The High-Flying Times of an Air Georgian Pilot

Mallory Deluce photoInterview with Mallory Deluce, First Officer for Air Georgian

When Air Georgian Pilot, Mallory Deluce is not in the sky, she’s on the ice playing hockey and winning gold medals for Team Ontario (2005 and 2006) and Team Canada (2008, 2009 and 2011). As a young girl, Mallory’s father and brother, who are commercial pilots, would often share their ubiquitous stories of in-flight experiences. Not to mention, the fond memories of her family gatherings, where uncles and cousins talked about their pilot lives in vivid detail. It’s as though flying is part of Mallory’s DNA. Amid Mallory’s time in the skies and on the ice, she is spokesperson for the Air Georgian Cadet Program and enjoys talking to young female hockey players about a rewarding career as a pilot. Here’s what she had say, that will make you want to join the Air Georgian team:

Where and how were you trained to be a pilot?

I started my flight training a few weeks after I graduated from university in May 2011.  I did my private license in St. Thomas, Ontario at St. Thomas Flight Centre and then for my multi engine and instrument ratings, I went out to Professional Flight Centre at Boundary Bay Airport (an airport that is a 15 minute drive south of Vancouver). I lived in the flight school’s boarding house that had 15 other student pilots from Canada and all over the world. I met many amazing people and loved being around other student pilots.  I came back home to the St. Thomas Flight Centre to do my commercial license and build some flying time.

Who are you currently working for?

I’m currently working as a First Officer for Air Georgian, a company that flies routes for Air Canada, under the Air Canada Express name.

Tell us about your training experience.

My Air Georgian training began with ground school that taught me about the company operation and about the Beech 1900.  After ground school, we trained on a Beech 1900 simulator at a first class facility in Toronto called Flight Safety.  This simulator felt very similar to the real airplane and prepared us for the transition to the airplane.

Tell us why you love being a pilot.

First of all, flying is a lot of fun!  I love the thrill and adrenaline rush I get from flying.  I love how flying never feels like “work” and I always look forward to it.  It’s fun meeting and flying with different people and I find I learn a lot from everyone.

There’s a “teamwork” aspect to flying that I enjoy and it reminds me of hockey – the captain and co-pilot work together as a team to make each flight as safe as possible.

Also, when I get a few days off, I find myself missing life in the plane. Just like the way I miss playing hockey, when I’m not on my skates for a few days. I love the lifestyle for hockey and piloting as you are traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people. The typical 9-5 lifestyle is not for me.  Every day is different and has a new adventure or challenge.

What inspires you about your piloting career?

Doing something that I love doing everyday is very rewarding.  I was lucky to have been exposed to aviation my whole life, with many family members involved in the industry.  Seeing how much my family enjoyed their work as pilots helped me decide on the career and I’m extremely thankful I chose it.

How do you balance being a hockey player and a pilot? 

I always go to the rink to play pick-up hockey on my days off.  It’s nice not to work a traditional schedule, because I’m able to attend the mid day pick-up hockey at my local rink.  Staying in shape as a pilot is easy since there’s always time to workout at the hotel gyms on our overnight flights.  I find living healthy and being in shape as an athlete and hockey player helps my performance as a pilot, keeping myself energized and focused all day long.

Why do you feel female hockey players should know about piloting as a career choice? How is it rewarding?

Female hockey players are great candidates for a pilot career since hockey and flying are very similar.  They both require skills such as dedication, focus, teamwork, and determination.  As a pilot, you get to meet different people, see different places and everyday has a new challenge.  Hockey players are used to overcoming different challenges. Learning to fly takes time, practice and dedication and being able to do it everyday as a career is very rewarding.  Doing something that I’ve worked hard for is very rewarding.

What does it take to be a pilot?

To be a pilot it takes determination, dedication, focus, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well with others.

Why train and fly with Air Georgian?

Air Georgian is a first class company with a state of the art training program. They provide quality airline experience, which is extremely valuable for a flying career.  Safety is the first priority with Air Georgian and you get to fly with very knowledgeable and experienced captains. They offer a great program for low time pilots, giving you the proper training and every opportunity to be successful.

How is being a hockey player similar to being a pilot?

I find that being a hockey player really helped me in my career as a pilot. Hockey taught me teamwork, which is important when working together as a flight crew. Showing up on time and prepared for hockey practices and games set the stage for always being prepared, well rested, and on time for my flights.  

