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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
Our big 1-0-0 and a THANK YOU for reading!

Our big 1-0-0 and a THANK YOU for reading!

No, we aren’t 100 years old yet! We’re celebrating our 100th blog post, and we want to tell you “Thank You!” for being part of it all. When we started this blog back in January our mission was to reach out to you and other members of the business aviation community in order to build […]

May 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Central America has excellent tech stops with fast turnarounds and trouble-free procedures for business aircraft operators. Airfields offer 24-hour operations, quick turns and usually do not require Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance or visas. An experienced 3rd-party […]

May 24, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Picking an Airport in Paris: Overview of Customs, Documentation Requirements, and Services

Picking an Airport in Paris: Overview of Customs, Documentation Requirements, and Services

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to France and continues from our previous post of selecting an airport in Paris. The customs process into Paris is straightforward for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) aircraft operators. Documentation requirements are not onerous, and business aircraft operators can look forward to […]

May 23, 2012 | 2 Comments More
6 Great Tech Stops in Northeast Asia for Business Aviation – and Why

6 Great Tech Stops in Northeast Asia for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Many good tech stops exist in Northeast Asia (the “Far East” region) for business-aviation operators. Aircraft range will impact selection of tech stops. However, permits are also an important consideration for this region. You’ll generally have less flexibility […]

May 22, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Changes in Jordan Landing Permits Impacting Business Aviation Operators

Changes in Jordan Landing Permits Impacting Business Aviation Operators

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to the Middle East. While obtaining landing permits for Jordan remains a fairly straightforward process for business aircraft operators, such permits are not as easy to obtain as they were earlier this year. Here are some main points to know about the revised […]

May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Hangarage Availability

Reader Question Day: Hangarage Availability

Here is this week’s business aviation question: When flying internationally, how frequently do you travel to locations where you are unable to find hangarage? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6206389″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation […]

May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands for Business Aviation – and Why

This aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. When overflying vast areas of ocean and very remote regions such as the South Pacific, it’s important to carefully plan tech stops – and alternate tech stops. For business aircraft operators, many good tech stops exist in Australia and […]

May 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Tips on Picking an Airport in Paris for a Business Aviation Flight

Tips on Picking an Airport in Paris for a Business Aviation Flight

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to France. Paris Le Bourget (LFPB) is one of the most business aviation-friendly airports in Europe in terms of operating flexibility, available services and maintenance support. There are, however, other airport options to consider when operating to Paris. A 3rd-party provider can help […]

May 16, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Tips on Picking an Airport in Madrid, Spain for Business Aviation

Tips on Picking an Airport in Madrid, Spain for Business Aviation

Madrid offers two airports for business aircraft: Torrejon (LETO) and Barajas (LEMD). Most operators choose Torrejon (LETO) due to the size of their aircraft. However, depending on your trip, Barajas (LEMD) may be your only option, as it is able to accommodate after-hours’ operations, as well as large General Aviation (GA) aircraft. If you are […]

May 15, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Alternate Aircraft Parking Locations for Italy During the Summer Months

Alternate Aircraft Parking Locations for Italy During the Summer Months

Italian luxury tax legislation has now been revised to allow non-Italian private non-revenue operators to remain in the country for up to 45 consecutive days without being taxed. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights are exempt from this regulation. However, in Italy, an operator still needs to take into account traffic increases during the summer months. Many […]

May 14, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Operating to Sanctioned Countries

Reader Question Day: Operating to Sanctioned Countries

Here is this week’s business aviation question: On average, how many times per year do you receive requests to operate to sanctioned or restricted countries? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6206380″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business […]

May 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
EBACE2012 Special: Planning a Business Aviation Trip to Europe

EBACE2012 Special: Planning a Business Aviation Trip to Europe

Over the past four months since we first started this business aviation blog, we’ve released a number of articles covering business aviation operations to, from and within Europe. The 2012 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). As this convention is taking place next week, we thought it would be useful to compile these recent articles together […]

May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Flying Your Business Jet to the Venice International Film Festival

Flying Your Business Jet to the Venice International Film Festival

This year’s 69th Annual Venice International Film Festival runs from 29 August through 8 September 2012. Every year, Venice sees an influx of aircraft traffic during this mid-summer festival. Throughout this time period, you should expect possible airport and city congestion. As always, business aircraft operators should take steps to plan ahead. Here are some […]

May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More
New IRS Taxation of Managed Aircraft: 4 Updates and 3 Questions for Aircraft Owners (Part 2 of 2)

New IRS Taxation of Managed Aircraft: 4 Updates and 3 Questions for Aircraft Owners (Part 2 of 2)

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, […]

May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment More
In-flight Catering for the 2012 London Olympic Games

In-flight Catering for the 2012 London Olympic Games

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on planning for the 2012 London Olympic Games. With sufficient notice, UK-based in-flight caterers can source just about any food request needed for your business aviation flight. A wide range of options are available within this multi-cultural region. In preparation for the upcoming Olympics period, […]

May 7, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Constraints When Operating to Volatile Areas

Reader Question Day: Constraints When Operating to Volatile Areas

Here is this week’s business aviation question: From a risk standpoint, which of the following constrains your operation most when considering operating to a volatile area? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6145775″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier […]

May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments More
6 FAQs about Using Your Border Overflight Exemption

6 FAQs about Using Your 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 […]

May 3, 2012 | 1 Comment More
How to Select a VAT Recovery Program: Tips for Business Aviation Operators

How to Select a VAT Recovery Program: Tips for Business Aviation Operators

This aviation blog post is part of a series on tax issues impacting business jet operators. Valued Added Tax (VAT) can add 15-25% to all aircraft- and business-related expenses while in the European Union (EU). The good news is that these taxes, in many cases, can be exempted at the pump or reclaimed after the […]

May 2, 2012 | 2 Comments More
UEFA Champions League Final in Munich: 4 Tips for BizAv Operators

UEFA Champions League Final in Munich: 4 Tips for BizAv Operators

The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Munich (EDDM) on 19 May 2012. As this final is fast approaching, there are a few things to keep in mind for that period of time which may impact your business aviation operation: High traffic for the city of Munich due to the final Increased traffic […]

May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More