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Creating Your New Flight Department – Structuring for Safety, Service, and Dispatch Reliability

Imagine this conversation between a first-time aircraft buyer and a consultant, which describes how to establish an in-house flight department: Buyer: My Board recommended we buy a super mid-sized jet for our North American and EU travel. What do we need to know? Consultant: How did you decide on the aircraft you’re buying? Buyer: We conducted a [...]

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Establishing A Game-Plan

Whether acquiring your first aircraft, its replacement, or an add-on, the objective is the same: Place the best aircraft for your needs into safe and effective service while saving every nickel in making that happen. The stakes of the game are both intangible and tangible. On the intangible side, if the political or economic environment [...]

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Vision Unlimited: The Revolution of Business Aviation

I’ve been introducing individuals and organizations to Business Aviation for over 40 years. It is a lot of fun for me because every time is a first time. I get to watch as each new owner discovers that the value of Business Aviation is far greater, and much broader, than what they had foreseen. The [...]

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Aircraft Ownership: Charter, Whole or Fractional Jet Ownership

Given the multitude of aircraft ownership and operating options, it is not surprising that there is substantial confusion regarding the nature of the various options and the methods for determining which option is best suited to a particular business.  Below we will explore the options of whole aircraft ownership, fractional ownership, and charter, including flight [...]

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Selection of Aviation Services: The Intangibles

Selection of Aviation Services: The Intangibles By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.   As we discussed last month, selecting aviation services is a very complex process.  It incorporates both tangible and intangible decision elements.  As the final installment on this topic, we will discuss the two key intangible elements: -          Corporate [...]

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The Metrics of Business Aviation Efficiency

The Metrics of Business Aviation Efficiency By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.     There are three great quotes about metrics that are especially appropriate for Business Aviation:  “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts,” Albert Einstein. “What you do not measure, you [...]

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Business Aviation Justified

Business Aviation Justified If growth is your goal, Business Aviation is your vehicle. By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.   “You cannot justify your use of Business Aviation economically.”  That statement exposes a fundamental lack of understanding of your core enterprise, your growth strategies, your culture, and how you apply your [...]

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1-800-Justify? No Apologies Needed!

1-800-Justify?  No Apologies Needed!   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc.     “We can’t make the economic numbers on business aircraft work.  But we know we need them,” flatly stated Roger, the CFO of a multibillion dollar company during a recent meeting.  Both his chairman and president [...]

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Business Aviation: Business Results

  Do Business Aircrafts Drive Business Results? Published – September 18, 1995  – Fortune   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc   Writer’s Note:  Even though this piece was written nearly 15 years ago and many changes have happened to companies and careers, its message is even more [...]

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Business Aviation: 2,080 Reasons Why! Beating the Twin Tyrannies of Time

Business Aviation: 2,080 Reasons Why!  Beating the Twin Tyrannies of Time   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc.   There are two tyrannies of time.   The first tyranny if time is that it is non-renewable.  Once time goes by, it is forever gone.  “Benjamin Franklin, a fine [...]

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