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



It was so good to see so many of you at last month’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE 2017) in Shanghai. It was a great show, I only wish we had more time to visit!

In meeting with you, it’s clear that the Asia-Pacific region is thriving! But it’s also clear that challenges remain. We are fully aware that the lack of airport slots at Hong Kong and the limited parking available at Hong Kong and Shanghai are adding risk and stress to your operations.

We’re actively working on your behalf, adding dedicated resources to high-stress locations, as well as representing your interests through our role on industry associations such as the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).

As you’ve heard me say before, Universal and AsBAA are committed to creating One Voice for our region to push for infrastructure improvements and regulatory changes that will make it easier to operate business aircraft throughout the region.

The energy, enthusiasm and passion you displayed at ABACE only helps to inspire us moving forward through the rest of 2017. We’re looking forward to continuing to build on what we’ve accomplished so far, such as adding a new Universal Aviation location in the Maldives, a new Universal Aviation Certified location in Korea, enhanced support in Thailand and another great ambassador for business aviation in our new Regional Director for APAC, Sarah Kalmeta.

If there is anything we can do further enhance your mission success, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you again for an amazing ABACE!

Charlie Mularski
Regional Vice President, APAC
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Chairman
Asian Business Aviation Association
cmularski@univ-wea.com

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Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 1: Operating Tips

Business Aircraft Ops to Mongolia – Part 1: Operating Tips

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operations to Mongolia.

Mongolia is a land locked country in east-central Asia, bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. Today, Mongolia is a routine overflight transit route for general aviation (GA) operating between eastern Asia and Europe. While Mongolia is a generally straight-forward and welcoming operating environment it’s important to be aware of lead time requirements for permits ground handling and fuel uplifts.

The following is an overview on what you need to know:

1. Primary destinations

There are two primary destinations for GA operators to Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar (ZMUB) and Choibalsan (ZMCD). Ulaanbaatar is the capital and largest city in Mongolia. Choibalsan, a much smaller city is located 366 miles to the east of Ulaanbaatar. Both of these locations are airports of entry (AOEs) with full aircraft service and fuel availability. Airport slots are not needed for either airport. Be mindful, however, that handling services must be requested in advance. This is so that arrangements can be coordinated and airport services and customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is expedited. If sufficient notice is not provided, availability and timeliness of ground handling services cannot be guaranteed...

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Mongolia, contact Todd Carter at toddcarter@univ-wea.com.

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Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 1: Airports, Curfews & Parking

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 1: Airports, Curfews & Parking

This business aviation blog post is part one in a series on operations to Shanghai.

Shanghai is served by two airports – Hongqiao (ZSSS) and Pudong (ZSPD) – with each having different general aviation (GA) access and parking considerations. While ZSSS has the best GA infrastructure, it’s now become the more difficult of the two airfields in terms of accessibility.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Airport hours

ZSSS is open to scheduled commercial operations 0600-0100 local while ZSPD has 24/7 availability. However, curfews limit GA access. ZSPD is available to GA 22 hours per day, other than between 0700-0900 local. In the case of ZSSS curfew, restrictions are much more stringent. GA operators may only land/takeoff at ZSSS only between 0600-0659 local and 2200-0100 local—these curfew times were implemented earlier this year. Note that overtime is never available for after hour GA operations...

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Shanghai, contact Jennifer Cai at jennifercai@universalaviation.aero.

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Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 2: Permits, Slots & CIQ

For business aircraft operators, the landing permit process for China has become easier and quicker over recent years and airport slots are generally not a significant issue or operational impediment. Meanwhile, customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) clearance is a relatively quick and straight-forward process.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Permits and airport slots

Landing permits for China officially take three business days to process but, in some cases, can be obtained in about 24 hours. Airport slots are approved and assigned along with your landing permit. Slot time availability for Shanghai airports is reasonable flexible-certainly much easier than for Hong Kong (VHHH) and generally easier than for Beijing (ZBAA). For Shanghai, general aviation (GA) slots are more challenging at Hongqiao (ZSSS) as they’re only available for one hour each morning and three hours each evening. But, the success rate for getting preferred slots at ZSSS is currently running over 70%.

2. CIQ processing

Clearing CIQ at ZSSS’s fixed-base operator (FBO) is generally a quick 15-20 minute process, depending on passenger/crew count. CIQ is usually notified of international arrivals 24 hours prior and should be updated if the estimated time of arrival (ETA) changes by more than about one hour. At Pudong (ZSPD) you’ll always clear in the main terminal, via separate dedicated lines, and should plan on 30 minute clearance time plus 15 minutes transport from your aircraft to the clearance area. Note that ZSPD has a VIP clearance option available, but use of this is restricted...

