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Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

There are a number of weather resources available to flight crew to indicate current and predicted fog conditions. It’s always important for crews to have a basic understanding of the various means of predicting fog and how this information is portrayed on charts and weather briefs…

May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Flight Planning & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Flight Planning & Weather

Flight planning for business aircraft operations in Japan is, for the most part, straight-forward. But, there are particular processes that should be followed to avoid potential operational issues on arrival/departure. As each airport has specific procedures and local operating restrictions, it’s best to review all requirements with your 3rd-party provider and/or ground handler prior to day of operation…






April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More
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
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
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
Business Aircraft Ops to India: Additional Flight Planning Considerations & Weather

Business Aircraft Ops to India: Additional Flight Planning Considerations & Weather

When planning a business aircraft mission to India, it’s important to be aware of all relevant flight planning requirements for the country and the particular airports. Your 3rd-party provider can supply the latest information and assorted tips on local requirements, restrictions, and credit considerations…






December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments More
12 Ways Your BizAv Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 2

12 Ways Your BizAv Trip Can Go Wrong – Part 2

Last week, we discussed six out of 12 critical areas where a bizav trip can go wrong . Many of these are avoidable with proper preplanning. Today, we’ll discuss six more areas to round out our list of 12. This list by no means covers everything, but it does provide common pitfalls for […]






November 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part Two: Approach/Departure Impact

Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part Two: Approach/Departure Impact

Last week, we discussed the enroute impacts of crosswinds. Today, we’ll discuss impacts on the other side of the trip: arrival and departure. As a general best practice, you should always work with an experienced aviation meteorologist to determine if crosswinds will be a factor during your […]






August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part One: Enroute Impacts

Crosswinds and Their Effect on Flight – Part One: Enroute Impacts

Crosswinds are winds that come at an angle to your aircraft in flight and on approach/takeoff, and they can impact your flight operations, fuel burn, and passenger comfort. It’s always important to consider the crosswind potential in your pre-trip planning – especially for required […]






August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Weather

Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 3: CIQ, Security and Weather

Customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) processing of general aviation (GA) passengers/crew is a relatively quick and straight-forward process in Chile. However, be prepared to clear immigration/customs in the main terminal in almost all cases […]






May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 1: Airports & Services

Bizav Guide to COPA 2015 in Chile – Part 1: Airports & Services

COPA America is the main international football tournament for national teams in South America. This year COPA takes place in eight different cities in Chile from June 11 – July 4. In addition to drawing in football teams from 12 nations, this event attracts attendees from all over the world […]






May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

For business aircraft operators, flight planning for Costa Rica is a straightforward process if the destination is an international airport. Additional considerations apply for any operation to domestic airfields within the country […]






April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Long-range aviation weather forecasts have become more and more accurate over the years. These forecasts are generally created three to five days ahead of day-of-flight operation. Specific weather modeling computer programs – when interpreted by experienced aviation weather professionals – provide business aircraft operators with valuable tools in the preliminary trip and permit planning process. […]

March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 2 – Turbulence and Other Top Considerations

Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 2 – Turbulence and Other Top Considerations

For business aircraft operators, wind shear can have significant impact during takeoff/landing due to its effect on control of the aircraft. Wind shear can be the sole or one of the contributing causes of many aircraft accidents. Low-level/surface-level wind shear is caused mostly by thunderstorm […]






March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 1 – Definitions

Wind Shear and Its Impact on Flight Operations: Part 1 – Definitions

For business aircraft operators, wind shear has the potential to cause flight turbulence and sudden increases/decreases in both ground and air speed, as well as other associated violent air movements. It’s always best to talk with your 3rd-party provider or aviation meteorologist to confirm the potential impact of any expected wind shear […]






February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

For business aircraft operators, there are a number of particular hazards associated with snow and snow accumulation. Best practice is to take advantage of all available forecasting tools to “know before you go.” […]






January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 1 – Types of Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 1 – Types of Snow

With the winter season now upon much of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about snow. Different types of snow and snow byproducts have the potential to significantly impact general aviation movements throughout many parts of the world […]






