Operational Insight Weekly · 8 Dec 2016Subscribe
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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling
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UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Room Considerations & Tips
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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

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

Business Aviation and the London International Boat Show – Part 1: Airports, Parking & Ground Handling

London International Boat Show takes place Jan 6-15, 2017 at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, located in the Royal Victoria Docks area between Canary Wharf and the City. This annual event showcases top end yachts and yacht outfitting, and it attracts a steady volume of international...
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Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Room Considerations & Tips

Hotel Security for Business Aviation Travel – Part 2: Room Considerations & Tips

A hotel room is not just a hotel room. Your safety and security at international hotel locations will be impacted by many non-room specific considerations including surveillance of public areas, access controls to guest areas, fire safety, and room security factors. There are simple tips...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LLBG) Tel Aviv

Low/no fuel announcements

(DNAA) Abuja - UVair supplier So Aviation's recurring supply shortages/outages continue due to Nigeria's devalued currency. Must advise volume requirements and obtain a written confirmation before assuming that fuel is available. All suppliers are being affected by this issue.

(DNMM) Lagos - UVair supplier So Aviation's recurring supply shortages/outages continue due to Nigeria's devalued currency. Must advise volume requirements and obtain a written confirmation before assuming that fuel is available. All suppliers are being affected by this issue.

(FTTC) Abeche - UVair supplier Air Total advises NO FUEL until further notice.

(GATB) Tombouctou - Fuel shortages reported at Tombouctou airport until Jan 25 2017, UVair supplier has confirm fuel shortages will not impact supply.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Democratic Republic of the Congo – December 2
Ethiopia – December 6
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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings

(VTSP) Phuket

Low/no fuel announcements

(PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall Islands) - UVair supplier ExxonMobil has NO FUEL available during December 21-25, 2016, due to tanker replenishment.

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

(EGLF) Farnborough
(LCLK) Larnaca
(LIML) Milan
(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

(LFMA) Aix - UVair supplier Air Total requires a fuel release and a minimum of 24-48 hours' notice required. Appointment refueling only (CLOSED MONDAYS), so a precise fuel time is required. An approximate $112 USD "NO FUEL FEE" applies for fuel ordered but delayed or not taken. Ask us for appointment scheduling contacts phone/email if needed.

(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 from 31 Oct to 30 Nov, UVair supplier has confirm fuel shortages will not impact supply.

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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North America

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Airport information and scheduled closings

(MMPR) Puerto Vallarta

Low/no fuel announcements

(KTEB) Teterboro - Meridian Teterboro is currently running out of RAMP space quickly and requires advance notice for all services. Meridian expects high traffic from Nov 09 to Dec 20.

(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.

(TXKF) Hamilton - UVair supplier SOL Petroleum has informed a series construction activities will be undertaken for the next 5 to 6 weeks, starting 07 Nov. Construction is in relation to replacement and rerouting of a section of the Jet Fuel supply pipeline. SOL Petroleum is working closely with the Department of Airport Operations (DAO) to ensure no disruption to the airport operations.

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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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings

(SBCF) Belo Horizonte
(SKCG) Cartagena

Low/no fuel announcements

(VARIOUS Peru) - UVair supplier PetroPeru requires all fuel arrangements for December 8, to be submitted before December 7 at 1400 local. Peru will have a local holiday on December 8.

The following locations are impacted:
SPHI, SPQT, SPQU, SPRU, SPSO, SPST, SPTN, SPYL, and SPZO

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.


