Operational Insight Weekly · 19 Jan 2017Subscribe
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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 1 – Airport and Local Area
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UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint Use Civil/Military Airfields: Part 2 – Airport Examples
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Asia/Pacific/Australia

Europe/Eastern Europe

North America

South and Central America/Caribbean

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This week's top posts from our blog

Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 1 – Airport and Local Area

Using Santa Maria (LPAZ) as a GA Tech Stop: Part 1 – Airport and Local Area

Located in the Portuguese territory of the Azores, between the U.S. and Africa, Santa Maria (LPAZ) is a great tech stop for general aviation (GA) operators. This location is frequently used by operators traveling between South America and Europe and between the Caribbean and Middle...
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Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint Use Civil/Military Airfields: Part 2 – Airport Examples

Business Aircraft Ops to Military and Joint Use Civil/Military Airfields: Part 2 – Airport Examples

In some cases, military airports offer attractive options for general aviation (GA) operators for being able to get closer to the passenger destination. With adequate advance trip preparation, working with your trip support provider and local ground handlers, it’s possible to access a fairly...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(DNAA) Abuja
(LLBG) Tel Aviv

Low/no fuel announcements

(DNAA) Abuja - Fuel remains critical as stocks are still low. SO Aviation stated fuel that has already been confirmed via email will be fulfilled. If you require fuel over the next few days, request fuel 48 hours in advance with required fuel gallons. Each fuel request will be reviewed on a daily basis, so please ensure you have a fuel confirmation.

(DNMM) Lagos - Fuel remains critical as stocks are still low. SO Aviation stated fuel that has already been confirmed via email will be fulfilled. If you require fuel over the next few days, request fuel 48 hours in advance with required fuel gallons. Each fuel request will be reviewed on a daily basis, so please ensure you have a fuel confirmation.

(DNPO) Port Harcourt - Fuel stocks remains normal. When fuel is required, request fuel 48 hours in advance with required fuel gallons. Each fuel request will be reviewed on a daily basis, so please ensure you have a fuel confirmation.

(FACT) Cape Town - UVair suppliers Air BP via Signature GA / COMM and Execujet Aviation have both reported supply disruptions within their region due to major fuel crisis. Both supplier have contingencies in place; however, if fuel is required supply fuel volumes and 48 hour prior notice. Fuel is not confirmed without a written or verbal confirmation from either supplier.

(FZIC) Kisangani - UVair supplier Air Total has reported NO FUEL until further notice.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

New UVair locations

Visit any of our UVair fuel-member locations to receive negotiated savings and streamlined custom billing. Call +1 (713) 378-2727 or N. America +1 (866) 882-4737, or visit uvair.com, to learn more about the UVair Fuel Program.

(FDSK) Sikhupe
(FDMS) Manzini
(FVCZ) Chiredzi
(FVKB) Kariba
(FVTL) Gweru

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

Low/no fuel announcements

(UMMM) Minsk - UVair supplier ACC and into plane fuel agent Belavia have reported this airport has been CLOSED by the Government.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

New UVair locations

Visit any of our UVair fuel-member locations to receive negotiated savings and streamlined custom billing. Call +1 (713) 378-2727 or N. America +1 (866) 882-4737, or visit uvair.com, to learn more about the UVair Fuel Program.

(VGSY) Sylhet

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LCLK) Larnaca

(ALL - Russia) All aircraft are prohibited from operating directly between Russian and Turkish airports.

(ALL - Russia) All aircraft are prohibited from operating directly between Russian and Ukrainian airports, including overflying Ukraine airspace.

(VARIOUS - Ukraine) Both Simferopol (UKFF) and Sevastopol (UKFB) airports are closed due to the political climate between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding Crimea.

Low/no fuel announcements

(EGLL) London - UVair Commercial HYD supplier Air Total reports NO FUEL until further notice. This fuel shortage does not impact the GA supplier Air BP at this time.

(EKCH) Copenhagen - A copy of AOC MUST accompany fuel release or expect an MOT charge of approximately $1.71 USD to be charged. Next destination must be shown on the fuel release or expect delays.

(LGKL) Kalamata - Airport closed for the winter Nov 1-Mar 31. Fuel can only be arranged with a minimum 48 hours' advance notice during winter period. During summer operations, Apr-Oct, airport fueling hours are 0800-2200, and fuel can be arranged with a minimum 24 hours' notice.

(LGKP) Karpathos - Airport is closed, fuel is not available during the winter months Nov 1-Mar 31. Airport re-opens for the summer from Apr-Oct and fuel is available with a minimum 48 hours advance notice.

(LGRX) Patras - Airport closed for the winter Nov 1-Mar 31. Fuel can only be arranged with a minimum 48 hours' advance notice during winter period. During summer operations, Apr-Oct, airport fueling hours are 0800-2200, and fuel can be arranged with a minimum 24 hours' notice.

(LIBC) Crotone - UVair supplier Air BP has exited. Airport is closed to all traffic until 29 Jan, 2017. The UVair supply team is currently looking for alternate supply at this location.

(LYBE) Belgrade - Fuel shortages reported at Nikola Tesla airport through January 31. UVair supplier has confirmed fuel shortages will not impact supply.

UVair fuel supplier Makpetrol A.D. advised main office closure for a public holiday on Jan 19-20 and will reopen Monday 23 Jan. Fuel releases should be received before 1500 local on 18 Jan.

 - (LWSK) Skopje
 - (LWOH) Ohrid

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
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New UVair locations

No new locations for this region at publication time.

