Are You Ready for ADS-B?

Are You Ready for ADS-B?

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ADS-B has been on the radar (no pun intended) for many years now. The January 1, 2020 deadline has always seemed like a long way off, but as 2017 comes to a close we’re in fact getting down to crunch time.

There are many resources available for ADS-B regs, details, acronyms, etc., so we’ll just review the high points.

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10 Enhancements Coming Soon to a SID/STAR Chart Near You

10 Enhancements Coming Soon to a SID/STAR Chart Near You

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The more things change the more they stay the same. You see evidence of this every day, though sometimes you have to look harder to find it. So, here’s a bit of good news about change. Jeppesen is making ten IFR chart enhancements that won’t feel like change at all. While the enhanced charts make look a bit different, Jeppesen never lost sight of what an aeronautical chart was created to do—make flying safer and simpler.

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Disruption Management: Thinking Big Picture Can Have a Big Impact

Disruption Management: Thinking Big Picture Can Have a Big Impact

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When you woke up this morning, the odds were very good you didn’t allocate five minutes out of your day to read this post. You didn’t know it existed until you received an email about it or found it through some other means. By definition, reading this post is a disruption. Our days are full of them. If you work in aviation, disruption management is likely at the root of what you’re working on most days. For many, the quickest route to disruption resolution seems best—likely because there’s another disruption waiting to be managed. But stepping back in the heat of the moment to think long term about a disruption may prove to be worth the time and effort.

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Four Tips to Help Schedulers and Dispatchers Sharpen BA Operations

Four Tips to Help Schedulers and Dispatchers Sharpen BA Operations

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In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the late Stephen Covey tells a story about a man walking in the woods. This man comes upon another working feverishly to saw down a tree. The first man says, “You look exhausted. Why don’t you take a break and sharpen your saw?” The second man replies, “I can’t. I’m too busy sawing.” If that sounds like the schedulers and dispatchers in your operation (or you if you’re a scheduler or dispatcher), read on for some ideas that might offer a break and a chance to sharpen your saw.

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11 Tips For Clearing U.S. Customs

11 Tips For Clearing U.S. Customs

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In past Business Flyer posts, we’ve covered topics related to clearing customs. However, those posts were primarily focused on regulations and practices for countries outside the United States. This post looks at U.S. customs, providing a few helpful tips for those operators wanting to get into America. Even if you’re based in the U.S., you may want to read on. Why? Because the rules for entering the U.S. are basically the same whether you’re visiting from the outside or trying to get home again.

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Still Considering Travel to the Summer Olympics/Rio2016? It’s Not Too Late.

Still Considering Travel to the Summer Olympics/Rio2016? It’s Not Too Late.

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games—more commonly known as Rio2016—are roughly two weeks away. Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on your trip to Brazil, or still have owners or passengers deciding if they want to go, this post is for you. And, if a trip to South America isn’t in your future, you might still consider reading on…the thoughts below just might aid any last-minute trip planning.

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Where Are You in the EFB Transition?

Where Are You in the EFB Transition?

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Whether you’re currently following the practices of FAA, EASA, International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) or others, you're in some form of electronic flight bag (EFB) transition. We spoke with John Brutnell, Director of Global Operations for ExecuJet, about lessons learned following a complete and successful transition from paper charts to EFBs. Brutnell's insights could prove valuable in your own transition. Check out some key thoughts from our discussion, and see where you might fall on the scale of adapting new technologies.

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Get More From Your Charts

Get More From Your Charts

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Just as understanding the electrical, hydraulic and avionics systems in your airplane help you operate it better, it makes sense that a deeper understanding of aeronautical charts can help you use them more effectively. This review will remind you of the hidden gems that will aid you in getting more from your charts the next time you fly and every time after that.

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Traveling to China: Part 2—Getting Around China

Traveling to China: Part 2—Getting Around China

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Second only to Europe, China is a highly sought after destination for business aviation operators. Which means understanding the subtleties of traveling there is important to smooth operations. In Part 1 of our series, we provided some key points to consider when traveling into China. Here, in Part 2, we provide some advice on getting around the country once you're there.

