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Corporate Aviation Management

Raoul Castro. Foreword by Torch Lewis

Publication Year: 2012

In this comprehensive aviation manual, Raoul Castro provides a source of invaluable corporate aviation management information. He begins by giving an overview of corporate aviation from its inception, then focuses on the management principles and functions that specifically target corporate aviation. Through the utilization of these sound management principles, Castro facilitates the acceptance of corporate aircraft as indispensable tools of industry.

As Castro notes, few companies know how to use corporate aircraft to maximum advantage. Drawing on his expertise and experience, Castro designs a plan by which a company can achieve maximum utilization of an airplane or helicopter fleet. He gives specific instructions on how to facilitate the efficient use of the aviation department of a company, select appropriate aircraft, plan for disasters and establish security measures, fulfill legal requirements of the governmental agencies that regulate the use of aircraft, and manage the maintenance and repair of aircraft. Castro also discusses the scores of details involved in the management of a professional corporate aviation branch and how these details can be handled in a positive, productive manner.

After thoroughly examining the overall managerial functions involved in planning, organizing, controlling, and implementing an aviation arm, Castro concludes by discussing the future of corporate aviation.

This book is a practical and valuable guide for the executive in charge of an aviation department, an aviation department manager or chief pilot, aspirants to aviation management positions, and both students and teachers of aviation management.


Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

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pp. v-vi


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pp. vii-x


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pp. xiii-xiv

It would not be necessary for me to kick off my shoes and socks to count how many pilots in the United States possess as much knowledge about the subject of corporate aviation management as Raoul Castro. If you were to add the requirement that the members of this knowledgeable group had to reduce their thoughts to writing, the numbers would shrink substantially.

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pp. xv-xviii

General aviation plays a very important role in the country's aviation system, with corporate aviation being a critical adjunct with approximately 27 percent of general aviation. Corporate aviation not only provides transportation but also supports related manufacturers and fixed base operators and contributes to an influx of technical personnel into the aviation system...

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pp. xix-xx

The development of this book came about through the encouragement and help of David A. NewMyer, College of Technical Careers, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Henry R. Lehrer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, also provided invaluable help.
Grateful acknowledgment is extended to: Flight Safety Foundation, Inc., National Business Aircraft Association, Inc., Cessna Aircraft Company, National...

Part One: Role, Development, and Function of Corporate Aviation Management

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1. A Description of Corporate Aviation

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pp. 3-20

Corporate aviation has evolved as a distinct entity within the aviation industry. The terms corporate and business aviation are often aggregated or used synonymously. Since the first corporate airplane was utilized for the transportation of company executives before World War II, the concepts of business, executive, and corporate aviation have changed, as have the roles...

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2. Evolution of Corporate Aviation Technology and Progress of Corporate Aviation

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pp. 21-36

This chapter deals with the evolution of corporate aviation. It also covers aircraft and management requirements as corporate aviation progressed and aircraft technology became more sophisticated.
Evolution of Corporate Aviation
Corporate use of airplanes began with the use of the open-cockpit biplane for advertising purposes. The Curtis Candy Company used a biplane to advertise its candy bars. La Tourraine Coffee Company used an airplane...

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3. The Functions and Development of the Corporate Aviation Manager

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pp. 37-48

This chapter examines how corporate aviation managers deal with human and technical relationships day-by-day and how they can manage those relationships to achieve desired results. It also offers information on the skills required and provides ideas on how to obtain education and training for the development of corporate aviation managers...

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4. Principles to Follow in Corporate Aviation Management

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pp. 49-61

The objective of this chapter is to show that in order to develop a standardized corporate aviation management concept or method, certain basic principles have to be established to produce an efficient corporate transportation service.
Management Principles
Frederick W. Taylor was one of the earliest contributors to the study of scientific management and is usually referred to as the father of scientific...

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5. The Aviaiton Department Structure within the Corporation

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pp. 62-75

After the delineation of specific management functions and principles there must be a chapter to present a general discussion of how the aviation manager fits into the overall corporate structure and how his or her functions differ from other managers within that structure.
Figure 5.1 shows where the aviation department should be positioned...

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6. Utilizing the Trade Association in the Management Process

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pp. 76-84

This chapter lists trade associations in order of importance to the aviation department. It outlines the benefits derived fromjoining the association and how to utilize the association services for the benefit of the aviation department.
Help to Managers
Aviation trade associations can be of substantial help to an aviation manager in many ways: ...

Part Two: Economics

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7. Economics: Cost/Benefit Factors

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pp. 87-121

This chapter analyzes the economics and financial determinants in acquisition of corporate aircraft. This chapter also examines the cost/benefit factors, tax implications, and methods to be used in the analysis for justifying company-operated air transportation...

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8. Selecting the Corporate Aircraft

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pp. 122-136

Chapter 7 set forth a determination whether a corporate aircraft can be financially justified. The main objective of this chapter is to outline the various factors to be considered in the selection of the most appropriate aircraft to match the operational transportation needs of company personnel, once the decision to proceed has been made...

Part Three: Operations--The Seven Key Factors

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9. Corporate Flight Operations Management

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pp. 139-167

This chapter delineates how the seven key factors of corporate aviation operations are managed and how management principles and management functions are used as management tools.
Corporate aviation operations can be divided into seven key factors that comprise three departments and four operational objectives. The departments are flight, maintenance, and schedule and passenger service. The...

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10. Corporate Aviation Maintenance

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pp. 168-189

This chapter reviews corporate aviation maintenance management activities that are essential to a well-run maintenance department: safety, organization, planning, economics, dependability, and utilization.
Maintanence Management
The chapter does not cover maintenance programs or requirements as covered by FAA Part 43. Most aircraft manufacturers offer maintenance programs approved by the FAA for the particular type and model of airplane

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11. Scheduling and Passenger Service

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pp. 190-204

This chapter discusses the objectives as they relate to scheduling and passenger service.
Primary Objective of a Corporate Flight Operation
The primary objective of a corporate flight operation is to provide safe, efficient, reliable, and comfortable transportation flexible enough to let corporate personnel plan their itineraries within a convenient schedule...

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12. Corporate Aviation Safety

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pp. 205-215

This chapter discusses why a flight department manager or chief pilot must be aware of the consequences of an accident, and how management must recognize the contributing elements that can cause accidents and find the means for the successful implementation of accident prevention.
Much attention is given to aviation safety in one way or another, yet...

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13. Corporate Aviation Security

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pp. 216-223

The objective of this chapter is to impress upon the aviation department manager the need for a precautionary security program, as well as to present methods for setting up a precautionary security program for a corporate flight operation...

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14. Emergency and Pre-accident Plants

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pp. 224-236

This chapter explains the reason why, every flight operation should have comprehensive emergency and pre-accident plans to eliminate chaos, delineate responsibility, and provide set procedures should an emergency or accident occur. 1

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15. Training the Entire Department

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pp. 237-260

This chapter covers the reasons for training all sections of the corporate aviation department and also outlines methods that can be used to develop training programs.
Corporate aviation department training can be separated into management training and aviation-related and non-aviation-related training. Personnel who receive the various types of training are outlined as...

Part Four: Conclusions

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16. The Future of Corporate Aviation

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pp. 263-274

The purpose of this chapter is, first, to describe the future of corporate aviation through a discussion of related Federal Aviation Administration forecasts. Then a discussion of a range of important issues affecting the regulation, operation, and management of corporate aviation will be presented. Even though corporate aviation can be considered one of the healthier...

Appendixes, Selected Bibliogrophy, Index

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pp. 275-328

Author Bio

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Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780809387861
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809330393

Page Count: 328
Publication Year: 2012