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North America

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Airport information and scheduled closings

(MMTO) Toluca

Low/no fuel announcements

(MEXICO - ALL) - UVair supplier ASA's main office is closed on weekends and holidays. While UVair cardholders are able to fuel upon presentation of their UVair fuel card; operators holding no UVair card will ONLY be able to pay for fuel by cash or credit card unless arrangements were made in advance, during ASA's business hours.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

New UVair locations

No new locations for this region at publication time.

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings

(SBKP) Campinas – Sao Paolo
(SKCG) Cartagena

Low/no fuel announcements

PDVSA PETROLEO will no longer allow resellers (UVair) to arrange fuel in Venezuela if our client has a direct account with PDVSA PETROLEO. If operators have a direct agreement in place, fuel will need to be arranged with PDVSA PETROLEO directly. If there is no direct agreement with PDVSA PETROLEO, UVair will proceed with the fuel release as instructed.

Please note the UVair fuel card is no longer accepted on demand at any of the airports listed below. Fuel must be pre-arranged with two business days’ notice. The following locations are impacted:

SVAC, SVBC, SVBI, SVBM, SVCB, SVCS, SVCU, SVJC, SVMC, SVMG, SVMI, SVMT, SVPA, SVPR, SVSA, SVVA, SVVG, and SVVP.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

New UVair locations

No new locations for this region at publication time.

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NBAA update briefs

Visit https://www.nbaa.org/news/update/ for full versions of these briefs, plus much more of the week's business-aviation news.

Certain Types of Aircraft Financing More Available, Experts Say
For many operators, getting a loan or lease for a business aircraft has been difficult since the 2008 recession, but several new finance providers have recently entered the market. Heading into 2017, aircraft financiers and attorneys who handle aircraft transactions see certain types of credit becoming more available, even as a “new normal” sets in for aircraft values. The aircraft financing market will be among the issues discussed at the NBAA 2017 Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, set for March 5-7 in Bonita Springs, FL.
https://www.nbaa.org/admin/options/20170112-certain-types-of-aircraft-financing-becoming-more-available-experts-say.php

NBAA Commends FAA on Final Third-Class Medical Rule
NBAA last week welcomed the issuance by the FAA of a final rule allowing private pilots, in certain instances, to use a driver’s license, along with medical exams, in lieu of an FAA-issued medical certificate. The new rule is contained in a broader package of updated requirements for third-class medical certification, which the agency has dubbed BasicMed.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2017/20170110-002.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are no tropical systems at this time.

VOLCANOES
Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia remains active with ash that extends up to 9,000 feet. Movement is towards the southwest at 10 knots. Bagana, New Guinea continues to produce ash that extends up to 10,000 feet. Movement is towards the southeast at 10 knots. Bogoslof, situated in the Aleutian Islands, is currently producing an ash cloud that extends up to 31,000 feet. Movement is towards the northeast at 50 knots.

AFRICA
High pressure dominates a large portion of the central and northern part of the continent resulting in fair weather. A few rain showers are likely over extreme northern Tunisia in association with a weak surface low. Patchy late night and early morning fog is possible along the Ivory Coast. Clusters of thunderstorms are likely over the southern third of the continent, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. The tail end of a cold front will extend into southern South Africa where it will trigger scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms.

ASIA
Low pressure over northwestern Russia will produce areas of snow and blowing snow. The associated cold front will extend south and west into west-central Russia where it will produce a mixture of rain and snow. Farther east, more snow is likely in association with a weak surface trough. High pressure will dominate the remainder of central and eastern Russia resulting in widespread fog, especially at night. High pressure will continue southward across most of China resulting in additional areas of fog. Deepening low pressure centered just east of Japan will produce rain and strong winds resulting in low-level turbulence.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will continue across most of Indonesia in association with deep tropical moisture. The cold front associated with deep low pressure off Japan will trigger showers and thunderstorms over the western Pacific. A second area of low pressure centered well south of the Kamchatka Peninsula will trigger rain along with strong winds. High pressure will dominate the central North Pacific while a weak area of low pressure over southwestern Alaska will produce snow inland changing to rain just off the coast. A much stronger storm system off the west coast of the U.S. will produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Deep tropical moisture will push well inland over Australia resulting in isolated to few thunderstorms over the central and northern portion of the continent. Low pressure centered west of New Zealand will produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms along the associated cold front. High pressure centered over northern New Zealand will produce good weather.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
Deep low pressure located southeast of Newfoundland will produce strong winds along with snow over Newfoundland changing to rain off the coast. Thunderstorms can be expected along the associated cold front. Another storm system off the east coast of Greenland will produce more strong winds along with rain and snow. A ridge of high pressure extends from the U.K eastward across central Europe and will be responsible for widespread fog, especially from late evening through the morning hours. Low pressure centered over northern Tunisia will produce rain showers extending northward into Spain. The tail end of a cold front will produce a mix of rain and snow over central Scandinavia.

NORTH AMERICA
Low pressure approaching the western U.S. will spread rain onto the coast changing to snow farther inland. The rain will extend all the way into southern California. Weakening low pressure and its associated surface trough will produce rain showers from the Great Lakes region southeastward to the Mid Atlantic. Patchy morning fog will be possible over portions of central Mexico.

SOUTH AMERICA
Clusters of thunderstorms can be expected over the central and northern portion of the continent in association with deep tropical moisture. The storms will be most numerous during the afternoon and evening hours. Farther south, high pressure will dominate resulting in fair weather. A cold front pushing into southern Chile and Argentina will produce gusty winds and rain showers over the region.

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