Tips

For Global Aviators

  • Use a headset with a 6-pin plug (draws power from aircraft to avoid battery outage).
  • Bring an AirBP Fuel Card, or else a lot of cash. Use only new 100 USD.
  • Bring brain food, like small snickers (sugar with protein). Eat every two hours.
  • Subscribe to Jeff FD. Saves a lot of chart hassle. Ensure the global database has all your stops.
  • For flight plan software, Foreflight in the USA and Canada, Rocket Route in Europe, and AVPlan in Australia.
  • Sky Vector is the best overall web flight planning tool and Windyty is the best web winds/weather site.
  • Bring plug tools. After 100 hours inspect-replace-clean-blast-gap plugs.
  • Wrap headset cable with tape to avoid chafing and loss of comm.
  • Remember, most transition levels (standard baro) are much lower then in the USA (e.g. 11,000 ft MSL).
  • Set Garmin (or equivalent) to auto prompt altimeter settings change for each region’s transition level.
  • Monitor fingers (123.45) around the world, especially over the ocean.
  • Squawk 2000 when entering controlled airspace over the Pacific.
  • Carry paper towels in cabin.
  • Protect dash with window cover (Middle East can be very hot).
  • Enter your passport number and crew card ID in your general declarations template/document.
  • Keep a little local currency on hand when you depart to for unforeseen expenses like GPU rental.
  • If receiving a package, make sure sending party pays local taxes to avoid delivery delays.
  • Bring a siphon hose to get the extra fuel out of the drums. Sometimes as much as 10 gallons will be left over.
  • For Cirrus aircraft, Garmin programming cards and AMM manuals are hidden in the baggage door area under the velcro.
  • Much more to come. Keep checking back.
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