Region III: South America

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  • Region III (SAM) Lead: Pablo Penalva, J.W.Childs Associates LP

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Flying to Argentina? Be Aware of Strict Customs, Airport Requirements
June 9, 2014
Conducting business aviation operations internationally can be challenging, and Argentina has some unique requirements. Being prepared to deal with them can help avoid unnecessary delays. Argentina*’s customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) clearance procedures are strict. All items – including any luggage or other passenger and crew belongings, but not including flight-related items – must be removed from the aircraft, scanned by a CIQ officer and stored off the aircraft during one's entire stay in Argentina. Only frozen food items may be stored at the airport. Passengers and crew members are cleared through biometric measures, including photos and fingerprints. Learn more about flying to Argentina.
Business Aviation Emergence Continues Across Latin America
August 26, 2013
The Latin American region continues to experience an economic shift away from traditionally dominant markets and toward previously underdeveloped areas such as Argentina and Venezuela – that was the clear takeaway from a business aviation event recently held in São Paulo, Brazil. To business aviation market research firm AMSTAT, the business jet fleet grew 6 percent in 2012, driven by increases throughout all fleet types, and in locations beyond Brazil. Read more about the growth of business aviation in Latin America.
Venezuela Overflight Fees Irk South American-Bound Operators
August 8, 2012
If your travels require entering Venezuelan airspace, one NBAA Member suggests you ensure your navigation fees account is in good standing with officials in Caracas. If not, you may be denied overflight privileges. ”I encourage crews to communicate with their international service provider (ISP),“ suggested Pablo Peňalva, Region III (South America) lead for NBAA’s International Operations Committee. In addition to being an international captain, Peňalva operates a handling company, ARSOT Flight Support, which assists business aviation operators in South America. Peňalva said business aircraft operators have been frustrated recently by Venezuelan officials who demand large payments for what they insist are overdue navigation fees. Read more about overflight fees in Venezuela.
Top Five Things to Know Before Flying to South America
July 27, 2012
Pablo Peñalva, NBAA’s International Operations Committee lead for Region III, which covers all of South America, offers members five tips for flying to the continent. He suggests Members check visa requirements, get a briefing on possible volcanic activity and make sure they know what to do if they are in need of repairs, before flying to South America. Read more about what to know before you fly.