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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Four Questions to Help Make Researching Regulations Less Painful

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You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry with more regulations than aviation. And, it’s your job to stay on top of them. Which is why, when you’ve got a trip scheduled to a foreign land, you may opt for the path of least resistance when it comes to double-checking operating requirements, updating yourself on aviation regulations and scrutinizing the latest customs procedures. Here are four tips to help make your research more fruitful and less time consuming. 

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Regional Differences Spice Up International Operations

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Despite ICAO acting as the global headquarters for airspace management—with its globalized operating standards, charting, language and structures—you’ll get a different experience flying in Asia than you will in Europe, both of which will vary from Australia. No one experience is better than the other. It’s just that the best ICAO can hope for is to set guidelines. The actual standards themselves are up to each airspace authority. Here are a few tips to help manage the differences and similarities. 

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Importation: A Global Issue Decided By Local Officials

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Despite efforts to make the rules clear, oftentimes the decision about whether an aircraft is subject to importation is a judgment call. Like many sporting events, trying to predict the importation status could depend heavily on the official standing on the field when you land. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for importation, regardless of who or what you may face.

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Five Ways You Can Better Forecast Global Weather

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If you work in aviation, you likely know The Weather Channel’s (TWC) personality line-up as well as you know the starters for your favorite sports team. For most, TWC is a great place to start planning for a U.S. trip that’s days out, or keeping on top of North American weather. But flying globally requires a longer and perhaps broader view of the weather. In addition to your favorite weather information sources: briefings; satellite images; METAR/TAF reports; winds aloft, icing, turbulence and precipitation forecasts; etc., you might consider adding these to your global weather forecasting resources.

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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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Make Holiday Travel To The Caribbean A Breeze

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Traveling in and out of the Caribbean between mid-November and late-March is a challenge. But, if your trip falls between late November (around American Thanksgiving) and New Years, it can be downright nightmarish. If the Caribbean is in your flight plans this winter, here’s how to make your trip a day at the beach.

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New Perspective: Cut Fuel Costs By Thinking Bigger, Not Smaller

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If you’re like most global corporate flight departments, you’re likely thinking “small” when it comes to fuel savings. How can we cut a bit more here? Squeeze out a bit more performance there? What if the answer to fuel savings isn’t thinking smaller, but BIGGER? There’s a new approach to fuel savings that is proving itself in commercial aviation today, and will be making its mark in business aviation very soon. 

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Ensemble Prediction System

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Even the most seasoned business aviation flight crews pay heed when they hear they’re flying abroad. Yes, there are support systems, processes, and other resources to help manage the man-made uncertainties of global flight operations—regulations, ground handling, fly over permits, etc. But no one has yet figured out how to successfully manage the most unpredictable part of any flight—weather. Until now.

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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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