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Advisories and Updates

 Medical Certificate Extension Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    April 9, 2020

Until June 30, 2020 the FAA will not take legal action against any person serving as a required pilot flight crewmember or engineer based on noncompliance with medical certificate duration standards when the medical expires between March 31 and June 30, 2020.

  View the FAA Communication on This Temporary Policy »

 Coronavirus Implications for GA/BA Operations

    February 24, 2020  |  UPDATED MARCH 17

The Coronavirus continues to affect aviation operations around the world. Most countries have issued a ban on foreign nationals as a general rule, with the current notable exception of Mexico; which is expected to institute a rule soon. Though details and regulations regarding this situation are changing constantly, below is a summary of available information by country. 

Please Note: This is by no means a complete list as most countries around the world have some level of temporary regulation. For details and clarification applicable to your next destination, your service provider or ground handler will be able to advise.


CAYMAN ISLANDS

All foreign nationals to be banned starting 22 March 2359L to 12 April 2359L. All inbound pax will be quarantined for 14 days. More details in the link below.


Premier's Update on COVID-19 »


 

COSTA RICA

All foreign nationals are banned from entering Costa Rica. The current ban starts 18 March 2359L to 12 April 2359L, 2020. More information is provided in the links below in Spanish and English:


Gobierno Declara Estado de Emergencia Nacional  - Impide Llegada de Extranjeros » 


Government Declares a State of National Emergency - Prevents Arrival of Foreigners »

  

CHINA

• ZHHH: Airport is closed to public use UFN.

• ZBAA/ZGSZ: Health declaration forms are required to be completed on international arrivals.

• ZSPD: All international arrivals will be required to clear CIQ in Terminal 1.

• All International Airports: requiring some degree of extended health screenings, such as body temperature checks.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

All flights from China, Europe, Iran, and South Korean will be banned for one month starting 16 March 0600L. Anyone that has been to these countries will be quarantined for an indeterminate time. US will likely be included to this list shortly.

 
HONG KONG

• HKSAR requires ALL arrivals (land, sea, air) coming from mainland China be quarantined for 14 days.

• Air transport between the mainland has been significantly curtailed.

• Most rail and ferry crossings have also been closed.

Visit Coronavirus Situation Webpage by the Government of Hong Kong »

 
INDIA

• All visas issued to Chinese passport holders–including regular (sticker), as well as e-visa, issued prior to February 05, 2020–has been suspended with immediate effect. Subsequently, Chinese nationals, and other foreigners presently in China, are not allowed to travel to India on existing regular (sticker) visa or e-visa (issued prior to February 05, 2020). In case of compelling reasons to travel to India, such persons may get in touch with the Embassy in Beijing or Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou for new visa.

• Foreigners who have been to China, on or after January 15, 2020, are not allowed to enter India from any air, land, or seaport including Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan, Indo-Bangladesh or Indo-Myanmar land borders.

 
  ISRAEL

All crew and passengers arriving to Israel will now require a 14 day self-quarantine. This applies to all foreign nationals as well. These restrictions are in addition to what is already in effect.


  ITALY

• All GA/BA flights from China, HK, Macau, and Taiwan are only allowed to arrive through LIMC or LIMF for health screening.

• Commercial flights from China, HK, Macau, and Taiwan have been significantly curtailed to require special dispensation.


On Monday, March 9, 2020, Italy extended its emergency procedures to public travel and gatherings across the entire country: 
• All sporting events are suspended. 
• All schools and universities are closed until April 3, 2020.
• Travel requires a valid work or family emergency reason.
• All passengers on departing and arriving flights will need to justify their reason for travel.
• Cruise ships are forbidden to dock at ports.
• Train stations will have checkpoints for health screenings.


JAPAN
• Japanese authorities are not allowing entry to foreign nationals who have been to Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province in the last 14 days.
• Any foreign nationals with passports issued by Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province are also unable to enter.
• All crew/pax entering from China, HK, or Macau must fill out a health declaration form and may be subject to additional health screenings.

View Documents:

Notice to Airline Companies from Immigration Services Agency of Japan »
Health Questionnaire » 
   
MACAU
• GA/BA flights require a health declaration form to be completed on arrival. Forms will be provided by the ground handlers and must be completed in person.
• Body temperature scans will be performed on arrival and departure. Flights coming from mainland China, especially Hubei Province, must submit extra documentation from medical authorities of origin.
   
MALAYSIA
Visas on arrival for crew/pax from Hubei have been suspended.
 