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Traveling to China: Part 1—Getting Into China

Traveling to China: Part 1—Getting Into China

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Especially in the last decade, China has held the world’s attention from an economic, cultural and governance standpoint. As China evolves, so do business interests and the need for effective business aviation operations. The good news is that China is embracing business aviation and is racing to build an infrastructure to meet the demand. In exchange, China asks that you understand the rules and nuances that go along with a visit to their country.  Here are just a few.

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Education: The Best Virus Defense for International Flight Crews/Passengers

Education: The Best Virus Defense for International Flight Crews/Passengers

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With the Zika outbreak doing its best to extinguish the torch of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, we’re reminded that the unpredictability of international business travel extends beyond airspace slots and customs agent mood swings. When it comes to protecting against the possibility of contracting regional/global viruses, bug repellent, long sleeves and mosquito netting will help, but education is your best defense. Here are ten ideas to help keep you and your passengers safe when traveling to virus-prone areas.

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International Flight Planning Feeling Like Unfamiliar Territory? These Nine Tips Will Help

International Flight Planning Feeling Like Unfamiliar Territory? These Nine Tips Will Help

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As a flight planner or dispatcher, you’re no stranger to detail and change. Whether it’s routing, weather, NOTAMS, fuel, air traffic, regulations, etc. you’re used to creating one smooth flight from many moving parts. Planning regional or national flights—regardless of where you operate—have their own challenges. But if you rarely plan international trips, or are facing your first, the added level of complexity can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be. Just keep these nine tips in mind when planning your next international flight.

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Four Chart Changes You Should Know About

Four Chart Changes You Should Know About

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As much as your car, office and home have seen change, so has the flight deck. Lately, it seems the pace and scale of change can cast some doubt on the saying, The more things change the more they stay the same. Not at Jeppesen. While we’re always looking for ways to make our charts more effective, our commitment to optimal navigation and safe operations is unwavering. See for yourself.

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Navigating Private Air Travel to The Summer Olympics

Navigating Private Air Travel to The Summer Olympics

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With a projected 7.5 million tickets being sold for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it’s never too early to start planning. But, with many of the critical flight planning details still months away, you may be holding off until you have more facts. It's time get serious about planning your August travels, because the “A” word you should be concerned about right now—Availability. Here are nine things that should be top of mind right now if you’re planning to fly to the 2016 Olympics.

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Five Simple Questions To Help With Your Next Fuel Search

Five Simple Questions To Help With Your Next Fuel Search

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“Success is the sum of details.” This quote from Harvey Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, could have just as easily originated in any business aviation flight operation around the world. That said, one detail you rarely have to worry about is fuel. But what about those rare occasions when you travel to an unfamiliar place or your travel needs are growing faster than your fuel supplier’s network? Suddenly, trust, ease of scheduling, uneventful uplift and simplified billing (much less payment terms or the form payment takes) are things you no longer can take for granted.  

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Prepare Now For Fuel/Emissions Costs To Increase (Part 2: Optimize Operations in 2016)

Prepare Now For Fuel/Emissions Costs To Increase (Part 2: Optimize Operations in 2016)

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When it comes to fuel prices and emissions assessments, the word unpredictable (if not volatile) could be used to describe the recent past. However, while the status of these two critical aviation expense items is relatively stable, you have a rare opportunity now to perhaps predict, if not prepare for, the future.

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Successfully Navigate Ground Handling at Unfamiliar Airports

Successfully Navigate Ground Handling at Unfamiliar Airports

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Next to flight planning, successful ground handling is the most important aspect of any business aviation operation. Despite navigating the rigors of weather, traffic, fuel, customs, etc., no trip is a success until your passengers make it to their meeting or vacation. And while you have your trusted ground handling sources at airports you visit frequently, how do you handle those you don’t know well[sr1] …or at all? Even when the level of airport familiarity has changes, the expectations on you don’t. Here are a few thoughts that might help you approach ground handling at an unfamiliar airport.

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