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Service in Business Aviation - Avoiding Issues Before They Occur

Service in Business Aviation – Avoiding Issues Before They Occur

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In this article I will explore what we can do in private aviation to avoid service issues before they occur. Anyone who’s worked in business aviation operations, as a charter broker, as pilot, or in a corporate flight department has dealt with picking up the pieces and recovering from “service occurrences” be it things within our control or things outside of …

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Internal Evaluation Program

Safety in Business Aviation – How Do I Know My Aircraft Operator Has a Robust Safety System in Place?

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My original mentor in the private jet business used to say, “Every meeting we have, discussion, or company directive needs to start with safety.” In my 15 years in aviation I’ve come to appreciate this mantra.  But what is “safety” in business aviation? Acronyms like SMS (Safety Management System) are often bantered around, but what is SMS and how is …

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Skip The Headaches With Charter Jet Travel

Fly How You Want—Skip the Crowds, Lines, and Rules

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You have to go to a business meeting on the other side of the country, and you’re dreading the trip. When you get to the airport, you’ll have to check in, check your baggage, wade through a long security line, and wait for your plane to board. Once you’re settled in your seat, you get to find out if the …

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Meet the Fleet: Gulfstream G150

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The Gulfstream G150 is a highly rated mid-size jet perfect for business travel in the continental U.S. With long distances at high mach speeds, this plane comfortably carries executives across the country without the need for a re-fuel. A beautifully designed cabin interior with sleeping options means that you can travel at any time of the day and still be …

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Presence Matters – an interview with Julian Tonsmeire

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For most ordinary people, the biggest purchase they will make in their lives is the house they live in. Evaluating a piece of real estate can be a complex process, as can complying with the regulatory aspects of property ownership. But these burdens pale in insignificance when it comes to acquiring a business airplane. The task of evaluating, acquiring and …

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Flying Blind – How will the FAA Ground Delay Program for Aspen, Eagle and Rifle Affect Mountain Aviation

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Most decisions in life are a balance of positives and negatives that result in some level of compromise.   How much compromise must be made in a decision generally correlates to the perceived satisfaction with the outcome.  Sometimes though, life presents the uncommon opportunity to make uncompromising choices with an expectation of total satisfaction.  The use of a private aircraft charter …

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Don McCarty is a man of few words.

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Don McCarty is a man of few words. Those who have worked with him however, know that his actions speak volumes.  Don has worked as an aviation technician for the last 50 years- and he has done it with the type of professionalism that comes with realizing how important his job is and taking great pride in doing your job …

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Mountain Aviation – 20 Years of Service to the Rocky Mountain community.

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Mountain Aviation celebrated 20 years of service to the Denver and Rocky Mountain region community. Along the way it has picked up a trophy cabinet of awards for safety and best-practice. From small beginnings it has grown to become a mature, ARGUS Platinum safety -certified air charter and aircraft management business, with a managed fleet of 19 airplanes, over 100 …

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Pilot’s perspective on flying over Andes near Santiago, Chile

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We ask Mountain Aviation pilot, Steven Foltz what goes through your mind while flying over the continent of South America? Steven Foltz Operating in South America offers it’s own unique set of challenges and rewards. Challenges that must be evaluated include security, weather, terrain, and volcanic activity. Security risks are always of concern, and must be purposely mitigated. Evidence of …

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Summer’s Bumpy Trips

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Some general information about thunderstorms   Ah!, summer’s here and the ice has melted from the hangars and runways, and no snow storms are about, unless we fly to Alaska or further north!. But now you say, oh! but I have to put up with those hot, bumpy flights, all the time in the summer *&#$!.  We pilots also wish …

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