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Region VII (MID) Lead: Patrick C. Dunn, FD Manager

Manufacturers, Operators May Benefit from New Aspect of U.S./China Bilateral Agreement

Nov. 22, 2017
GA new bilateral agreement between the U.S. and China promises to benefit aircraft manufacturers and operators alike. The FAA recently announced the signing of a new agreement, under the existing Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the U.S. agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, which serves as formal recognition of each other’s regulatory systems, in regard to the airworthiness of aviation products and articles. Read more about the agreement.

First-Time Operators to Asia May Face Unexpected Challenges

Jan. 18, 2017
Growing business opportunities throughout Asia mean that more operators are flying to the region, but unforeseen challenges may complicate matters for crews. Julie Ambrose, aviation director for The ASA Group and based in Bangkok, Thailand, said the biggest surprise for most first-time operators is the high cost. An education session titled "Operating in Asia: Opportunities & Difficulties" will take place at the 2017 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. Learn more.

Flying Into Hong Kong? Here Are Six Tips to Keep in Mind

Dec. 5, 2017
With only two runways and limited parking, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) presents substantial operational challenges to business aircraft operators. Currently, operators must obtain an inbound landing slot (and in most cases, an outbound slot), as well as a parking space prior to flying into HKIA. The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department utilizes the Online Coordination System (OCS) for determining slot allocations, so access to OCS – which is limited to only some service providers – is essential. Read more advice for flying into Hong Kong.

NBAA Warns of General Aviation Prohibition at Manila International Airport

Nov. 30, 2016
Earlier this fall, the Philippines Department of Transportation ordered the transfer of all general aviation operations, except helicopter flights and emergency medical airlift services, from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, also known as Manila International Airport (MNL), to alternative airports within four months. Operators planning trips to the area should be prepared for a possible alternate. Read more.

Hong Kong Proves Challenging for Business Aviation Operators

Nov. 22, 2016
Business aviation operators flying into Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) are experiencing significant challenges in securing the required inbound and outbound slots to access the airport. “It’s very challenging to operate in Asia, as changes are occurring all the time,” said Pat Dunn, NBAA’s International Operators Committee Asia regional lead. “Hong Kong in particular has always been problematic, but the situation was aggravated last April when the airport authority started enforcing a hard and fast slot system and required both parking and an outbound slot just to get in.” The challenging situation at HKG is the subject of a free Jeppesen-sponsored webinar on Nov. 30. Learn more about HKG operations.

Bolen Leads Government and Industry Panel on Growing General Aviation in China

June 23, 2016
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on June 20 led a government and industry panel discussion on policies to foster general aviation growth in China. Senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China and FAA joined industry leaders in the discussion at a U.S.-China Aviation Summit in Washington, DC. "Tremendous progress and clear goals in China are important for the development of general aviation," said Bolen, noting that general aviation is connecting Chinese communities, creating jobs and spurring economic investment. Learn more about the U.S.-China panel.

Gaining Access to Indian Airspace Depends on When Operators Ask

April 27, 2016
If a business aircraft operator tries to obtain overflight permission from Indian officials on a weekday, it could take as many as three days to receive approval. If that same operator applies for that same permission on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it could take considerably longer, according to an executive with India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) – which is working to reduce the waiting time for operators. Learn more.

Podcast: AsBAA Working to Grow Business Aviation in Asia

April 11, 2016
As ABACE2016 kicks off this week in Shanghai, China, Charlie Mularski, chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) discusses opportunities for the industry in Asia. Though China may be experiencing challenges, other countries in the region “are helping out with diversification of the market and a lot more activity that we didn’t see in the past,” he said. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest, for more on the issue.

Hong Kong International Implements Online Slot Reservation Process

March 18, 2016
With fewer than half of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) flights departing within 30 minutes of their scheduled departure time, Hong Kong airport authorities have implemented a new slot-application process, effective March 15, through the Online Coordination System. Learn more about the new online slot reservation process.

NBAA's Carr Highlights Business Aviation Growth at India Summit

Nov. 3, 2015
Business aviation is a fast-growing segment of India's aviation industry, with projections suggesting that the country will become the world's third-largest aviation market by 2020. That's why Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs, last week attended the annual U.S.-India Aviation Summit in Bangalore, India, and discussed the importance of business aviation and the potential for additional growth of the sector in India and throughout South Asia. "This conference enables open dialogue to share the needs of the business aviation industry," said Carr. "It is also an opportunity to demonstrate the role of business aviation as an important segment of India's aviation industry." Read more about the summit and the growth of business aviation in India.

