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Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

Know Before You Go: 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow takes place July 11 – 17, hosting over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries. This will be a busy period and general aviation (GA) operators are advised to confirm aircraft parking and crew accommodation options as early as possible. This event, which has operated continuously since 1948 and occurs on every […]

June 22, 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
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
Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 2 - European Region

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 2 – European Region

Europe is an operating environment where charter aircraft operators typically require permits, but private operators generally do not. This can impact flexibility of operations and last minute schedule change possibilities for operators on charter.






February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More
UK Value Added Tax (VAT): Ground Handling Charge Exemptions

UK Value Added Tax (VAT): Ground Handling Charge Exemptions

When business operators fly to the UK, there are opportunities to exempt Value-Added Tax (VAT) charges upfront. This can represent considerable operational savings. We find, however, that there’s often a lack of awareness of potential tax saving among operators who do not travel […]






October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

Business Aircraft Ops Planning: Rugby World Cup 2015 (UK)

The Rugby World Cup takes place once every four years, and this time it’s in the UK. This year, the Rugby World Cup takes place at various venues in England and Wales between September 17 and October 31. This will be a very popular event, so there will be high local traffic […]






August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More
UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

UK Charter Landing Permits: Regulatory Compliance Musts

Processing of charter permits for the UK underwent significant changes in 2014. It’s important to be aware of the permit request and revision lead time policies. Also, authorities are taking steps to eliminate “grey” charter flights […]






August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Hotels and Local Area

Flight crews will find some of the best hotels in the world – from 5-star London-area properties to assorted restored castles in the countryside – here in the UK. There are also convenient international chain airport hotel options. Be aware that prices will be higher, and some hotels will sell out during high season.






January 15, 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
Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 2 – CIQ & Local Area

Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 2 – CIQ & Local Area

Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) pre-clearance is not available for international business aircraft operations to Glasgow (EGPF). In most cases you’ll need to park on the main apron, deplane passengers for CIQ clearance, and then reposition to your assigned parking area […]






January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 1 – Airport & Parking

Business Aircraft Operations to Glasgow (EGPF): Part 1 – Airport & Parking

For business aircraft operators, there are unique considerations to take into account when planning a stop at Glasgow (EGPF) – including a prohibition of chewing gum while on the ramp. This location, however, makes an excellent tech stop and is a straightforward destination stop […]






December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

For business aircraft operators traveling to the UK, requests for aviation fuel, in-flight catering, and other services should be made in advance of the trip. Here, we’ll cover the key things you need know about these ground service requests, as well as information about […]






December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Permits and PPRs

For business aircraft operating to the UK, there are situations when Prior Permission Required (PPR) and/or permits, for landing or overflight, may be required. Though this is a straightforward process, there are lead times and information/documentation that need to be considered […]






December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Airport Slots

When airport slots are required for UK destinations, best practice is to submit requests as early as possible. Business aircraft operators will need to request airport slots via a 3rd-party provider or ground handler rather than directly, unless you have a direct account with the […]






December 4, 2014 | 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
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine

For business aircraft operators, the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process is a quick and not an onerous procedure in the UK. The process goes even more smoothly and quickly when working with your ground handler and providing all required […]






November 27, 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
Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

Business Aircraft Operations in the UK: Ground Handling

The UK is a common destination for business aviation operations. While UK ground handling services are of a high standard, advance planning and early notification of handling requests improve service options and help avoid unnecessary delays […]






November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

This year the Farnborough International Airshow occurs July 14-20. While overnight parking is not anticipated to be an issue at Farnborough (EGLF), there are assorted operating restrictions and curfews that must be considered for travel during this period. The following is an overview of what operating considerations you need to know: 1. Farnborough (EGLF) is […]

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Operational Update: UK Air Passenger Duty Price Changes

Operational Update: UK Air Passenger Duty Price Changes

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is an excise duty charged by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Agency (HMRC) based on "chargeable" passengers being transported from a UK airport on a qualifying aircraft. The amount of APD you’ll pay is based on the number of chargeable passengers and their destination, with "premium" APD rates charged in some […]

