Category: Guest Post

Simplifying Your Aviation Safety Management System

Simplifying Your Aviation Safety Management System

Many industry and regulatory “experts” suggest that implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive […]

February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: In-Flight Child Care Excellence

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101: In-Flight Child Care Excellence

Children are frequent guests on business aircraft, and we should always make sure that flight attendants are properly trained in child care. This will ensure that children and their parents receive the best service during flights. Also, it is an excellent way to retain those clients for future trips, as they know they will receive […]

January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

Aviation Photography: Photographing the Interior of Your Business Aircraft

If you currently have an aircraft for sale, lease, or charter, and want the most appealing photographs you can have to highlight the beauty of it, there are several factors for you to consider. In my last article, I shared tips for photographing the exterior of the aircraft. This month’s article discusses how to photograph […]

January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Four Reasons Why Metrics Matter in Business Aviation

Four Reasons Why Metrics Matter in Business Aviation

Ask any business leader if metrics matter, and I guarantee you’ll get a resounding “Yes.” Why? Metrics help organizations focus on what really matters and drive improvements in performance and outcomes […]

December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Leveraging a Charter Operation’s Untapped Clients: Pets – Part II

Leveraging a Charter Operation’s Untapped Clients: Pets – Part II

Welcome back as we continue to consider a charter operation’s untapped clients – pets! These clients, who are very important to their human companions (who pay for the flight), have been largely overlooked but are easy to please. This is a natural […]

December 9, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Leveraging a Charter Operation’s Untapped Clients: Pets – Part I

Leveraging a Charter Operation’s Untapped Clients: Pets – Part I

Marketing gurus and ad execs sit in boardrooms and brainstorm for hours looking for a new way to differentiate their product so clients will choose theirs over another in this highly competitive market. It is rare that you get the true perfect storm […]

December 2, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Aviation Photography: Photographing Your Business Aircraft's Exterior

Aviation Photography: Photographing Your Business Aircraft’s Exterior

If you currently have an aircraft for sale, lease or charter and want the most appealing photographs you can possibly have to highlight the beauty of it – both interior and exterior – there are several factors you need to consider to get the best photographs you can […]

November 11, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Top 3 Fall and Winter Cleaning Tips for Your Aircraft

Top 3 Fall and Winter Cleaning Tips for Your Aircraft

If you’ve peered out your cockpit windows recently, you might have noticed trees and hillsides are starting to take on the colors of fall, and winter will be fast approaching. And while the cascade of yellow and orange provides a stunning backdrop to our flying adventures, Mother Nature is once again getting ready to […]

November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Checklist: How to Select the Right Aircraft Management Company

Checklist: How to Select the Right Aircraft Management Company

You are planning to purchase an aircraft and have decided to use an aircraft management company to help operate it. As you start to investigate your options, you learn there are many companies to choose from and are uncertain as to the best way to proceed. This article highlights some of the key issues to consider when […]

October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Four Great Online Air Charter Resources

Four Great Online Air Charter Resources

There have been recent innovations in air charter and aircraft search technology that aid travel planning for brokers and consumers alike. However, finding the right fit for your aircraft needs and flight combinations can still be confusing when the available web search platforms are increasingly [...]

October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Your Own Flight Department versus Aircraft Management – How to Decide

Your Own Flight Department versus Aircraft Management – How to Decide

You finally made the big decision to buy a business jet. Now you need to figure out what to do next. You have some friends who use an aircraft management company and some who have their own corporate in-house flight department. You’ve heard a lot of conflicting information about either alternative [...]

October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Cleaning and Maintenance: Leather, Sun and Funds

Aircraft Cleaning and Maintenance: Leather, Sun and Funds

If your aircraft has leather seats onboard, you already understand how difficult they are to maintain and keep looking fresh. Thanks to the never-ending danger from pen marks, liquid spills and children, keeping your investments looking great can be somewhat of a challenge. But if you utilize [...]

October 8, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 for Russia

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 for Russia

Adjusting to the cultural differences of their clients is a constant challenge for corporate flight attendants. As they are flying clients from all over the world, corporate flight attendants need to keep their knowledge and skills up to date at all times. Understanding and respecting [...]

October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
6 Considerations for First-time Business Jet Passengers

6 Considerations for First-time Business Jet Passengers

Flying on a private jet bears very little resemblance to flying commercial. That’s precisely what everyone really likes about private travel. Very often you drive right up to your aircraft, step inside, they close the door behind you, and you leave. You eat exactly what you want, when you want it [...]

September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Olympic Elections in Buenos Aires Argentina – Heavy Traffic Expected

Olympic Elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Heavy Business Aviation Traffic Expected

The International Olympic Committee meets 4-10 September for Olympic elections in Buenos Aires. During this period, business aviation traffic to Buenos Aires will be heavier than normal. Operators should expect aircraft parking and operating restrictions as well as sold out accommodations at preferred hotels…

September 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Empowered Passenger – Emergency Preparedness on a Business Aircraft

The Empowered Passenger – Emergency Preparedness on a Business Aircraft

With the recent accident in San Francisco, there has been a great deal of focus on the role your crew plays in your safety when you fly. In commercial aviation there is a required minimum staffing on each aircraft. There are very few requirements in private aviation, which is unfortunate [...]

