Operational Insight Weekly · 16 Mar 2017Subscribe
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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 2: Permits & Visas
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UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

Customs Tips For Any Trip: Part 2 – Compliance with the Details
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Regional news


Africa/Middle East

Asia/Pacific/Australia

Europe/Eastern Europe

North America

South and Central America/Caribbean

NBAA update brief
Worldwide weather report

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This week’s top posts from our blog

ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 2: Permits & Visas

ABACE 2017 – Operating to Shanghai: Part 2: Permits & Visas

Lead times for obtaining China landing permits are not onerous with requests generally approved within 24-48 hours. While slots are provided in conjunction with landing permits be aware that curfews and operating limitations are associated at both Shanghai airports...
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Customs Tips For Any Trip: Part 2 – Compliance with the Details

Customs Tips For Any Trip: Part 2 – Compliance with the Details

For business aircraft operators, “know before you go” is the critical rule to follow for successfully navigating the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance process at any new or unfamiliar international location. Be aware that CIQ, in general, is becoming stricter...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(DNAA) Abuja
(LLBG) Tel Aviv
(MRLP) Liberia

Low/no fuel announcements
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FAM global monitor security briefings

 Kenya
Kenyan officials say 11 people died over the weekend in violence in the center of the country between two herding communities that was fueled by a drought that has affected about half the country.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Afghanistan
Cameroon
Mauritania
Syria

New UVair locations

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(FDSK) Sikhupe
(FDMS) Manzini
(FVCZ) Chiredzi
(FVKB) Kariba
(FVTL) Gweru

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

Low/no fuel announcements

(NZAA) New Zealand - UVair supplier Z Energy (into plane Exxon) Tanker or Hydrant has reported a refinery shutdown / slowdown beginning Mar 5 and lasting up to 25 days.

(OPKC) Karachi - UVair supplier Air Total has reported NO FUEL until further notice.

(YMHB) Hobart - UVair is no longer able to provide fuel. A new supplier is being sought.

(YPPD) Port Hedland - Into Plane fueler has changed to PEARL AVIATION.

(ZJQH) Qionghai - UVair fuel is now available with HAINAN MEIYA ENT.

FAM global monitor security briefings

Malaysia 
Malaysian police arrest 5 Filipinos for Islamic State (IS) links.

 China
China bird flu death toll rises to 161 in worst outbreak since 2009.

 South Korea
3 die in protests after South Korean president removed from office.

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

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.

(VGSY) Sylhet

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LFPB) Paris
(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

(EKCH) Copenhagen - A copy of AOC MUST accompany fuel release or expect an MOT charge of approximately $1.71 USD to be charged. Next destination must be shown on the fuel release or expect delays.

(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.

(LOWL) Linz - Supplier Skytaning for ENI to Skytanking for SHELL.

FAM global monitor security briefings

 Greece
Police gave no further details, but said the parcels had been falsely labeled as being sent from academic institutions.

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

It’s beautiful. Our FBO at Toluca (MMTO) has completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Tour the new facility.

Airport information and scheduled closings

(MMTO) Toluca

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

 Mexico
13 Die in Drug-Related Violence in Southern Mexico.
Mexico arrests 87 suspects in fight against kidnapping gang.

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

(SEGU) Guayaquil
(SKBO) Bogota
(SKBQ) Barranquilla

Low/no fuel announcements

(MGMM) Flores - UVair supplier Combustible Latin America is unable to fuel until further notice

(SPRU) Trujillo - Petroperu has NO FUEL until further notice. The country is facing climatological difficulties and there are low inventories of aviation fuel at Trujillo Airport. Operators should tanker in or divert until the situation has resolved.

FAM global monitor security briefings

 Haiti
At least two people were wounded Monday when shots were fired at a motorcade carrying former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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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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.

President’s Proposed ATC-Privatization Budget Bad News for Small and Mid-Size Towns
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week issued comments strongly opposing the Trump administration’s budget, which appears to endorse privatizing the nation’s ATC system. Bolen noted that such a move could adversely affect, among others, countless small and mid-size communities across the U.S., which rely on general aviation. “Under such a proposal, the ATC system…would be turned over to a non-governmental entity, effectively controlled by the airlines,” Bolen said.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2017/20170316-024.php

NBAA Welcomes Congressman’s Inquiries About FAA's SMO Settlement Agreement
NBAA last week thanked Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-5-LA) for his letter to top FAA and DOT officials expressing "deep concern" about the settlement between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). "From my perspective, this agreement departs from the long-standing principle that the federal government will preserve airport infrastructure and hold airport sponsors accountable," Abraham wrote.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2017/20170316-023.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are no active tropical systems at this time.

VOLCANOES
Sabancaya, Peru has an ash cloud from 12,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southeast at 10 knots. Yasur, Vanuatu, SW Pacific has an ash cloud from 5,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northwest at 05 knots. Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the west at 05 knots. Sheveluch, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 18,000 feet to the surface moving toward the west at 30 knots.

AFRICA
Thunderstorms are likely central and eastern-central Africa. Thunderstorms associated with daytime heating can be expected over Madagascar. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast southeastward into Angola.

ASIA
A cold front pushing through southwest Russia should produce snow across the region over the next few days. A cold front pushing through central China should produce snow across the higher elevations, and rain closer to sea level. A stationary frontal boundary over southeast China should produce rain showers and thunderstorms over the next few days. A deep area of low pressure over the Kamchatka Peninsula should keep snow and gusty winds in the forecast through tomorrow. Low pressure over northern Japan should snow showers across the region.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorm activity across Indonesia and Indo-China should be limited to isolated afternoon events as the dry season continues. A strong cold front over the western North Pacific should produce rain showers across the area. A cold front in the central North Pacific should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. Low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska should enhance snow showers along the coast of central Alaska.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorms should become more frequent across the northern tier of Australia as the monsoon season continues. A cold front pushing through Western Australia should produce rain showers across the region. Unsettled conditions over eastern Australia should produce isolated thunderstorms across the region.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in the western north Atlantic should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the area. A strong cold front extending from Greenland to southern North Pacific should produce rain showers and gusty winds across the area. A cold front pushing through western Europe should produce rain showers across the area. Low pressure over Scandinavia should keep snow in the forecast over the next few days. A Stationary frontal boundary over eastern Europe should produce rain showers across the area.

NORTH AMERICA
Rain showers should persist along the Pacific Northwest through tomorrow as low pressure is slow to exit the region. Low pressure across the northern Rockies should keep snow in the forecast across the area including the northern Plains through tomorrow. Low pressure extending from northern New England to the Canadian Maritimes should produce snow showers across the region.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A cold front approaching southern Argentina/Chile should produce rain showers across the area. Low pressure over Buenos Aires, Argentina should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the area over the next few days.

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