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for UK Charter Permits

UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for UK Charter Permits

Many regulatory changes are on the cusp of going into effect regarding charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to the UK in April. For the most part, these are all very positive changes and will help remove some of the uncertainty and delay potential that had formerly existed in terms of processing charter permit requests […]






March 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More
UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon

UPDATE: New Requirements for UK-Area Airport Slots Effective Soon

Amended airport slot procedures for the UK were implemented during the London Games in 2012. It’s been determined that these airport slot procedures will now be a permanent requirement for all arriving/departing flights at airports using the […]






March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Planning Tips for the 2014 Business Airport World Expo at Farnborough

Planning Tips for the 2014 Business Airport World Expo at Farnborough

The Farnborough Business Airport World Expo is Central Europe’s exhibition focused on showcasing Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs); Maintenance, Repair, and Overhauls (MROs); ground handling agents; and fuel companies to an audience of executive jet owners, operators, chief pilots, schedulers/dispatchers, and brokers. This event takes place at Farnborough (EGLF) March 26-27, 2014, and it’s anticipated that over […]

February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: London Fashion Week 2014

Business Aviation Trip Planning Tips: London Fashion Week 2014

London Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held in London each February and September. It ranks alongside New York, Paris, and Milan as one of the Big Four fashion weeks. The fall London Fashion Week takes place February 13-18 at Somerset House in central London. Operators planning to attend, with General Aviation (GA) aircraft […]






January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Pet Passport Travel – Now Available at London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

Pet Passport Travel – Now Available at London Stansted Airport (EGSS)

Onboard pets may now enter the UK via Stansted (EGSS), and this is great news for many UK-bound business aircraft operators. There are, however, procedures and specific restrictions to consider, so it’s important to confirm all requirements with your ground handler in advance of travel […]






July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Trip Planning Preparation: British Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

Trip Planning Preparation: British Formula 1 Grand Prix 2013

The 2013 British Formula 1 Grand Prix runs June 28-30 at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit north of London. This promises to be yet another busy event, bringing a large amount of General Aviation (GA) traffic into the UK. Business aircraft operators planning on flying into the UK around the time of this event need […]

June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Traveling to London for UEFA Champions League 2013 Final

Trip Planning Tips for the UEFA Champions League 2013 Final in London

The UEFA Champions League 2013 Final takes place 25 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium on the north side of London. The events that led up to the final were comprised of three qualifying rounds: a playoff round, a group stage, and four knockout rounds […]






May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
EU Air Passenger Duty – How it Applies to UK Business Aviation

UK Air Passenger Duty (UK APD) – How it Applies to UK Business Aviation

The UK government will extend the Air Passenger Duty (APD) to General Aviation (GA) starting on April 1, 2013. The good news is that 3rd-party providers, and the industry as a whole, are working with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) daily to find solutions and clarify the processes for operators to move forward. The information […]

March 19, 2013 | 4 Comments More
CPDLC Datalink Changes for 2013

CPDLC Datalink Changes for 2013

Beginning February 7, 2013, the first phase of mandated controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) was implemented on North Atlantic tracks (NAT). Over time, additional CPDLC and automatic dependent surveillance-contact (ADS-C) requirements will facilitate future evolution of the air traffic management system (ATM). These changes will eventually require many business aircraft to be outfitted/retrofitted with updated […]

February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Farnborough Business Airport World Expo Is Fast Approaching

Farnborough Business Airport World Expo Is Fast Approaching

Farnborough Business Airport World Expo 2013 takes place March 19 – 21 at a conference center across the field from Farnborough (EGLF) FBO facility. This event will attract general aviation (GA) trade visitors, including FBO representatives, ground handlers, charter operators, scheduling and dispatch directors, and assorted GA service providers. 1. Will this event cause a […]

February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More