PHILIPPINES

• Philippines CAB is not issuing visas on arrival for arrivals from China, HK, Macau, and Taiwan except for Filipino nationals.
• Entry is denied for any crew/pax, with the exception of Filipino nationals, arriving from aforementioned areas within the last 14 days.
View Order Published by the Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation »
   
SINGAPORE
• All crew/pax that have visited China in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter the country, per Singapore ICA.
• Visa applications of Chinese nationals are being suspended.
• Existing visas will also be suspended; re-entry to Singapore will not be possible.
View Documents:
Singapore Ministry of Health Press Release - Jan. 31, 2020 »
Update to Measures for Flight and Cabin Crew - Feb. 5, 2020 » 
Temperature Screening for Departing Passengers - Feb. 7, 2020 »
 
SOUTH KOREA
• All foreign nationals who have been to Hubei province in the last 14 days are banned.
• Korean nationals coming from Hubei will be quarantined in their home for 14 days.
• Visa issuances will be significantly restricted.
• All crew/pax coming from China will receive additional screening.
 
TAIWAN
• Chinese crew are prohibited to enter Taiwan and must leave after dropping off the passengers
• Private flights coming from China will require further approval from CAA Taiwan.
   
UNITED STATES
All non-US nationals who are from or been to the listed countries (view at link below) are banned from entry. Exemptions exist for US permanent residents,  immediate family members of US nationals, and immediate family members of US permanent residents.
• A 14-day self-quarantine applies to all allowed entry.
• Entry is only allowed through certain portal airports listed (view at link below) and there will be enhanced screening in the clearance procedure.
• Do not assume the usual FBO clearance is allowed; be prepared to clear in the main terminal.

Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Certain Countries of Europe » 

 QUESTIONNAIRE

 QUESTIONNAIRE

 NOTAM: All Airspace of Iran, Iraq, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman Closed to US Operators

    January 8, 2020
 
Update: As of 18 February 2020
US operators are now allowed to fly in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman region. Updated NOTAM KICZ A0016/20 advises exercising caution in the overwater area. The closure of OIIX/Tehran FIR abd ORBB/Baghdad FIR remains in effect.

As of 2200 EST / 07 Jan 2020, the FAA has closed all airspace of Iran, Iraq, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman to US operators until further notice. Please check back for updates!

 

NOTAM ID: KICZ A0001/20, A0002/20, A0003/20


View FAA Twitter Post on this NOTAM »

 

 

UPDATE 1.10.2020

US operators are now permitted to fly through overwater airspace to certain airports in the OBBB/Bahrain, OMAE/Emirates and OOMM/Muscat FIRs in the Gulf region:


OBBI/Bahrain
OTBD/Doha International
OTBH/Doha Al Udeid
OMAA/Abu Dhabi
OMDB/Dubai
OMSJ/Sharjah
OOMS/Muscat

 

However, these flights must:

  1. Be on an instrument approach procedure or under the direction of ATC, and
  2. Minimize overwater operations to the maximum extent possible, and
  3. Not enter Iranian airspace (OIIX/Tehran FIR)

 

NOTAM reference KICZ A0008/20

 

 Mexico Stepping Up Enforcement

    November 25, 2019

Mexico’s civil aviation agency recently changed their name from DGAC to AFAC––an update which was accompanied by a renewed scrutiny for U.S. operators. As of 11/21/19, all N-registered aircraft will be ramp checked for the following documents:

 – Permiso de entradas múltiples o Internación Única (annual landing authorization)

 – Listado de pasajeros (general declaration)

 – Certificado de aeronavegabilidad (airworthiness)

 – Registro de aeronave (aircraft registration)

 – Seguro Mexicano vigente (Mexican insurance policy)

 – Bitácora de vuelo (revisaran las ultimas paginas) (log book last pages)

 

AFAC is employing this effort to deter gray charter and cabotage, especially with the holiday travel season coming up; We do not expect these inspections to relent during this high-traffic time. Please have these documents on board in their original form. Also, be sure to retain a copy of each to accommodate ramp-inspector requests. Any postponement in producing these documents will result in delays and possibly fines.

 Cayman Islands to Require APIS Reports

    November 11, 2019

The Cayman Islands will implement APIS (Advance Passenger Information System) on December 3, 2019. Under APIS, all flights are required to submit a manifest of all crew and passengers on board entering and/or leaving the Cayman Islands. These reports must be submitted at least 60 minutes prior to arrival/departure to/from the Cayman Islands. Currently, the CARICOM APIS portal is used for submissions for non-scheduled operations, private or charter. Please see below for additional information.

