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Traveling to Leuchars Airport: Changes for GA Ops

Traveling to Leuchars Airport: Changes for GA Ops
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Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations
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This week’s top posts from our blog

Traveling to Leuchars Airport: Changes for GA Ops

Traveling to Leuchars Airport: Changes for GA Ops

If you’re flying to St. Andrews for golf, Leuchars (EGQL) is the closest and preferred general aviation (GA) airport. St. Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world, and a popular destination for many business aviation operators. Here are tips on operating to the spiritual…
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Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Permissions for Non-U.S. Charter Flights to the U.S. – Part 2: Additional Considerations

There are only rare cases where the Department of Transportation (DOT) actually notifies operators on required permissions and procedures for operating non-U.S. aircraft on charters (non-scheduled commercial) to the U.S. However, in the end it’s always up to the operator to be…
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings

(LLBG) Tel Aviv
(LTFJ) Istanbul

Low/no fuel announcements

(PKMJ) Majuro - UVair supplier Exxon advises monthly tanker schedule – NO FUEL available to ad hoc operators during the period Sep 10-14. Operators should tanker in or divert.

(DFOO) Bobo Dioulasso and (DFFD) Ouagadougou - UVair supplier Oilibya has advised low fuel volumes at DFOO and DFFD and requires 48 hours prior notice along with FIRM fuel volumes, until stocks are replenished.

(GATB) Tombouctou and (GAGO) Gao - UVair supplier General Avia SVCS and into plane agent Star Oil Mali have reported fuel shortages in Mali. There are fuel trucks in route to these two locations; however, fuel should be confirmed in advance with firm fuel volumes.

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 this region at publication time.

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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) Auckland - NO FUEL until further notice due to fuel rationing caused by a disruption on the refinery to terminal pipeline. The repairs are expected over several days and expected repair date is (Sep 28).

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

UVair supplier ExxonMobil is no longer able to supply fuel at these locations:
   - (YBRM) Broome - SHELL remains as a fuel provider here.
   - (YMLT) Launceston

NO FUEL via UVair supplier PETRONAS on Sep 25 from 0200 to 0500 local, due to fueling system will down for maintenance:
   - (WMKK) Kuala Lumpur
   - (WMSA) Kuala Lumpur

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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(ZGSD) Zhuhai

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings

(EGGW) Luton
(EINN) Shannon
(LCLK) Larnaca
(LFPP) Paris
(LIRQ) Florence
(LSGG) Geneva
(LWOH) Ohrid
(UACC) Astana


(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

(LFLL) Lyon - UVair supplier Air Total via Into Plane Sasco - Fuel restrictions are in place due to refinery strikes. Tanker through or advise minimum volume requirements and confirm availability in advance. Estimated resolve date is Sep 21, at 2200 local.

(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.

Operators fueling by monthly blanket fuel release through UVair should submit specific fuel requests in advance of each specific flight so the airport can work to guarantee fueling.



EFFECTIVE Oct 1, 2017 - Be sure to get the right approval to grant to your airline the untaxed fuel as per below information:

These rules will start on 1st of October 2017

It is necessary to have as Airline a “Freischein Luftfahrt” and a valid “Betankungsschein” for a tax free loading from an airport-depot.

There are 3 different “Freischeine” (depending on the Airline activity)

The application is to be addressed to the competent customs office in the area of which the airline is established. In the absence of such a seat in the Austrian tax territory, the application shall be addressed to the customs office Eisenstadt Flughafen Wien at the following address:
     - Zollamt Eisenstadt Flughafen Wien, Office Park 1
     - Bauteil 2, 7. OG, 1300 Wien-Flughafen

Application forms for I global and II limited permits are available on the homepage of the Ministry of Finance as per the following link:

CLICK HERE

and choosing the appropriate VSt (e.g. 31, 32, etc.)

Airlines can also request the required application form by e-mail to post.za3-aba@bmf.gv.at. Ask for the VST31 form to apply for a global permit and for the VST32 form to apply for a limited permit.

If the Airlines have no “Freischein” or no “Betankungsschein” the fuels will be “tax-paid” from the into-plan operator (ARC or Skytanking).

A tax refund afterwards is also possible, which has to be addressed by the airlines.

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 this region at publication time.

