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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather
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UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips
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Singapore Grand Prix – Operating Tips

NBAA URGENT – Help Needed!
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Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations
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Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather

Business Aviation Operating to Hong Kong: Flight Planning & Weather

When planning business aviation operations to Hong Kong (VHHH), be advised that procedures for filing flight plans differ from many other parts of the world. At this location it's always important to have your ground handler involved with flight plan filing in order to avoid potential issues and help ensure on time departures.
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Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements: Part 2 of 2 – Planning Tips

It's important for business aircraft operators to assess support equipment and services needs at each international destination. In some cases, it's best to research these requirements, with your 3rd-party provider and local ground handler, at least two weeks ahead of day of operation.
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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.
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Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

Document Intensive Charter Destinations for Business Aviation: Part 1 – Basic Considerations

For charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators it can be more challenging traveling to some countries and regions than others, from the documentation and permit perspective. It's always best to work with your 3rd-party provider, well in advance of day of operation, to confirm all applicable permit/documentation requirements.
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Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

Business Aircraft Ops to the Azores: Part 2 of 2 – Permits, PPRs, Slots, and CIQ

When planning business aircraft operations to the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, always ensure that proper lead times are provided for prior permissions required (PPRs), landing and overflight permits, and services requested. You should also be aware of the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance process.
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (FAOR) Johannesburg - UVair supplier Air Total requires the next destination on a fuel release to apply taxes appropriately.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FMNN) Nosy-Be - UVair supplier Air Total suggests parking near fueling pit No. 1 for best service.
  • (FMST) Toliara - UVair supplier Air Total's fuel trucks have a limited throughput rate of about 7,000 USG per hour, further limited to 3,500 USG per aircraft/flight.
  • (FTTJ) N'Djamena - UVair supplier Air Total offers no bowser refueling; only into plane.
  • (HHAS) Asmara - UVair supplier Air Total has fuel restrictions in place; only VIP flights are allowed access with Air Total validation.
  • (DNAA) Abuja - UVair supplier So Aviation has no fuel available.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Nigeria
Tension rocked Benin City on Tuesday, after five houses were destroyed in a bomb blast. The incident, which occurred at about 3pm, caused pandemonium in the City, as it was rumored that the dreaded Boko Haram sect may have been responsible for the blast. According to reports, residents of Zomi Zomi street in Upper Sakpoba Road, took to their heels after the explosion. A police source at the scene revealed that, "We learned that the bungalow where the bomb was detonated was being used as a hide out by kidnappers some months ago. But a combined unit of soldiers and the police invaded the house and arrested the suspects."

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (UTTT) Tashkent - UVair supplier Airport Authority requires a fuel release; must include a complete itinerary, advise volume requirements, and confirm availability in advance due to recurring supply difficulties. For tech stop refueling, a minimum 24 hours' advance notice is required.
  • (VTBD) Bangkok-Don Mueang International - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco provides international fuel while PTT offers domestic; both require a fuel release.
  • (PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall Islands) - UVair supplier ExxonMobil will have no fuel during tanker replenishment, scheduled for Feb 13-17, 2016.
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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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Russia) All aircraft are prohibited from operating directly between Russian and Turkish airports.
  • (VARIOUS - Ukraine) Both Simferopol (UKFF) and Sevastopol (UKFB) airports are closed due to the political climate between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding Crimea.
  • (LIML) Milan
  • (LIPZ) Venice
Low/no fuel announcements

None for this region at publication time.

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  Portugal
A bomb threat on a plane preparing to leave Faro airport (in Portugal's southern region of Algarve) for Lisbon forced the evacuation of its 38 passengers early on Tuesday, a spokesman for the country's flag carrier TAP said. The flight had been due to take off at 6:05 a.m. (0605 GMT), but was still being searched at 0840 GMT. The airport in the region (popular with tourists) was put on the second-highest "orange" alert, but the flights timetable showed no further delays for arrivals and departures.

  Sweden
A "powerful explosion" has been reported at a school building in the Swedish town of Karlstad, local media say. Despite many people hearing a "bang," the source of the blast has not been established. Fire broke out at the site following the explosion, Expressen newspaper reported. There have been no reports of casualties so far. "We are on site now and are trying to ascertain what has exploded," Ola Akesson of Karlstad's emergency services told the Expressen newspaper. The "bang" from the explosion could be heard in other parts of the city, she added. Big plumes of smoke could also be seen rising from the site. Smoke was coming from the roof of the school building, NWT reported, adding that a flash of light was also seen at the time of the blast. "There was a very loud bang. We thought it was a bomb," one of the teachers, who was in the staff room inside the building at the time of the incident, told the NWT newspaper.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings

None for this region at publication time.

