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Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

October 14, 2013 10:27 ET

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Reviews Recommendations for Business Aircraft Operators Attending UAE Grand Prix 2013

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2013) -   Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. is recommending that business aviation operators planning to fly into Abu Dhabi, UAE during the 2013 Abu Dhabi Eithad Airways Formula One Grand Prix -- and seeking preferred access to aircraft parking, hotel accommodations and related trip support services -- should begin planning immediately. The race will take place Nov. 1-3, 2013 at the Yas Marina Circuit, and a heavy influx of business aviation traffic is expected.

The primary airport to consider for this event is Al Bateen Executive International Airport (OMAD), in Abu Dhabi. OMAD is about 25 minutes from the racetrack, is available 24/7 and can handle aircraft up to a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A321. Two alternative airports to consider are Abu Dhabi International (OMAA) at 20 minutes from the track and Al Ain International (OMAL) at about 1.5 hours from the circuit. All of these are airports of entry (AOEs).

"Business aviation operators, including private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) need landing permits when operating to UAE," explained Greg Linton, Master Trip Owner, Universal®. "Landing permits should be requested a minimum of four business days in advance and have validity of +72 hours. Each UAE landing permit must be requested directly with each authority of the emirate in which the landing takes place. Depending upon the emirate, different documents may be required. For operations to OMAD, OMAA, and OMAL, permits will be requested through the Abu Dhabi emirate, and only an airworthiness certificate is needed to make the request."

Linton said that operators traveling to the UAE need to carry specific aircraft liability insurance. Coverage amounts must be given in special drawing rights (SDRs). "Operators should be aware that required coverage amounts will depend on aircraft maximum takeoff weight (MTOW). There are also minimum insurance liabilities needed for passengers, cargo, and baggage. Additional considerations are restrictions for aircraft arriving from Afghanistan and that flights to and from Israel are not permitted."

Many good hotel options, including popular international hotel chains, are available in the Abu Dhabi, said Linton.

"Abu Dhabi has many large international hotel chains, but room availability is going fast, so it's best to book your room as soon your schedule is known," said Linton. "Fewer options, however, are available in OMAL. I recommend avoiding rental cars if you're unfamiliar with the area and be aware there may be possible road closures surrounding this event." 

For more information on operating to Abu Dhabi during UAE Grand Prix, as well as other business aviation operational information, visit www.universalweather.com/blog.

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