What do you want to tell young female hockey players today about a career in piloting? What do you think they should know?

Flying is an extremely rewarding profession.  It let’s you go to new places, meet new people, and above all, it is a lot of fun. Currently, the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) is in partnership with Air Georgian, taking the piloting Cadet program across Canada and promoting it to female AA players and intermediate AA players while giving them interview opportunities so that they can get started in a piloting career journey.

What are your next big goals in life?

I am extremely happy and enjoying my time at Air Georgian.  Both the Cadet and Mentor program is an amazing opportunity that I was very lucky to be a part of. My goal is to have a long and happy career in aviation, not without the hockey of course.

A Day in the Life of an Air Georgian and R1 Airlines Flight Attendant

Interview with Ashley Witty

ashley head shot-1It has been a rather busy time for Flight Attendant Manager, Ashley Witty. As Air Georgian’s employee infrastructure continues to expand to better serve its clients, she just facilitated the hiring of a large pool of flight attendants for their CRJ fleet. Ashley, who used to be a flight attendant herself for Sunwing Airlines, XL Airways and Regional 1, now helms the entire flight attendant department for Air Georgian and R1 Airlines. We caught up with her during her downtime, and she wanted to relay the following useful advice to all aspiring flight attendants.

Why did you want to become a flight attendant?

For the longest time, it was always a dream of mine.

In your current role as Flight Attendant Manager, what do you look for in potential flight attendants?

It is mandatory that candidates are ambassadors for Air Georgian and R1, and represent the brand well. They must be competent, customer service oriented and safety conscious individuals who will make a great face for the company.

What are the fun aspects of being a flight attendant?

You never have the same adventure twice. Every day is different, even if you have been to the same destination. You are always meeting new and interesting people, and I have to say, the view from your office in the sky is amazing!

What are some of the things that you should avoid doing in a flight attendant role?

Don’t lose your cool; don’t be disrespectful; and don’t forget your overnight bag.

Explain what a typical flight attendant life/week/day looks like with Air Georgian and R1 Airlines?

The schedule for a flight attendant changes from time to time and the workload varies for each flight. You are exposed to different destinations, cultures and people. And sometimes, you are up against some unhappy passengers, but you try your best to service them with a smile and make their flight comfortable. There’s also a ‘hurry up and wait’ game to the role – meaning that sometimes you have to hurry up for last minute flights and sometimes you have to wait around while flights are delayed.

Would a flight attendant play a different role with Air Georgian versus R1 Airlines?

Yes, Air Georgian is a scheduled service carrier with a more defined schedule. Whereas R1 is a charter operation with a lot of on call days.

What are the work hours like for a flight attendant working for Air Georgian or R1 Airlines?

Varying. Anywhere from 4 hours to 14 hours in a week.

What was the most memorable trip you had as a flight attendant?

I flew to the Caribbean on a 767, and customs met and cleared the crew on the ramp. We got on a 1900 and then flew low level to another Island for our departure on a different 767 the next day. It was like VIP service to clear customs on the ramp and the crew got a personal plane to fly to another island. We flew low level over beautiful water and coral.

What was the strangest thing that happened to you during your job?

We were about to take off and I got a call that we could not, as there was a cow on the runway. LOL. Moooooo.

What are some of the dangers that a flight attendant may experience, and how should they handle/prepare for such dangers?

All Flight Attendants go through intensive training on how to prevent and manage dangers on board an aircraft. Trust me! This will help in any experience you are up against.

What kind of social/personal life do you have with this type of job?

I won’t lie. It could be tough to maintain a personal life in this type of career, but it is truly rewarding. You will make friends in aviation and they will have similar lives and schedules.

What should a new flight attendant expect when starting a job?

That safety is a larger part of the job then they anticipated.

What kind of advice do you have for a new flight attendant?

Never deviate from your procedures; trust your instincts; and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Are there any false assumptions made by the public when it comes to flight attendants and their job?

Yes, people think flight attendants are only there for customer service. However, safety is a larger part of our jobs. In essence, we are on the plane to serve and protect.

What are the top three tips you can provide to a new flight attendant, or to anyone who wants to be a flight attendant?

I recommend learning a second language, in Canada that would be French. Don’t ever get discouraged throughout the application or interview process, or in your role as flight attendant. Lastly, be the empathic, people person that you truly are, as it’s a large part of your job – you either have people skills or you don’t, and if you don’t, then this is not the career for you.

