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Operating to Japan – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Operating to Japan – Part 1: Airports & Parking
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Universal Chairman’s Note – Remaining vigilant in opposition of ATC privatization

Universal Chairman’s Note – Remaining vigilant in opposition of ATC privatization
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This week’s top posts from our blog

Operating to Japan – Part 1: Airports & Parking

Operating to Japan – Part 1: Airports & Parking

This business aviation blog post is part of a three-part article series on business operations to Japan. Japan is, and always has been, a popular tech and destination stop location for general aviation (GA). While GA access, particularly to the Tokyo area, is much improved over what it was 15 years ago, there are still issues to consider in terms of airport hours, overtime options, parking availability and maximizing success of the ground handling experience. The following is an overview of what you need to know… [read more]

Universal Chairman’s Note – Remaining vigilant in opposition of ATC privatization

Universal Chairman’s Note – Remaining vigilant in opposition of ATC privatization

As you may have read recently, Air Traffic Control privatization is once again on the table following the release of the White House and the Office of Management and Budget’s reorganization of the federal government plan. The good news: This proposal has already failed multiple times. Reintroduced in late June, it has once again met stiff opposition, not just from associations like NBAA, AOPA, EAA, GAMA, HAI and NATA, but also from several members of Congress. The bad news: No matter how many times we seem to “defeat” ATC privatization – which would cause irreparable harm to business aviation and potentially our livelihoods – like a character from a horror movie, it continues to rise from the dead again and again… [more]

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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LLBG) Tel Aviv
(LTFJ) Istanbul

Low/no fuel announcements

(FZIC) Kisangani - LOW fuel volumes reported by UVair supplier COBIL over the next few days. FIRM fuel volumes required and ensure fuel is confirmed ahead of arrival. Otherwise, operators should consider 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

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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

(RCSS) Taipei

Low/no fuel announcements

No newly published warnings 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

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

(EGLF) Farnborough
(EGSS) Stansted
(EGWU) Northolt
(LCLK) Larnaca
(LFPB) Paris
(LIPZ) Venice


(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

(LFKF) FIGARI - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.

(LFLL) LYON - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel until further notice.

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published locations for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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.

EDBM (Magdeburg) - UVair now has supply with Air BP.
ENMS (Kjaerstad) - UVair now has supply with Air BP.
LESU (La Seu D’urgell-Andorra) - UVair now has supply with Air BP.
LETL (Teruel) - UVair now has supply with Air BP.
LFLG (Le Versoud) - UVair now has supply with Air BP.

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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings

(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

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.

KHYR – L & L Aviation – Hayward, WI
KJAS – Bravo Aviation – Jasper, TX
KMQI – Dare County Airport – Manteo, NC
KMVL – Stowe Aviation – Morrisville, VT
KOCH – City of Nacogdoches – Nacogdoches, TX

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings

(MROC) San Jose
(SKCG) Cartagena
(TIST) St. Thomas

Low/no fuel announcements

No newly published warnings 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

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.

Podcast: Aircraft Marketplace Now 'Balanced,' Says Industry Veteran
Due to a growing global economy, there has been a turnaround in worldwide jet sales, and the aircraft market is balanced for the first time in years, creating a healthy, sustainable marketplace, according to a veteran broker. “The days of an airplane losing 20, 25 percent a year, which is of course not sustainable, are gone,” said Jay Mesinger, CEO of Mesinger Jet Sales, adding demand is now outpacing supply. “It’s the first time that my industry has been so bold to use words like ‘half full’ or ‘optimistic’ or ‘enthusiastic’ in years, and those are the words that are universally being used by all of us engaged in aviation.” Mesinger shares his perspective in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/flight-plan/

