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10 Tips for Navigating India’s Permits, PPRs and Slots

10 Tips for Navigating India’s Permits, PPRs and Slots

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to India and continues from our last post titled: 5 Guidelines for Flight-Planning Your Way Through India. While the permit process for India can be lengthy and complex at times, the good news is that this region is evolving as an important, business […]

February 23, 2012 | 4 Comments More
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Flight Ops to China: Tips for Arranging Security, Ground Transport and In-flight Catering

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to China and continues from our last post entitled: 8 Tips for Aircraft Ground Handling and Fueling in China. When operating to China, there are important considerations to keep in mind regarding security, ground transportation and in-flight catering services. To ensure a successful […]

February 22, 2012 | 2 Comments More
The Do’s and Don'ts of Conducting International Flight Operations

The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting International Flight Operations

This aviation blog post is part of a series on general best practice for operating a business jet internationally and continues from our last post entitled: 6 Things Business Aviation Operators Must Do Before Traveling Internationally. For business-aviation operators, there are many things to consider when planning an international trip. With all the different components […]

February 21, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Flying to the Middle East: 7 FAQs by Business-Aviation Operators

Flying to the Middle East: 7 FAQs by Business-Aviation Operators

The Middle East is a straightforward and relatively easy operating environment for the well prepared business aviation operator. With adequate pre-trip planning, the problems that can surface from time to time are almost always avoidable. We recommend you always double-check all required documentation and confirm that permit requirements are met. Cultural considerations are especially important […]

February 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Reader Question Day: What is most challenging to fix when you have a trip revision?

Reader Question Day: What is most challenging to fix when you have a trip revision?

Here is this week’s question: When you have a revision to a trip, which of the following issues do you find to be the most challenging to fix? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”5950518″] Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and sharing your unique […]

February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Guidelines for Flight-Planning Your Way Through India

5 Guidelines for Flight-Planning Your Way Through India

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating to India and continues from our last post titled: 10 Key Pre-Trip Airport Operations Considerations for India. Once your permits for India are approved, you can expect a reasonable window for departure delays, but not for an earlier arrival or departure. Remember that […]

February 16, 2012 | 3 Comments More
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8 Tips for Aircraft Ground Handling and Fueling in China

Ground handling and aviation fuel services in China are generally of a very high standard, particularly at major destinations. With steady increases of business aviation activity to China and a growing locally based fleet, investments have been made recently in support infrastructure, and aviation fuel credit can be arranged across the country…

February 15, 2012 | 2 Comments More
6 Things Business Aviation Operators Must Do Before Traveling Internationally

6 Things Business Aviation Operators Must Do Before Traveling Internationally

This aviation blog post is part of a series on general best practice for operating a business jet internationally. International corporate travel has benefited from a new generation of modern, reliable and long-range business aircraft and a growing worldwide network of efficient ground handlers. However, the operating environment remains complex, and effective planning for these […]

February 14, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Administering Aviation EU-ETS and the Future State of the Program

Administering Aviation EU-ETS and the Future State of the Program

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on EU-ETS for business aviation and continues from our last post entitled: EU-ETS for Business Aviation: Implementation, Costs, and Risks of Non-Compliance. For business aviation operators, European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) requirements can be complex. Recent changes to the requirements have made them even […]

February 13, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Reader Question Day: How do you organize your trip information?

Reader Question Day: How do you organize your trip information?

Here is this week’s question: What is your company’s policy on organizing all the pertinent information for your trip? You can answer by taking the poll below. Results will be posted in real-time. [polldaddy poll=”5926578″] Thank you for reading Operational Insight blog and sharing your unique insight with the business aviation community!

February 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More
10 Key Pre-Trip Airport Operations Considerations for India

10 Key Pre-Trip Airport Operations Considerations for India

This business aviation blog post is the first part in a series on operating to India. Airports in India continue to improve for the business aviation user. Public-private partnerships are now considering developing current and future airfields throughout India over the coming years, and this bodes well for General Aviation (GA). There are close to […]

February 9, 2012 | 2 Comments More
10 Must-Knows About Airport Operations and Customs When Flying into China

10 Must-Knows About Airport Operations and Customs When Flying into China

While China is a different operating environment than North America or Europe – in terms of airport ops, FBOs and clearing CIQ – operators seldom experience problems. Your service provider, and local handler, can help you ensure a timely and smooth process. Take the time to research your particular destinations as airport and CIQ procedures can vary airport to airport.

February 8, 2012 | 4 Comments More
4 Airport Slots and PPRs to Pay Attention to in Asia

4 Airport Slots and PPRs to Pay Attention to in Asia

This aviation blog post is part of a series on airway and airport slots. Procedures for obtaining airport slots and Prior Permissions Required (PPRs) vary worldwide. In Asia, they have their own unique characteristics. It’s best to work with an experienced 3rd-party provider in advance to understand regulations or request format requirements, including applicable slot […]

February 7, 2012 | 0 Comments More
5 Airport Slots and PPRs to Pay Attention to in Europe

5 Airport Slots and PPRs to Pay Attention to in Europe

This aviation blog post is part of a series on airway and airport slots. When you travel to Europe, requesting airport slots and making Prior Permission Required (PPRs) – as well as requests for revisions – can be a complex process. This is especially true in high-traffic areas and when schedule changes become necessary. Procedures […]

February 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More
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