Low/no fuel announcements

None for this region at publication time.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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  • Atlantic Aviation (KSLC) - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fly Arkansas (KLIT) - Little Rock, AR
  • Talon Air (KFRG) - Farmingdale, NY
  • Vishakhapatnam (VOVZ) - UVair now offers domestic fuel via INDIAN OIL

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • Various (Peru) - Due to customs restrictions, UVair supplier Petroperu can only provide DOMESTIC fuel at Chiclayo (SPHI), Iquitos (SPQT), Arequipa (SPQU), Trujillo (SPRU), Pisco (SPSO), Tarapoto (SPST), Tacna (SPTN), Talara (SPYL), and Cusco (SPZO).
  • (SEGU) Guayaquil
Low/no fuel announcements

None for this region at publication time.

FAM global monitor security briefings

  Haiti
Hundreds of Haitians took to the streets Tuesday to protest against a potential transitional government, with President Michel Martelly due to leave office but not yet replaced. And with no successor in place, Haiti is in constitutional crisis again after the January 24 presidential vote runoff was canceled over security concerns. His favored candidate, little-known Jovenel Moise, won October's first round with about a third of the vote and remains the favorite. But opposition flag-bearer Jude Celestin was close behind and refused to campaign ahead of the second vote, alleging the government was working against him. The failure to carry out a runoff has fueled fears that Martelly will try to stay on, or that a transitional authority will be imposed. "The opposition has no clue. They don't even exist for me. I don't want a transition with them. I want an election," said Moise supporter Cheney Robeus. "The legislature is going to extend the president's term, what else can they do? He can't just leave, and then we have a void. We could have elections within three months." In the first round of presidential voting on October 25, Moise officially won 32.76 percent of the vote, to 25.29 percent for Celestin, who denounced those results as a "ridiculous farce." Thirty years after the end of the Duvalier dictatorship, Haiti -- the poorest country in the Americas – is still struggling to organize uncontested elections and overcome the apathy of a disaffected populace.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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NBAA update briefs

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

NBAA Welcomes Senate Letter Opposing Privatized ATC Funded by User Fees
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week welcomed a bipartisan letter from Senate appropriators opposing plans for creating a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system funded with user fees.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2016/20160129-007.php

NBAA Helps Counter Latest City Effort to Close Santa Monica Airport
NBAA has joined with nine additional aviation stakeholders in responding to the city of Santa Monica's latest effort in its continuing campaign to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) – namely an appeal of a December determination by the FAA that requires the city to keep the historic airport open at least through 2023.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2016/20160129-008.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 has an ash cloud from 8,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 10 knots. Sheveluch, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 19,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southeast at 10 knots. Copahue, Argentina has an ash cloud from 11,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southeast at 20 knots. Colima, Mexico has an ash cloud from 17,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 20 knots. Karymsky, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 15,000 feet to the surface moving toward the west at 20 knots.

AFRICA
Thunderstorms are likely over central Africa. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast southeastward into Angola.

ASIA
A cold front pushing through Ukraine and southwestern Russia should produce a wintry mix of precipitation across the area. Unsettled conditions persist across the northern tier of Russia as snow and fog should continue through the weekend. High pressure dominates Mongolia and most of China. Expect clear skies and cold conditions over the next week. Low pressure over northern Japan should produce snow across the higher elevations and rain showers along the coast.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorm activity across Indonesia and Indo-China should be limited to mainly isolated afternoon activity. A cold front pushing through the southwestern North Pacific should produce isolated rain showers and thunderstorms across the area. A deep area of low pressure extends from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Alaska. Heavy snow and gusty winds should combine to produce blizzard like conditions across southern and central Alaska. Rain and gusty winds should persist through the weekend across the Aleutian Islands and coastal southern Alaska.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorms are likely over central Africa. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast southeastward into Angola.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in the western North Atlantic should produce mainly rain showers; however thunderstorms may be possible along the southern end of the front, east of southeastern U.S. A cold front in the central North Atlantic should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. By tomorrow, this front should be pushing through the U.K. In addition to the rain, strong gusty winds could occur, especially along coastal regions. A weak frontal boundary across central Europe should produce rain showers across the area, especially France, Germany, and western Poland. Low pressure over Scandinavia should produce snow across northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front approaching the Pacific Northwest should produce rain from Washington to northern California beginning tomorrow. Also, heavy snow may be possible from the Cascade Mountains southward into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A frontal boundary extending from the Carolinas to northern Florida should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the area. Lake effect snow may be possible across the Great Lakes region, especially along the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. A cold front pushing through the Canadian Maritimes should produce mostly rain, possibly a rain/snow mix across the region.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A stationary frontal boundary across southern Brazil should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front pushing through central Argentina should produce rain showers across the area.

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