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Shanghai, contact Jennifer Cai at jennifercai@universalaviation.aero.

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Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 3: Visas, Pets & Weapons

Business Aircraft Operations to Shanghai – Part 3: Visas, Pets & Weapons

Caution is advised when planning for crew visa requirements to China. In the past all crew had required specific crew visas to arrive aboard general aviation (GA) aircraft and they often needed a different type of visa to depart via scheduled airline. Today, within the realm of crew visas, there are more options to consider and in certain cases crew are now able to obtain visas on arrival.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Crew visas

Crew will be admitted to China, at both Hongqiao (ZSSS) and Pudong (ZSPD), with any type of valid China visa. Approved visa types include “C” crew visas, business visas and tourist visa. While the ‘official’ requirement is that all crews have “C” visas this is no longer the case, in practice, at Shanghai and certain other airports. Once you enter via Shanghai you may continue on domestic legs without additional visa considerations.

2. Crew visas on arrival

Crew visas on arrival (VOAs) are possible at both Shanghai airports, unless you’re a national of 11 designated higher threat countries. The procedure, however, takes 40 – 60 minutes to complete upon landing, and this option should always be confirmed in advance with your ground handler. The only crew who may not take advantage of this option are nationals of Afghanistan, France, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the US and Yemen. Crew from Canada and Mexico, for example, may obtain visas on arrival while those from the US and Iran may not. It’s always best, however, to have visas upon arrival in order to avoid additional processing time, and potential delays, day of arrival...

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your next trip to Shanghai, contact Jennifer Cai at jennifercai@universalaviation.aero.

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Regional Calendar

Upcoming Asia-Pacific holidays that could impact your operation

If you plan to operate to, or over any of the countries listed below during the time period of the following national holidays, please be aware additional pre-planning may be required.

Dates Locations Events
1 June Cambodia
Laos
Children’s Day
3 June Malaysia King’s Birthday
5 June New Zealand Queen’s Birthday
6 June Korea Memorial Day
12 June Brunei Nuzul Al-Qur’
12 June Philippines Independence Day
12 June Australia Queen’s Birthday
18 June Cambodia King’s Mother Birthday
25 June Singapore Hari Raya Puasa
26 June India Idul Fitr
25-26 June Brunei
Indonesia
Malaysia
Hari Raya Puasa
27-30 June Indonesia Cuti Bersama

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Universal

G650 added to VHHH night slot exemption list effective immediately.

With reference to paragraph 16 of the Schedule Coordination Guidelines for Hong Kong International Airport, the trial arrangement of night slots for application for the use by the aircraft types listed in Annex 3 will be adjusted from 5 to 7 slots per night. With the evaluation of the aircraft type Gulfstream G650 (ICAO type code: GLF6) in progress by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for incorporation to the noise model tool database to support the consideration for exemption, Gulfstream G650 will be allowed to operate at the night time period (1400 - 2259 UTC) for both departures and arrivals at HKG. The above shall take immediate effect.

This is a huge win for business aviation and proof that when we work together as an industry, our voice is heard! As both Chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and Regional VP, APAC of Universal, I’m proud to represent your interests in pushing for more business aviation friendly regulations in Hong Kong and other high risk and high stress locations around the world.

For more information, contact your Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Universal

EBACE 2017 is fast approaching!

The 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2017) is set to take place in Geneva 22-24 May. This yearly event showcases both exhibitors and business aircraft, while providing educational sessions covering topics such as security and implications of Brexit.

If you’re attending this event, please visit us at booth #X88 to learn more about the latest products and how we can support your next mission.

Universal

ZBAA restrictions in place from 0001LT(1601UTC)/11MAY-2359LT(1559UTC)/17MAY 2017.

CAAC recently sent an official notice that it will not allow any business jet, not attending the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), held in Beijing 11-17 May 2017, to land or takeoff at ZBAA from 0001LT(1601UTC)/11MAY-2359LT(1559UTC)/17MAY 2017. CAAC requires operators attending BRF to provide a BRF invitation letter. Without the letter CAAC won’t process permits for business flights operating to ZBAA.

For questions or alternate suggestions during this period, please contact Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Universal

Paakphum (Nu) Buahom is your new acting Country Manager for Universal Aviation Thailand.

We’d like to introduce you to Paakphum (Nu) Buahom, the new acting Country Manager for Universal Aviation Thailand that has a ground handling facility at Don Mueang Intl (VTBD).

If you have any questions or would like assistance planning your next trip to Thailand, contact Universal Aviation Thailand at thailand@universalaviation.aero.

Universal

Take note of disinsection requirements at Hong Kong (VHHH).

