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A Call For Even More Safety

When will you be safe enough?  According to a vocal minority on the NBAA AvManager web page, the answer is, “Now”.  They periodically demonize SMS and IS-BAO as excessive intervention into their businesses.  They petulantly put forth they are already performing to sufficiently high professional standards. Could they be right?  After all, we are killing [...]

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Business Aviation Safety is Behind the Times… and Catching Up

Business Aviation Safety is Behind the Times… and Catching Up By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.   Do you assume you are safe in your company airplane?  Did you know there is no direct correlation between the success of a company and the safety of its aviation services?  That is the [...]

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The Impact of Leadership on Safety

The Impact of Leadership on Safety Board oversight is paramount. Who has the greatest impact on the safety of your aviation services, asks management expert Pete Agur? The answer may surprise you.   Safety of your company’s aviation operations is influenced by the decisions and actions of several leaders. Within the following group, though, who [...]

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King RAT: The Metrics of Business Aviation Safety

King RAT: The Metrics of Business Aviation Safety By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.   “Business Aviation has a perfect record.  We’ve never left one up there.”  That data point is of little more use than most traditional “aviation safety metrics”.  Accident rates or “20,000 hours without an incident” are not [...]

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Setting the Safety Standard: The Responsibility is Yours

Setting the Safety Standard: The Responsibility is Yours by Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.   Earlier this year a major company’s board meeting started with a special welcome to one its members.  A few months earlier he had been a survivor of an aircraft accident that included multiple fatalities. The CEO [...]

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IS-BAO: What it spells for you.

IS-BAO: What it spells for you.     As a board member, you should be concerned about the safe performance of your company’s aviation services.  After all, the company’s most precious human capital rides in the aircraft…  and so may you. IS-BAO (International Standards – Business Aviation Operations) is sometimes referred to as the answer [...]

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The Board and Aviation Safety: Set a Verifiable Standard

The Board and Aviation Safety: Set a Verifiable Standard By Peter v. Agur, Jr. Founder, The VanAllen Group, Inc.     Board members have a unique responsibility to oversee and protect the enterprise’s future.  Aviation services carry the future of the enterprise.  Therefore, the Board should be responsible for providing direct guidance on aviation safety.  [...]

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Aviation Audit Fundamentals: The 5Ws of Aviation Audits

  Aviation Audit Fundamentals Presented at CASS – 2003   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc.     Many aviation professionals believe that the three most dangerous things they face are Thunderstorms, Severe Icing and Audits. If you are going to effectively manage your flying risks you certainly [...]

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“Best Practices – A Misunderstood Standard”

“Best Practices – A Misunderstood Standard” Your Standards and Practices May Not Be As High As You Think! Presented at the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar – 2004   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc.     Nearly all of the hundreds of executives we have interviewed have indicated [...]

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Building a Safety Culture in Corporate Aviation

Building a Safety Culture in Corporate Aviation   By Peter v. Agur, Jr., Managing Director & Founder The VanAllen Group, Inc     Aviation safety is not an end destination.  But, it is the most critical part of the journey.  In measuring the safety element of travel, the accident rates of major commercial airlines and [...]

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