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Weapons and Game Transportation on Business Aircraft: Part 2 of 2 – Permits & Documents

Weapons and Game Transportation on Business Aircraft: Part 2 of 2 – Permits & Documents

For international hunting trips documentation and permit requirements are typically more onerous than for other types of general aviation (GA) flights. Any errors, in terms of permits or documentation, can lead to delays, denial of permits, or detention of passengers and/or crew at a foreign location.

March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2016 Special: BizAv Ops to Shanghai - Part 1: Airport Considerations

ABACE 2016 Special: BizAv Ops to Shanghai – Part 1: Airport Considerations

The 2016 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) takes place April 12 – 14. With 8500 business leaders and trade delegates converging on the Shanghai Hongqiao (ZSSS) venue, this will be a busy event and one which will impact aircraft parking and operational considerations at ZSSS…






March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Fuel Planning

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Fuel Planning

Whether you’re doing a quick tech stop or remaining overnight in Japan, fuel uplift services are reliable and on time. This assumes, however, that you’ve confirmed a fuel uplift appointment in advance and have fuel releases prepared. Also, ensure that proper taxes aren’t added to any international legs, but note that they are applicable for all domestic legs…






March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

BizAv Planning Tips: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

This year’s Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix takes place April 1 – 3 at the Sakhir Circuit, the only true desert race track in the Formula One calendar. This modern facility, completely surrounded by sand, is a unique setting for a very popular event. We recommend that general aviation (GA) operators planning to attend the […]

March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
UK Charter Permits: Regulatory Changes Effective Oct. 2016

UK Charter Permits: Regulatory Changes Effective Oct. 2016

The process to obtain charter (non-scheduled commercial) permits for the UK has become easier over recent years. For example, there’s no longer the risk of locally-based UK charter operators objecting to charter requests from foreign-registered aircraft—which could potentially delay or cancel your planned charter flight…






March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 2 – Top Considerations

Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 2 – Top Considerations

While runway length, lighting, airport hours, airport overtime availability and local weather are top priorities when picking alternates and equal time points (ETPs), there are some other important considerations to also be mindful of. For example, it may be important that the location is an airport of entry (AOE) and that customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) is available at time of your arrival…






March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Additional Services & Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Additional Services & Security

Continuing from our last article on airport operations, in this article we’ll discuss additional ground services and airport procedures which you should be aware of. For instance, some additional things to consider are cabotage restrictions, temporary importation, and crew and passenger screening […]






March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Cuba: Latest Regulations for Business Aviation

Operating to Cuba: Latest Regulations for Business Aviation

General aviation (GA) travel to Cuba with U.S.-registered aircraft and crew is opening up and becoming more user-friendly. However, this is still a highly-regulated operating environment. Regulatory changes that went into effect January 27 ease and facilitate private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Cuba – but only for certain approved types of GA flights…






March 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Weapons and Game Transportation on Business Aircraft: Part 1 of 2 – Travel Options

Weapons and Game Transportation on Business Aircraft: Part 1 of 2 – Travel Options

There are various issues business aircraft operators must consider when flying off to hunt big game. Considerations include transportation of hunting equipment, and its temporary importation into international locations, as well as bringing big game back home. It’s best to work with your […]






March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 1 – Maximizing your Options

Choosing Alternates & ETPs: Part 1 – Maximizing your Options

Some regions of the world are more challenging than others when pre-planning for airport alternates and equal time points (ETPs). While you may not always have access to full services support and 4th-party services at these locations, the primary consideration must always be safety and ability to get easily into and out of these locations.






February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Airport Operations

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Airport Operations

Japan is a much easier and business aviation friendly operating environment today than in the past with quality of service and support standards being among the best in the world. Still, it’s important to be mindful of specific airport procedures, which vary airport to airport, in order to maximize […]






February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Middle East Flight Permits - Maximizing Schedule and Revision Flexibility

Middle East Flight Permits – Maximizing Schedule and Revision Flexibility

Over recent years the permit situation has relaxed somewhat for general aviation (GA) operations to the Middle East. Still, there are longer than average lead times to consider for this region, varying and stringent visa requirements and, in some cases, unique documentation mandates to be mindful of. Best practice is to contact your 3rd-party provider […]

February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 3 - Other Regions

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 3 – Other Regions

When it comes to charter aircraft operations, there are permit approval anomalies to be aware of here and there around the world – including mandated security plans and provision of unique documentation. It’s recommended to always review such considerations with your 3rd-party provider well in advance of travel.






February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Santiago, Chile for FIDAE 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

Bizav Ops to Santiago, Chile for FIDAE 2016 – Part 2: Permits, CIQ & Visas

FIDAE 2016 takes place March 29 – April 3 in Santiago, Chile. Business aircraft operators traveling to Chile need to ensure that proper landing permits are obtained. If airport slots are implemented for A. Merino Intl (SCEL), the host airport, during the FIDAE 2016 period, they will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.