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North America

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Airport information and scheduled closings

(MMMX) Mexico City

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

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 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
(SBCF) Belo Horizonte
(SBEG) Manaus
(SKCG) Cartagena
(TNCC) Wilemstad

Low/no fuel announcements

(MYLS) Stella Maris - Sovereign Atlantic is currently experiencing a fuel shortage, if fuel is required, you must provide firm fuel volumes. Fuel shortage is expected to last until Sep 25.

(SPTN) Tacna - UVair supplier Petroperu has confirmed, there is NO FUEL available at SPTN. They are unaware of how long this outage will last. Operators should tanker in or divert.

UVair supplier Petrobras advises they can no longer provide fuel at below locations, whether INT’L or DOMESTIC.

- (SBBH) Belo Horizonte
- (SBRP) Ribeirao Preto
- (TIST) St Thomas Is. - Fuel is currently available through St Thomas Jet Center.
- (TUPJ) Roadtown Tortola Is. - SOL Petroleum has reported there is NO FUEL until further notice, due to effects of Hurricane Irma.

UVair supplier, SOL Aviation stated the above airports are closed due to the approaching Hurricane Maria, and no services will be provided until further notice. UVair supplier, SOL Aviation stated the above airports are closed due to the approaching Hurricane Maria, and no services will be provided until further notice:

- (TFFF) Fort-de-France
- (TFFR) Pointe-à-Pitre

NO FUEL until further notice, due to approaching Hurricane - Maria. Operators should tanker in or divert:

- (TJIG) Old San Juan
- (TJRV) Ceiba
- (TJSJ) San Juan
- (TJBQ) Aguadilla

FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

Cuba – 18 September

New UVair locations

No newly published locations 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, Other Aviation Groups Urge Congress: Strip ATC Privatization From FAA Bill
Five general aviation organizations, including NBAA, last week sent a letter urging transportation leaders in Congress to strip a controversial proposal to privatize the nation’s ATC system from a pending FAA reauthorization bill. “We urge you to move away from this divisive air traffic control proposal...and work toward passing bipartisan, consensus driven FAA reauthorization legislation so we can move our country forward,” the letter stated.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2017/20170914-065.php

Famed Military Aviators Join Growing Chorus of Opposition to H.R. 2997
NBAA welcomes six legendary military heroes who are among the latest voices to oppose ATC privatization. The acclaimed aviators – former team commanders with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration teams – are featured in a recent video forcefully expressing opposition to ATC privatization, and encouraging American citizens to speak out against this controversial legislation.
https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2017/20170915-066.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are two Tropical systems at this time. Tropical Storm Jose is about 150 miles south of Nantucket, MA moving towards the northeast at 07 kts with sustained winds of 60 kts. Hurricane Maria is about 25 miles west of San Juan, Puerto Rico moving towards the northwest at 10 kts with sustained winds of 120 kts.

VOLCANOES
Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 10 knots. Sabancaya, Peru has an ash cloud from 26,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 10 knots. Sangay, Ecuador has an ash cloud from 20,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 15 knots. Reventador, Ecuador has an ash cloud from 15,000 feet to the surface moving toward the northwest at 15 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 central Russia should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area. Low pressure over northern Russia should produce snow showers across the area. A cold front approaching northeastern China should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the area. A broad area of low pressure extending from the Kamchatka Peninsula southward to northern Japan should keep rain showers and fog in the forecast through the weekend.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorm activity across Indonesia and Indo-China should be limited to mainly the afternoon hours as the dry season begins. A cold front in the western North Pacific should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front pushing through the Aleutian Islands should produce rain showers across the region.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
High pressure over most of Australia should produce sunny skies and seasonal temperatures across the region. A cold front pushing through New Zealand could produce rain showers across the region.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A cold front in the central north Atlantic should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the area. A cold front pushing through the U.K should produce rain showers across the area through tomorrow. Low pressure over Scandinavia should produce rain showers across the area. Low pressure over the Balkan States should produce rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms across the area through tomorrow.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front pushing through the central Rockies should produce rain showers across the area today. By tomorrow some of the higher elevations of eastern Montana could see some early season snow as the front moves eastward. A cold front pushing through the upper Midwest should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across Wisconsin southward into northern Missouri. Wind and rain showers across coastal New England can be expected the next few days as Tropical Storm Jose lingers off the coast.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A cold front pushing through Buenos Aires, Argentina should produce rain showers across the area including southeast Brazil. A cold front approaching southern Argentina/Chile should produce rain showers across the area.

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