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

AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards 2018

Last month was a scary time for many in our region with typhoon Mangkhut bearing down on Hong Kong and the earthquake in Japan. We were very fortunate that despite the damage all of our team members and their families are ok, and I sincerely hope that you were not negatively impacted.

While I would be perfectly happy to never go through another disaster, they do remind me why I love business aviation – specifically in the Asia-Pacific region. We’re a tight-knight community that has one another’s backs. This region has always had a passion for helping one another and our communities – whether working together to ease access in challenging airports or supporting a great cause and those less fortunate.

Next month, we’ll have an opportunity to support the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital by attending AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards IOA2018, 10 November 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong. If you’re not familiar with ORBIS, please visit their website – it’s an amazing organization that gives the gift of sight to those without access to vision care in impoverished regions.

I promise you’ll feel great for supporting this amazing organization and will have a LOT OF FUN doing so at the gala. If you do plan on coming, please let me know, as I’d love to see you! For more details visit:

Until then, safe travels!

Sarah Kalmeta
Regional Director of Operations – APAC
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
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Does the thought of trying to obtain slots at Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) make your head hurt? If so, you’re not alone. Over the last few years, few destinations have proven to be more challenging and add more operational risk and stress to business aviation operators than VHHH due to the high-traffic airport’s restrictive slot procedures for GA. The good news is that some slight relief is on the way thanks to the persistent lobbying efforts of Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Read on for all you need to know about obtaining slots at VHHH, including the new changes…

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NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE, or often just called “NBAA”) is the largest tradeshow event focused on business aviation. Having attended more NBAA’s than I care to admit, one thing I’ve learned for certain—whether you’re a first-time visitor or a grizzled vet, with a little planning this show can be the most rewarding (and exhausting) three days of your life. With NBAA18 just three weeks away, the time to start preparing is now. So I’ve picked the brains of my fellow NBAA vets to put together their pro tips and advice for getting the most out of show, as well as answer the more common first-time attendee questions like what to wear at NBAA, what to pack, and where to go … | More

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My Dear Friends and Colleagues, I would like to share more exciting news from around the Universal world, that will help improve your experience and reduce your stress when operating to Seletar Airport in Singapore. Earlier this week it was announced that Universal Aviation Singapore has teamed up with SATS Ltd and Jet Aviation to leverage our combined expertise to operate a new terminal for private jets at the airport, and give private jet passengers an exclusive environment for fuss-free travel. The new Business Aviation Centre, set to open at the end of 2018, is luxuriously furnished, will have a reception area, security screening and lounge to provide you with personalized service from arrival to departure … | Read Full Post


Cambodia now advising 3-5 days’ lead time for landing permits

There have been some recent changes to the application process for obtaining Landing Permits for the three airports in Cambodia; Phnom Penh (VDPP), Siem Reap (VDSR), and Sihanouk (VDSV). The changes mean it has become more difficult to arrange Landing Permits at short notice, and during weekends.

All Landing Permits with the exception of Medical Evacuations must now be approved by the Minister in Charge of the SSCA. The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) has advised to allow 3-5 working days to obtain Landing Permits. Note Medevac Flights and Overflight Permits are unaffected by this.

Also be aware that the Civil Aviation (SSCA) is closed on weekends and it may not be possible to get permits during this time.

As part of the congestion issue it is now a requirement that all aircraft carry a tow bar with the exception of aircraft typically used by airlines e.g. B737/ A320 sized aircraft and above. This is in case a pushback is required on departure. The airport operator will always try to position aircraft for self-taxi but this is not always possible (note all parking in Cambodia is nose in).

For more information, contact the Asia Pacific Operations Center – TSS Asia Team at


Runway and taxi maintenance at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (VTBD)

Please be aware that runway and taxi maintenance at Don Mueang Airport (VTBD), starting Nov 1, 2018 may create arrival/departure delays. A NOTAM with more details should be issued soon and we’ll share in next month’s newsletter.

For more information, contact the Asia Pacific Operations Center – TSS Asia Team at

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Regional Calendar

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:


Oct 1 National Day – PR China Hong Kong
Oct 1-3 National Day Golden Week China
Oct 2 Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti India
Oct 3 National Foundation Day South Korea
Oct 8 Sports Day Japan
Oct 8-10 Pchum Ben Day Cambodia
Oct 9 Hangeul Proclamation Day South Korea
Oct 10 Party Foundation Day North Korea
Oct 10 Fiji Day Fiji
Oct 10 National Day Taiwan
Oct 13 Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol Thailand
Oct 15 Commemoration Day of King’s Father Cambodia
Oct 15 Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol observed Thailand
Oct 17 Chung Yeung Festival Hong Kong
Oct 19 Dussehra India
Oct 21 Chong Yeung Festival Macau
Oct 22 Labour Day New Zealand
Oct 23 Chulalongkorn Day Thailand
Oct 24 Full Moon Day of Thadingyut Myanmar
Oct 24 Bouk Ok Pansa Laos
Oct 24 Vap Full Moon Poya Day Sri Lanka
Oct 25 Boat Racing Festival Laos
Oct 29 King’s Coronation Day Cambodia

Global events happening >1 month out that you should be making arrangements for now:

20 Sep - 2 Nov 2019 Rugby World Cup Twelve Cities Throughout Japan
24 July - 9 Aug 2020 Summer Olympic Games Tokyo

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

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October 2018

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