Synopses & Reviews
Choosing an On-Demand Air Transportation System for Your Company and Making it Work
Corporate and charter aircraft bring benefits to businesses that use them effectively and efficiently. Getting started in this complex technical field can prove a bewildering experienced for the uninitiated. Once begun, managing an on-demand air transportation operation requires skill and knowledge to continue it successfully.
Business and Corporate Aviation Management offers executives, managers and flight department personnel a solid background and insights into establishing and running aviation operations. Written by a highly experienced business aviation consultant, the book provides information on:
* How companies use aircraft to best advantage via: In-house flight departments; Jointly owned aircraft; Owner flown aircraft; Charter aircraft; and Fractional ownership
* Choosing the best aircraft and method of air transportation
* Establishing, managing and maintaining all types of on-demand air transportation options
* Aircraft acquisition, start-up, regulations, scheduling, finances, safety, maintenance and operations
* Keeping flight operations safe, legal, effective and efficient
PILOT GEAR by Chad Trautvetter
Flight department management 101. If ever there were a book that is required reading for a business aviation flight department manager, then Business and Corporate Aviation Management: On-demand Air Travel–written by long-time aviation management consultant John Sheehan–fits the bill. Whether youre looking to start a new flight department from scratch or are just looking for some guidance in running an existing flight department, Sheehan's book offers plenty of helpful information, as well as numerous real-world case studies. The first three chapters of the text provide a background of on-demand air transportation, how to choose the right option (charter, fractional, management company, full ownership) and how to begin the operation. The next two chapters–"Running the Business" and "Flight Department Management"–are the real meat of the book for aviation managers or would-be managers. Chapters six, seven and eight cover operations, security, maintenance and safety, while the final chapter takes the information from the preceding segments and ties it all together. Completing the book is an appendix that lists contact information for business aviation associations and publications, air-transport analysis checklists, owner-flown procedures and budget justification. -- Flight Safety Digest
Excerpts from Flight Safety Digest
Although they provide safe and reliable public transportation, airlines can be inconvenient for business travel involving an organization's key personnel. ...
Business aviation -- whether in the form of chartered aircraft, fractional aircraft ownership or full aircraft ownership -- is widely established as an answer to the requirements of many companies.
This book, says the author, was written for two audiences: "Individuals...[and] flight department managers, their bosses and those who would become flight department managers." ...
...experience as a pilot does not necessarily prepare a person for management ... Business and Corporate Aviation Management is intended to help overcome such a knowledge gap. ...
Chapters discuss selecting from the options in business air transportation modes; how to begin the various types of business aviation operations; planning, administrative, human resources and financial aspects of management; the flight department manager as a business executive; day-to-day operations; maintenance; and safety. A section is devoted to the small flight department that operates one aircraft or two aircraft... -- Chemical Engineering Progress
Here is a comprehensive and practical guide to choosing a business aviation model, setting it up, and making it work. The author, who has more than four decades in the aviation industry, skillfully blends business and aviation issues to provide solid decision-making strategies and smart operating practices for the establishment and management of business aircraft.
* Explains methods of evaluating air transportation needs and choosing appropriate means to meeting them
* Provides detailed how-to information for aviation personnel on running a flight department
* Ties all facets of business aviation operation together: business, operations, administration, and financial
* Covers regulatory requirements, policies, scheduling, planning, security, safety, training, and more
* Includes extensive compilation of forms and checklists
About the Author
John J. Sheehan has extensive experience in aviation, beginning his career as a Navy carrier pilot. After a 21 year Navy career he flew corporate and charter aircraft and worked as an aviation association executive and consultant, assisting airlines, government agencies and corporate aviation with management and operational issues. In 1995 he established Professional Aviation Inc., which specializes in aircraft selection, management and safety issues for corporate flight departments. He presents management and operational workshops for the National Business Aviation Association and writes extensively for industry publications. Mr. Sheehan holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate and a Master of Business Administration degree. He resides in Wilmington, NC.
Table of Contents
Why this book was written
PART 1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: BUSINESS AVIATION
Why business aviation?
Justifying business aviation: The future.
Business Aviation Types
Pros and Cons
Part 2. Determining the Need
Company air transportation needs
Air transportation analysis
Evaluating the options
Running the numbers
Choosing from the alternatives
PART 3. GETTING STARTED
Setting the Scene
Aircraft use policy
Owner Flown: Learning to fly (Pilot or Manager? Choosing the aircraft; Managing the Operation)
Charter (Choosing a provider; Evaluating the charter company; Service markers?)
Fractional Ownership (Choosing a provider; Understanding the contracts; Evaluating the service)
In-house Aircraft (Lease or buy; Basing the aircraft; Staffing the flight department; Policies and procedures)