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The Benefits of Having Dogs in the Office

If you’ve ever visited Charlie Bravo HQ, one thing that’s clear from the get-go is that most of us bring our dogs to work. We’ll admit the primary reason we bring them is simply because we’d miss them too much otherwise, but the truth is that having dogs at the office has quite a few [...]

By | 2018-03-08T17:28:51+00:00 March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Hypothetical Mission Profile: Corporate Flight Department

Many of Charlie Bravo’s clients are directors of aviation for corporate flight departments, so this week’s hypothetical mission profile is on a corporate flight department in Nashville for C-level healthcare executives. These hypothetical executives collectively fly up to 600 hours per year, already own a Challenger 300, and are considering a second plane. Buying another [...]

By | 2018-03-08T11:35:57+00:00 February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Are You Ready for ADS-B?

We get it. The ADS-B Out mandate doesn’t go into effect for another two years, the upgrades are expensive, and for many owners, the upgrade is something that can wait. We have heard, however, that many owners and operators are putting it off in hopes that prices will drop when, in fact, the opposite is [...]

By | 2018-02-14T17:29:24+00:00 February 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Mission Profile: West Texas Oil Executive

Our next hypothetical mission profile is on a West Texas oil executive, your typical candidate for a King Air. This oil executive flies at least once a week, but is typically taking relatively short trips within the state of Texas. He doesn’t have his pilot’s license, but knows more than the average Joe about aviation. [...]

By | 2018-02-09T16:10:50+00:00 February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Mission Profile: Dallas Entrepreneur

Location: Dallas Profession: Entrepreneur Annual Flight Hours: 125-200 Best Options: Lear 60, Hawker 800XP, Citation Ultra This hypothetical mission profile is for an entrepreneur from Dallas that needs a plane for about 125 to 200 hours per year, including both business and personal use. He likes the idea that he’d be able to use the [...]

By | 2018-01-26T16:58:31+00:00 January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

General Aviation Groups Urge DOT to Reopen Aircraft Registry for Essential Functions

In the midst of the United States’ federal government shutdown, general aviation leaders across the country are urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reopen the FAA’s United States Aircraft Registry. “Despite the current government shutdown, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and fellow GA groups argued that the U.S. Registry performs essential functions for [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:12:18+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Q1 2018 Market Update

As the Charlie Bravo research team gets ready to send out detailed market reports on more than 50 models of business aircraft, we’ve also prepared a high-level view of the market as a whole. The fourth quarter 2017 was surprisingly stronger than anticipated for many aircraft models we cover, considering that markets typically slow toward [...]

By | 2018-01-18T11:01:11+00:00 January 18th, 2018|0 Comments
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