips for Selecting Airports and Alternates

Flying to Cannes? 4 Tips for Selecting Airports and Alternates

This aviation blog post is part of a series on planning a business aviation flight to the Cannes Film Festival. One of the busiest periods in the Mediterranean region takes place every year in the latter part of May. If you plan to attend the Cannes Film Festival this year (May 16th-27th), it’s important to […]

January 23, 2012 | 2 Comments More
How are we doing?

How are we doing?

Having just completed our first week of blog posts, we would like to know what you think. Do you find the topics useful and informative? What other topics would you like us to discuss in future posts? If you are new here, we encourage you to read our first post. This blog’s goal of developing […]

January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Even the Best of Us Can Forget. So Here’s a Checklist.

Even the Best of Us Can Forget. So Here’s a Checklist.

Added October 1, 2012:This post is out of date. An updated post on this topic can be found here. So you’re planning an important international flight. It’s a complicated business: You have to file a flight plan, check the weather, get permits, and so on. And if you’ve never planned an international flight or haven’t […]

January 19, 2012 More
10 Potentially Challenging International Permits for Business Aviation Operators

10 Potentially Challenging International Permits for Business Aviation Operators

This aviation blog post of part of a series on overflight permits and landing permits. Overflight and landing permits vary in complexity and lead time. It depends on the region of the world you’re flying to and the type of operation you’re doing. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) permits usually require additional documentation and lead time, involve […]

January 18, 2012 | 5 Comments More
EU-ETS for Aviation

EU-ETS for Business Aviation: Implementation, Costs, and Risks of Non-Compliance

This aviation blog post is part of a series on EU-ETS for business aviation and continues from our last post on EU-ETS 101: Introduction to EU-ETS for Business Aviation. Once you’ve registered an aircraft emissions monitoring plan with your assigned member state, you’ll need to track, monitor and report all applicable flight legs. Emissions reports […]

January 17, 2012 | 2 Comments More
In-flight catering errors and misconceptions

4 Common In-Flight Catering Errors and Misconceptions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on in-flight catering for business aviation. Trying to obtain high-quality in-flight catering worldwide can present unique challenges. First, some markets have limitations on catering options. Also, local packaging may not be appropriate for your galley equipment or style of service. What’s more, presentation and product availability […]

January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
4 Action Items for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Trip Planning

4 Action Items for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Trip Planning

This aviation blog post is part of a series on trip planning for the 2012 London Olympics and continues from our last post on 6 Important Tips for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Planning. When planning a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, you may need to request services such as ground […]

January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
EU-ETS for Business Aviation 101

EU-ETS 101: Introduction to EU-ETS for Business Aviation

This aviation blog post is part of a series on EU-ETS for Business Aviation. Despite media coverage indicating otherwise, the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) is a program that must be adhered to. Compliance is mandatory if you want to fly to, from or within the EU. If you’re non-compliant, you run the risk […]

January 16, 2012 | 2 Comments More
6 Important Tips for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Planning

6 Important Tips for Successful 2012 London Olympic Games Planning

This aviation blog post is part of a series on planning a business aviation flight to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London and across the U.K. from July 27th to August 12th, followed by the Paralympic Games from August 29th to September 9th. For air […]

January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
10 Trip Planning Considerations for Aircraft Schedulers and Dispatchers

10 Trip Planning Considerations for Aircraft Schedulers and Dispatchers

There are many important elements that need to be considered to make an international trip run smoothly from an aircraft Scheduler and Dispatcher point of view. Challenges range from setting up international flight permits, to fuel planning, to developing effective programs, to dealing with an ever-increasing assortment of international regulatory compliance issues. That being said, […]

January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Welcome Aboard to Operational Insight! A new business-aviation blog.

Welcome Aboard to Operational Insight! A new business-aviation blog.

Thank you for visiting. This aviation blog is designed to provide you useful information to support your planning and execution of successful trips. We had an idea to create a place where we could share our 52 years of knowledge and experience about topics related to business-aviation operations worldwide, and invite others in our community […]

January 15, 2012 | 8 Comments More