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The Top Five Traits That Make You an Aviation/Aerospace Linchpin

Careers in Aviation and Aerospace

Just recently members of the Air Georgian team attended the Toronto Careers in Aviation Expo 2014. For many young adults who have an interest in aviation and aerospace this is a great networking opportunity for them, as they got to mingle with top senior pilots, experienced maintenance/engineer crew, aviation training/educational institutions and potential employers. It’s an event that offered attendees a networking platform to meet with the “who’s who” in the industry, ask questions and find out what it takes to get a rewarding career in aviation/aerospace.

Air Georgian Booth at the Toronto Careers in Aviation Expo 2014

Air Georgian Booth at the Toronto Careers in Aviation Expo 2014

No matter who was speaking in the discussion panels and presentations and no matter who you spoke to on a one-on-one basis, the same requirements were mentioned over and over – when it comes to a job in aviation and aerospace, and to make a difference and stand for something, it’s unanimous, you must have the following indispensable traits:

Commitment to excellence

It was identified numerous times throughout the expo presentations, that the industry is looking for true leaders who are passionate about what they do. We are expecting you to not only lead by exemplifying excellence in your own ways but that you are fostering it to others on your team, so that they remain engaged and committed to their roles. We expect you to do the highest quality of work in serving both customers and helping co-workers. That commitment to performance excellence is an essential element to driving not only your career forward but also important for your employer’s overall success and growth.

Customer-centric

Whether you are face to face with customers on the plane or you work behind the scenes maintaining the plane to ensure a healthy body, you always have to think about creating a positive customer experience. A pilot does this by ensuring a smooth and friendly flight, and an engineer does this by ensuring a safe flight through proper plane maintenance and servicing. It is this responsiveness and focus that will delight customers and make them feel safe during their travels.

Integrity

The industry wants people who can be trusted and who hold themselves accountable for their actions. Should something go wrong on the plane or if you are unsure about the parts being installed, we want to know that no matter the situation, you are committed to doing the right thing. Even when nobody is looking or where you may be confronted by a difficult choice that could bring about serious consequences, you are responsible for keeping your promise of professionalism and courage and letting others know about your actions.

Soft skills

As per the networking opportunities, it was mentioned repeatedly that soft skills, also known as emotional intelligence, are necessary for any job in aviation/aerospace. You must always be friendly and optimistic with customers and co-workers and should you be faced with an emergency, you must also know how to communicate matters clearly, calmly and with ease. Other key proficiencies required for your career are conflict resolution, troubleshooting, personal effectiveness, decision-making and team building – all skills that are tied to polished communication skills and leadership qualities that every employer, including Air Georgian, seek from their employees.

Flexible

No matter your role as a pilot, engineer or maintenance person in aviation/aerospace, you must be flexible to work various shifts, weekends, holidays or even irregular shifts and sometimes with limited notice. It’s never a nine to five job, but what job is nowadays?

These were the “words of wisdom” imparted onto the interested talent that attended the Careers in Aviation Expo and they are the same words that Air Georgian shared with all the people who visited our booth in the exhibitor section – this is what it means to work in aviation/aerospace and it is key criteria that we look for when hiring.

If you feel that you meet these top five traits, you just may be the aviation linchpin that we want, and we promise that your journey with Air Georgian will be rewarding. If you want to join our team, please visit our “Careers” section.

See you at the Calgary expo on April 26th, where our pilot Mallory Deluce will be speaking!

Spotlighting the Beechcraft 1900D Regional Airliner

Air Georgian Limited operates a fleet of Beechcraft 1900D twin, turbro prop regional airliner, which is a very popular plane for charter flights in Canada.

Beechcraft 1900D Airliner

The safety record of the Beechcraft 1900D is excellent and it has proven to very reliable since its introduction to the market in 1991. The plane comes equipped with a comfortable stand-up cabin and a lavatory. It is able to fly to and from a wide variety of airports and has impressive shorter field performance. The 1900D is also at home landing and taking off on gravel runways, which are common in remote communities across Canada. This capability makes the airplane useful in servicing the charter needs of the oil and gas industry in Alberta and other parts of Canada.

The aircraft is fast ensuring on-time delivery of passengers to their destinations. The Beechcraft 1900D will easily fly a full load of 18 passengers (each bringing 40 lbs of luggage) to a distance of over 400 statute miles, while a lighter load of 12 passengers (also with 40 lbs of baggage each) can be flown more than 500 statute miles. Air Georgian, for instance, flies from Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax making a large part of Canada accessible.