FAA Issues NOTAM for Iran

Oct. 19, 2015
The FAA has issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) for airspace over the Tehran, Iran region due to military activity associated with conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Operators are advised to review current security information and NOTAMs for the region. The FAA noted that the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Iran, saying that the U.S. government doesn't currently maintain diplomatic or consular relations with Iran. Read more about the NOTAM for Iran.

EASA Warns Operators of Caspian Sea Missile Launches

Oct. 15, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently published a safety information bulletin warning aircraft operators of missile launches from the Caspian Sea to Syria. The missiles were launched on Oct. 6 and 7. “Operators flying in this airspace should exercise extreme caution,’ said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. “NBAA recommends operators flying in this area review the latest information regarding military operations, be aware of the risks before traveling and if possible, avoid the area all together.’ Learn more about EASA's safety bulletin.

Will Lifting Iran Sanctions Impact Business Aviation?

Sept. 18, 2015
The international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA – along with the anticipated lifting of sanctions on Iran, has some in business aviation inquiring as to how, if at all, flights into, or over the Middle Eastern country might be impacted. For Europeans, business opportunities may be plentiful. However, other sanctions by the U.S. still preclude Americans from doing business with Iran, although flights there by U.S. aircraft are not completely prohibited. Learn more about the effect of lifting Iran sanctions.

Asian Business Aviation Group Strengthens Industry Advocacy

July 6, 2015
Charles Mularski plans to build on a strong foundation of trust with members, and a growing sense of cooperation with regulators, to further the cause of business operators in Asia as he takes the reigns as chairman of Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). “This is a very complex region for the business aviation industry,’ he said. “Growth is strong here, but the infrastructure is still weak, and business operators must continue to depend on major commercial airports. As commercial operations expand in the region, we’re finding room for our operations diminishing.’ Lean more about Mularski's plans for AsBAA in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Owner-Passenger Must Stay With Visiting Aircraft While in Philippines

May 22, 2015
At least one passenger must show a direct aircraft ownership connection for private non-revenue flights in the Philippines, according to new cabotage requirements from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Also, the owner-connected passenger must remain with the aircraft throughout the trip within the country. Adding passengers in country who are not on the original international list is also not permitted for flights within the Philippines. However, passengers may be added for international sectors out of the country. Read more about new requirements when flying to Philippines.

Operators Should Expect Extra Security Checks in Thailand

April 29, 2015
Business aircraft operators flying to Thailand should be prepared for extra scrutiny in the wake of an audit of the country's civil aviation safety systems by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Following the audit, ICAO issued a significant safety concern, and placed Thailand's aviation operations under 'special measures' in March. Pat Dunn, NBAA's International Operators Committee regional lead for ICAO Region VII (Middle East / Asia), advises operators to anticipate Safety Oversight of Foreign Airlines (SOFA) checks, similar to those imposed last year on N-registered aircraft by civil aviation authorities in India when the FAA downgraded that country's safety rating. Learn more about the SOFA checks in Thailand.

Traveling to Egypt? Be Aware of Changing Visa Requirements

April 9, 2015
Operators flying to Egypt should be aware of recent changes to that country's visa requirements. Beginning May 15, the Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs will require all individual travelers – including crewmembers and business travelers – to obtain a visa prior to arriving to an Egyptian airport. "This is a significant procedural change for travelers heading to Egypt," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs. "In the past, individuals were able to apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport. Now travelers – including crewmembers – will need to plan ahead to meet the new requirements." Read more about changing visa requirements in Egypt.

NBAA Advocacy Leads to Operational Flexibility in Asia-Pacific Region

Jan. 8, 2015
NBAA's advocacy efforts in 2014 led to a path for greater operational flexibility regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics equipage in the Asia-Pacific Region, as the regional International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) office in Bangkok, Thailand has adopted new guidance for ADS-B implementation in the region. The new guidance removes a previous mandate requiring ADS-B out operational approval issued by the aircraft's state of registry. "NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) worked directly with local and regional aviation safety authorities and we are pleased with ICAO's support on this matter," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs. Learn more about the new ADS-B guidance in the Asia-Pacific region.

