Tag: aviation regulatory issues

U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

U.S. Cabotage Restrictions – non-U.S. Business Aircraft Considerations

Cabotage restrictions have an impact on operations of non-U.S. registered business aircraft within the U.S. These rules and limitations, however, are often not well understood by general aviation (GA) operators. Consequences of non-compliance include Department of Transport (DOT) findings of violations, and potential order to cease and desist, as well as civil penalties of up […]

October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 3 – 7 Popular Airports with Challenging Slots

Here and there around the world you’ll encounter airport slot situations more challenging than the average. These are typically very popular locations frequently congested with scheduled commercial activity. With proper advance planning and coordination with your 3rd-party…






June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 2 – Slot Challenges

Some airports are more challenging than others in terms of obtaining/revising airport slots. Certain locations confirm slot requests well prior to day of operation while others may not confirm slots until a few days, or even 24 hours, prior to operation…






June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 1 – Slot Basics and Tips

How to Overcome Airports with Slot Issues: Part 1 – Slot Basics and Tips

More and more airports are requiring slots due to congestion issues, and these slot requirements differ depending upon the airport in question. For example, some airports require you to obtain slots prior to applying for a landing permit while others require airport slots for parking or arrival/departure permissions…






May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments More
UK APD in 2016: Regulations & New Costs

UK APD in 2016: Regulations & New Costs

Advance passenger duty (APD) is a per passenger duty that must be paid to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for qualifying business aircraft departures from most UK airports. There are different procedures for registering for UK APD, and payment methods vary. It’s important for business aircraft operators traveling to the UK to be mindful of […]

April 12, 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
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
OPS ALERT: More TSA Waiver Changes – Effective Immediately

OPS ALERT: More TSA Waiver Changes – Effective Immediately

On January 16, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new NOTAMs on TSA Waiver regulations. With these NOTAMs, revised TSA Waiver procedures have become effective for operators with aircraft registered in designated “portal countries.” The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Recent changes Three NOTAMs were issued – 6/4260, […]

January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Alert: TSA Waiver Changes Now in Effect

Business Aviation Alert: TSA Waiver Changes Now in Effect

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in coordination with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) recently issued changes to TSA waiver requirements. As these changes go into effect immediately, it’s important for general aviation (GA) operators to be aware of applicable regulatory revisions. It’s been several years since changes were last made to TSA waiver requirements. These […]

December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Colombia APIS: New Requirements for Business Aircraft Ops

Colombia APIS: New Requirements for Business Aircraft Ops

As of August 2015 a new regulatory requirement mandates Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) reporting for all business aircraft operations to/from Colombia. As these requirements differ, in terms of information needed and reporting procedures, from U.S. APIS and eAPIS, it’s important to understand all of the particular requirements. The following is an overview of what […]

November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for Greece: New GA Airport Slot Requirements

UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for Greece: New GA Airport Slot Requirements

Effective July 2015, airport slots became mandatory for operation to many airports in Greece. While airport slots have always been required for scheduled commercial traffic – for both arrival and departure – they were not needed for General Aviation (GA). The impact of this sudden regulatory change is complicating GA trip planning and adding a level of […]






August 31, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 2: Dealing with a SENEAM Suspension

When applying for a Mexican permit, you will not be notified of any outstanding Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees. Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) only processes landing permits and is not notified in advance of business aircraft operators […]






July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 1: Calculating Fees & Managing Payments

SENEAM Fees for Travel to or over Mexico – Part 1: Calculating Fees & Managing Payments

Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (SENEAM) fees are incurred when operating within Mexican airspace and when using airports outside of normal operating hours (overtime). These fees cover navigation services such as NAV aids, radio services, radar surveillance, etc. […]






July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: CIQ Services Now Available at Van Nuys (KVNY)

UPDATE: CIQ Services Now Available at Van Nuys (KVNY)

After a hiatus of almost 14 years, Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) services have been reinstated at Van Nuys (KVNY). While this is very good news for business aviation operators planning international arrivals into KVNY, there are certain limitations to be mindful of. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. […]

July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More
International Aviation Insurance Requirements: Part 2 – Complying with Local Mandates

International Aviation Insurance Requirements: Part 2 – Complying with Local Mandates

Business aircraft operators can avoid potential for operational delays and permit denials by verifying specific local insurance requirements in advance and adapting their policies accordingly. There are typically specific items mandated by each country that must be included in insurance documentation […]






June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More
International Aviation Insurance Requirements: Part 1 – Local Requirements

International Aviation Insurance Requirements: Part 1 – Local Requirements

While standard worldwide insurance will cover most business aircraft operators in most parts of the world, there are regions and countries that mandate specific additional insurance requirements. Without this specific coverage, landing permits may be denied, and operations will be delayed. The following is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Specific country […]

