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International News by Region

View international operations news and information for eight different regions of the globe. View the region map.

  • Customs and Regulatory Issues

    Customs and Regulatory Issues

    In-depth resources on topics such as: United States and Canadian Customs regulations, including the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS); Cabotage restrictions; and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidance of interest for all international operators.

  • Oceanic Flight Information

    Oceanic Flight Information

    Resources for planning and conducting flight operations in oceanic airspace including the North Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean.

  • Volcanic Information

    Volcanic Information

    Resources for locating information about volcanic activity that is relevant to flight operations.

  • International Feedback Database

    International Feedback Database

    Valuable reports on operational issues, facilitation, and local accommodations for business aircraft operations around the world.
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Latest International News

3 Tips for Flying in Areas of Volcanic Activity
June 11, 2018
Are you up to speed on flying in areas of volcanic activity? With several volcanoes currently active, including Kilauea in Hawaii and Fuego in Guatemala, now is a good time to brush up on your knowledge. Here are three tips for flying in areas of volcanic ash. “If you’re operating in an area with known volcanic activity, even if you plan your flight for a wide berth around volcanic ash, review company procedures and aircraft manufacturer recommendations regarding volcanic ash so you’re prepared for an unexpected encounter,” said John Kosak, program manager of weather for NBAA Air Traffic Services. Learn More.
International Operators Need to Prepare for CORSIA
April 16, 2018
ICAO has for many years been developing a framework for minimizing international aviation emissions, known as CORSIA. NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council fought for and won a "small emitter" exemption to the emissions plan, which recognizes business aviation's minimal emissions. As a result, CORSIA will not apply to most business aircraft operations, but operators meeting the emissions criteria must begin gathering international flight data and be prepared to present their emissions findings. Learn more about this regulatory hot topic in the March/April 2018 International Issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine.

Podcast: Tips to Start Flying Internationally
March 19, 2018
International operations can differ widely from domestic operations, particularly if a mission involves an operator's first time flying outside the U.S. "If they've never done it before they may not know the sheer scale of differences that they'll be facing," said Craig Hanlon, chair of the NBAA International Operators Committee. Hanlon offers tips for first-time international operators including: using an international service provider and handling agent and taking formal international procedures training. Also, he said, the NBAA International Feedback Database can be a valuable source of information. Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Planning is Key to a Successful Overseas Trip
March 12, 2018
Flight departments have two basic ways they can approach international trip planning – doing the work in-house or contracting with a third-party service provider to handler to oversee the details of the trip, including ground logistics and permits. While it costs to use a service provider, and experienced handler can be of great value. Learn more in Business Aviation Insider.

Top 4 International Issues for Business Aviation
March 5, 2018
Business aviation operations are more global than ever, and regulations and requirements are constantly changing. While operators that fly overseas research the procedures governing their planned route of flight and destination before taking off, there are several emerging issues that will affect such trips this year. Learn what operators should know before their next oceanic flight in the March/April 2018 edition of Business Aviation Insider, the International Issue.

Podcast: Examining IBAC's 2018 Goals
Jan. 22, 2018
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has a number of objectives for 2018, with increased communications and growth high on that list, according to Kurt Edwards, the council's director general. There's a new outreach plan, he said, adding, "part of that will be a focus on where there are not currently associations for business aviation trying to work in those countries with the industry to develop associations." For example, the African Business Aviation Association recently joined IBAC. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on what to expect from IBAC in 2018.

CORSIA Looming, But Many Business Aircraft Operators Exempted
Jan. 11, 2018
Business aircraft operators that regularly fly overseas should be aware of an upcoming environmental impact policy aimed at meeting industry's goal to curb global aviation emissions. Adopted last year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for implementation from 2020, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) intends to cap carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels. However, an exemption supported by NBAA and other organizations through the International Business Aviation Council means that "small emitters" that fall under a certain threshold will not be subject to CORSIA requirements. Learn more about CORSIA.

Security Experts Offer Three Considerations for International Ground Transportation
Feb. 17, 2017
Ensuring the safety of passengers and crew doesn’t end when an aircraft reaches its destination. All parties must then be delivered securely to their final stop – a task that can be more challenging when traveling internationally. The factors that go into choosing ground transportation option are the subject of a March 13 panel discussion to be held at NBAA’s 2017 International Operators Conference. Learn three security considerations from the experts.

Overseas Emergency: Are You Prepared?
April 18, 2016
Most flight departments have emergency response plans to manage the aftermath of an aircraft-related accident or incident, but they might not be ready to handle a non-aviation emergency while traveling overseas. Flight departments need to be prepared to handle the intricacies of communications, customers and immigration policies, as well as legal hurdles, if the unthinkable happens at a foreign location. Learn how how to deal with an overseas emergency in the March/April 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.

Managing the Relationship With Your International Service Provider
April 6, 2016
For flight department managers who are considering using or changing an international trip-planning service, communication is key to a successful relationship. "The key to a good working relationship is to keep the conversation going at all time," said Craig Hanlon, chief pilot at DuPont Aviation and chairman of NBAA's International Operators Committee. "You have to understand each other's wants and needs." Learn more in this digital-only feature in the March/April 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.