   Cayman Islands Customs & Border Patrol on APIS »
   Access CARICOM APIS Portal »
   View CARICOM APIS FAQs »

 Upcoming Changes to NAT Datalink Mandate for 2020

    October 14, 2019


Effective 30 Jan 2020, CPDLC will be fully required for the whole NAT region between FL290-410. The exceptions to this rule are as follows:

1.       All airspace north of N80.

2.       ZNY East – New York Oceanic East FIR

3.       Certain “Tango” routes, currently T9 and T290. This will change over time.

4.       Areas that can be covered by radar, ground based ADS-B, and VHF.

 

Blue Spruce Routes will be limited as well. A limited number of routes over Greenland passing through Sondrestrom will allow for non-datalink ops. Please be advised that ADS-B will be required over Greenland.
   Read NAT Ops Bulletin »

 RJAA and RJTT Temporarily Closed to GA/BA Ops

    September 11, 2019


As celebratory envoys travel to and from Japan for the Enthronement of Emperor Seiden, RJAA and RJTT will prohibit GA/BA traffic and any ad hoc flights from October 19-26, 2019. Only scheduled and diplomatic operations will be allowed during this period. Expect nearby airports–such as RJGG/Nagoya, RJBB/Osaka, and RJSS/Sendai–to be greatly affected by diverted traffic. Options beyond these airports will be quite a long drive and operators should carefully consider alternatives.

  Official Guidance from JCAB » 
  View Notice from MLIT Japan » 

 New MNPS LOAs Becoming Mandatory

    August 9, 2019


MNPS LOAs (B039) issued to Part 91 operators prior to 2016 must be updated before December, 31 2019 to legally operate in the North Atlantic. FAA Order 8900.518, issued July 18, 2019, reminds all private operators of this requirement, as well as the need for accompanying LOA B036 (Multiple LRNS). If you have not begun the update process, please contact your local FSDO immediately to arrange for your compliance as this mandate is imminent.

  View FAA Order 8900.518 on FAA.gov »

 Australian Transport Security Program Goes 91 - Update

    July 29, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs issued an abbreviated process for private operators to comply with the TSP requirement. A shortened, four-page application now allows for the request of a Secretary-Issued TSP, available for operators who do not provide transport for a fee or have operational facilities in Australia.

For the most recent application form, please contact national.coordinator@homeaffairs.gov.au as this is still a fluid process.

 Milan Linate Airport Closure

    July 18, 2019

Milan Linate Airport (LIML) will be closed from 27 July – 27 October 2019 for significant renovations. All commercial traffic will be diverted to Milan Malpensa (LIMC) for the duration of the project.

General and business aviation operators should take increased traffic into consideration and anticipate the need for flexibility prior to arriving at LIMC. For example, it may be necessary to drop off passengers and reposition to park.

 

If an alternative airport is preferred, there are plenty of nearby options to choose from, including smaller airports (such as LIME and LIPO) and larger airports (such as LIPE and LIMJ) with ample ramp space.

  Read about the Milan Linate Airport Renovation Project » 

 Australian Transport Security Program Goes 91

    July 10, 2019

Australia has clarified its position on the need for private, non-revenue generating operations to have an approved TSP with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Previously, private operations were exempt from this extensive review of safety protocols for a flight department. However, with CASA's recent reassignment to a new agency–the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)–it has been ruled that all operations now require an approved TSP.

The application for a TSP exceeds 60 pages and turnaround of successful applications will take a minimum of one month, though most will take two. If you are planning to operate to Australia, be sure to start the application process as soon as possible.

Though this issue is expected to shift and change over the coming months–as operators flood CASA and DHA with applications and inquiries–please be prepared to submit the application in full well before any operation.

  View Document: Aircraft Operator TSP Guidance »

Learn About Additional Requirements for Foreign Operators »

 Cuba Travel Regulations Amended

    June 28, 2019

N-registered aircraft operating under Part 91 regulations are no longer authorized to travel to Cuba without a Temporary Sojourn License. This reverts private operators to the ruleset in place prior to the Obama administration, and only applies to Part 91 operations. Additionally, the “people-to-people” educational travel authorization category has been removed; however, those who previously had license to operate under this category will be allowed to continue to operate under a grandfathering exemption. 