August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
5 Things to Look for When Selecting an Air Charter Provider Service

5 Things to Look for When Selecting an Air Charter Provider Service

There are many ways to find flights for business travel, but air charter providers, or “brokers,” are among the best in the business at coordinating logistics for executives. A good broker has at least five key skills which separate him or her from the rest. Those skills, listed below, are especially critical [...]

August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 for the Middle East

Corporate Flight Attendant Training 101 for the Middle East

Adjusting to the cultural differences of their clients is a constant challenge for corporate flight attendants. As they are flying clients from all over the world, their knowledge and skills need to be up to date at all times. Understanding and respecting cultural differences will not only make [...]

August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
What’s the Future of Aircraft Sales and Ownership in America?

What’s the Future of Aircraft Sales and Ownership in America?

Pre-owned business aircraft are taking much longer to sell these days, and there are a growing number of challenges impeding General Aviation (GA) buyers. It may be some time before this situation changes, so aircraft sellers should take a second look at offers they receive from prospective buyers [...]

July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Top 5 Cleaning Chemicals You Should Never Use On an Aircraft

Top 5 Cleaning Chemicals You Should Never Use On an Aircraft

Whether you’re in a pinch for a quick clean up or shopping to stock up your aircraft’s cleaning chemicals, today you have more choices than ever. Choices range from inexpensive household cleaning products all the way to extremely expensive specialty products. Although conveniently located at most local car and hardware [...]

July 16, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Leveraging a Charter Operator’s Untapped Marketing Department – The Flight Crew

Leveraging a Charter Operator’s Untapped Marketing Department – The Flight Crew

The first thing you realize when you get into the business of selling seats on private jets; whether it’s as a charter operator selling seats on somebody else’s aircraft, or a fractional company appealing to frequent clients; is this: you lose those seats if you don’t sell them. The elegant word for this is “marketing”, and [...]

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Update: Managed Part 91 Aircraft and the "New" IRS position on FET

Update: Managed Part 91 Aircraft and the “New” IRS position on FET

As I wrote about previously, back on March 9, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) chief counsel released new guidance affecting aircraft owners and lessees who contract with aircraft management companies to employ pilots and provide services on their behalf. In so doing, the chief [...]

June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More
LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew - Understandingthe Risks

LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew – Understanding the Risks

In my previous article , I discussed things to consider before selecting LASIK (or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) as a treatment option for vision correction. For those who have determined that LASIK is the option for them, it’s important to understand the risks involved [...]

June 12, 2013 | 9 Comments More
LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew – Understanding Your Options

LASIK and the Possible Repercussions for Flight Crew – Understanding Your Options

LASIK (or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a relatively new laser eye surgery technology. The first laser was approved for LASIK in 1996; however, the long-term safety and effectiveness of the surgery are still not clearly understood. Before pilots or crew members commit to eye [...]

June 5, 2013 | 5 Comments More
U.S. GA Airports: Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD/RBD)

U.S. GA Airports: Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD/RBD)

A very convenient option for business aircraft operators traveling to the city center or area sporting events is Dallas Executive (KRBD). This often overlooked airport may become preferred for domestic-only business aircraft traffic due to an [...]

May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tipsfor Your Aircraft

5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Aircraft

It’s that time of year to brush off the hangar dust and get ready for the UV-drenched bliss we call spring! If your plane is itching to get back into the skies, we’ve got five easy spring cleaning tips for getting your aircraft into great shape [...]

April 10, 2013 | 1 Comment More
A Case for Mandatory Emergency Training for All Corporate Flight Attendants

A Case for Mandatory Emergency Training for All Corporate Flight Attendants

From the moment I discovered business aviation, I found there were no FAA regulations for FAR Parts 91 or 135 applicable to flight attendants. You would never get on a scheduled commercial flight without egress-trained people in the back that can save your life in the event of an accident/incident or medical issue [...]

March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Practical Considerations When the Fur Flies: Flying with Pets in Business Aviation

Practical Considerations When the Fur Flies: Flying with Pets in Business Aviation

It can be almost comical to watch. Crew members accustomed to looking over trip sheets with amazing passenger manifests, including rock stars and heads of state, go weak in the knees when they see it: “Medium Dog.” Now what to do? What documents will we need for them? Can they get off the aircraft at the [...]

March 5, 2013 | 3 Comments More
Business Aviation and the Myth of Multi-Tasking

Business Aviation and the Myth of Multi-Tasking

Multi-tasking is perceived as a pre-requisite for success and high productivity. I challenge that belief. Before you disagree with me, let me define multitasking: performing two tasks that demand your active and focused attention simultaneously. Notice the phrase ‘demand your active and focused attention.’ Normally we can walk and [...]

February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
5 Things to Look For from an Aircraft Cleaning Company

5 Things to Look For from an Aircraft Cleaning Company

You’ve just survived the longest flight of your life, full of rowdy children, adults hard at work, and never-ending turbulence. Peering back from the flight deck, you see the carnage as the passengers unload: A jelly stain on the carpet, finger prints everywhere, and you’re pretty [...]

January 21, 2013 | 3 Comments More