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Job Security: What you can control and not control.

One of the best things about being a professional pilot is that you get to fly using other people’s money.  That also means you don’t have total control over your own job security. I recently received a call from an acquaintance.  He wanted me to find him a job.  He had been released from his [...]

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Declaration of Business Aviation Intent

We received an interesting call two weeks after the Presidential election.  An entrepreneur was seeking our assistance in the start-up his aviation department.  We asked him why he was taking this step now, considering the uncertainty of the economic and political environments.  His response said it all: He had just received a large infusion of [...]

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Business Aviation: Have No Excuses and Nothing to Excuse

Have you noticed how few companies talk publicly about their use of Business Aviation?   Why is that? I can think of three very good reasons: A core value of corporate privacy. A concern that any publicity about their use of Business Aviation will be a distraction from the core business. A fear that perceived [...]

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The Compelling Case for Business Aviation

  Why Business Aviation Matters “The truth is more important than the facts”, according to Frank Lloyd Wright.  The truth is business aircraft are extremely valuable tools… and the economic facts have created a lot of confusion.   The truth is decision makers (be they buyers, sellers, partners or entrepreneurs) nearly always make their biggest [...]

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The Metrics of Service

The Metrics of Service The Challenge of Substance Over Style     Service is much more than “style” or high touch.  Clients often describe it as being able to go where they want to go, when they want to go, the way they want to go, opines Pete Agur. Dissecting service into those three components—where [...]

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What business is your Business Aviation in?

What business is your Business Aviation in? By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.     The President has repeatedly referred, with distain, to “Fat Cats and their private jets”.   In an effort to counter that misrepresentation, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has described Business Aviation as an egalitarian tool – [...]

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Macro Managing the Aviation Function

Macro Managing the Aviation Function By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.     Is it below the Board’s pay grade to confirm how well your aviation services are administered?  Poor aviation services administration can have a caustic impact on the time and effectiveness of your company and its leaders.  These issues [...]

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Your Business Aviation Service Leader’s Reporting Point and Title

Your Business Aviation Service Leader’s Reporting Point and Title By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.     Having your Business Aviation services reporting to the wrong position can cripple performance and raise your operational risks.  Using the Goldie Locks analytical model, I’ll explain my point.   Reporting Too High – Reporting [...]

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Ain’t No Danger – Never Was

Ain’t No Danger – Never Was Published 2001 – Journal of Business Aviation Management   Peter v. Agur, Jr., President The VanAllen Group, Inc.     In the black of night in mid 1969 we were told we had to fly a mercy mission. Ple Mi (pronounced Play Me), a Special Forces outpost, about an [...]

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Charter Aircraft Services: Trust but Verify

Charter Aircraft Services:  Trust but Verify   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc     It was not a great day to fly.  But renowned motivational speaker Dr. Mike Mescon had a date with an audience.  Mescon is in the habit of delivering… even when it takes a [...]

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