Business Aircraft Operators Urged to Comply With Departure Procedures at VNY, All Airports
The control tower at California’s Van Nuys Airport (VNY) has reported a growing number of pilot deviations over the past 18 months, which are posing a threat to safety. Most of these deviations involve are pilots flying SIDs out of Van Nuys Airport who “are commencing a turn on course prior to being issued radar vectors from the Southern California Tracon controller.” NBAA urges all business operators to “pre-brief, understand and comply with the departure procedures before departing from any airport, not just Van Nuys,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA director of air traffic services and infrastructure.
https://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/vny/business-aircraft-operators-urged-to-comply-with-departure-procedures-at-vny-all-airports.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL

Tropical Cyclone Son-Tinh will be moving inland over Vietnam and dissipating over the next 24 hours. Elsehwere, Tropical Storm Ampil was centered about 500 miles south of Okinawa with winds of 35 knots. Movement is towards the east-northeast at 10 mph. A turn back towards the northwest is expected and Ampil is expected to make landfall over eastern China in a few days as a tropical storm.

VOLCANOES

There are currently 3 active volcanoes: Mt Sheveluch is currently producing ash that extends up to 9,000 feet. Movement of the ash cloud is towards the southeast at 15 knots. Mt Sheveluch is situated on the Kamchatka peninsula. Also on the Kamchatka peninsula; Mt Karymsky is currently producing ash that extends up to 12,000 feet. The ash is moving towards the southwest at 15 knots. Mt Dukono has become active once again and is producing ash up to 6,000 feet. Movement of the ash is towards the northeast at 15 knots.

AFRICA

Clusters of showers and thunderstorms associated with the ITCZ will continue to move from east to west across the central portion of the continent. The northern portion of the continent will be dominated by high pressure resulting in fair weather. Good weather can also be expected over the southern third of the continent where high pressure will once again dominate.

ASIA

A ridge of high pressure will dominate most of central and western Russia resulting in mainly fair weather with the exception of some patchy early morning fog in a few areas. Extreme southwestern Russia may see a few rain showers in association with a weak area of low pressure centered near the Black Sea. A frontal boundary will extend from west to east across northeastern Russia and will generate a large area of rain and rain showers. Some patchy fog will also be possible across the region. Another frontal boundary will extend from low pressure over southeastern Russia westward into northern China and Mongolia where it will produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Isolated thunderstorms can also be expected across portions of southern China in association with the northern edge of the summer monsoon. A ridge of high pressure will dominate from Kore eastward across Japan.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC

Deep moisture will continue to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Philippines and Vietnam. This activity will become more numerous during the afternoon and evening hours. Thunderstorms can also be expected over most of Indonesia. Low pressure and its associated cold front will produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the western Pacific. Another storm system centered off the southwest coast of Alaska will produce mainly just rain showers. The remainder of the north Pacific will be dominated by high pressure.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC

High pressure will dominate most of Australia with the exception of the southeastern portion where a cold front will produce strong winds along with scattered rain showers. New Zealand will be dominated by high pressure.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE

The tail end of a cold front will produce showers and thunderstorms across the western and southwestern Atlantic extending westward into the southeastern U.S. The front will extend northward into low pressure centered over southern Greenland. The low will produce rain along the coastal areas of Greenland changing to snow farther inland. A cold front approaching the western U.K. will produce a few rain showers across the region while central Europe will be dominated by high pressure. A weak surface low will produce a small area of isolated thunderstorms across western France.

NORTH AMERICA

A frontal boundary will stretch from west to east across northern Alaska and northwestern Canada resulting in scattered rain showers across the region. Central Canada will be dominated by high pressure while scattered thunderstorms can be expected over the central U.S. in association with a weak area of low pressure. The tail end of a cold front will produce showers and thunderstorms across the southeastern U.S. Additional afternoon storms can be expected over the Rockies.

SOUTH AMERICA

Clusters of thunderstorms can be expected over the northern third of the continent. The central portion will be dominated by high pressure while a deepening area of low pressure off the northeast coast of Argentina will produce rain showers, isolated thunderstorms and strong surface winds.

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