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Operating in Colombia
Have a good understanding of the approaches — you're going into mountainous terrain, and the weather is characterized by convective buildups,
Lagos: The Island City
Nigeria's largest city welcomes business aviation operators with new full-service FBOs. Just be careful moving about on the surface.
Euro ETS Reconsidered 

Summing It Up

GAMA has advanced three major objections to the EU's Emissions Trading System for aviation that pretty much condense the worldwide industry's misgivings about the program:

The administrative burden far outweighs the environmental benefit from including small operators.


Rarely has aviation history witnessed an era when so many large business jet engines have been simultaneously in development and battling for market share.

Nairobi: Gateway to East Africa
Nairobi reigns as the largest city in East Africa. Additionally, it serves as the region's financial center and a magnet for business.
NOTAMs in Transition 

Too many to mentally process, difficult to read and occasionally understand, not prioritized by importance, archaic in format and distribution in the digital age — Notices to Airmen, good old “NOTAMs” — remain both the bane and deliverance of pilots worldwide.

Dubai: Trading an Oil Economy for High Finance
A spectacular city in the desert hosting the world's tallest building, Dubai has engineered a transition from oil to finance.
Doha: 'The Big Tree' Blossoms in the Persian Gulf
Doha, Qatar, is a world center for higher education and research.
Riyadh: An Oasis of Modernism in the Desert
Operations are straightforward and the Saudis understand business aviation.
Oceanic Nav and Height Errors Still Hound Business Aviation 

The embarrassing thing about international procedures is what a tiny percentage business aviation represents in terms of flights [about 6%] but what a large percentage we are in terms of operational errors,” lamented Nat Iyengar, captain and safety officer for a major corporate flight department.

“Most of that comes down to bad procedures,” Iyengar continued. “We are too casual about the crossings due to the automation of our airplanes.”

By “operational errors,” Iyengar was referring to:

Life in the Far North: Operating in Scandinavia 

Ever wonder what your long-range nav system would look like if your aircraft were crossing the north pole? After “90 deg. N” appeared on the display, what would the FMS do? How would it orient itself coming out “the other side,” given that all directions radiating from the pole are “south”? Would the GPS sensors be able to triangulate a reliable position, given that the balk of the satnav constellation is concentrated in the mid-latitudes?

Post-emergency Procedures in Oceanic Airspace
When your airplane is over the high seas far from a suitable alternate and something breaks especially at night or in bad weather—the elements grow to seem immeasurably large and hostile.
Lima: City of Kings
The most popular destination airport, Jorge Chavez International (SPIM), boasts two FBO/handlers—Swissport and ATSA.
São Paulo: Leading Latin America 

If Brazil's economy is the powerhouse of South America, then São Paulo is its spark plug: The city alone accounts for more than 13% of Brazil's gross domestic product, leads Latin American cities in GDP, and is 10th by GDP among all the world's cities.

And by population — just under 20 million — São Paulo also ranks as the largest city in the entire Southern Hemisphere. No wonder this 458-year-old settlement's motto is “I am not led, I lead.”

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