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Reader Question Day: Flying to the Middle East

Reader Question Day: Flying to the Middle East

Here is this week’s business aviation question: How often does your flight operation conduct a trip to the Middle East? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6376550″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for […]

July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
4 Must Knows about Requesting Airport Slots in Brazil

4 Must Knows about Requesting Airport Slots in Brazil

The airport-slot process in Brazil has unique elements, and it’s important to understand how the system works when planning business-aviation flights. Airport slots will not be confirmed until relatively close to your time of arrival and departure, so you’ll need to consider options if requested airport slots are not available […]

July 19, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Test Your AVsavvy: Is there an Error in this Flight Plan? (July 18, 2012)

Test Your AVsavvy: Is there an Error in this Flight Plan? (July 18, 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 -N0452F450 ELD3 ELD Q32 BNA J46 VXV J22 PSK DCT GVE JAIKE3 -KTEB0300 KEWR -REG/N000XX SEL/TEST DOF/120512 DAT/V RMK/ADSB NAV/RNP10 E/0418 P/TBN R/UVE D/2 10 YELLOW A/RED WHITE BLUE RED STRP) Based on this, […]

July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment More
6 Tips for Arranging Jet Fuel Uplifts in Australia

6 Tips for Arranging Jet Fuel Uplifts in Australia

For business aircraft operators planning a mission to Australia, with advance planning and understanding, navigating the fueling process is relatively straightforward. In general, longer-than- average advance notice is recommended when planning fuel uplifts at major airports. Fuel delivery delays are possible, so it’s best practice to have […]

July 17, 2012 | 2 Comments More
HOW TO: Do-It-Yourself In-Flight Catering in Remote Locations (Part 2 of 2)

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

This business aviation blog post is the second part of a two-part series. You can read part one here. When in-flight catering is not available at particular locations, there are alternatives to self-catering from local restaurants or hotels. Double-provisioning on an outbound leg and strategic use of onboard shelf-stable food products are a couple of […]

July 16, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Trip Requests

Reader Question Day: Trip Requests

Here is this week’s business aviation question: For any requests pertaining to a trip, which of the following best applies to your operations? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6363201″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. […]

July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More
8 Tips on Arranging Aircraft Ground Handling and Fuel in Brazil

8 Tips on Arranging Aircraft Ground Handling and Fuel in Brazil

When it comes to arranging aircraft ground handling and fuel in Brazil for business aircraft operations, adequate pre-trip planning is essential. The country is more regulated than it was a few years ago, even for locally based operators, and challenges do exist. While tech stops are […]

July 12, 2012 | 1 Comment More
What You Need to Know about FAA Special-Route Clearances

What You Need to Know about FAA Special-Route Clearances

Operators with aircraft registered in certain counties require both a TSA waiver and special FAA route clearance when flying to the U.S. or over U.S. airspace. This adds additional complexity and lead time to the flight-planning process and may limit your routing options. ATC will automatically flag all flights through U.S. airspace of operators from […]

July 11, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Flying to Australia: Navigating Customs, Immigration & Agriculture for Business Aircraft Operators

Flying to Australia: Navigating Customs, Immigration & Agriculture for Business Aircraft Operators

While customs, immigration, and agriculture rules are the same across Australia procedures differ from airport to airport. You may clear on your aircraft, at a fixed base operator (FBO) or within the main terminal depending upon destination. Vehicles may or may not be permitted to pick up planeside […]

July 10, 2012 | 1 Comment More
3 Simple Principles for Reducing Business Aircraft Operating Costs

3 Simple Principles for Reducing Business Aircraft Operating Costs

This is a post by guest author Dave Weil, CEO and Founder of Flight Dept Solutions, LLC. Dave was asked to contribute to this blog because of his expertise in aircraft management and flight department issues. Any thoughts expressed below are entirely Dave’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Universal Weather and Aviation, […]

July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Answer to Wednesday's (July 4) AVsavvy Question

Answer to Wednesday’s (July 4) AVsavvy Question

In this past Wednesday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you the following ICAO flight plan message and asked you to find the error: (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) IMPORTANT: If […]

July 6, 2012 | 1 Comment More
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