Operational Insight Weekly · 28 April 2016Subscribe
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Business Jet Ops to Kenya: CIQ, Documentation & Tech Stops

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels
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UPDATE: Cuban Ops – What BizAv Operators Need to Know

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options
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Singapore Grand Prix – Operating Tips

BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 1: Airport and Parking Options
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UPDATE: Regulatory Changes for Greece: New GA Airport Slot Requirements

BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 1: Airport Options
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NBAA update brief
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels

Business Aircraft Ops to Japan: Local Area, Ground Transport & Hotels

General aviation (GA) trips to Japan are something to look forward to regardless of the time of year. However, depending upon when you arrive, you could face limited options in terms of preferred hotel accommodations. We always recommend that operators consider and confirm crew accommodations early on in the trip planning process...
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BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

BizAv Trip Planning: EBACE 2016 in Geneva – Part 1: Airport Options

EBACE 2016 runs May 24-26 at Geneva (LSGG), and this is a location that's becoming more and more congested with general aviation (GA) activity. For those planning to attend this business aviation event or travel here during this time frame, we recommend beginning the trip planning process as early as possible...
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BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 1: Airport and Parking Options

BizAv Trip Planning: Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 – Part 1: Airport and Parking Options

The Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2016 will be held May 13 – 15 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, north of Barcelona. This event will bring in heavier than normal traffic to both Barcelona and Gerona with significant road congestion anticipated to/from the race circuit...
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BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 1: Airport Options

BizAv Trip Planning: G7 Japan Summit 2016 – Part 1: Airport Options

This year's G7 Summit takes place May 26-27 at the Shima Kanko Hotel on Kashiko Island in Japan. In addition to attendance by G7 head of states, there will be associated meetings taking place with leaders from many other nations. We expect this to be a particularly busy G7 event for general aviation (GA) purposes...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (DNPO) Port Harcourt - UVair supplier SO Aviation has no Fuel
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FMNN) Nosy-Be - UVair supplier Air Total suggests parking near fueling pit No. 1 for best service.
  • (FMST) Toliara - UVair supplier Air Total's fuel trucks have a limited throughput rate of about 7,000 USG per hour, further limited to 3,500 USG per aircraft/flight.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Cape Verde
Eleven men were shot dead in Cape Verde on Tuesday, including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens, the minister of Internal Administration for the archipelago off the African coast said in a statement. The men were killed at a telecommunications site at Monte Tchota, a forested area on Santiago island about 27 km (17 miles) north of the capital, Praia, Minister Paulo Rocha said.

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U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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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
  • (PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall IS) - UVair supplier ExxonMobil advised no fuel during 19-23 May, 2016 due to a scheduled tanker replenishment.
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  Philippines
Islamist militants in the Philippines have killed hostage John Ridsdel, the Canadian government has confirmed.The Philippine army said a severed head was found on a remote Philippine island on Monday, five hours after the expiry of a ransom deadline.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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Europe/Eastern Europe

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (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.
  • (LFPB) Paris – Le Bourget
  • (LIPZ) Venice
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (LFPB) Paris - UVair supplier Air Total advise all quick turn refuelings require a minimum 90 minutes lead time to set up; pre-arrange or radio ahead.
  • (LWSK) - Skopje - UVair fuel supplier Makpetrol A.D, closed for public holiday 29 Apr to 5 May.
  • (LWOH) - Ohrid UVair fuel supplier Makpetrol A.D, closed for public holiday 29 Apr to 5 May.
  • (UKLN) Chernivtsi - UVair supplier Shannon Air Ukraine reports NO FUEL until further notice. This airport has not received their certificate from the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine.
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  Germany
Airline passengers traveling through Germany are set for a day of disruption after public sector workers at airports started strikes in a bid to push for higher wages. Lufthansa, Germany's largest carrier, said it was cancelling almost 900 flights at airports including Frankfurt and Munich, equivalent to around 60 percent of its usual daily traffic.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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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

  Mexico
Armed men launched near-simultaneous assaults on police in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, leaving one attacker dead and an officer wounded and terrifying residents in what has become one of the world's deadliest cities. The attacks targeted local federal police headquarters in a beachside tourist quarter and a hotel across town where many of its agents are lodged. The city's coastal boulevard was temporarily closed due to the firefight, and restaurants, bars and stores sealed their doors with customers inside to avoid getting caught up in the violence.

