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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 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
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
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
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
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
Top Considerations When Operating to PHNY

Top Considerations When Operating to Lanai (PHNY)

Lanai (PHNY) is a privately owned Hawaiian island with a small airport and a 5,001-foot runway. Biggest draw at this location are the two Four Seasons resorts. Business aircraft operators planning on visiting Lanai should be prepared for very limited airport services […]






February 26, 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
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
NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

NBAA2014 Special: Business Aircraft Operations in the U.S.

Regulatory and other operational requirements can change at a moment’s notice. A great example of such changes is the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) changes that took place this year. Our blog’s mission is to give you the information you need to stay current on the information you need to make your missions successful. With the […]

October 20, 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
Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 4 – Post-Clearance Procedures

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 4 – Post-Clearance Procedures

After pre-clearing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Shannon (EINN), business aircraft operators may proceed directly to the U.S. However, you face certain limitations in terms of destination airports and post-landing procedures. It’s best to talk with your 3rd-party […]






August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

Shannon U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance: Part 3 – Pre-Clearance Process

For business aircraft operators pre-clearing U.S. Customs at Shannon (EINN), it’s important to be aware of all aspects of the process prior to landing in order to avoid day-of-operation surprises and to ensure that the pre-clearance goes as smoothly and quickly as possible […]






August 11, 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