February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Ground Handling

For business aircraft operations to Japan, full services and ground handling are readily available throughout the country. Still, there are lead time considerations to be mindful of and service limitations to consider when operating to smaller domestic airfields.






February 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Planning Tips: 2016 Yacht Show and Air Expo in Abu Dhabi

Business Aviation Planning Tips: 2016 Yacht Show and Air Expo in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi will be particularly busy during early March with the upcoming Yacht Show and Air Expo taking place March 1-5 and March 8-10, respectively. As general aviation (GA) traffic to the area will be elevated during this period, trip planning for these events should commence as early as possible. The following is an overview […]

February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Canada to Require Electronic Travel Authorization

Canada to Require Electronic Travel Authorization

As of March 15, 2016, Canada will require Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for all visa-exempt foreign nationals entering the country by air. Effective this date, visa-exempt foreign nationals, other than U.S. citizens, must have an eTA prior to being processed by customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) and entering Canada. The following is an overview of […]

February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Route Planning Considerations for Overflight and Landing Permits

Route Planning Considerations for Overflight and Landing Permits

When you plan to submit routings for overflight and landing permit requests, there are several things you can do to improve your chance of success. One of them is to be experienced in locating preferred routes using en route directories, aeronautical information publications […]






February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to Santiago, Chile for FIDAE 2016 – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Bizav Ops to Santiago, Chile for FIDAE 2016 – Part 1: Airports & Parking

FIDAE 2016, the International Aerospace and Space Exhibition, is a six day event held March 29 – April 3 in Santiago, Chile. Started back in 1980, FIDAE is the largest airshow in Latin America and attracts strong international attendance during a time that’s also peak tourism and travel season for Chile.






February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Hotels, Local Transport, and Security

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Hotels, Local Transport, and Security

Hong Kong offers an attractive range of accommodation options for crews who are overnighting or just looking for a few hours rest. While it’s not normally problematic or overly expensive to book crew accommodations close to Hong Kong (VHHH) or in the central city district, there are times […]






February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
In-Flight Catering Tips: BizAv Operations to the United States

In-Flight Catering Tips: BizAv Operations to the United States

When operating business aircraft to the U.S., there are key considerations that should be planned for from the in-flight catering perspective. Understanding all regulatory nuances and best practice procedures helps avoid potential issues on arrival in the U.S. and/or when operating within the U.S.






February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 2 - European Region

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 2 – European Region

Europe is an operating environment where charter aircraft operators typically require permits, but private operators generally do not. This can impact flexibility of operations and last minute schedule change possibilities for operators on charter.






February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the 2016 Melbourne Grand Prix

Business Aircraft Ops to the 2016 Melbourne Grand Prix

The Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place March 18-20, 2016 at the Albert Park street circuit a few miles south of central Melbourne. For general aviation (GA) operators planning to attend this event or traveling to Melbourne during this time, it’s important to consider aircraft parking and […]






February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather

When planning business aviation operations to Hong Kong (VHHH), be advised that procedures for filing flight plans differ from many other parts of the world. At this location it’s always important to have your ground handler involved with flight plan filing in order to avoid potential issues and help ensure on time departures.






February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
NBAA URGENT - Help Needed!

Progress! NBAA – FAA Overhaul Bill Stirs Uproar – WSJ

Thank you for your advocacy for our industry! Using NBAA’s tools to Contact Congress, you’ve made our voices heard that a privatized United States air traffic control is not a viable solution! As you can see from this Wall Street Journal article, our efforts are moving the needle. Keep up the good work, and keep getting the […]

February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

It’s important for business aircraft operators to assess support equipment and services needs at each international destination. In some cases, it’s best to research these requirements, with your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler, at least two weeks ahead of day of operation.






February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments More
NBAA URGENT - Help Needed!

NBAA URGENT – Help Needed!

Please read and action ASAP! There are reports that as soon as early February, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will be considering a proposal to strip the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of its management of the U.S. Air Traffic Control System, transferring its operation to a private entity funded by user fees.






February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 - Basic Considerations

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

For charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators it can be more challenging traveling to some countries and regions than others, from the documentation and permit perspective. It’s always best to work with your 3rd-party provider, well in advance of day of operation, to confirm all applicable permit/documentation requirements.






February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

When planning business aircraft operations to the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, always ensure that proper lead times are provided for prior permissions required (PPRs), landing and overflight permits, and services requested. You should also be aware of the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance process.






February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Permits & PPRs

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Permits & PPRs

As one of the world’s more congested airports, Hong Kong (VHHH) is constantly working to manage traffic flows and use ramp space effectively. Prior permission required (PPR) and landing permit requirements must always be at top-of-mind-awareness when operating your business […]






January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More