VHHH authorities have implemented Zika disinsection requirements that went into effect on April 26. This regulation is applicable to aircraft arriving from a specified World Health Organization (WHO) Zika Category 1 or Category 2 area, and these areas change with each monthly WHO update. Authorities have advised that there are three accepted methods to ensure requirements are met for aircraft departing one of these areas:


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Residual disinsection that must be completed every two months

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Non-residual disinsection—using a specified aerosol spray

    

Pre-flight and top of descent

    

Blocks away

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Disinsection upon arrival (crew will need to complete on arrival under the observation of health authorities)


Operators that choose the “disinsection upon arrival” option will need to consider that this will cause delays as you will be parked further away from the FBO. Also, when utilizing the “pre-flight and top of descent” or “blocks away” options you will need to ensure that pictures of both the 1) aerosol can and 2) signed gen dec are emailed to port health authorities.

Information on the technical and administrative guidelines for this new requirement can be found on the Hong Kong Department of Health website.

For more information, contact your Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Universal

Disinsection requirements are still in effect at Macau (VMMC).

Note that Macau (VMMC) still has disinsection requirements in effect for all arriving aircraft. The regulation stipulates that upon arrival into VMMC the crew need to submit the following:


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A duly completed general declaration form

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A copy of the valid certificate of residual insecticides; or

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Exhausted aerosol cans remained after disinfection of the aircraft


Airport personnel can assist with the collection of the above items. Note that if the disinfection treatment should be found unacceptable by the Macau Health Bureau during the inspection, they can request from the local ground handler to perform immediate disinfection in the passenger cabin and/or cargo holds which will incur additional costs for the operator.

For more information, contact your Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Universal

Vietnam route restrictions and effects on permits.

Effective immediately, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has stopped granting permits for scheduled and non-scheduled flights utilizing certain routes. Specifically, the airways that can no longer be used are:


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G221 (from PCA-BUNTA)

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W1-A1 and Q2-A1 (from TSN-BUNTA)


The only exceptions for utilizing the above airways are weather, urgency, or other emergency reasons.

For more information, contact your Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Universal

Indonesia permits for domestic stops.

The Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that only a maximum of three (3) domestic stops are permitted within Indonesia, unless an additional stop is needed for customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance. Below you will find some examples of what is and isn’t permitted:


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WSSL-WIHH-WASS-WIMM-WSSL ⇒ permitted (3 stops in the country)

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WSSL-WIHH-WASS-WATO-WIHH-WSSL ⇒ permitted as WASS and WATO are domestic only airports so WIHH into and out of the country is needed for CIQ clearance

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WSSL-WIHH-WASS-WATO-WAMM-WSSL ⇒ not permitted


The only exceptions for utilizing the above airways are weather, urgency, or other emergency reasons.

For more information, contact your Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Universal

Myanmar operations and permitted flight legs.

Authorities in Myanmar have advised that direct flights to Bagan (VYBG) and Heho (VYHH) are prohibited. Operators seeking to travel to these locations must first clear CIQ into and out of the country through airports such as Yangon Intl (VYYY), Mandalay Intl (VYMD), and Naypyitaw (VYNT). For example, if an operator would like to travel to VYBG, they can operate the following route:

WSSL-VYYY-VYBG-VYYY-VTBD

For more information, contact your Asia-Pacific Operations Center at tssasia@univ-wea.com.

Regional Team

Universal® Sales

asiasales@univ-wea.com

John Bradley
Regional Account Manager
Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia
Tel: +61 4887 70229

Yini Lin
Business Development Manager
China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Brunei
Tel: +86 180 0119 8220

Stephy Joseph
Sales Support
Asia Pacific
Tel: +65 6473 3769

UVair® Fuel Program

fuelteam@univ-wea.com

Anastasia Kolomiets
Fuel Sales Manager
Asia Pacific
Tel: +852 6132 7699

Universal Aviation

Sarah Kalmeta
Regional Operations Director - APAC
Mobile: +852 6712-1611
skalmeta@univ-wea.com

Jodi Brooks
Sr. Universal Aviation Rep, Hong Kong and Macau
(852) 9303-4583
jbrooks@univ-wea.com

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

Abhishek Mehra
Asst. Manager - Operations
Universal Aviation India
Tel: +91 98 1066 1432

Pakkphum (Nu) Buahom
Acting Operations Manager
Universal Aviation Thailand

Derek O’Reilly
General Manager
Universal Aviation Australia
Tel: +61 409 443 470

Asia-Pacific Operations Center
(APOC)

tssasia@univ-wea.com

Edmond Yuen
Head of TSS, APAC
Tel: +852 2109 2727

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May 2017

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