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

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Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 1: Key Considerations

Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 1: Key Considerations

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on estimating navigation costs for your flight.

When flying internationally, you’ll usually be paying air navigation fees (“nav fees”) to some country or group of countries. While these costs vary depending on where you are in the world, some regions can be particularly expensive. Being aware of applicable nav fees, and payment processes, is always an important part of international trip planning.

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance calculating the costs for your next trip, contact Fred Quinonez at fredquinonez@univ-wea.com.

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Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 2: Calculating and Paying Fees

Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 2: Calculating and Paying Fees

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Air Navigation Costs for Business Aviation – Part 1: Key Considerations.”

Air navigation fees (“nav fees”) are almost universally applicable when using another country’s airspace. As these charges vary, and can be high in some cases, it’s best to obtain nav fee estimates in advance. By varying the route of flight, you may be able to cut down on total nav fee charges. This can be especially important for charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators bidding for charter trips – in order to limit costs and avoid surprise charges after the fact.

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance calculating the costs for your next trip, contact Fred Quinonez at fredquinonez@univ-wea.com.

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2017 Flight Planning Update: ADS-B Mandates and What’s Changed So Far

2017 Flight Planning Update: ADS-B Mandates and What’s Changed So Far

ADS (automatic dependent surveillance)-B is air traffic satellite-based surveillance technology. ADS-B is automatic and requires no pilot or external input. It’s dependent in that it depends on data from the aircraft’s navigation system. ADS-B is a key element of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and is now mandatory in certain regions of airspace. Though there have been some delays for certain countries, overall there haven’t been additional countries that have implemented ADS-B requirements for the coming year.

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If you have any questions about this article, ADS-B implementation or requirements, or any worldwide flight planning regulation, contact Jason Davidson at jasondavidson@univ-wea.com.

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Tips for Selecting a Business Aviation Tech Stop – Part 1: Key Considerations

Tips for Selecting a Business Aviation Tech Stop – Part 1: Key Considerations

This is part one of a two-article series on great tech stops and items to consider for travel to those airports.

Choosing the best tech stops for your long-haul international trip is always an important planning item. Considerations include route of flight, time of operation, runway information, airport and handling infrastructure, and fuel availability. Choices may also be impacted by your type of operation, size of aircraft and requirements for ancillary services, such as in-flight catering or airline connections for crew swaps.

The following is an overview of some great tech stops and what you need to know...

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If you have any questions about this article or would like assistance planning your tech stops for your trip, contact Greg Linton at greglinton@univ-wea.com.

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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
2-4 April China Ching Ming Festival
3 April Taiwan Children’s Day
4 April Hong Kong
Macau
Taiwan
Ching Ming Festival
6 April Thailand Chakri Day
6 April Vietnam Vietnamese Kings’ Commemoration Day
9 April India Mahavir Jayanthi
9 April Philippines Day of Valor
9 April Vietnam Hung Kings Temple Festival
13 April Philippines Maundy Thursday
13-15 April Thailand Songkran Festival
14-16 April Cambodia Cambodian New Year
14-16 April Laos Laotian New Year
14 April India
Indonesia
Philippines
Singapore
Good Friday
14-15 April Hong Kong
Macau
Good Friday
14-17 April Australia
New Zealand
Good Friday
17 April New Calendonia
Macau
Good Friday
24 April Brunei
Indonesia
Isra Miraj
25 April Australia
New Zealand
Anzac Day
29 April Japan Showa Day
30 April Vietnam Reunification Day

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ABACE 2017: Visit us at Universal booth #H210

If you're attending ABACE 2017 in Shanghai, China, April 11-13, make plans to visit the Universal® booth to find out ways to help ensure your flight department has the latest information on industry hot topics and new tools such as uvGO.

Make sure you attend the session on “Accessing Airports across Asia”, where Charles Mularski will be addressing these challenges on Tuesday, April 11, 15:00-16:30 in Meeting Room #1.

Also, you can find out the latest information on operations to the U.S. from one of our experts, Laura Everington, who will cover the regulatory environment in the “Do’s & Don’ts of Traveling to the U.S.” on Wednesday, April 12, 13:30-14:30 in Meeting Room #1.

To sign up or for more information, e-mail us at asiasales@univ-wea.com.

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Take note of new restrictions at Shanghai’s Pudong International (ZSPD) and Hongqiao International (ZSSS) airports.

The Air Traffic Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) and Air Traffic Management Bureau of East China advised that due to excessive flight volume to Hongqiao (ZSSS), landing or takeoff during 2300-1359 UTC (0700-2159 local) will not be approved. At this time, authorities haven’t advised when and if this will change. Due to these restrictions at ZSSS, there has been a significant increase of business aircraft operations to Pudong (ZSPD). Due to this increase, the Airport Control Center released a notification advising that effective March 3, ZSPD will only accept the business jets parking for a maximum of three (3) days (no more than two overnights). Note that the restriction for ZSPD doesn’t have an expiration date at this time.

For more information, contact your Universal Aviation China team at china@universalaviation.aero.

Universal

Meet your new Director of Operations for the Asia-Pacific Region – Sarah Kalmeta

We are excited to tell you that we've added a new member to our Asia-Pacific region team, Sarah Kalmeta, Director of Operations. She will be based in Hong Kong and joins Universal with over nine years’ experience in business aviation. Sarah will leverage her experience in business aviation and flight operations to support our Universal Aviation locations in Asia safety standards and operational efficiencies to name a few.

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

For more information, contact Universal Aviation China at china@universalaviation.aero.

Universal

New customs procedure for Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL)

A new procedure was implemented for Manila (RPLL) as per the Presidential Directive No. 2016-0325 dated December 1, 2016. This directive refers to the removal of VIP sections in airports to ensure that all passengers go through the checking process. Though the directive itself outlines all airports, it is currently only affecting RPLL airport.

With this new procedure, for all arrivals and departures, all baggage must be checked by the customs officer and needs to pass through the x-ray machine at the nearest terminal.

For more information, contact Universal Aviation Philippines at philippines@universalaviation.aero.

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

Tachakorn Phukesorn (Tacha)
Operations Manager
Universal Aviation Thailand
Tel: + 66 (0) 61 826 9157

Tony King
General Manager
Universal Aviation Australia
Tel: +61 2 9693 0877

Asia-Pacific Operations Center (APOC)

tssasia@univ-wea.com

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

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March 2017

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