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Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures
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Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States
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This week’s top posts from our blog

Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

Operating Requirements: Part 2 – Unique Procedures

This aviation blog post is part of a series on unique airport and country considerations and continues from our last article entitled “Operating Requirements: Part 1 – Unique Airport and Country Considerations.” Many unique operating requirements, here and there around the world, are location specific while others depend on the type of flight you’re operating. Some requirements, such as age restrictions, only apply to charter operations while others apply to all flight activity. It’s important to research all operating considerations/restrictions in advance. The following is a compilation of different locations to provide you with an overview of differing requirements for airports or countries…
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Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

Understanding Food Terminology – Differences between the United Kingdom and the United States

It’s important to be very specific when ordering catering. Be mindful that any part of a catering order can be misinterpreted without a clear understanding on both sides. Differences in terminology, even between the UK and U.S. can result in catering outcomes that may not be what the passenger expects. The following is an overview of what you need to know…
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LLBG) Tel Aviv
(LTFJ) Istanbul

Low/no fuel announcements

(DBBB) Cotonou - UVair supplier PUMA ENERGY has stated there is NO FUEL until further notice. Currently there is no stock to provide to operators.

(DNAA) Abuja - UVair supplier MRS OIL has stated NO FUEL until further notice due to NUPENG strike. This strike has halted truck loading and has impacted the stock position.

(DNKN) Kano - UVair supplier MRS OIL advises no fuel until further notice due to ongoing Nupeng fuel strike.

(DNMM) Lagos - UVair supplier So Aviation has no fuel available; will advise when supplies are replenished.

FAM global monitor security briefings

Kenya
Police are using gunfire and tear gas to disperse residents of a city slum protesting the overnight murder of four people in a suspected ethnic attack. Nairobi police Japheth Koome described the overnight killings Sunday as murders. Opposition leader Raila Odinga said those killed were from the Luo community who support his opposition party. Interethnic tensions have risen since the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August after Odinga challenged the victory in the Supreme Court, claiming electoral fraud. The court ordered a fresh poll which Odinga boycotted alleging lack of electoral reforms.

Morocco
RABAT, Morocco – Moroccan state TV channel 2M reports that at least 15 people have died and 5 others have been injured in a stampede as food aid was being distributed in a southern village. It said the stampede took place Sunday in the village of Sidi Boulalam, in the southern province of Essaouira. Distributions of food aid are common in the North African nation, notably in remote parts of the country. They are organized by private sponsors and groups as well as by the authorities. A drought has greatly hurt agricultural output in Morocco recently, contributing to the high cost of basic food items.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Saudi Arabia – 21 November

New UVair locations

No newly published locations for this region at publication time.

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Airport information and scheduled closings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

Low/no fuel announcements

(PKMJ) Majuro - UVair supplier ExxonMobil’s monthly tanker replenishment is tentatively scheduled for DEC 9-13, 2017. NO FUEL available to ad hoc operators during this time; operators should tanker in or divert.

(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.

(UTDT) Qurgonteppa - SBA Flight Int'l - NO FUEL until further notice.

(RJBE) Kobe - UVair supplier AIR TOTAL has issued a NO FUEL alert until further notice.

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

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No newly published locations for this region at publication time.

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings

(EGGW) Luton
(LCLK) Larnaca
(LIML) Milan


(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

The following airports no longer offer fuel service through UVair supplier AIR BP:

- (ENNA) Banak (Lakselv)
- (ENDU) Bardufoss

(ENOL) Orland - Air BP has NO JET A fuel available. UVair will not offer fuel services at this location.

(LFLL) Lyon - UVair supplier Air Total will be unable to fuel on Thursday, Nov 23, 2017, 0001-2359, (all times UTC), due to national social actions.

(LFPT) Pontoise - There is a possible fuel shortage through the end of the month of Nov 30. Operators should tanker in or divert.

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

(LICT) Trapani - Uvair supplier Q8 has advised there is NO FUEL from Nov 06 until Dec 12, due to runway maintenance.

(LRTM) Targu Mures - This airport is closed until Jan 31, 2018. NO FUEL until the airport has reopened.

(UACC) Astana - is experiencing a fuel shortage. The airport authority has restricted refueling until further notice, operators should tanker though. If tankering isn’t possible, must advise estimated uplift requirements as early as possible, so coordination can begin ASAP.

(UWPS) Saransk - Into Plane Agent AEROFUELS for SBA FLIGHT SUPPORT has stated there is NO FUEL until further notice. Operators should tanker in or divert.

FAM global monitor security briefings

France
A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree. Arnaud Martin finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital city, to discuss ending their relationship. But after an argument broke out, Martin shot the young woman in the face and killed two men who were nearby, aged 30 and 44, one of whom had tried to intervene, according to prosecutor for the Pontoise district Eric Corbaux.

Spain
Spanish police shot and wounded a man who shouted "Allah is great" after the vehicle he was travelling in was stopped at a police checkpoint in the province of Girona, northeast Spain. The incident happened when the man was travelling in the passenger seat of a vehicle that was stopped at a checkpoint at the Junquera toll booth close to one of the main frontier crossings between Spain and France, reported Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. While the woman driver was questioned by an agent of the Civil Guard, the man became increasingly nervous and other police officers thought they noticed he had suspicious lump close to his waist. They asked him to get out of the car and proceeded to search him at which moment he is reported to have shouted "Allah is great" and ran back to the car, only to get out of the vehicle with an "object" in his hand, which he waved in a threatening manner at which point he was shot by both a Civil Guard.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Europe – 16 November

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
(MMTO) Toluca

Low/no fuel announcements

(KTEB) Teterboro - Meridian Teterboro has entered into the peak season and ramp space is limited on a daily basis until Dec 30, 2017. Meridian has stated that operators should call in advance to secure a reservation for ramp space, once a reservation is confirmed, services will be provided.