  Obtain Further Details from OFAC »

View Cuba Fact Sheet on Treasury.gov »

 Iran FIR OIIX Closure

    June 24, 2019

Per NOTAM A0019/19, all flights by U.S. operators in the overwater area of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman are prohibited until further notice. Increasing tensions with Iran will create a fluid situation in this region for the near future. Please stay alert for further development.

   View More Details on FAA.Gov »

 Mexico Increases Documentation Scrutiny

    June 3, 2019

Mexico DGAC recently intensified scrutiny of proper documentation for foreign aircraft–specifically those with N-registration. Many operators have been required to provide hard copies of all required documents, even for the most basic operation. The following documents–strongly recommended in the form of an original–should be carried on board:

1: Airworthiness Certificate

2: Registration Certificate

3: Insurance – both worldwide and Mexican, private and/or commercial

4: Pilots' Licenses with Correct Endorsements/Type Ratings

5: Pilots' Medical Certificates

6: Multi-entry Permit – If Applicable

   
  Charter operations need the following documents in addition to those listed above: 
1: AOC – Fleet Document, Copies of Original Accepted
2: FAA 4507 – Fleet Document, Copies of Original Accepted
3: Maintenance Logbook
4: Aircraft Radio-Station License
5: If an indefinite blanket permit has been obtained by an operator, it must be on board with Mexico AOC co-validation and yearly IBP verification
   
   Questions about these requirements? Contact Avplan at avplanops@avfuel.com.

 Venezuela Suspends GA Arrivals and Departures

    April 30, 2019
  UPDATE AS OF 5/6/19
NOTAM suspending GA flights have been rescinded. FAA has issued a general NOTAM prohibiting US operators below FL260 without special permissions and circumstances: Read More on FAA.gov »
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As of 30 April 1516Z, Venezuela has suspended all GA and private flights in and out of the country; overflights are still allowed. This is an escalation of the previous restrictions on travel to and from the “ABC” islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. News reports from the region show a large scale civil uprising urged on by Maduro opposition leader Juan Guaido. Updates regarding Venezuelan operations will be provided as more news becomes available.

Official NOTAM:

 

SVZM   MAIQUETIA (ACC/FIR/UIR) D.F.

A0328/19 - GENERAL AND PRIVATE AVIATION ARE SUSPENDED. OVERFLIGHTS CROSSING SVZM/FIR ARE ALLOWED. 30 APR 15:05 2019 UNTIL 30 MAY 23:59 2019. CREATED: 30 APR 15:16 2019

 FAA Guidance for ADS-B Non-Compliant Aircraft

    April 22, 2019

ADS-B non-compliant operations will be subject to a new policy, effective January 2, 2020. Per an FAA-issued statement, the new policy requires non-compliant operations to obtain permission to travel in airspace requiring ADS-B at least one hour prior to each flight. Please note that acquiring authorizations for higher-traffic airspace, such as those near Class B facilities, will be more difficult.

We expect the FAA to launch a web-based portal in the coming months to apply for and receive authorizations; the FAA and ATC facilities will not issue authorizations. Continue to keep watch for further updates.

View the FAA Statement of Policy » 

Read a Summary Published by NBAA » 

 Brazil Visa Requirements Changing for US Nationals

    March 27, 2019

Starting June 17, 2019, a visa will not be required for United States, Australian, Canadian and Japanese nationals for visits up to 90 daysThis exemption covers entry for the purposes of basic tourism and business. For other specific needs, consultation with the Brazilian embassies is advised. The current E-Visa requirement for the aforementioned nationals will still be enforced for visits starting before June 17, 2019.

View Exemption Notice from the Brazil Consulate »

 No, ETIAS is not a Visa.

    March 20, 2019
Misinformation has recently spread regarding the need for US nationals to obtain a visa for EU entry–this is not the case!

Starting in 2021–exact date TBA–the EU will require nationals of certain countries to register through an online portal system and pass a security screening prior to arrival. This system, ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System), will authorize individuals to visit the EU for 90 days without a visa. Process requirements include, but are not limited to, providing passport information and recent travel history; approval can be granted within minutes. Once approved, a person's ETIAS clearance is valid for three years or for the validity of the travel document (e.g. passport).

For reference: the US has a similar process in place, ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) for EU nationals entering the US without visa for a short stay. Through the system is similar, ESTA clearance is not an equivalent or replacement for a visa.

