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Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area
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Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area
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This week’s top posts from our blog

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 3: Fuel, CIQ, Security & Local Area

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Attending the 2018 Russian World Cup – Part 2: Permits, Cabotage & Visas“. Sourcing adequate crew accommodations at World Cup venue locations can be a concern, particularly for shorter notice or last minute operations. Support providers and local ground handlers will have options available but these may not be in preferred areas or the particular hotel brand you may be looking for. The following is an overview of what you need to know…

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Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

Attending the Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 2: Permits, Airways, Culture & Local Area

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Attending Abu Dhabi Airshow & Dubai Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking, & CIQ.” While landing permits for the Emirates can be obtained easily and quickly overflight permits to and from the region can be an important planning consideration. There are safety of flight issues to consider in terms of routing as well as individual flight department SOP that may impact route selection. The following is an overview of what you need to know… | [read full post online]

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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LLBG) Tel Aviv
(LTFJ) Istanbul

Low/no fuel announcements

(DNKN) Kano - UVair supplier MRS Oil Nigeria has limited fuel supplies available. Advise volume requirements and confirm fueling in advance.

UVair supplier ENGEN has planned a refinery shut down from Feb 07 to Mar 22, 2018 for routine maintenance. Contingency plans are in place by ENGEN and fuel service will continue as normal.

- (FABL) Bloemfontein
- (FAKM) Kimberley
- (FAUP) Upington
- (FIMP) Plaine Magnien

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 newly published locations for this region at publication time.

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings

(WSSS) Singapore

Low/no fuel announcements

(RJCC) Sapporo - UVair supplier Idemitsu has no fuel available to charter/large aircraft operators until summer 2018. GA fueling is available but large volumes requests should confirm availability in advance.

(UTDD) Dushanbe - Access Flight - NO FUEL until further notice, except to Government and State flights. Some fuel has been allotted for these flights. Contact Access Flight via ALEXANDER.KUZNETSOV@ACCESS.AERO to secure any fuel requirements.

(UTDL) Khujand - Access Flight - NO FUEL until further notice, except to Government and State flights. Some fuel has been allotted for these flights. Contact Access Flight via ALEXANDER.KUZNETSOV@ACCESS.AERO to secure any fuel requirements.

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 newly published locations for this region at publication time.

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LCLK) Larnaca
(LIML) Milan
(LIPZ) Venice
(LIRA) Rome
(LIRQ) Florence


(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

(LDSB) Brac - UVair supplier INA will fuel with 48 hours advance notice needed to fuel Jan 8-Feb 28.

NO FUEL from Nov 01 - Mar 31, 2018, as the below airports are closed and will supply no fuel:

- (LGKF) Kefalonia
- (LGKL) Kalamata
- (LGKP) Karpathos
- (LGMK) Mikonos
- (LGRX) Patras

(LRTM) Targu Mures - This airport is closed until Apr 3. NO FUEL until the airport has reopened.

(LYBE) Belgrade - possible fuel supply disruption from Jan 31, until Mar 02, per the below fuel NOTAM

A0182/18 NOTAMN
Q) LYBA/QFULT/IV/NBO/A /000/999/4449N02018E005
A) LYBE B) 1801312300 C) 1803022300
E) FUEL JET A-1 BY BELGRADE NIKOLA TESLA AIRPORT FUEL SERVICE
PROVIDER AVBL ONLY FOR CONTRACTED OPERATORS.

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 newly published locations for this region at publication time.

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North America

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Airport information and scheduled closings

(MMPR) – Puerto Vallarta
(MMSD) – San Jose del Cabo
(MMTO) – Toluca

Low/no fuel announcements

(MMSD) San Jose Del Cabo - UVair has just been informed the local fuel truck which delivers fuel to the local FBOs from 6 pm to 7am local is unable to provide UVair customers fuel until further notice due to pending truck permit approval. ASA is the primary fuel supplier at this location and will continue to supply fuel; however, only provides fuel during normal business hours. ASA is does not provide fuel at the FBO ramps from (6:00 PM - 7:00 AM local). If fuel is required afterhours, the local FBO cannot supply fuel through UVair/ASA. The FBO will work directly with the operator to secure payment for fuel purchased afterhours (either by cash or credit card).

(MEXICO - ALL) - UVair supplier ASA’s main office is regularly closed on weekends and holidays. ASA’s Christmas and New Year’s schedules are pending, so do check back for the exact schedule. 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 newly published locations for this region at publication time.
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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings

(MDSD) Santo Domingo
(MKJS) Montego Bay
(SABE) Buenos Aires
(SBKP) Campinas
(SBRF) Recife
(SKCG) Cartagena
(TIST) St. Thomas
(TJBQ) Aguadilla

Low/no fuel announcements

(MRLM) Puerto Limon - UVair supplier RECOME has stated NO FUEL from Feb 13, 1200 local to Feb 16, 2359 local. The fuel truck is currently in maintenance. Operators should tanker in or divert.

(SPSO) Pisco - NO FUEL until further notice through UVair supplier PETROPERU due to underground pipe leakage. Repairs are expected to last through Mar 15. Operators should tanker in or divert.

(SPYL) Talara - UVair supplier Petroperu has NO FUEL until Feb 19. Operators should tanker in or divert.

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 newly published 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.

