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Wednesday
Jun082011

Enterprise Jet Center Joins the Paragon Aviation Group

Enterprise Jet Center has joined Paragon Aviation Group.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Edwards Jet Center Reinforces Commitment to GA

Edwards Jet Center has announced that it has acquired certain assets of the former FBO Corporate Jet, including their hangar, office and fuel farm at Billings Logan International Airport.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Coaching Provides Valuable Seasoned Advice

At some point in our lives, we all need a little coaching to get through the task ahead of us.

I remember when my dad took the training wheels off my bike and encouraged me to keep the handlebars straight as he ran alongside on my first solo ride.

High school football and baseball coaches shaped the way I performed on the field and taught me valuable lessons about life along the way.

As a student pilot, my instructor coached me through turns and stalls and built up my confidence for the eventual solo flight.

After a couple of decades of developing marketing plans for companies such as Cessna and Fairchild Aircraft, I had the opportunity in the year 2000 to create a public relations campaign for the grand opening of a Mercury Air Center location in Burbank, Calif. My client was John Enticknap, who served as president of the 21-location FBO chain. 

I didn’t have a lot of experience in the FBO business back then, but under John’s tutelage, I’ve been spending the last 11 years soaking up his vast knowledge of the FBO business.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Euro Jet Intercontinental Limited Names Operation Control Center Manager 

Euro Jet Intercontinental Limited, the largest network of ground support services in Europe and Central Asia, named Lukas Kadlcik as the Operation Control Center Manager.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Jet and Avgas Fuel Prices Updated for 6/1/2011

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Tuesday
May312011

DOT Bars BARR Program

The FAA will block aircraft registration numbers "only after the operators certify that they have a valid security concern," the Department on Transportation announced in a press release on Friday.

This change essentially ends the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.

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Thursday
May262011

Deliver Great Customer Service by Practicing Your Craft

Recently, I was reading a newspaper article about the practice habits of professional golfer Vijay Singh, and I thought this would be a good basis for a blog post on delivering the ultimate FBO customer service experience. Perhaps this seems a little disjointed, so allow me to explain.

Whether you follow golf or any other sport, I’m sure you’ve run across articles and have heard TV announcers remark about the successes and failures of professional athletes. Frankly, I like to learn about the elements of success, rather than the failures, so when I read this article on Singh, it reminded me of his breakout year in 2004.

As you may recall, Tiger Woods had vaulted to the top of the world ranking and looked invincible. Then came Singh, playing like a man possessed, and he eventually replaced Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, at least for a period of time. He openly admitted that his goal was to become the No. 1 golfer in the world, thus replacing Woods, and he knew it would take long hours of practice.

Even Madison Avenue took notice that year. Singh appeared in a TV commercial where he was shown practicing putting on a frozen lake in Alaska while native Eskimos looked on in bewilderment.

And what was the message the commercial was trying to drive home? What made Singh so successful?

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Monday
May232011

Euro Jet Intercontinental Unveils New Logo, Rebranding

Euro Jet Intercontinental announced that it unveiled its new logo and rebranding at EBACE in Geneva (May 17-19, 2011). Euro Jet was an active participant at the Conference with a full interactive display.

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Saturday
May212011

Private Aircraft Flight Records Probed by WSJ

In light of the debate over the renewal of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, the Saturday, May 21, edition of The Wall Street Journal has a front-page investigation of four years of private aircraft flight records (registration required), and the paper has launched an online database of the flight data.

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Thursday
May192011

The Cost of Aviation Fuel, Part 2

Recently, I was reading an article posted to Eye on the Economy on msnbc.com. The article was titled “As oil prices drop, Fed should get credit.” After reading the article, I decided to write Part 2 to a previous blog post titled The Cost of Aviation Fuel.

In the first post, I talked about continued increases in the cost of aviation fuel and what FBOs can do to mitigate high retail prices. We looked at a number of the reasons for the increasing cost of fuel:

  • The Fed policy of a weak dollar — a weak dollar requires more dollars to buy a barrel of crude oil.
  • The continued unrest in the Middle East.
  • Uncertainty with the federal deficit.
  • Speculators betting on the increased price of fuel.
  • Lack of offshore drilling in the United States.

Since then, here is what is happening in the world markets:

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