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  • Region VII (MID) Lead: Patrick C. Dunn, Asia Corporate Jet Singapore

FAA Cancels Restrictions on Flying to Israel

July 24, 2014
As of 11:45 p.m. on July 23, the FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) by cancelling a notice to airmen it renewed earlier that day. Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel, and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation. Learn more.

Indian Business Aviation Group Hoping New Government Brings Change in Policy

April 7, 2014
Business aircraft operators in India are "cautiously optimistic" about the coming of a new government in June, which may bring with it major changes in that country's policies toward general aviation. Representatives of India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association met recently with senior officials from the office of the Director General of Civil Aviation to discuss topics ranging from tax relief for maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, to a new government policy that would allow commercial carriers to team up with non-scheduled operators to provide regional air service throughout India. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on efforts to reform general aviation policy in India.

IBAC Applauds Japan's Regulatory Changes

April 2, 2014
Changes in Japanese aviation regulations, which benefit business aviation both at home and aboard, are a positive step, according to Kurt Edwards, director general of the International Business Aviation Council. One change implemented by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau over the past year allows international on-demand charter operators to fly between domestic destinations within Japan so long as they meet certain criteria. Chief among them, the flights must have the same passengers on the domestic legs as they do on international legs of the trip. "That's a big step for the Japanese," said Edwards. Read more about regulatory changes in Japan.

ABACE2014 Will Serve as Key Venue for IBAC Efforts in Asia

March 24, 2014
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is hitting the road next month, hoping to forge alliances with business aircraft operators in several key venues, including the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014). On April 14, the day before ABACE2014 gets underway in Shanghai, China, IBAC and NBAA will be among the sponsors of a half-day safety stand down. The following week, IBAC Director General Kurt Edwards and others will meet with business aircraft operators in Singapore, Hong Kong and Jakarta to talk about issues that range from safety to regulation. It is part of a larger effort by IBAC to interface with Asian operators, Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on IBAC's plans in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tokyo Taking Ongoing Steps to Improve Business Aviation Access

Jan. 6, 2014
International operators who haven’t been to Tokyo, Japan lately are in for a surprise. Once an extremely difficult destination to reach, officials in the Japanese capital are now clearly eager to regain some of its lost aviation business. “You had problems getting both arrival slots and parking spaces,” recalled corporate pilot Mark Swedenborg, who flies a Gulfstream G550 for a major corporation. “If you were traveling to Tokyo, you could only get into Narita, and that’s more than an hour away from town by taxi. There were only five parking slots for general aviation on the whole field, and you had to reserve them in advance.” Now they’re more open for business,” Swedenborg said. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan for more on positive changes in flying to Tokyo, Japan.

NBAA Advising Members to Check China ADIZ Flight-Planning Requirements

Dec. 5, 2013
NBAA is advising Members with planned flights to China to review recent Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), which address procedures for flying in that country’s newly defined Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). There are numerous such zones in existence around the word, including those promulgated by the United States. Chinese officials issued two recent NOTAMs (NOTAMR A1886/13 and NOTAM A1916/13)) about that country's ADIZ in conjunction with a Nov. 23 announcement of an intent to expand the zone to cover an area located over the East China Sea, approximately 100 miles due East of Shanghai. Read more about China ADIZ flight-planning requirements.

Australian Government Reminds Operators of 'Disinsection' Requirements

November 14, 2013
The Australian Department of Agriculture has issued a reminder to international operators that all aircraft flying into Australia must undertake "disinsection," meaning the removal of insects, in cabins and hold areas, prior to arrival in the country. The department is responsible for managing Australia's biosecurity system and reducing the risk of pests and diseases arriving in the country. For more information about meeting aircraft pre-arrival requirements, review the Australian disinsection requirements.

Bolen Promotes Business Aviation at U.S.-India Aviation Summit in Washington

November 1, 2013
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on Oct. 31 led a panel at the U.S.-India Aviation Summit in which industry experts recounted the challenges – and signs of success – that mark the development of business aviation in growing economies like India. "We are living in a global marketplace where connectivity of all types is important," Bolen said. "The Internet gives us the computer-to-computer connection, or connects people to data. But throughout history, business gets done when people connect to people. And that's what business aviation does very well." Read more about the U.S.-India Aviation Summit.

Industry Coalition Addresses Aircraft Crew Visa Situation in India

September 16, 2013
An international coalition of aviation and business advocates has persuaded the government of India to change a visa policy that recently prevented many flightcrews from obtaining the documents necessary to enter the country. “There are still bumps in the road,” said Universal Vice President for Government and Industry Affairs Lex Den Herder, who also serves on NBAA’s International Operators Committee. But he also cited the ongoing dialogue between the coalition and Indian officials that he hoped would eventually lead to India’s adoption of a program comparable to the automated passenger information system currently used in the U.S. Listen to this week's podcast for more details on the crew visa situation in India.

At NBAA2013, Learn First-Hand About Operating in China

July 25, 2013
Several multinational companies that have based and successfully operated aircraft on China will be on hand at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV, for a session titled, "Operating and Doing Business in China." Panelists will offer case studies describing common challenges faced when operating in the region, as well as solutions. The presenters will cover topics from the regulatory challenges of registering an aircraft in Asia or China, to how to choose a management company that employs best practices used in the United States. Read more about this NBAA2013 educational session.

Flight Clearance Procedures Easing in India

May 2, 2013
Long lead times required for both landings and overflights in India have made business aviation difficult in that country, but that appears to be changing, thanks in part to efforts by NBAA and its International Operators Committee. Preliminary information indicates the new civil aviation regulation would reduce the lead-time for landings from seven working days to three, and notice of overflights would be reduced to a single business day, according to Lex den Herder, a member of the International Operators Committee. Read more about regulation changes in India.

NBAA Champions Business Aviation Growth in Meetings Among U.S., Asian Aviation Officials

November 7, 2012

For over a week, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted a “trade mission” of senior government officials from Asian aviation authorities that began in Orlando at NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) and concluded with a day-long workshop in Washington, all aimed at fostering opportunities for general aviation in Asia. Delegations from among the 21 Pacific Rim nations that make up Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) took part in NBAA2012, toured Gulfstream Aviation in Savannah, GA and held the Washington workshop in cooperation with USTDA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more about the trade mission.

China Going Forward with New GA Airports in Beijing, Shanghai

September 19, 2012

A recent report indicating official support for the development of two new general aviation (GA) airports in Shanghai and Beijing was welcomed by advocates for China's growing business aviation industry. China's official Xinhua News Agency cited remarks about the plans for the airports made by Li Jiaxiang, administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Li said the planned airports were part of a comprehensive program to develop and modernize China's aviation infrastructure. Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of the China Business Aviation Group and NBAA's chief representative in Asia, said the report is "an additional sign of the government's efforts to build a strong aviation sector in China." Read more about new GA airports in China.