NBAA Opposes ATC-Giveaway Component of President's Budget Proposal
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today stated the organization’s strong opposition to the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which appears to endorse an ATC giveaway to the big airlines. Under the highly controversial plan, congressional oversight of the nation’s aviation system would be transferred to a private board, effectively dominated by the airlines and unaccountable to Congress. “NBAA has always supported investments in aviation, including some of those in the president’s budget,” said Bolen said. “Privatization would especially hurt the general aviation industry, which supports more than a million jobs and generates $200 billion a year in economic activity.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2018/20180212-013.php

NBAA Resources Provide Tax Reform Details for Business Aviation
In a new article, NBAA details the bonus depreciation rules that were modified in the recently passed 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Thanks to advocacy from NBAA and other general aviation associations, under the new law, new and used aircraft, and other qualifying business assets, qualify for bonus depreciation. In addition to the article, NBAA’’s upcoming Business Aviation Taxes Seminar, May 10-11 in Dallas, TX, will focus exclusively on tax reform implications for business aviation.
https://www.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/depreciation/bonus/

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are currently two tropical cyclones: Tropical Depression Sanba is currently moving westward over the eastern South China Sea. Sanba has become very disorganized and is expected to dissipate over the next couple of days as it continues on a general westward track. Over in the South Pacific is Tropical Cyclone Gita; Gita is a powerful cyclone with sustained winds of 120 mph. Movement is towards the west at 10 knots. Over the next few days, Gita will make a gradual turn towards the southwest and steadily weaken. The remnants of Gita could impact northern New Zealand in about 5 days.

VOLCANOES
There are 4 active volcanoes at this time: Mt Mayon, located in the Philippines, is currently producing ash that extends up to 18,000 ft. The ash is moving towards the west-northwest at 18 knots. Over in Costa Rica, Turrialba remains active and is producing ash up to 12,000 feet. Movement is towards the west at 10 to 15 knots. Also in Central America, Mt Fuego is producing an ash cloud that currently extends up to 16,000 feet. The ash cloud is moving towards the west at 25 to 30 knots. Finally, Mt Reventador has become active once again and is producing ash that extends up to 15,000 feet. Movement of the ash cloud is towards the northwest at 10 knots. Mt Reventador is located in Ecuador.

AFRICA
A cold front pushing southward across northeastern Africa will produce little in the way of any significant weather. A weak upper level disturbance will produce a few rain showers across a small portion of northwestern Africa. High pressure will dominate the central portion of the continent resulting in fair weather. The southern half of the continent will be dominated by clusters of thunderstorms that will be moving from east to west. These storms will become more numerous during the afternoon and evening hours.

ASIA
Snow associated with low pressure over Eastern Europe will continue to affect most of western Russia. Central Russia will be dominated by a large ridge of high pressure resulting in areas of dense fog, especially during the overnight hours. A weak surface trough will produce areas of light snow across eastern Russia with fog also likely in some areas. A strong storm system centered off the extreme southeast coast of Russia will produce strong winds and snow across the region to include the Kamchatka Peninsula. A frontal boundary stretched from east to west across central China will produce mainly areas of snow showers across the region. The remainder of China will be dominated by high pressure resulting in generally fair weather with the exception of a few areas of nighttime fog. Showers in association with a surface trough will be pushing east of Japan while strong gusty northwest winds in the wake of this feature will extend across Japan and the Korean peninsula.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Isolated thunderstorms can be expected across most of the Philippines while additional storms will impact extreme southern Vietnam in association with Tropical Depression Sanba. Clusters of showers and thunderstorms will continue across the remainder of Indonesia. A cold front will extend from low pressure just east of the Kamchatka Peninsula southwestward across the western Pacific to just east of the central China coast. The large storm system will produce snow to the north changing to rain farther south and rain showers farther south along the associated cold front. The central Pacific will be dominated by high pressure while the eastern Pacific will be dominated by another storm system and associated cold front. This feature will produce mainly rain showers. A strong upper level low and associated surface trough will produce thunderstorms mainly to the north and east of the Hawaiian Islands.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Clusters of thunderstorms associated with the monsoonal trough will continue along the northern coast of Australia. Isolated afternoon storms will also be possible over the southwestern portion of the continent in association with a weak surface trough. The remainder of the continent will be dominated by high pressure. A cold front pushing northward across central New Zealand will produce a band of showers and isolated thunderstorms.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
Low pressure over the central North Atlantic will produce rain to the south changing over to snow farther north. High pressure will dominate the eastern Atlantic while a broad area of low pressure extending from Iceland to southern Greenland will produce snow and wind across the entire region. A much weaker area of low pressure just off the northwest coast of France will produce a small area of scattered rain showers. Another storm system centered over Scandinavia will produce snow to the north changing over to rain showers farther to the south along the associated cold front. The cold front will extend southward across Eastern Europe. Another storm system centered over the eastern Mediterranean Sea will produce rain showers along with isolated thunderstorms.

NORTH AMERICA
Canadian high pressure will dominate most of the central and northeastern U.S. with fair, but cold weather. A frontal boundary will extend from the Mid-Atlantic region southwestward to southern Texas. Mainly rain can be expected along this boundary; however, some snow and sleet will be possible behind the front over the southern Plains. A weak surface low will produce scattered snow showers across the northern Rockies as it pushes quickly eastward.

SOUTH AMERICA
Clusters of thunderstorms will continue across the northern two thirds of South America with the more numerous activity occurring during the afternoon and evening across the central portion. A cold front pushing northward across southern Chile and Argentina will only produce a few rain showers.

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