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Mert Pellegrin

Senior Consultant

Mert Pellegrin is a Senior Consultant with The VanAllen Group.  Mert is responsible for conducting a wide variety of organizational, operational and technical consulting services we provide for our clients.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients’ projects.

Prior to joining VanAllen in 2004, Mert established the multi-aircraft aviation department for a Louisiana-based company.  Then, in October 1984, Mert established the Part 91 flight department at Entergy, a large New Orleans energy company, where he oversaw the domestic and international operations of a wide variety of aircraft.  Mert retired from Entergy as their Chief Pilot/Manager in 2004.

While at Entergy, Mert was instrumental in the successful consolidation of the company’s remote flight operations into one service organization.  He participated in the selection, acquisition and/or disposal of virtually all of Entergy’s aircraft during his 20 year tenure.  In 1995, he was honored by Professional Pilot Magazine as Chief Pilot of the magazine’s “Flight Department of the Year”.  Mert successfully led the IS-BAO certification of Entergy’s flight department; the first U.S. based flight department to do so.

Mert has been a valued member of the NASA/Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Fatigue Countermeasures Task Force and was instrumental in ground breaking publication of NASA/FSF’s “Principles and Guidelines for Duty and Rest Scheduling in Corporate and Business Aviation”, the acknowledged industry guideline for this sensitive subject.  Mert was also the co-creator of the Alertness Solutions commercial training program “AvAlert”.  He was a member of the Aviation Director’s Roundtable from 1998 to 2002.  He has served as Publicity Chairman for all NBAA Annual Conventions held in New Orleans since 1994.

Mert brings to our clients a broad range of expertise in the following areas:

  • Aviation department leadership and management,
  • Aircraft operations and procedures (including Operations Manual and Safety Management System [SMS] development support),
  • Aerodrome and facilities development coordination and support,
  • Operational Best Practices and IS-BAO (International Standards – Business Aviation Operations) gap analyses and audits, and
  • Project leadership and management.

Mert completed his MBA at Nicholls State University.  His under graduate studies were at the U.S. Naval Academy (Bachelor of Science – Aerospace).  He went on to serve as a fleet fighter pilot and completed Navy Fighter Weapons School (“Top Gun”).  He next completed the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and served as an F14A Tomcat Carrier Suitability experimental test pilot.  Mert has a full membership in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Mert holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor certificates and continues to add to his over 15,000 hours of flight experience.  He was a member of the first group to achieve the coveted designation as an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager.

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