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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 Weighs in on Chao Nomination for Transportation Secretary
Following the news that President-elect Donald Trump had chosen Elaine Chao as his choice for Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said the association looks forward to working with her. “We know that investment in infrastructure, including for aviation, is a priority for the incoming Trump administration, and the DOT secretary will be key in making this priority a reality,” Bolen said. “We congratulate Elaine Chao on her nomination to the position, and we look forward to working with her to continue promoting general aviation.”
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2016/20161130-089.php

European Third-Country Operator Requirement Now in Effect
Operators to Europe should be aware that the third-country operator (TCO) requirement is in effect, as of Nov. 26, NBAA officials advised. In 2014, The European Commission adopted a regulation that requires commercial air transport operators from outside the European Union (EU), also known as TCOs, to obtain a single EU-wide safety authorization to fly to, from or within the EU. A TCO authorization is not required for operators only overflying these areas without intending to land.
https://www.nbaa.org/ops/intl/eur/eu-tco/20161129-european-third-country-operator-requirement-now-in-effect.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
Tropical Cyclone 5 was centered over the northern Indian Ocean about midway between Thailand and India and moving towards the north at 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph. Gradual strengthening is expected over the next few days along with a turn towards the west.

VOLCANOES
Mt. Dukono remains active in Indonesia and is producing ash that extends up to 10,000 feet. Movement of the ash is towards the northeast at 15 knots. In Java, Tengger Caldera has become active once again and is producing ash that extends up to 10,000 feet. The ash is moving towards the southeast at 5 knots. Turrialba, located on Costa Rica, is producing ash that extends up to 14,000 feet. Movement of the ash is towards the west at 10 knots. Over in Mexico, Colima has once again become active with ash extending up to 22,000 feet. The ash is moving towards the northeast at 20 to 25 knots.

AFRICA
A weak upper level low will produce scattered showers along with isolated thunderstorms over the extreme northwestern portion of the continent. High pressure will dominate most of central Africa resulting in generally fair weather. Areas of thunderstorms can be expected over the south-central portion of Africa in association with the ITCZ. A northward moving cold front will produce a few showers over extreme southern South Africa.

ASIA
A frontal system pushing into northwestern Russia will produce a large area of snow across the region. High pressure over central Russia will result in the development of widespread fog. The fog will be most dense during the nighttime hours. Farther east, another area of snow can be expected in association with a weak surface low. Eastern Russia will be dominated by high pressure resulting in more areas of dense fog. Low pressure and its associated cold front will produce mainly snow across a small portion of western China. Farther east, high pressure will result in areas of fog across portions of central and eastern China. Most of this fog will occur during the overnight hours. Low pressure over northern Japan will produce rain to the south changing to snow farther north.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Isolated thunderstorms will continue mainly across most of Indonesia in association with deep tropical moisture. A weak surface trough will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Philippines. A strong area of low pressure centered over the western Pacific will produce rain changing to snow over the Kamchatka Peninsula. Isolated thunderstorms can be expected along the tail end of the associated cold front well south of Japan. High pressure will dominate the central Pacific while another area of low pressure over the northeastern Pacific will spread snow, freezing rain and rain into the northwestern U.S.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Deepening moisture will result in scattered showers and thunderstorms over northern Australia. High pressure will dominate the remainder of the continent resulting in generally fair weather. Low pressure centered just south of New Zealand will produce a large area of rain and rain showers with isolated thunderstorms likely along the associated cold front.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in association with low pressure centered the extreme western North Atlantic. High pressure will dominate the central North Atlantic where no significant weather is expected. Another storms system centered south of Iceland will produce a large area of rain changing to now over central and northern Iceland. The associated frontal system will spread rain into the western U.K. High pressure will dominate central Europe resulting in areas of fog, especially at night. The tail end of a cold front will extend westward into Scandinavia where it will produce a mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow.

NORTH AMERICA
A frontal system approaching the northwestern U.S. will produce rain along the coast changing to snow farther inland. Arctic high pressure will dominate most of central U.S. while a surface trough will produce scattered snow showers from the Great Lakes eastward into New England. Additional areas of light snow can be expected over central Canada due to abundant low level moisture. A strong cold front pushing southward across the Gulf of Mexico will produce mostly showers. Another storms system near Newfoundland will produce rain, freezing rain and snow.

SOUTH AMERICA
Clusters of thunderstorms will continue over most of the central and northern portion of the continent. Low pressure along with its associated surface trough will result in more enhanced thunderstorms over western Brazil. A cold front approaching southern Argentina and Chile will produce rain showers across the region. Patchy fog will be possible over southeastern Brazil.

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