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4 Key Points About Onboard Tech

Each Business Aviation passenger saves at least three hours for every leg he or she flies compared to the airlines, notes Pete Agur. Even better, their en-route productivity is greatly multiplied on these “time machines”… In past years, executives have often told me how they love the solace of the sanctuary in the back of [...]

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Your Aviation Services – Are you aiming too low? (Part 1)

As a leader you need to set high expectations. Are the goals high enough for the value your Business Aviation services can create for your employer? Have you shared with others in the aviation department and the corporation as a whole why your firm has Business Aviation services? If not, how can staff clearly focus [...]

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Too Polite to Network?

Just after my 11th birthday I learned one of my life’s most important and enduring lessons. I had just become a Boy Scout and was competing with the entire troop for one of three slots to go on a three day boating-camping trip on the historic James River. All I had to do was be [...]

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Cognitive Decline

When it comes to assuring safety in business aviation, operators can become more focused on the airworthiness of the aircraft than on the cognitive health of pilots, despite estimates that about 70 percent of accidents are the result of human factors.  Read more here…

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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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Business Aviation “Justification”: It’s All About Strategy!

Without identifying the strategic benefits of Business Aviation to your firm, you and other leaders risk being sniped at over why the Board authorizes aircraft services. This hot potato cannot be delegated. You cannot ask your Director of Aviation Services to provide you with justification for his or her business unit’s existence. Their job is [...]

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Benchmarking

The CEOs of two companies were attending a charity event. During a quiet moment one turned to the other and asked, “Tom, you’ve had a jet for years. We are in the process of getting our first one. My board is concerned about corporate headcount. How many pilots do I really need?” This is NOT [...]

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Trust and Verify

How often do you audit your Business Aviation Services? Most Business Aviation professionals are worthy of all the trust you place in them… and a very small percentage is not, observes Pete Agur. The Director of Aviation for a large, closely held company was recently indicted for embezzling $2.7 million. It is the first time [...]

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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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It Starts With The Board! A Test For Business Aviation Safety

The greatest threat to Business Aviation safety is “assumption”, asserts Pete Agur. Following is a test to self-assess your company’s Business Aviation safety standards. Most Board Members assume that their company’s aviation service providers are performing to a high standard of safety. The following quiz is a quick barometer for measuring Business Aviation safety standards. [...]

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