Operational Insight Weekly · 29 Sep 2016Subscribe
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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 - Permits & Flight Plans
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UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing
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This week's top posts from our blog

Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 - Permits & Flight Plans

Transiting Malaysia: Part 2 - Permits & Flight Plans

Although Malaysia is not a complex operating environment, from the planning, permit and access perspective, it’s important to give yourself sufficient lead time to secure permits and, when required, airport slots...
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Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing

Why Most Airplane Sales Never Make It to Closing

As many fellow aircraft brokers can attest, this career can be a lucrative way to earn a living, but can also become frustrating at times. In attempt to sell an aircraft, many in the industry seek the shortest route to closing a sale and miss the opportunity to successfully complete the aircraft closing. Excited about the prospect of closing the deal...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (DNAA) Abuja - UVair supplier SO AVIATION has resumed fueling. There remains a 72-hour prior notice and estimated gallons are still required.
  • (DNPO) Port Harcourt - UVair supplier SO Aviation has resumed fueling. There remains a 72-hour prior notice and estimated gallons are still required.
  • (DNMM) Lagos - UVair supplier SO Aviation has resumed fueling. There remains a 72-hour prior notice and estimated gallons are still required.
  • (DTMB) Monastir - UVair supplier Air Total has advised they are NO LONGER present at Monastir
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Turkey
The U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey, warned Americans on Monday that it had received specific and credible threats of potential terrorist activity targeting U.S.-branded hotels in Adana. "U.S. citizens in Adana are advised to exercise caution when patronizing these establishments," the consulate said in a statement on its website. The warning did not name the hotels. Adana's hotels include properties operating under the Sheraton and Hilton brands.

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
  • (PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall Is.) - UVair supplier Exxonmobil has NO FUEL for adhoc flights from 26-30 Sep, due to tanker replenishment.
  • (VRMG) Gan IS. - NO FUEL available from World Fuel (into plane Addu International A/P) until further notice. Operator should tanker through.
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

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (EDDB) Berlin
  • (EGGW) Luton
  • (EGSS) Stansted
  • (LCLK) Larnaca
  • (LFPB) Le Bourget
  • (LIPZ) Venice
  • (LIRA) Rome
  • (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.
  • (LIRA) Rome - UVair supplier Air Total, has announced an upcoming airport closure. During 14 Oct 1800 to 29 Oct 1830 LCL for maintenance. During this time Air Total has advised to tanker in or divert to LIRF-Rome until the maintenance is cleared.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  France
A gunman opened fire near a supermarket west of Paris, injuring two people. Police surrounded a building, believed to be the suspect's home, after he fled the scene of the attack outside the Super U store in Port-Marly, about 20km west of Paris.

  Hungary
Hungary's disaster management agency says that two people have been injured in an explosion at a ground-floor shop in downtown Budapest and have been taken to a hospital. Police and rescue personnel cordoned off the area late Saturday near the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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

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  • (EFHF) Helsinki
  • (EGNR) Chester (Hawarden)
  • (EKOD) Odense
  • (ENHD) Haugesund
  • (ENSD) Sandane
  • (ESGT) Vanersborg
  • (ESNN) Sundsvall
  • (LEHC) Huesca
  • (LFMU) Beziers
  • (LFOZ) Orleans
  • (LFRQ) Quimper
  • (LSZM) Basel

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North America

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
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.
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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
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (SAAC) Concordia - Possible fuel outage from 16-Sep to 26-Sep, 1900 EST. UVair supplier Repsol YPF is not impacted by this fuel outage.
  • (SAZG) General Pico - Possible fuel outage from 29 Aug - 30 Sep 2359. UVair supplier Repsol YPF is not impacted by this fuel outage.
  • (SBSJ) Sao Jose dos Campos - UVair customers needing fuel while at Embraer Hangar should choose Shell for fuel; elsewhere on the airport, choose Petrobras for fueling.
  • (TBPB) Bridgetown, Barbados - From Aug 25 until approximately Sept 25, 2016, both of SOL Aviation's jet A-1 fuel storage tanks will be taken out of service, sequentially, for mandatory maintenance. During this time, fuel uplifts will be limited to 50% of normal tank capacity in order to avoid negative impact to service delivery.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Brazil
Brazilian police say gunmen have killed a city council candidate as he was leaving a political rally outside Rio de Janeiro. The candidate was 49-year-old Ricardo Guimaraes, a retired police captain who was running for a post on the city council of the poor suburb of Itaborai.

  Venezuela
Venezuela's interior ministry has announced a new plan to combat kidnapping in the country, but it's doubtful the strategy will slow the country's steep rise in abductions for ransom. Interior Minister Néstor Reverol, who was appointed to the cabinet position in early August by President Nicolás Maduro one day after the US government indicted him on drug charges, announced the launch of the National Plan against Kidnapping on September 23, reported Panorama.