(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

Mexico
Adolfo Lagos, the head of struggling Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa's telecoms unit izzi, was shot dead on Sunday on the outskirts of Mexico City. The death of Lagos, a well-known former banker, is a fresh pain for Televisa, which is struggling with declining ad sales and tough competition from the widespread move to online video. The company’s longtime chief executive will step down next year, the company said last month, and Televisa has also faced U.S. allegations that it was among media companies that paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches. The testimony came during the first trial to emerge from the U.S. investigation of bribery surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

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

(MROC) San Jose
(SABE) Buenos Aires
(SEGU) Guayaquil
(SKCG) Cartagena

Low/no fuel announcements

(SPSO) Pisco - NO FUEL until further notice through UVair supplier PETROPERU due to underground pipe leakage. Repairs are expected to last until Jan 2018. 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 Sets Record Straight on Misinformation About Business Aviation in Senate Tax Bill
When news outlets recently produced misleading coverage of a business aviation-related provision in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” NBAA was quick to respond. The bill, passed Nov. 16 by the Senate Finance Committee, clarifies, but doesn’t change, existing law with regard to taxes on general aviation, particularly as related to aircraft-management service companies – a point highlighted in a letter the association is sending in response to any article mischaracterizing the situation.
https://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/setting-the-record-straight-on-critics-misinformed-claims-about-business-aviation-and-the-senate-tax-bill.php

NTSB: General Aviation Fatal Accidents on the Decline
Accident rates among general aviation pilots are on the decline, as noted by the NTSB at a meeting to review progress made in addressing the agency’s 2017-18 Most Wanted List. Loss of Control In-Flight, the most significant category of fatal accidents, has been the focus of several government and industry collaboration efforts and remains on the NBAA Safety Committee’s list of Top Safety Focus Areas for business aviation.
https://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/in-flight-safety/ntsb-general-aviation-fatal-accidents-on-the-decline.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are no active tropical systems at this time.

VOLCANOES
Mt. Sabancaya, Peru is currently producing ash that extends up to 27,000 feet. Movement of the ash is towards the west northwest at 10 knots. Mt. Popocatepetl, Mexico also remains active and is producing ash that extends up to 24,000 feet. Movement is towards the southeast 20 knots. Mt. Sinabung is active once again and is producing an ash cloud that extends up to 14,000 feet. Movement of the ash cloud is towards the east at 5 knots. Mt. Sinabung is located in Indonesia.

AFRICA
High pressure will dominate most of northern and central Africa resulting in generally fair weather. Farther south, clusters of showers and thunderstorms associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone will continue to move from east to west. The tail end of a stationary front will produce a few thunderstorms across southeastern South Africa, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours.

ASIA
High pressure will dominate western Russia resulting in areas of dense nighttime and morning fog. Low pressure over central Russia will produce snow to the north changing to rain farther south along the associated cold front. Additional areas of snow will be found over east-central Russia in association with a stationary boundary lingering across the area. A large ridge of high pressure will dominate eastern Russia resulting in areas of fog across the region. An upper level trough will produce rain showers and snow showers from the Korean Peninsula eastward into portions of northern Japan. Additional rain showers can be expected over southeastern China in association with the tail end of a frontal boundary.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Clusters of thunderstorms will continue to impact most of Indonesia. Low pressure centered off the southwest coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula will produce rain and snow across the area. The associated cold front will extend southward well east of Japan where it will produce showers and isolated thunderstorms. High pressure will dominate portions of the central Pacific while another storm system centered over southwestern Alaska will produce rain along the coast changing to snow inland. The associated cold front will extend southward into the east-central Pacific where it will generate showers and thunderstorms.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Low pressure centered off the southwest coast of Australia will produce occasional rain showers across the region. A trough will extend northward from the low across southeastern Australia where it will trigger showers and thunderstorms. Additional thunderstorms can be expected over northern Australia. A large ridge of high pressure will dominate New Zealand resulting in fair weather across the entire region.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A frontal boundary extending from low pressure near Newfoundland southwestward across the western Atlantic will produce showers and isolated thunderstorms. The central Atlantic will be dominated by high pressure while low pressure over the southeastern portion will trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms. A large storm system centered just west of Norway will produce strong winds along with a large area of rain changing to freezing rain and snow across northern Scandinavia. High pressure over central Europe will result in areas of late night and early morning fog. An upper level trough will trigger scattered rain showers over Turkey.

NORTH AMERICA
Low pressure over southwestern Canada will produce rain along the immediate coast and snow inland across a large area. The associated cold front will extend southward across the northwestern U.S. where it will trigger scattered rain showers. High pressure will dominate most of the central and eastern U.S. resulting in fair weather. The tail end of a cold front will extend southwestward across the Florida peninsula where it will trigger showers and thunderstorms.

SOUTH AMERICA
Areas of showers and thunderstorms can be expected across the central and northern portion of the continent. A more concentrated area of storms can be expected over eastern Brazil in association with a surface trough. An approaching cold front will produce strong winds along with scattered rain showers across southern Argentina and Chile.

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