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Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 2: Permits & CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 2: Permits & CIQ

For a permit and documentation perspective Panama is an easy and friendly operating environment. Landing permits can usually be processed quickly, and permit revisions are seldom an issue. Keep in mind the customs and immigration procedures when traveling through…

June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 1: Airports, Handling & Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Panama – Part 1: Airports, Handling & Local Area

Panama is a welcoming operating environment for general aviation (GA) with full handling, support services, aviation fuel and credit arrangements available at larger destinations. However, additional planning and caution is advised to ensure all needed support services will…

June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments More
Zika Virus and Business Aviation: Considerations for International Operators

Zika Virus and Business Aviation: Considerations for International Operators

Active transmission of Zika virus is a factor in certain countries and territories as noted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site. It’s important for international business aircraft operators to be aware of and mitigate Zika risks as well as to comply with aircraft disinfection mandates in place at various international locations. […]

April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Update for Operations to Guatemala: Landing & Overflight Permits

Update for Operations to Guatemala: Landing & Overflight Permits

Guatemala recently revised its permit application process, and business aircraft operators must be mindful of these new and specific changes in order to avoid processing delays. As authorities are very stringent with both permit request procedures and lead times, it’s recommended that […]

December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Panama – Part 3: CIQ Clearance and Security

Operating to Panama – Part 3: CIQ Clearance and Security

Clearing Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) in Panama is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure for business aircraft crew members and passengers. There are times and locations, however, where you’ll need to make special arrangements in advance […]

May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Panama – Part 2: Airports and Operational Tips

Operating to Panama – Part 2: Airports and Operational Tips

For business aircraft operators traveling to Panama, there are a number of suitable airports to choose from. Full support services and credit are available at most Panamanian Airports of Entry (AOEs). Advance notification, however, may be needed for certain locations and/or hours of operation […]

May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Operating to Panama – Part 1: Flight Permits and Approvals

Operating to Panama – Part 1: Flight Permits and Approvals

When you conduct business aircraft operation to Panama, it’s best to ensure that all appropriate documentation has been forwarded to your 3rd-party provider and/or local ground handler in advance. It’s also important to confirm visa requirements, in advance of day of operation, and to be aware of all permit issues […]

May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Hotel Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Hotel Considerations

Hotels in Costa Rica are generally of high standards, and business aircraft operators will typically have plenty of options to consider. Be aware, however, that during high-traffic seasons preferred accommodations are often scarce and will be difficult to secure last minute.

May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Documentation & Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Documentation & Local Area

It’s important to be mindful of documentation and procedural requirements impacting business aircraft operations to Costa Rica. Something as simple as dealing with airport departure tax last minute has the potential to delay your flight.

April 30, 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
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

While Costa Rica is a relatively easy and business aviation-friendly environment, there are operating and parking limitations to be mindful of. Aircraft parking availability can be an issue during high season. There are no guarantees that airport authorities will approve a General Aviation (GA) parking request during the busy season […]

April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

While the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process in Costa Rica is relatively easy for business aviation, crew members and passengers, passport validity, visa requirements, and vaccinations are considerations to be mindful of […]

April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

While landing permits are not needed for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations, there are certain limitations and considerations that must be taken into account regarding airport options and Airports of Entry (AOEs) when flying to Costa Rica […]

April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

When operating to Costa Rica, it’s best to preplan aviation fuel uplifts, well in advance, particularly during high season (end of November till end of March). If you’re planning to depart during peak operating hours, it’s recommended to fuel on arrival or land with sufficient fuel to manage your […]

March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Continuing from our last article covering ground handling in Costa Rica, there are some additional considerations when it comes to aircraft parking, in-flight catering, and using domestic airfields that you should be aware of when operating your business jet to this country.