Read the ETIAS Press Release provided by the European Commission »
  Check out ETIAS FAQs on SchengenVisaInfo.com »

 UK Part TCO

    March 6, 2019
Charter operators: Please be aware that in the event of a “no deal Brexit,” a UK TCO will be required–in addition to the EASA TCO–for all non-UK operators desiring to operate as a revenue-generating flight into the UK. Submit your application prior to March 29, 2019 and your EASA TCO in lieu will be acceptable until your UK TCO is fully approved.

Please note: March 29, 2019 is the date at which the UK must exit the EU or negotiate an extension.

View UK Part TCO Requirements and Application Process Information »
  Stay up to date on EASA's Brexit Updates »

 Toronto Pearson Now Fully Slot Controlled

    February 20, 2019
Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) in Ontario, Canada is now a fully slot controlled airport and will eventually become an A-CDM airport. The slots are for standard operating hours of 0630-0029 local time (EST); night slots are still in effect and remain unchanged in procedure and scope. As previously mentioned, the airport will become an A-CDM airport. In short, this means your operation must follow a specific set of timing rules in accordance with your slots. Please see the following links for details on the slot program and incoming A-CDM program.
Visit the Toronto Pearson Airport Reservation Office (ARO) Webpage »
  Obtain more information on A-CDM procedures at Toronto Pearson »

 European flight plan filing reminder!

    February 6, 2019
On 31 Jan 2019, Eurocontrol will enforce the rule that aircraft registration must be included in section 18; having it in section 7 is insufficient. Failure to do so will result in an automatic rejection of FPL strip. This enforcement is in compliance with ICAO Doc 7030 EUR 2-2 section 2.1.5.1. For the Eurocontrol memo, please visit the Network Operations Portal via the link below; once the site loads, access the memo from the AIM section within the “PreTactical” tab in the top menu.
Open ICAO Doc 7030 »
  Visit the Network Operations Portal »

 Traveling with Pets in the UK

    February 1, 2019
Traveling with a pet to the UK is more complex than any of the other EU countries. Unlike any of the other EU countries, the UK requires the operator to be approved by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). The approval requires the operator to submit an AOC as part of the application process, which greatly complicates matters for part 91 operators. Note that the current list of approved operators only include airlines and charter operators as per AOC requirement. The operator must also obtain permission to clear at specific airports; a permit for EGKB does not necessarily mean you can legally clear a pet at EGLF. The process of obtaining permission entails a long lead time of 6-8 weeks, so it behooves all operators to start this process early!
Check if you can bring your pet: View the article on Gov.UK »
  View the list of transport companies and routes to bring your pet on Gov.UK »

 First Change for NAT Procedures on the Horizon

    January 22, 2019
Starting 28 March 2019, a new procedure will be available on a trial basis: ASEPS (Advanced Surveillance Enhanced Procedural Separation). You will need ADS-B to participate in the Shanwick, Gander and Santa Maria FIRs. Please review the provided NAT bulletin for additional information.
View the NAT Ops Bulletin »
 

 Are you ready for the ADS-B Out Mandate?

 January 2, 2019
We are less than 365 days away from the deadline and in the proverbial “two minute warning”. Get a plan together or get grounded!
Access additional details on FAA's website »

 

 Seletar Airport has been declared as a schedules facilitated airport

 with effect from 28 October 2018

 October 29, 2018
   
   1.1 Seletar Airport has been declared as a schedules facilitated airport with effect from 28 October 2018 under section 71C of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Act. With the growing demand for air travel and increasing air traffic at Seletar Airport, this will help to ensure efficiency of aircraft operations and optimisation of airport resources.
   Read the full circular »

 

Charter – 135 Operations into Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency will require all US Part 135 operators to apply and gain approval under their Third Country Operators (TCO) authorization. Applying for this approval is much like applying for an FAA Certificate including a lengthy technical questionnaire. Below is directly from the EASA-TCO website and details the process. Answers to most questions regarding the TCO process can be found online at the above link, or by emailing EASA-TCO ; TCO@easa.europa.eu . Of course, customers may also email us for more details and to get the process started.
   1.  The operator should follow the process on the EASA website. EASA will publish the necessary details in order to begin the application process in suitable time. 
  2. Once EASA has received an application, and the eligibility is confirmed, the operator will receive log-on credentials to the dedicated web-based TCO software application. This serves as the primary means of communication throughout the process. 
   3.  After EASA has received the filled-in online questionnaire it will decide if further in-depth assessment is necessary and inform the applicant accordingly. 
   4. As soon as the assessment is completed, and a positive decision is taken, the operator will receive its TCO authorisation document and associated technical specifications
View more information about Third Country Operators (TCO) on EASA's website »

 

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