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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
Business Aircraft Ops to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

Business Aircraft Ops to 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC), July 18-23, will bring significant increases in general aviation (GA) traffic to the Cleveland area. While options will always be available for short notice or last minute trips we recommend making arrangements as early as possible in order to secure the best aircraft parking and accommodation options..






July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 2 - Visas, Support Services & Credit

Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 2 – Visas, Support Services & Credit

While general aviation (GA) operations to Cuba can often be coordinated and set up fairly quickly, it’s important not to overlook any required trip planning or day of operation details. This includes obtaining visas, keeping detailed records of your activities in Cuba and making advance credit arrangements…






July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 1 – Regulatory Considerations

Business Aviation Ops Update for Cuba: Part 1 – Regulatory Considerations

Over the past year we’ve seen quite a few changes in terms of easing of restrictions for N-registered general aviation (GA) operations to Cuba. While there’s been no real regularity to updates from the U.S. side, and Cuban authorities tend to not always announce regulatory changes in advance, operating restrictions continue to ease…






June 29, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SDC2016 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in North and South America

SDC2016 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in North and South America

One constant in business aviation is our continuously-evolving regulatory and operating environment. Recent examples, include: Changes impacting operations to Cuba APIS requirements for Colombia, and TSA Waiver Changes As always, our goal with this blog is to give you the accurate information you need to stay on top of changes, set expectations with your stakeholders, […]

January 18, 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
Our industry and Universal needs your help!

Our industry and Universal needs your help!

Dear Friends, It’s that time again – time for us to step up as an industry, let our collective voices be heard and protect our industry and livelihoods! As you can read in NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen’s letter, the issue of privatizing air traffic control paid for by user fees is once again […]

December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
NBAA2015 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

NBAA2015 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

Changes in the regulatory and other operational requirements can happen at a moment’s notice. One good example is the rapidly changing operating environment for Cuba, as a result of some of the U.S. sanctions being lifted. As always, our goal with this blog is to give you the accurate information you need to help make […]

November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Cuba APIS requirements Now Required for BizAv Ops

Cuba APIS Now Required for BizAv Ops

Please note that this article and the materials available herein are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain legal advice before operating any travel to Cuba. Cuba recently initiated advance passenger information system (APIS) filing requirements for general aviation (GA). This is […]

October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Bizav Ops to the 2015 Mexico Formula One Grand Prix

Bizav Ops to the 2015 Mexico Formula One Grand Prix

After an absence of 23 years, the Formula One Grand Prix is returning to Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race circuit October 30-November 1. Business aircraft operators planning to attend this top international racing event – 71 laps around a newly renovated race track – have many options available […]






September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Cuban Ops - What BizAv Operators Need to Know

UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Effective July 22, 2015, a final rule issued by the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) removed Cuba from the U.S. state-sponsored terrorism risk list. While pre-existing license requirements for general aviation (GA) operations to the island still exist, operating conditions […]






September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments More
North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

North Atlantic Ops – Trial Implementation of Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum

Evolution in aircraft avionics and air traffic flight data processing has driven an initiative to reduce current lateral separation minima over the North Atlantic. A Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum (RLatSM) trial program goes into effect November 12, 2015, on the North Atlantic Tracks (NATs). General Aviation (GA) operators have the opportunity to participate in the […]

August 24, 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
FAA’s Data Comm Program: Overview and Effects for Operators

FAA’s Data Comm Program: Overview and Effects for Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Data Comm program will change how operators receive flight plans and, to a certain extent, the manner in which flight plans are uplinked. It’s important to be aware of these changes as they went into effect as of June 2015 […]






July 16, 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
UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 2: General Aviation Considerations

The starting point, when planning a trip to Cuba by a U.S. operator, is to determine the purpose of the flight and if purpose of the travel falls under approved travel by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). An important consideration is whether to take your own aircraft or use a charter flight […]






February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

UPDATE: Business Aviation Operations and Cuba – Part 1: U.S. Sanction Considerations

The recent January 2015 regulatory changes in the U.S. – Cuba relations will no doubt encourage future business and investment opportunities between these two countries. However, for the time being there will continue to be assorted operating challenges and compliance issues to deal with for general aviation (GA) operators […]






February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Honolulu

Top Considerations for Business Jet Operations to Honolulu

Honolulu (PHNL) is a business aviation-friendly location with 24-hour operations, full services, and credit. As with any landing rights airport, however, advance planning and notification are required.






February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 2: CIQ

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 2: CIQ

Generally speaking, Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) procedures at Kona Int.’l (PHKO) are fairly routine for business aircraft operations, and local officials are accommodating in working with operator schedules. However, the Hawaiian Islands do have strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements […]






January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Top Considerations for PHKO – Part 1: Airport Ops

Kona Int.’l (PHKO) is a popular airport for business aircraft operators as both a final destination and a tech stop. While this location is straightforward in terms of ease of operations and parking/services availability, you may encounter limited availability of hotel accommodations and rental vehicles, depending on time of year […]






January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

Business Aircraft Operations to Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

On September 14, Hurricane Odile made landfall in Los Cabos, Mexico, causing significant damage throughout Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Authorities and businesses have been working consistently over the past two months to repair […]






November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More