January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

While flight plan filing procedures are straightforward in the UK, it’s always best to work with a 3rd-party provider or ground handler when submitting flight plan requests. There may be short-notice, or pop-up, operating restrictions in place that will impact requested routings […]






January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Weather Pressure Systems and Business Aviation

Weather Pressure Systems and Business Aviation

Atmospheric pressure is the force per unit area exerted on the surface by the weight of air above that surface. Atmospheric pressure varies widely on Earth, and these pressure changes are important in terms of local weather. For business aircraft operators, analyzing and understanding […]






October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
International Standard Atmosphere: How It Affects Flight – Understanding the Basics

International Standard Atmosphere: How It Affects Flight – Understanding the Basics

International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) is a model used for the standardization of aircraft instruments. It was established, with tables of values over a range of altitudes, to provide a common reference for temperature and pressure. Flying in ISA-plus temperatures will have a negative impact on aircraft performance. If ISA-plus temperatures are excessive, aircraft may not […]

September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aviation in Venezuela Series: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

While Venezuela is a straightforward operating environment from the flight planning perspective, there are unique considerations to be mindful of in this operating arena. If you have unpaid navigation (nav) fees, for example, your outbound flight plan will not be accepted by Venezuelan authorities.






August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMS

Business Aviation in Argentina Series: Flight Planning, Weather, and NOTAMS

Argentina has a number of unique procedures and requirements in terms of filing and revising flight plans. The most practical way for business aircraft operators to deal with flight plan filing/revisions when operating to Argentina is with the assistance […]






July 3, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Standard Aviation Weather Briefs: What to Know Before Takeoff

Standard Aviation Weather Briefs: What to Know Before Takeoff

A critical element in the flight planning process – particularly for longer-range missions – is the aviation weather brief. While standard aviation weather briefs vary in format and inclusions, certain information should always be available to crews – both for preliminary flight planning purposes and day of operation. The following is an overview of what […]

July 1, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Aviation Weather: Intro to SIGWX Charts

Aviation Weather: Intro to SIGWX Charts

Significant Weather (SIGWX) charts provide invaluable meteorological information to business aircraft operators and flight crew. Particularly for longer flights, or when weather issues may be a factor, SIGWX charts can be a vital flight planning tool. Here is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Know what SIGWX stands for Significant Weather – […]

January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operations to Mexico – Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

Operations to Mexico – Flight Planning, Weather & NOTAMs

When operating a business aircraft to Mexico, be aware of all flight plan nuances, as requirements differ for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations, as well as for international and domestic movements. A key consideration when operating to Mexico is determining if you have[…]






November 14, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Aircraft Icing and How It Affects Your Flight

Aircraft Icing and How It Affects Your Flight

It’s extremely important that pilots understand the dangers of aircraft icing. Even if an airplane is equipped and certified to operate in known icing conditions, there are limitations. Flying into known or potential icing situations without thorough knowledge of icing and its effects should be avoided. Pilots need to know the adverse effects of icing […]

July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 2: Avoiding Potential Risks

Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 2: Avoiding Potential Risks

Whenever operating a business aircraft to areas prone to volcanic activity, being aware of the risks and how to deal with active volcanic events should be a pre-trip consideration. The good news is that volcanic activity prediction, and ash cloud tracking are much better than they […]






July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 1: Determining Risks

Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 1: Determining Risks

While it’s relatively rare for volcanic activity to impact routine global aviation activity, there are occasional dramatic examples of operational disruptions. The potential risks of operating in regions of volcanic activity range from flight schedule disruptions to catastrophic engine […]






June 11, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 2: Advance Preparation

Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 2: Advance Preparation

It’s often difficult to accurately predict formation, intensity, and track of hurricanes and typhoons. These weather events, however, must be monitored closely by business aircraft operators, as they could drastically alter routing, destination stops, and safety of operation. The good news is that many […]






February 13, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 1: Understanding These Weather Events

Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 1: Understanding These Weather Events

Hurricane and typhoon activity occurs in many areas of the world during different seasons. It’s important to understand risks and operating limitations associated with these weather events. Keep in mind that even after a hurricane or typhoon has passed through an area, there may be airport closures, fuel shortages, and limitations of services to be […]

February 6, 2013 | 1 Comment More