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Top 10 Issues for International Operators in 2016
Nov. 19, 2015
The NBAA International Operators Committee put out its first Top Ten list of hot topics for flying safely, securely, efficiently and legally around the world. With a focus on challenging airspace and airports, the committee ran through its focus areas at NBAA2015.
1. Access: Top of the list were threats to access and the committee's work to relieve them in China, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey and elsewhere.
"We're still dealing with military controlled airspace in China, understanding that system is critical," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of regulatory and international affairs. "In Beijing, no matter how much planning you take, you may be denied access with little-to-no notice, as happened during APEC."
Pat Dunn, a Singapore-based G450 pilot added, "I found a third party provider who was able to get me parking at Beijing, but it cost me a thousand dollars a night to stay on the ground beyond one night."
In Indonesia, where domestic flights by foreign-registered aircraft are prohibited, NBAA is advocating for freedom to operate. In Australia, Carr noted that – thanks to efforts by the Australian Business Aviation Association – the law will be changing to a first-come, first-served system, replacing the current priority given to commercial aircraft over all others.
"Today, your flight from Sidney to Brisbane could be delayed up to three hours because of priority," said Carr. "That's changing."
2. Avionics Mandates: Operators in various airspace need to be equipped for FANS, LINK 2000+ and ADS-B Out by the deadlines.
"There are very few shops that do ADS-B Out modifications, and they're going to be hammered," said Carey Miller, manager of business development at Universal Avionics Systems Corporation. "There's a tidal wave of upgrade coming and the difference with ADS-B Out is, if you're not compliant by the mandate, you're grounded."
3. 2016 Olympics in Brazil: With the Summer Olympics coming to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, parking and slots are going to be in very high demand, and the rules for applying are not yet defined. Stay tuned.
4. Contingency Planning: With so many security hotspots (there are currently 35 NOTAMs for countries such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Somalia) and unpredictable global weather (in 2010 a volcano eruption shut down travel to Europe for a week), operators need to talk to their handlers as early as possible when planning a trip.
5. Cuba: With restrictions to Cuba easing, more business aircraft are traveling to the island than ever. But receiving travel authorization is still complex; aircrews cannot stay as long as their passengers (requiring drop-offs); financial transactions may be problematic for U.S. citizens once on the ground; and an aircraft's insurance policy or OpSpecs may exclude travel to Cuba. Read more about increased business aviation access to Cuba.
6, 7, 8, 9 and 10: The committee also focused on customs and APIS submissions; gross navigational errors by business airplanes in the North Atlantic airspace; reduced lateral separation minima in the tracks; EU-ETS; and differing regulations for approaches with enhanced visions systems across countries.
The committee will dive further into its Top 10 focus areas at its 2016 International Operators Conference, to be held March 21 to 24, 2016, in San Diego, CA.