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


THANK YOU for helping us win two AsBAA’s Icons of Aviation Awards.

Icons of Aviation - ASBAA 2018 - Winners

We were much honored to have just received not one, but two, AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards for this year:

Best Operational Support 2018
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

Trailblazer of the Year 2018
Sarah Kalmeta
Regional Director of Operations, Asia-Pacific
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
AsBAA Board of Governor

Your recognition means the world to us. On behalf of our operational support teams and over 1,700 people worldwide, thank you so much for entrusting us with the success of your missions every day.

We’re committed to keeping your trust in 2019.


Universal Aviation Maldives now fully operational

Universal Aviation Maldives now fully operational

Universal Aviation Maldives has officially opened and can now support your critical missions to the Maldives. Our newest ground support location, Universal Aviation Maldives is headquartered at Velana International Airport (VRMM) and is a joint venture location with Inner Maldives Holidays, a multi-award winning travel company providing tourism and travel services to the booming tourism industry in the Maldives since 1998. Upon opening, Universal Aviation Maldives will become Universal Aviation’s eighth location in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The Maldives area popular but potentially challenging destination for our clients, so it was important for us to identify a partner in Inner Maldives that will not only reduce our customers’ risk and stress on the ground but provide them with an unforgettable experience through pro-active trip management, versus relying solely on third-parties,” said Greg Evans, Chairman, Universal.

Universal Aviation Maldives main operation is locate dat the island of Malé, but the location also provides supervisory services at all airports throughout the Maldives– including Gan International Airport (VRMG), Maamigili Airport (VRMV) and Hanimaadhoo International Airport (VRMH).

“Tourism is a major reason for much of the corporate jet aviation traffic to the Maldives,” said Abdulla Ghiyas, Managing Director, Universal Aviation Maldives. “Our team members are trained to Universal Aviation’s ground support standards, but are also experts in local tourism and can help arrange discounts for crews on local hotels, air transport, and tours.”

“Universal Aviation Maldives will support local business aviation traffic but just as importantly will be a local advocate for the industry in the Maldives,” said Charlie Mularski, Senior Vice President, International, Universal. “Our team will work closely with the Maldives government to identify opportunities to drive traffic, and improve infrastructure and access while also benefiting the local economy.”

Featured from Operational Insight Blog



Keeping up with complex carbon emissions regulations has been a challenge for business aviation operators over the past decade. The task has become more daunting, with two new trading schemes – SWISS-ETS (CH-ETS) and CORSIA – joining the regulatory landscape. The result is there are now three separate emissions programs affecting segments of the general aviation industry concurrently.

Understanding the programs’ regulatory requirements, monitoring methodology, tools, deadlines, applicability and exemptions is critical to creating a strategy for compliance.

Here is a review and update for all three programs…

Read the full post

Featured from Operational Insight Blog



If you’ve managed to find your way to this article, it’s safe to say you likely work in business aviation (or want to) and are looking for ways to advance your career into a leadership role. A quick Google search for Certified Aviation Manager or CAM will pull up a myriad of good resources and articles explaining the benefits of the program.

I won’t rehash those in this article. My intent here is to simply share my personal views on the program, clear up a common misconception, and share what it’s meant for me professionally, allowing you to make your own decision on if pursuing a CAM certification is the right choice for you…

Read the full post


New Singapore Seletar Night Curfew effective Jan. 1 2019

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, a new night curfew will go into effect for all flights (excluding medevac and emergency) operating to WSSL between 1400-2300 UTC. The curfew will be strictly enforced, so operators should plan schedules with sufficient buffers.

If you have any questions, please contact Universal Aviation Singapore at singapore@univ-wea.com.

Regional Team

Universal® Sales


Yini Lin
Manager of Sales – APAC
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John Bradley
Senior Account Manager – Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia
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Derek Wong
Business Development/Account Manager
Asia Pacific
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Stephy Joseph
Business Development / Account Manager
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Myanmar & Vietnam
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Universal Aviation

Sarah Kalmeta
Regional Operations Director - APAC
Mobile: +852 6712-1611

Jodi Brooks
Sr. Representative - Hong Kong and Macau
Air2Ground Concierge
+(852) 9303-4583

Cynthia Zhang
Country Manager
Universal Aviation China
Tel: +86 18001026700

Hiroshi Higashiyama
Representative Director
Universal Aviation Japan
Tel: +81 (0) 90 2421 0429

Yvonne Chan
Managing Director
Universal Aviation Singapore
Tel: +65 6484 4878

Rubie Sobremonte
Customer Service Manager
Universal Aviation Philippines
Tel: +63 998 856 1381

Pakkphum (Nu) Buahom
Acting Operations Manager
Universal Aviation Thailand
Tel: +66 618269147

Derek O’Reilly
Managing Director
Universal Aviation Australia
Tel: +61 409 443 470

Asia-Pacific Operations Center


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 Holiday Country
Dec 2 National Day Laos
Dec 5 King Bhumibol’s Birthday Thailand
Dec 7 National Heroes Day East Timor
Dec 8 Day of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception East Timor
Dec 10 International Human Rights Day Cambodia
Dec 16 Victory Day Bangladesh
Dec 22 Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day Thailand
Dec 23 Emperor’s Birthday Japan
Dec 24 Emperor’s Birthday observed Japan
Dec 24 Birth Date of Kim Jong Suk North Korea
Dec 25 Quaid-e-Azam Day Pakistan
Dec 25 Christmas Day Australia
East Timor
Hong Kong
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Dec 26 Day After Christmas Pakistan
Dec 26 Boxing Day Australia
Hong Kong
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Dec 27 Constitution Day North Korea
Dec 30 Rizal Day Philippines
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Bangladesh
Dec 31 December 31 Bank Holiday Japan

Our BizAv Planning Calendar provides you with worldwide events where additional pre-planning may be required: BizAv Planning Calendar.

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December 2018

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