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Welcome to the February edition of our newsletter, Operational Insight: Asia-Pacific Edition.

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Bizav pilots asked to decrease runway occupancy time for arrivals at VHHH

Bizav pilots asked to decrease runway occupancy time for arrivals at VHHH

During its ongoing flow control efforts, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) recently observed a documented difference in runway occupancy time for arrivals (ROTA) between commercial and business/GA operators. According to CAD, despite accounting for only 1.6 percent of the total aircraft movements at the VHHH, the number of cases of go-arounds due to runway occupied by the preceding GA/BA arrival late in vacating the runway accounted for a much greater percentage of all go-arounds at the VHHH. Working with the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), HKCAD strives to educate business operators on the steps they can take to reduce their ROTA and improve the situation…

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New Night Curfew at Singapore’s Seletar (WSSL) Airport

New Night Curfew at Singapore’s Seletar (WSSL) Airport Coming Jan. 1, 2019

Operating to Singapore’s Seletar Airport (WSSL) will soon become more challenging. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Singapore Civil Aviation will implement a new noise abatement curfew at the airport. The curfew is in response to noise complaints from local residents. Read this post for all the details on how this curfew could impact your mission…

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ADS-B for 2019 and Beyond

ADS-B for 2019 and Beyond

As we enter 2019, we’re now less than a year away from the United States implementation of ADS-B. With the 2020 mandates looming right around the corner, more countries have posted ADS-B mandates, some of which are broken into a phased release in 2019 and 2020. The post contains an overview of what ADS-B is, which countries already require ADS-B and those who have upcoming mandates…

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Bizav pilots asked to decrease runway occupancy time for arrivals at VHHH

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Singapore Seletar (WSSL) cancels ILS implementation

Malaysian authorities have designated a permanent restricted airspace to the north of Seletar Airport, resulting in WSSL canceling the implementation of the ILS. Aircraft have been observed to carry out spiral flight patterns over WSSL to keep to the height restrictions.


Bangkok joint military exercises 8-22 February 2019

A joint military exercise will take place within Bangkok’s FIR 8-22 February between 011-1500 UTC, except Saturday and Sunday. For more information on this and how it may impact your operation to the area, please contact Universal Aviation Thailand at uathailandops@universalaviation.aero.


Operators should prepare for delays at Velana International Airport (VRMM)

A recent circular published by the Republic of Maldives advises operators to expect delays during peak hours at Velana International Airport (VRMM). Operators should prepare for possible delays and diversion of flights due to congestion at VIA during operational peak hours. The peak days at VRMM are Thursdays (Day 4) and Sundays (Day 7) and peak hours are everyday between 0330-1100 UTC and 1430-1730 UTC.

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Regional Calendar: Holidays

Upcoming Asia-Pacific holidays that could impact your operation

If you plan to operate in the Asia-Pacific region, below you will find next month’s list of holidays and events where additional pre-planning may be required:


Date Weekday Holiday Country
Feb 2-10 Sat-Sun Tet holiday (including Vietnamese New Year) Vietnam
Feb 4 Monday Spring Festival Eve China, Taiwan
Feb 4 Monday National Day Sri Lanka
Feb 4-6 Mon-Weds Seollal holiday South Korea
Feb 5 Tuesday Chinese New Year China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan
Feb 5 Tuesday Sonam Losar (Tamang New Year) Nepal
Feb 6 Wednesday Waitangi Day New Zealand
Feb 6 Wednesday Spring Festival Golden Week holiday China, Taiwan
Feb 6 Wednesday Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore
Feb 7 Thursday Third day of Chinese Lunar New Year Hong Kong, Macau
Feb 7-9 Thurs-Sat Chinese New Year holiday Taiwan
Feb 11 Monday National Foundation Day Japan
Feb 12 Tuesday Union Day Myanmar
Feb 16 Saturday Birth date of Kim Jong II North Korea
Feb 19 Tuesday Navam Full Moon Poya Day Sri Lanka
Feb 19 Tuesday Meak Bochea Day Cambodia
Feb 19 Tuesday Makha Bucha Thailand
Feb 21 Thursday Language Martyrs’ Day Bangladesh
Feb 23 Saturday National Day Brunei
Feb 25 Monday People Power Anniversary Philippines
Feb 28 Thursday 228 Memorial Day Taiwan

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