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Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 2: Impact of Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 2: Impact of Fog

Fog conditions have potential to delay a flight or to cause the flight to divert from the planned destination airport. Understanding the impact of this atmospheric condition is important whenever operating to a fog prone area…

April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Explaining CANPASS for Business Aircraft Operations to Canada

Explaining CANPASS for Business Aircraft Operations to Canada

The Canadian Passenger Accelerated Service System (CANPASS) is an efficient and user-friendly method of reporting international general aviation (GA) arrivals into Canada. It has the benefit of allowing you to land at any airport of entry (AOE), as well as certain CANPASS-only airports, even during hours that customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is not […]

April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Slots Requirements

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Slots Requirements

While slots for popular airports in Japan are much easier to obtain today than 10-15 years ago, there are still challenges and operational issues for business aircraft operators which must be considered. It’s best that airport slots be obtained as early as possible so that you can take advantage of preferred options and times…

March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Estimating Aircraft Ground Handling Costs: Part 2– Handling Estimates & Cost Considerations

Estimating Aircraft Ground Handling Costs: Part 2– Handling Estimates & Cost Considerations

If you’re a business aircraft operator conducting a mission to a new destination where you haven’t been before, obtaining a price estimate in advance is pretty much a standard practice – especially in the case of cost-sensitive charter operations. When doing so, you’ll want to see a full itemization of services, and ground support equipment (GSE) requirements, to avoid any unexpected surprises…

March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 1: Types of Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 1: Types of Fog

Fog has the potential to significantly impact flight operations in various parts of the world. There are many different fog conditions to consider, and it’s important to understand the various mechanisms of fog creation…

March 29, 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, notices to airmen, etc. Also, be ready for some countries (e.g., China, […]

March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Understanding Costs & Fees

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Understanding Costs & Fees

While handling costs and airport fees in Japan are higher compared to many other destinations, services are reliable, predictable, and of top quality. Advance cost quotes are available upon request…

March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More
2016 Brazil Summer Games: Latest BizAv Ops Information

2016 Brazil Summer Games: Latest BizAv Ops Information

With the 2016 Brazil Summer Games and Para Games taking place August 5-21 and September 7-18, it’s not too early to begin trip planning for these events. However, the Summer Games period promises to create additional challenges in terms of general aviation (GA) access and parking at Rio de Janeiro airports…

March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More
ABACE 2016 Special: BizAv Ops to Shanghai - Part 2: Permits, CIQ and Local Area

ABACE 2016 Special: BizAv Ops to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, CIQ and Local Area

Landing permits for China are being processed faster than they were just a few years ago, and the application process is now easier with sponsor letter requirements no longer in place for most operations to the country. Still, it’s important for operators to be mindful of operating restrictions, such as limitations on permit revisions and adherence to departure slot times…

March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More
NBAA IOC2016 Special: International Business Aircraft Ops

NBAA IOC2016 Special: International Business Aircraft Ops

The 2016 International Operators Conference (IOC), hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), takes place on today. This conference focuses on topics related to the international operation of business aircraft. Common discussions are international regulatory issues (such as TSA waivers, Colombia APIS, UK-APD, U.S. CBP, etc.), regional operations (such as Asia, South America, etc.), […]

March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: CIQ

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance options have improved over recent years in Japan with the expansion of general aviation (GA) access to VIP terminal clearance facilities. There are still, however, many airports where both crew and passengers must clear CIQ within the main terminal building, alongside scheduled commercial travelers…

March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Estimating Aircraft Ground Handling Costs: Part 1– Basic Considerations

Estimating Aircraft Ground Handling Costs: Part 1– Basic Considerations

Aircraft ground handling costs within the international operating environment vary depending on a number of factors. While basic handling service costs may be quite predictable, they have the potential to change on the day of operation – often as a result of additional requests, a different arrival/departure time, and/or where you end up parking on the airfield…

March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More
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