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Safety Management System Programs for Business Aviation

Understanding SMS Programs for Business Aviation

A Safety Management System (SMS) can be a tricky area and hot topic for many business aviation operators who want to implement a program like it. These operators may have misconceptions about what an SMS actually is, what it means and what it’s supposed to do. While enforcement of this International Civil […]

April 30, 2012 | 3 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Short-notice Trips

Reader Question Day: Short-notice Trips

Here is this week’s business aviation question: What is the biggest concern you have when planning a short-notice trip? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6145764″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for reading […]

April 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More
3 Critical Things to Know about New IRS Taxation of Managed Aircraft (Part 1 of 2)

3 Critical Things to Know about New IRS Taxation of Managed Aircraft (Part 1 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, […]

April 26, 2012 | 2 Comments More
UEFA Euro 2012:  Tips for Business Jet Operators Flying to Poland and Ukraine

UEFA Euro 2012: Tips for Business Jet Operators Flying to Poland and Ukraine

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (“EURO 2012”) will be hosted in eight different cities across Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. This championship tournament occurs only once every four years, so business jet operators should expect high traffic and take extra steps to plan ahead if operating to any of […]

April 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More
How Cabotage Regulations May Impact Your Flight

How Cabotage Regulations May Impact Your Flight

Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two points in the same country by an aircraft registered in another country. The application of this regulation varies from country to country and changes from time to time. Penalties for cabotage violations range from fines, to payment of all applicable duties and taxes, to seizure […]

April 24, 2012 | 8 Comments More
International Flight Planning 301: 6 Tips for Routes, Permits, and Revisions

International Flight Planning 301: 6 Tips for Routes, Permits, and Revisions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on international flight planning for business jet operators and continues from our last post “International Flight Planning 201: Random Routes and Route Restrictions.” For business-aviation flights, your ability to revise routes and permits varies depending upon the region of the world and reasons for the revision. […]

April 23, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: Identifying Aircraft Equipment Requirements for International Ops

Reader Question Day: Identifying Aircraft Equipment Requirements for International Ops

Here is this week’s business aviation question: How do you most often find out about the latest information regarding aircraft equipment (e.g., TCAS II, RVSM etc.) needed for worldwide operations? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6145759″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the […]

April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops in the South American Region for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops in the South American Region for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Tech-stop choices depend, of course, upon your itinerary and great circle routing. However, for business-aviation operators, there are plenty of 24-hour, fast, and efficient tech-stop options within the South American region. While jet-fuel availability is not a problem […]

April 19, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Charter Flight Documents - Business Aviation

Charter Flight Documents: Key Considerations for Charter Operators (Part 2)

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on charter flights and continues from Part 1 on Charter Flight Documents. Charter (also known as non-scheduled commercial) permit-documentation needs differ by country. Be aware of lead times, requests for documentation, and special forms required from certain countries. The best practice is to source or […]

April 18, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Pitfalls of Booking Airport Slots and Services for the 2012 London Olympic Games

Pitfalls of Booking Airport Slots and Services for the 2012 London Olympic Games

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to London for the 2012 Olympics. If you are a business-aviation operator planning a trip to the 2012 London Olympics, it’s important to know the best procedure for booking airport slots, ground handling and auxiliary services. Over the Olympic Games period this summer, a […]

April 17, 2012 | 1 Comment More
International Flight Planning 201: Random Routes and Route Restrictions

International Flight Planning 201: Random Routes and Route Restrictions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on international flight planning for business jet operators and continues from our last post titled “International Flight Planning 101: 5 Things to Know before You Start.” For business-aviation flights, random routes (any routes not established or charted/published or otherwise available to all users) are available in […]

April 16, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Selecting Tech Stops

Reader Question Day: Selecting Tech Stops

Here is this week’s question: What is the most important factor in determining a tech stop for your trip? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6125961″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for reading […]

April 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Great Tech Stops for Business Aviation Caribbean

6 Great Tech Stops in the Caribbean Region for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. For business jet operators, Caribbean tech stops are among the fastest, easiest and most straightforward in the world. We hear of few operators not receiving quick and efficient turns within this region. While paperwork and advance notice requirements […]

April 12, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Charter Flight Documents - Business Aviation

Charter Flight Documents: Key Considerations for Charter Operators (Part 1)

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on charter flights. Documentation requirements are often more challenging for charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations than for private non-revenue operations. Charter operators may not be fully familiar with unique charter-specific documentation requirements for certain countries, and this has the potential of causing operational delays. In some […]

April 11, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Experimental Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate

Flying with an Experimental Operating Certificate: 3 Tips for International Operations

This aviation blog post is part of a series on operating with an experimental airworthiness certificate and continues from our last post “Operating with an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate: 7 Tips for Pre-flight Planning“. For operators of business jets, operating internationally under an experimental certificate does not have to be a difficult or operationally limiting experience. […]

April 10, 2012 | 2 Comments More
International Flight Planning 101: 5 Things to Know before You Start

International Flight Planning 101: 5 Things to Know before You Start

This aviation blog post is part of a series on international flight planning for business jet operators. For business aviation operators flying internationally, airway and route planning is always a key consideration. The reasoning for this consideration is a range of airway restrictions worldwide: one-way airways, timed airways, domestic only or airline-only airways, as well […]

April 9, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Reader Question Day: Time-Consuming Tasks for Flight Crews

Reader Question Day: Time-Consuming Tasks for Flight Crews

Here is this week’s question: Which of the following do you as flight crew spend more of your time on? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”6113587″] Remember, you can still participate in and see the results of our earlier business aviation polls. Thank you for […]

April 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Great Tech Stops for Business Aviation - North America

5 Great Tech Stops in North America for Business Aviation — and Why

This business aviation blog post is the first part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. There are many good 24-hour technical stops (“tech stops”) available throughout the North American region for business-aviation operators, with fast turns, full services and accommodating customs/immigration/quarantine (CIQ) procedures. There are other locations you’ll probably want to […]

April 5, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Experimental Aircraft Airworthiness Certificate

Operating with an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate: 7 Tips for Pre-flight Planning

This aviation blog post is the first part of a series on operating with an experimental airworthiness certificate. When operating under an experimental airworthiness certificate, the good news is that, in most cases, you can continue to operate your business aircraft internationally. The process of obtaining international overflight and landing permits, however, differs from the […]

April 4, 2012 | 3 Comments More
Arranging Jet Fuel: 6 Considerations for Your Pre-trip Planning

Arranging Jet Fuel: 6 Considerations for Your Pre-trip Planning

This aviation blog post is part of a series on jet fuel issues impacting business jet operators. When it comes to making decisions about jet fuel arrangements, considerations often include on-time delivery, best possible price, and straightforward credit options. Arranging jet fuel uplifts pre-trip and using aviation fuel cards rather than credit cards or cash […]

April 3, 2012 | 1 Comment More
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