The Beechcraft 1900D is the aircraft of choice for Canadian corporate charter flights or private passengers travelling in groups who need safe, fast, dependable service.

Preparing for a Business Charter Flight

Air Georgian Beechcraft 1900DIf you have been tasked with planning your next business charter flight for your company to either a domestic or international destination, here are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure a smooth, worry-free trip for you and your colleagues.

  1. Do diligent research:  Make sure to do your research before selecting an air charter company, particularly their safety records, credibility and reputation.  The more endorsed the company, the better.  For example, charter companies have different standards they need to adhere to, via airline safety auditing processes, in order to be endorsed by organizations such as TRANSPORT CANADA, ARGUS, IS-BAO, and IATA.
  2. Check aircraft availability and type for your travel date:  Once you’ve decided which charter companies you have narrowed your search to, request a quote for pricing and availability.  The air charter company should be able to provide you with different options of aircraft (turbo-prop or jet) depending on the location you are flying to, the number of passengers and your time restraints.
  3. Departure / Destination checks:

a. Are you planning a cross border flight? Will you require a passports or Visas?
b. Will the airport be busy due to any special events such as holidays or major sporting events like the Super Bowl? Are there alternate airports in the area you are flying from or to.
c. Might you be able to fly into an airport regular airlines do not fly to?

Benefits to chartering an aircraft for business compared to flying on commercial airlines:

  • Time Savings: No waiting in long lines at the airport. In many cases you can drive right up to your charter aircraft.
  • Cost effective: Getting a group together to fly charter rather than flying business class can save you plenty of money.  Charter aircraft can fit upwards of 15 passengers.
  • Convenience: Time flexibility for departures and arrivals is based on your needs as a client.
  • Comfort: Private aircraft offer more room, personalized catering and even the opportunity to bring your pets.
  • No stress: You don’t have to be concerned about lost or damaged luggage. You also won’t have to worry about missing a flight, as a charter service will wait for you. You can also pre-arrange transportation to pick you up and meet you upon your arrival for full door-to-door service.
  • Location: Charter aircraft as generally able to get client as close to their destination as possible, which might even mean landing on non-conventional, gravel runways, if necessary.

Benefits to chartering an aircraft compared to commercial international travel:

  • Pre-arranged customs clearance in USA and Canada.
  • Visa waiver program, which will enable you to travel to the USA without a Visa for less than 90 days provided you meet certain critieria including flying on an approved carrier.
  • No guessing on documentation, as the charter service will be able to let you know exactly what you need.
  • The charter company will arrange all special permits and landing rights.
  • The charter service can likewise arrange all ground transportation, so you don’t have to worry about unfamiliar cities or language barriers.

We welcome any comments you may have about your experiences with booking or using charter services for your organization.

Innovative Airline Pilot Cadet Training and Development Program Takes Flight

Airline Pilot Cadet Training

Air Georgian and Air Canada have created an exciting airline pilot training and development program targeting young Canadians who may be interested in a flying career. Becoming a pilot can be a daunting challenge, and not simply because the sky is not our natural element. The cost of flight training can be quite high and this, coupled with the uncertainty involved in establishing a career, can make even highly motivated individuals think twice about aviation as a profession. Recognizing this, Air Georgian and Air Canada have partnered to develop our Cadet Program as a way of encouraging young Canadians to enter aviation.

Air Georgian has operated regional airline flights on behalf of Air Canada in addition to its private jet charter services for thirteen years and is a part of the Air Canada Express family. Under our Cadet Program, a select group of young Canadians with no flying experience will be provided with conditional offers of employment from both Air Georgian and Air Canada. Once selected following a rigorous screening process, these individuals will be sent as a group to the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida where they will, over a ten-month period, be trained as professional pilots. Upon successful completion of the course at the FlightSafety Academy, the Cadet Program pilots will be hired as First Officers at Air Georgian and will undergo training on the Beechcraft 1900D regional airliner. These pilots will spend a minimum of four years flying for Air Georgian and, in that time, will build up approximately 3000 hours of flying time.

Upon completion of four years of employment at Air Georgian, these young pilots will then be hired by Air Canada on either the first, second or third new hire intake after that date. Air Georgian’s offers of employment will be conditional upon the students’ successfully completion of the FlightSafety Academy course.  Air Canada’s offers of employment will be conditional upon the Cadet Program graduates maintaining a good employment record while working for Air Georgian (with very clear and reasonably set expectations). The students will have to pay for their initial training at the FlightSafety Academy, but Air Georgian and Air Canada will cover all subsequent flight training. In addition, Air Georgian and Air Canada have been able to secure excellent financial terms with the Academy, not necessarily available to individual flight training applicants.