March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Costa Rica is a friendly destination for business aircraft operations. Ground handling quality is high at major airports, and most services are readily available. Still, there are many issues to be mindful of, including availability of services at your destination, customs and immigration services […]

March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Tips for Planning Your First Mission to Mexico & Central America

Tips for Planning Your First Mission to Mexico & Central America

For business aircraft operators planning their first trip to Mexico or Central America, preplanning is key. While these are relatively straightforward business aviation environments, local regulations, permit lead times, and operating requirements vary depending on destination. It’s best to coordinate with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler to avoid snags. In general, Mexico has more […]

September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Large Aircraft Operations in North and Latin America: Part 2 – Planning Details

Large Aircraft Operations in North and Latin America: Part 2 – Planning Details

With sufficient and effective pre-planning, large aircraft operations can be accomplished to most destinations worldwide without significant issues. Be sure to allow sufficient lead time for trip planning, consider all available options, and have a Plan “B” ready […]

August 4, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Large Aircraft Operations in North and Latin America: Part 1 – Top Considerations

Large Aircraft Operations in North and Latin America: Part 1 – Top Considerations

Large aircraft operations can present unique requirements and challenges in terms of trip pre-planning and day-of-operation considerations. To address these potential planning and support issues when operating large aircraft within North and Latin America […]

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 2 – Potential Issues and Penalties

With the implementation of Mandatory Circular CO SA-02/14 R1 in Mexico, be aware that local airport comandantes are still in the process of understanding the new regulatory changes, approved on June 18, 2014. Because of this, it’s best to anticipate possible operating delays […]

June 20, 2014 | 2 Comments More
More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 - Positive Developments for GA

More Mexico Permit Changes: Part 1 – Positive Developments for GA

On June 18, 2014 regulatory changes went into effect which significantly increases flexibility for many foreign registered general aviation (GA) operators traveling to Mexico. As of this date it’s now once again allowable for foreign-registered private non-revenue operators that […]

June 20, 2014 | 3 Comments More
Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 2: Charter Operations

Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 2: Charter Operations

Charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators have the option of entering Mexico under either one-shot or blanket permits. While a one-shot permit can be obtained fairly quickly […]

May 20, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 1: Private Ops

Mexico Landing Permit Changes – Part 1: Private Ops

Landing permits are required for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Mexico. Private operators have the option of either one-shot or annual permits […]

May 19, 2014 | 2 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
Operational Tips for Mexico – Jet Fuel, Security and Additional Services

Operational Tips for Mexico – Jet Fuel, Security and Additional Services

When operating a business aircraft to Mexico, it’s important to plan in advance for fuel, and security, and other mission-critical services you will need for a successful trip […]

September 26, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Operations in Mexico – Navigating CIQ

Business Aviation Operations in Mexico – Navigating CIQ

For business aircraft operators, Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) procedures go more smoothly and quickly when documentation is forwarded in advance to your ground handler. Beware of visa requirements and always ensure that you have correct Mexican insurance in place when operating to Mexico […]

September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Operations in Mexico – Ground Handling

Business Aviation Operations in Mexico – Ground Handling

While full ground handler services and credit are available throughout Mexico for business aircraft operators, it’s best to work with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler in advance. For any special or non-standard requests, be sure to provide additional lead time […]

August 29, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Business Aviation Operations in Mexico – Understanding Airport Ops

Business Aviation Operations in Mexico – Understanding Airport Ops

Many airports in Mexico have curfews and overtime restrictions that should be taken into consideration when planning your next business aviation trip. It’s always best to coordinate with your 3rd-party provider and ground handler to confirm airport procedures prior to any operation to Mexico.

August 22, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Tips When Operating to San Jose Costa Rica

Tips When Operating to San Jose, Costa Rica

For business aircraft operators, setting up a flight to San Jose (MROC) is not a difficult proposition, and there’s nothing onerous from the regulatory perspective. But it’s important to work with your 3rd-party provider and the local ground handler in advance to understand all documentation and prior permission required (PPR) […]

January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation - and Why

5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation – and Why

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on great technical stops for business aviation. Central America has excellent tech stops with fast turnarounds and trouble-free procedures for business aircraft operators. Airfields offer 24-hour operations, quick turns and usually do not require Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance or visas. An experienced 3rd-party […]

May 24, 2012 | 2 Comments More