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U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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New UVair locations

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  • Atlantic Aviation (KSLC) - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fly Arkansas (KLIT) - Little Rock, AR
  • Talon Air (KFRG) - Farmingdale, NY

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (Peru) - Due to customs restrictions, UVair supplier Petroperu can only provide DOMESTIC fuel.
  • (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.
FAM global monitor security briefings

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U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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NBAA update briefs

Visit http://www.nbaa.org/news/update/ for full versions of these briefs, plus much more of the week's business-aviation news.

NBAA Hails Passage of Senate FAA Reauthorization Measure
NBAA last week welcomed the U.S. Senate's passage of a bill to reauthorize funding and programs for the FAA that includes important solutions to identified challenges, but without language for creating a privatized ATC system, overseen by an airline-centric board of directors and funded through onerous new user fees.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2016/20160419-033.php

Flight Departments Urged to Set Up Pilot Fitness-for-Duty Programs
A leading expert on aeromedicine recommends that flight departments institute formal "fitness for duty" (FFD) programs to evaluate experienced pilots whose flying skills seem to be deteriorating. An established FFD program, with clearly defined rules, can increase confidence that problems will be dealt with fairly, making pilots and their colleagues more likely to step forward to report concerns, said Dr. Quay Snyder, president and CEO of the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, an aeromedical consulting firm based in Centennial, CO.
https://www.nbaa.org/admin/personnel/medical/20160420-flight-departments-urged-to-set-up-pilot-fitness-for-duty-programs.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are no tropical systems at this time.

VOLCANOES
Colima, Mexico has an ash cloud from 15,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northeast at 15 knots. Tengger Caldera, Java has an ash cloud from 12,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 05 knots. Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 05 knots. Sakurajima, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 6,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 05 knots. Bagana, Bougainville, SW Pacific has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the south at 05 knots. Sangay, Ecuador has an ash cloud from 19,000 feet to the surface moving toward the west at 15 knots.

AFRICA
Thunderstorms are likely over central and eastern-central Africa. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast southeastward into Angola.

ASIA
A series of cold fronts pushing through northern Russia should produce snow and fog across the region. A stationary frontal boundary draped across northern China should produce rain showers across the area. Rain showers may be possible across southeastern China as a stationary frontal boundary lingers across the area. A cold front pushing through Japan could produce rain showers across the area. Low pressure over Sakhalin and Kamchatka Peninsulas should produce snow and fog across the area.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorms activity across Indonesia and Indo-China should increase over the next month as we start to transition towards the summer monsoon. A cold front pushing through the western North Pacific should produce isolated rain showers and thunderstorms across the area. A broad area of low pressure blankets the northern North Pacific. Rain showers and fog may be possible through the weekend across the area, which includes eastern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Showers and thunderstorms should decrease in activity across the northern tier of Australia as the summer monsoon season comes to a close. A cold front pushing through Eastern Australia should produce rain showers across the area.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A weak cold front in southwestern North Atlantic should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the region. A broad area of low pressure over northwestern North Atlantic should produce snow showers westward into Iceland, and eastward to the higher elevations of Scandinavia. A weak cold front approaching the U.K. should produce rain showers across the area beginning tomorrow. A cold front pushing through southeastern Europe should produce rain showers across the area, especially the Baltic States.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front pushing through the central U.S. should produce rain showers and thunderstorms from the upper Midwest southward through the Missouri and Tennessee Valleys into the Deep South. Some of these storms could become severe produce frequent lightning, gusty winds, hail and possibly tornados. Low pressure over the northern Rockies should produce rain showers across the region, with the higher elevations seeing some late season snow. An area of low pressure over the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland should keep snow showers in the forecast through tomorrow.

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 beginning tomorrow. A stationary frontal boundary over southeastern Brazil should produce mainly afternoon thunderstorms.

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