International Hot Topics: Know Before You Go
April 4, 2016
From access restrictions to avionics mandates to changing customs procedures, those who fly internationally have a lot to consider before heading overseas. Operators don't just need to navigate 196 different regulatory environments, but also oceanic airspace, global weather disruptions, security hot spots, traffic caused by major events and a host of other issues. See what operators need to consider before flying globally in the March/April 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.

NBAA Announces Recipients of 2016 International Operators Scholarships
March 23, 2016
NBAA announced the selection of five recipients of 2016 International Operators Scholarships. The International Operators Committee Scholarship is valued at a total of $20,000 and designated for use by the recipients for professional development in business aviation careers with a focus on international operations. Learn more about the scholarship winners.

NBAA Business Aviation Insider: Flight Crews: New Canadian Customs Requirement Coming
March 14, 2016
Canada has introduced a new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to the country by air. Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens and who do not have a passport will need an eTA to enter Canada starting March 15. Learn more in the March/April 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.

NBAA Business Aviation Insider: Overcoming Obstacles to Flying to Europe
March 7, 2016
Starting on Nov. 26, 2016, if you plan to fly to Europe as a Part 135 carrier, you'll need prior authorization through the new European Aviation Safety Agency's Third-Country Operator (TCO) Program. Find out how the new rules might affect NBAA members' ability to fly on the continent in the March/April 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider. Read more about the new requirements facing business aircraft operators flying to Europe.

Some Countries Requiring Mosquito Treatment for Business Aircraft in Wake of Zika Virus
Feb. 16, 2016
As the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreads worldwide, some health and aviation authorities have begun targeting business aircraft to be treated with insecticide – similar to requirements that have been in place for commercial aircraft arriving from certain points of origin. The most prominent to date is Italy, which has reported several recent cases of the Zika virus affecting people who returned from trips to South America and the Caribbean. Other countries taking precautions include: Costa Rica, China, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.Read more about concerns surrounding the Zika virus.

Flight Crews: Food Safety Among Top International Catering Considerations
Dec. 28, 2015
While communication and an understanding of local cultures is important in international operations, industry experts say vigilance regarding food safety and security should be an aircraft operator's top priority when using food services overseas. "All aviation food handlers should have an increased awareness of the threat of intentional, as well as unintentional, contamination of the food in their charge," said Jean Dible, founder of GA Food Safety Professionals. Read more about international catering considerations in Business Aviation Insider.

NBAA Welcomes FAA's Move to Reduce Burden of International Waiver Requirements
Dec. 22, 2015
NBAA applauds a recent decision by the FAA to reduce historically burdensome requirements for foreign companies conducting business aircraft flights in U.S. airspace. The new NOTAM removes the requirement for foreign-registered aircraft under 100,309 pounds maximum gross takeoff weight operating within the U.S. to obtain an airspace waiver. "The requirement to obtain a security waiver while flying within U.S. airspace has been a significant concern for non-U.S. operators planning business travel to the U.S.," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs. "This new NOTAM helps ensure that businesses can respond quickly to opportunities and customer demands." Learn more about the new NOTAM.

Jeppesen Charts Depict Aerodrome Operating Minimums in New Way
July 29, 2015
Aeronautical chart maker Jeppesen is rolling out a new way to depict Aerodrome Operating Minimums on its library of instrument approach procedures charts, a change that will significantly affect pilots who fly outside of the United States. At issue is the availability of aerodrome operating minima (AOM) and how those minima are depicted in charts of other countries’ airspace. Many nations, such as the U.S., publish complete AOM for their instrument approaches. However, other countries provide only partial AOM or no AOM at all for their approaches. In these cases, Jeppesen had published AOM data using accepted standards, largely based on United States’ standard for terminal instrument procedures. However, that has changed due to recent international efforts. Read more about Jeppesen's new charts.

Podcast: Five Tips for International Flying
June 15, 2015
Flying internationally is different than flying domestically – not only in terms of routes and procedures, but also in terms of what you can expect on the ground. Gary Tucker, technical coordinator of the NBAA International Operators Committee, offers his top five tips for international operations. For example, Tucker said, when crossing multiple time zones, an operator's duty time may not be excessive, but their body clock may betray them. The sun could be shining high overhead, but one's own circadian rhythm makes it feel like 2 a.m. and an operator's capabilities may be seriously impaired. Learn more about this and other international flying tips in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

FAA Warns Against LHD in Oceanic Airspace
March 14, 2013
The FAA recently released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) that addresses large height deviations (LHD) in oceanic airspace. A worldwide monitoring program by air traffic agencies shows that for various reasons, with the most common being pilot errors, LHD's "…present a potential hazard to continuous operational safety in the airspace. A majority of crew-related errors center on misinterpretation/application of the Conditional Clearances," according to the alert. Members, log in to read more about LHD causes and prevention (39.5 KB, PDF)