FAA Issues No-Fly Rule for Airspace Around Syria

Jan. 5, 2015
The FAA recently issued a rule prohibiting certain flight operations in the Damascus, Syria (OSTT) flight information region (FIR) by all U.S. air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; those exercising the privileges of a U.S. airman certificate, except when such persons are operating a U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except when such operators are foreign air carriers. This final rule was effective on Dec. 30, 2014, and remains in effect through Dec. 30, 2016. Read more.

FAA Issues Advisory for Korean Peninsula Incheon Flight Information Region

Nov. 17, 2014
The FAA has issued a Notice to Airmen to all U.S. operators regarding flying in the Korean Peninsula Incheon (RKRR) Flight Information Region (FIR). The FAA cautions operators to be prepared to use non-GPS navigation aids and to review all current NOTAMs. The advisory comes after reports of GPS reliability concerns – including interference and disruption – in the region. "Operators should also be aware of other operational challenges in the region, including airspace claim disputes between Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the People's Republic of China," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs. Learn more.

NBAA, AsBAA Oppose Temporary Ban on Business Aircraft at Beijing Airport

Nov. 10, 2014
NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) are objecting to a ban on business aircraft at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. In a letter to the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration, AsBAA Chairman Kevin Wu and NBAA Vice President of Regulatory and International Doug Carr referenced an agreement by APEC transportation ministers to create a regional framework to support the development of business aviation. "Government has its rationality in terms of the airport (air space) management and scheduling during APEC period, however, it is the development of business aviation and the effective complement to the aviation operation that are the current trends," the letter stated. The ban runs through Nov. 12. Read more about the ban during APEC.

NBAA Advocacy Helps Secure Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Commitment to Business Aviation Study

Sept. 23, 2014
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Working Group is launching a project to develop more data about business aviation activity in the region. The study will attempt to define the number of based aircraft, the airports currently used by business aircraft operators and the specific aviation infrastructure used by business aviation in the region, among other data points. NBAA worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), an APEC member, to identify additional projects that would benefit business aviation in the region. At the recent meeting, DOT offered the proposed study among other work projects, which were agreed to by APEC members. Learn more about the APEC study.

China Planning All-General Aviation Town

Sept. 15, 2014
China is planning a city called Superior Aviation Town, which would be home to a general aviation airport with a 7,800-foot-long runway, and a convention center dedicated to general aviation. The town's backers and the Chinese government plan to make the town, located about 11 miles from Beijing, a haven for international investment in hopes of sparking global interest in the aviation-related businesses that would call the city home. "The town increases business aviation capacity in a country where that's going to be a big need," noted NBAA Vice President, Regulatory and International Affairs Doug Carr. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about Superior Aviation Town.

FAA Issues NOTAM for Syria

August 18, 2014
On Aug. 18, the FAA issued a new notice to airmen (NOTAM) restricting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria. This replaces the current NOTAM in place that strongly advises U.S. operators against flying in that airspace, and requires them to contact the FAA before they operate in that airspace. "Based on an updated assessment of the risk associated with such operations, and the lack of any requests from operators wishing to fly in this airspace, we believe it prudent to prohibit U.S. operators from flying into, out of, and over Syria," the FAA said in a statement. Read the FAA's full NOTAM for Syria.

FAA Issues NOTAM for Iraq

August 8, 2014
The FAA last week issued a new notice to airmen (NOTAM) restricting U.S. operators from flying in the airspace above Iraq due to the hazardous situation created by the armed conflict. The new NOTAM supersedes previous FAA guidance for this airspace. The NOTAM applies to all U.S. carriers and commercial operators and all operators with an airman certificate issued by the FAA. The agency said the prohibitions on operations in this airspace would be re-evaluated by Dec. 31, 2014. Learn more.

Flying to Israel? Be Aware of Challenges

August 1, 2014
Conducting business aviation operations into Israel can be challenging, since the entire region is facing political unrest and instability. "We understand the unique nature of the situation in Israel right now, when it comes to all transport modes," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, regulatory and international affairs. "As just one example, the FAA has intermittently halted airline flights into the country in recent days. We thought it would be best to share with NBAA Members some of the basic information we're getting from people familiar with aviation operations in that part of the world." Read more about unique requirements for operations to Israel.

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.