The Cadet Program will be a win/win proposition for everyone involved.  The students know they will have an initial job waiting for them at the end of their flight training and also know they will have an excellent opportunity to secure employment with one of the premier airlines in the world only a few short years later. Air Georgian and Air Canada win by securing another stream of high quality pilot recruits. The first intake of Cadet Program recruits will begin their 44-week course at Vero Beach in September 2013 and Air Georgian will plan to hire successful applicants from this group by August 2014. The selection process for this first group will begin shortly and we are looking forward to getting started.

For more information about the Cadet Program please visit our website at http://www.clearedfortakeoff.ca.

The Changing Face of Airline Safety in Canada

Air Georgian’s Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance, Brad Warren, takes part in a recent webinar hosted by SMS/QMS software provider Intelex Technologies discussing a dramatic shift the Canadian airline industry has undergone to make Canadian skies safer.

In essence, this shift is about implementing SMS/QMS technologies to help managers identify safety risks before issues arise. New quality assurance systems have been implemented by Air Georgian and others to mitigate risks and enable self-regulation.  A primary component of these new systems is the empowerment of all airline employees from admin staff and technicians to pilots and executives with data they can use to make informed business decisions about safety. Further, these systems ensure accountability of all staff of aircraft charter providers like Air Georgian should mishaps occur. Airlines must adopt technology in order to organize and effectively share growing volumes of data to the ultimate benefit of their passengers and staff.  Armed with this data, airline staff can be more proactive in dealing with issues before they occur.

Purchasing a Private Aircraft

Nothing can better define luxury travel than flying in your own private aircraft. Though it may seem impractical to purchase a aircraft during such rough economic times, owning such an asset may prove to be a wise choice for certain businesses or affluent individuals. If you decide to purchase your own private aircraft, here are some tips to consider during the process.

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Tips and Guidelines

If you’ve been considering the purchase of a private aircraft, now may be the best time to take a harder look at your options. The overall market for aircrafts and planes has plummeted between 35 and 50% in the last decade and relative bargains are available if you’re willing to shop around.

There are two pitfalls to avoid when buying a private aircraft.

First, do not try to do it on your own. Getting expert recommendations and ongoing assistance from an aircraft management firm will ensure a more informed purchase. Aircraft management firms and purchasing advisers are able to coordinate the transaction process from initial planning to the actual signing of papers.

Aircraft management companies can also function as your aircraft maintenance crew, taking care of its complex systems and keeping it in the air whenever needed. Though there are corresponding fees to these services, the yields can make it worth every penny you pay.

The other pitfall you should avoid is thinking that buying is the only way to use and own a private aircraft. Chartering a aircraft for business or pleasure is always an option. You can also join aircraft card clubs and fractional ownership organizations that offer private aircraft rentals for a fee depending on the flight times and frequency you require.

What to Consider?

First, execute a cost-benefit comparison. Investing in such a big-ticket item deserves ample time and consideration to make a final decision. A private plane will require an investment of millions of dollars and regular ongoing maintenance costs. That said, aviation veterans recommend at least 350 hours of flight per year to justify the expenses of owning your private aircraft.

Consider hidden expenses. Cost factors to be taken into account include insurance, fuel, ongoing aircraft management and maintenance services and crew charges to name a few. Aircraft management firms can take on many of the responsibilities of maintaining and operating a private aircraft for annual fees in the $200k to $500k range. This amount will naturally fluctuate depending on the size of the aircraft and frequency of use.

Next, assess your specific needs in terms of who and where you anticipate flying. Private aircrafts come in three basic sizes – small, medium, and large. According to experts, based upon size and flight range, light aircraft costing between $3m to $8m can take up to 8 passengers approximately 3200 kilometres. Medium sized aircrafts with prices in the $13 million range may transport up to 10 people around 4800 km. Larger aircrafts will, of course, come with higher price tags, but can potentially accommodate 20+ people on much longer haul flights.

After identifying your needs, it is now time to find a private aircraft. Typically, aircraft management firms and advisers assist clients in their pursuit. Your aircraft management agent will either be involved in the actual process or provide referrals to brokerage firms who can source private planes. There are also several Web sites you can access to “comparison” shop for new or used aircraft.

