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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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Three Tips to Eliminate a Flight Crew’s Most Common Mistakes on International Flights

Three Tips to Eliminate a Flight Crew’s Most Common Mistakes on International Flights

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It was English poet Alexander Pope who taught us that, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Would Mr. Pope have felt the same if he’d just stepped off a six-hour intercontinental flight to find that his customs paperwork wasn’t filled out correctly? Or if a quick turn fuel stop was extended by an hour because someone forgot to let ground handlers know about a change to the flight schedule? Here are three tips to avoiding the “gotchas” that otherwise might be waiting to greet you next time you land overseas.

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Nine Tips That Will Alleviate the Stress of Clearing Customs (Part 2)

Nine Tips That Will Alleviate the Stress of Clearing Customs (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of our series, we noted that clearing customs can be one of the more stressful times for a flight crew and offered four tips to help reduce that stress. In Part 2 of our series, we offer five additional tips that will help you and your passengers move quickly through customs.

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Nine Tips That Will Alleviate the Stress of Clearing Customs (Part 1)

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A more popular definition of stress is: being put in a position of high expectation and low control. Based on this definition, most international operators are likely to agree that clearing customs is about as stressful as it gets. When customs is the only thing standing between the passenger and the business or leisure that awaits them outside the airport, the pressure is on. Yet, if there’s improper paperwork, technical glitches, a customs agent in a bad mood or any other problem appears, all eyes turn to the flight crew. But clearing customs doesn’t have to be stressful.

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Consider a Partner for Your Next International Trip

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Despite a knowledge base that manages complexity, access to all the right tools, and the ability to minimize risk, many don’t think to call a professional dispatcher and/or international trip planner when flying abroad. If you’re new to global travel, or only take the occasional international trip, here are a few reasons to consider help from an international trip planner and dispatcher on the next flight out of your comfort zone.

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APIS Doesn’t Have To Be An Obstacle

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On it's tenth anniversary, we thought it was important to remember why APIS, which can seem like nothing more than another governmental hoop you have to jump through, is in place. APIS helps those charged with security and border enforcement to better identify potential threats. More importantly, it helps keep your crew, passengers and airplane safe during international travel.

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