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When Systems Fail: Overcoming Systemic Comfort Zones and the Rebirth of Self-Reliance

In the last week, I found myself smack dab in the middle of the plunging polar vortex that took power, heat, water and the ability to travel away from millions of people in Texas (including my family). This has become the focal point of a national debate about electrical grid reliability across the nation.

Posted on March 1, 2021
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Was There a Decrease in Runway Excursions in 2020?

We now know that a global pandemic affects different industries in different ways. Retail liquor stores, package delivery companies and online meeting software all saw COVID-related bumps in sales. Restaurants, bars and most of aviation have experienced a COVID slump.

Posted on January 29, 2021
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Enhancing Aviation’s Value & Relevance in Today’s Pandemic Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has violently disrupted nearly everything we previously considered “normal.” Who could have imagined that during the middle of March 2020, the business world would be so dramatically and radically changed?

Posted on January 12, 2021
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Your Pandemic Operating Plan: Process vs. People

By now, most organizations seem to be well on their way to developing their pandemic operating plan, how they will continue to do business in a pandemic environment. In business aviation, the plan must detail how you will move people from location to location, stay compliant, and meet your responsibility and defensibility goals.

Posted on November 25, 2020
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Empirical Safety Data Finally Emerges Regarding Masks and Face Coverings. It May Not Be What You Expected.

More than six months have now passed since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) became an international household word. Paradoxically, only until recently has any demonstrable evidence surfaced to evaluate the recommendations coming from the health community.

Posted on August 28, 2020
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The “New Normal” in Aviation Safety

Much is being written these days about the shifting of “normalcy,”’ given the global COVID-19 pandemic. What we have come to understand as “normal” in business aviation today has changed dramatically in just a few short months.

Posted on August 3, 2020
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Reimagining Mastery Through Anaheim Peppers

Downtime used to be hard to come by. Remember just a couple of months ago when the pace of operations prevented us from doing all we needed to just to…

Posted on June 1, 2020
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Culture: The Foundation of a Safety Management System (SMS)

Detection vs. Prevention Much has been written about the key elements of a Safety Management System (SMS). According to the FAA, the key components are: Safety Policy – Establishes management’s…

Posted on March 26, 2020
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The Bedrock of Aviation–Integrity

The key to improving aviation safety isn’t simply having a well-designed and implemented SMS. That program must be supported by engaged leadership and adhered to with integrity. Learn what that means.

Posted on March 2, 2020