Finally, you will be well advised to take any plane for a test flight and having a thorough technical inspection completed before committing to a purchase. A private aircraft management company can also assist in these regards in order to assure you are making a wise, informed choice.

Corporate Charter Flights for the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry

Energy exploration is a global industry that has always generated a significant amount of travel. As exploration in the oil and gas fields in Canada continually expands, many companies are looking for the most efficient and cost-effective method for transporting key executives to the oil fields. Using a business aircraft charter service can provide a number of benefits over commercial air travel for oil and gas executives and employees who need to travel to and from the oil fields.

corporate charter flight solutionsOne of the main benefits of corporate charter flights is that they can typically be chartered to meet a company’s specific needs. For instance, your company can easily make arrangements for a single private jet charter or a range of aircraft, as required.  When it is necessary for VIPs and senior personnel to visit the oil fields in Canada, luxury private jets can be chartered. A variety of other aircraft options is also available, including cargo planes and helicopters to transport personnel or equipment.

By hiring a corporate charter flight provider, your company will also be able to maintain the flexibility necessary in choosing the most cost-efficient blend of charter aircraft for your specific project. Most such services also provide a dedicated account manager who will arrange and then closely supervise every aspect of your charter flight. Account managers are typically available around the clock to answer any questions or book last minute flights.

Business charter flights also provide direct transportation to remote or difficult-to-reach areas. In many cases, the Canadian oil fields are located in areas that are either poorly or not served at all by commercial airlines. With charter flights, key personnel will not be tied to the schedules of commercial airlines.

If you’re flying in Canada, it only makes sense to choose a Canadian charter company who are most familiar with Canadian air transportation rules and can best relate to the travel needs of your executives.

Corporate executives can also benefit from the enhanced security offered by a private jet charter. When you travel aboard a business charter flight, you can rest assured the aircraft will carry only your own approved personnel. For corporate executives who have grown weary of the reduced baggage allowances of commercial airlines, a corporate charter flight can be welcome relief by allowing increased baggage to be carried aboard in the cabin.

Corporate charter flight service providers make it possible to tailor everything about your flight. Not only can you customize the route, but also you can also usually tailor the food available during the flight if this is at all a concern. Customized on-board catering and service ensures the best in-flight experience possible for your employees and executives.

Finally, in choosing a provider, it is important to select a company that is familiar with the needs of the oil and gas industry. You want to choose a business charter flight company that understands the importance of personnel arriving on time and at the correct location. Furthermore, the business charter flight company you hire should be familiar with the cost and time constraints associated with oil exploration and extraction.  It goes without saying that time is money, so you will want to work with a partner who will look to save you both.

Why Outsource Your Flight Operations?

Outsourcing has become a beneficial strategy to lower the cost of operations in a number of different industries. Surprisingly to some, aviation outsourcing has grown in popularity and has become a way for small and mid-sized airline companies to strategically lower their operational costs without compromising the quality of service they offer their customers. As an airline executive, you know just how many core activities you must focus on in the industry to ensure your customers stay happy, your flights stay safe, and your company still profits. Find out why you should outsource some activities in your operations and make the right choice for the financial health of your business.

Get the Flexibility You Need to Focus on Core Activities

Not all operations in the airline industry can be outsourced. As you might know, there are a number of functions that you want your own executives and your own employees handling. When you outsource, you can still keep the more important core activities in the hands of your professionals and leave some of the other functions to outsourced employees. Some of these functions include: dispatching, record keeping, weather monitoring, flight plan creations, ground handling, and catering. When you assess what can be outsourced, you will have greater flexibility in your operations and be able to focus more on the areas that count without compromising any other functions.

Benefit from the Technologies Outsourcing Suppliers Already Have

Your IT infrastructure plays an important role in your flight operations. From scheduling to flight plan creation, you need to make sure that the technologies you use will meet your particular needs. If you are not able to find an off-the-shelf solution, you have to consider whether or not you want to spend a small fortune having a software program designed for you. If you outsource the functions that require these technologies, you can choose a supplier that already has a proven track record for project management. This is just one area where small and mid-sized airline companies can save money without being forced to operate without the latest technologies.

These are just some of the many reasons why wise airline companies are outsourcing specific flight operations. If you are considering aviation outsourcing, make sure you consider the legal aspects and how you will protect and manage data collection. If you plan ahead of time and work with the right supplier, you will see the benefits rather quickly.