This Isn’t Your Father’s Flight Department: The Rise of the Aviation Professional

Benjamin Franklin once said that without continual growth and progress, “such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”  This is no more evident than within the business aviation industry, as demonstrated by the evolution of the aviation professional and flight departments across the globe.

Looking back over the course of a few decades, historically speaking, flight departments consisted of pilots, and were somewhat autonomous from the rest of the company.   They functioned as a stand alone entity and some times, in its simplest form, a “flight department” consisted of one single pilot who flew a single airplane and ran the entire operation.

In today’s marketplace, however, things are very different.  Today’s aviation manager is integrated into the strategic vision of the company, and is considered to be an integral part of the overall planning of an organization.  These days, flight departments consist of a group of extremely qualified professionals with multiple degrees, and take on many duties in addition to the responsibility of transporting company personnel.  These responsibilities can include scheduling, crew management, maintenance and repair, and flight planning – which includes profit and loss computing, life cycle costs, etc.

This evolution can be attributed to a lot of things, among them the additional resources that are available to aviation managers including the National Business Aviation Association and other aviation seminars and programs that help mold the aviation manager to a senior business leader.

Simply put, it’s not just about purchasing, piloting or fixing planes anymore.  Today’s aviation professional takes a proactive approach to determining what aircraft fit the strategic mission of the organization and executing a fleet plan that is in sync with corporate strategy.

It really is an exciting time to be aviation professional, and Guardian Jet is excited to be a part of it.   Make sure to take advantage of some of the resources we have in our Learning Center on www.guardianjet.com.

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