June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 2 – Procedural Considerations

Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 2 – Procedural Considerations

When conducting operations to the U.S. in a non-U.S.-registered business aircraft, it’s always important to consider any local restrictions and/or operating procedures that may impact your flight. Be aware that charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators face additional procedural requirements […]






June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 1 – Documentation Requirements

Private Jet Ops to the U.S.: Part 1 – Documentation Requirements

A number of documentation and procedural requirements are essential to keep in mind when operating a business aircraft to the U.S. Mistakes in this area can lead to fines, delays, detention, and/or restrictions on future travel arrangements. It’s always best to double-check and confirm […]






May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Update: Temporary Importation of Aircraft into the EU – New Developments

Update: Temporary Importation of Aircraft into the EU – New Developments

Following changes to the 2011 permanent aircraft importation rules, when the UK was brought into line with other European Union (EU) member states, there have been lots of questions on how best to import aircraft into the EU. Permanent importation is still very possible, and in some cases it is the best—and often the only—option. […]

May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Regional Data Line Mandate – Part 2: NAT DLM Roadmap

North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 2 – NAT DLM Roadmap

The objective of the North Atlantic Data Link Mandate (NAT DLM) is to improve communication, surveillance, and air traffic control intervention capabilities within the North Atlantic Track (NAT) region. Operators should be familiar with implementation of phase 2 of NAT DLM as part […]






February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 1 – Implementation

North Atlantic Regional Data Link Mandate: Part 1 – Implementation

Phase 2 of the North Atlantic Data Link Mandate (NAT DLM) is being implemented in three stages – 2A, 2B, and 2C – commencing February 5, 2015; December 7, 2017; and January 30, 2020, respectively. Over time there will be changes in both expanded vertical and horizontal boundaries of NAT DLM airspace […]






February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 2 – Future Equipment Requirements

Advances in avionics and Air Traffic Control (ATC) flight data processing systems are making it possible to reduce lateral separation within the busy North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). Current Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS) airspace will soon be modified to increase […]






January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 1 – Recent Changes

Flight Planning Rule Changes for Canada: Part 1 – Recent Changes

Installation of new Air Traffic Service (ATS) surveillance systems – combined with advancements in flight data processing systems and aircraft data link capabilities – has created opportunities for ATS improvements within the Gander oceanic control area […]






January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 2 - Payment & Compliance Issues

UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 2 – Payment & Compliance Issues

Although reporting and paying UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) have been legal obligations since April 2013, many General Aviation (GA) operators still do not do so. For this reason, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stepped up its policing of non-payers, and penalties are being […]






December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 1 – APD Basics

UK APD & Upcoming 2015 Changes: Part 1 – APD Basics

UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) was extended to General Aviation (GA) in April 2013 following its earlier introduction to commercial aviation in 1994. It is calculated based on distance flown and seat pitch, with higher rates imposed for aircraft with 1) a Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) […]






November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Operations to and From Endemic Countries: Tips & Best Practices (Part 2 of 2)

Aircraft Operations to and From Endemic Countries: Tips & Best Practices (Part 2 of 2)

When you conduct international trips in your business aircraft, it’s important to ensure that all persons onboard are prepared, from a health and immunization perspective, for travel to the intended destinations. Know what the risks are, be aware of travel and documentation […]






November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Operations to and from Endemic Countries: Key Considerations (Part 1 of 2)

Aircraft Operations to and from Endemic Countries: Key Considerations (Part 1 of 2)

With Ebola coverage all over the news, it’s more important than ever for business aircraft operators to be aware of and plan for international travel health risks. When you operate to/from regions with endemic health issues, it’s important to be aware of any relevant travel restrictions […]






November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders' Summit

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit

Brisbane, Australia is host city for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2014. The Summit will be held November 15 and 16 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the city’s central business district, South Bank. Brisbane’s upcoming G20 event is expected to attract up to 4,000 delegates. There will be increased demand for aviation […]

November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

Avoiding the need for passengers to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. when possible is a significant benefit for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. Any operator that meets Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requirements can become a "signatory carrier" and transport Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) participants to the U.S. without […]

November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Aruba Pre-Clearance - Now a Reality for General Aviation

UPDATE: Aruba Pre-Clearance – Now a Reality for General Aviation

In mid-March 2014, preclearance of General Aviation (GA) began at Aruba (TNCA). This will be the second location worldwide with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance services for GA. The other available location, Shannon (EINN), inaugurated GA preclearance in March of 2010. The following is an overview of what you need to know about preclearance services for GA at Aruba.






September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More