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

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NBAA Report Calls for Renewed Emphasis on Pre-Takeoff Flight-Control Checks
NBAA last week issued a report calling for a renewed emphasis on compliance with the pre-takeoff flight-control checks required by aircraft manufacturers. The study follows a fatal 2014 Gulfstream G-IV accident in Bedford, MA, which prompted the NTSB to recommend that NBAA lead a study to measure the extent of non-compliance with before-takeoff flight checks. The report finds that an average of 15 percent of business aircraft flights began with a partial flight control check, and 2 percent began without a full, valid check. “This report should further raise awareness within the business aviation community that complacency and lack of procedural discipline have no place in our profession,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2016/20160920-062.php

NBAA Legal Brief Asserts Need for IRS Consistency, Clarity on Federal Excise Tax
NBAA recently filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit, challenging the IRS’s retroactive assessment of the federal excise tax (FET) on aircraft management fees received by a fractional program. NBAA’s filing in the case involving Bombardier Aerospace, the prior owner of FlexJet, said the IRS never provided clear guidance on the application of FET to management fees.
https://www.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/federal/fet/20160923-nbaa-legal-brief-asserts-need-for-irs-consistency-clarity-on-federal-excise-tax.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Mathew has formed just east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving towards the west at 20 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph and gradual strengthening is expected. In the eastern Pacific, Tropical Depression Roslyn is dissipating off the west coast of Mexico with winds of only 35 mph. West of Roslyn is Tropical Storm Ulika. Ulika is moving towards the north at 6 mph with maximum winds of 70 mph. Ulika is also forecast to weaken over the next few days. In the West Pacific is Tropical Depression Chaba. Chaba is forecast to slowly intensify over the next few days as it moves northwestward.

VOLCANOES
Dukono, Halmahera continues to produce ash that extends up to 8,000 feet. The ash is moving towards the southwest at 10 knots. Turrialba, Coast Rica has also become active and is producing ash that extends up to 15,000 feet. The ash cloud is moving towards the northwest at 10 to 15 knots.

AFRICA
Clusters of thunderstorms will continue across the central portion of the continent, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Occasional tops on these storms could extend to 50,000 feet or more. High pressure will dominate both the northern and southern portion of the continent where no significant weather is expected.

ASIA
A strong frontal system approaching western Russia will produce rain to the south changing over to now farther north. Strong surface winds will also accompany this system. A large ridge of high pressure will dominate most of central Russia resulting in mostly fair weather; however a few pockets of late night and early morning fog will be possible. Farther south, Low pressure and its associated cold front will produce rain and rain showers from south-central Russia southward into central China. High pressure will dominate east-central China resulting in a few areas of late night and early morning fog. Low pressure over extreme eastern Russia will produce a variety of precipitation to include snow, freezing rain and rain. A stationary front will extend from low pressure over the central Pacific westward across southern Japan and into extreme eastern China resulting in scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Areas of thunderstorms will also continue across southeastern China, mainly during the afternoon and evening.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Areas of thunderstorms, some numerous, will continue from Indo-China southward across Indonesia in association with the summer monsoon. A broad area of low pressure will also continue to produce thunderstorms over the Philippines. A frontal boundary will extend from extreme eastern China eastward across the central Pacific and into low pressure centered over the Aleutian Islands. Several waves of low pressure along the front will help trigger showers and isolated thunderstorms. Rain and strong winds associated with the low will continue to spread eastward across the islands. High pressure will dominate to the north and south of this feature as well as the eastern Pacific.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms will spread into the extreme northern portion of Australia as tropical moisture begins to spread southward. A strong storm system centered near Tasmania will produce a large area of rain and strong surface winds. The associated cold front will extend northward across the Tasman Sea where it will trigger showers and isolated thunderstorms. The tail end of a cold front will extend northward into southwestern Australia where it will trigger just a few rain showers.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A large storm system over the east-central North Atlantic will produce rain showers spreading eastward into the western U.K. Farther south, rain showers and thunderstorms can be expected along the associated cold front. Additional showers and thunderstorms can be expected over a small portion of the western Atlantic ahead of a cold front pushing off the coast of the U.S. High pressure will dominate central Europe resulting in the chance for patchy late night and early morning fog.

NORTH AMERICA
A frontal system working its way slowly eastward across the western U.S. will trigger mainly just a few rain showers. High pressure will dominate the central U.S. resulting in fair weather while a deep upper level low will trigger scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms from the central Great Lakes region eastward. A slow moving storm system approaching New England will produce rain along with gusty winds across the area. Thunderstorms can also be expected along the associated cold front just off the east coast.

SOUTH AMERICA
Areas of showers and thunderstorms will continue across the central and northern portion of the continent. The tail end of a cold front will extend westward into southeastern Brazil where it will trigger showers and isolated thunderstorms. Low pressure and its associated surface trough over extreme southern Argentina will produce scattered showers across the area.

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