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PJS continues to lead the industry in safety and innovation. We have expanded our team at all levels to better serve current and future clients. Most notably, we have added Monique Albert as our new Director of Safety and Innovation.
In this role, Albert is responsible for staking out PJS’ position as the leader in aviation safety, spearheading relationships with vendors and developing innovative aviation products and services.
Albert joins PJS with extensive experience in the aviation industry, most recently serving as Director, Business Development at Wyvern, LTD. In this role, Albert was an instrumental part of the launch and success of Wyvern’s Safety Intelligence Reports (SIR) and Pilot & Aircraft Safety Surveys (PASS).
Albert was also involved in the development of SchedAero and Avinode Trip Manager, a web-based charter operator, flight department and broker flight management solutions.
Prior to her tenure at Avinode, Albert held sales management roles at OneSky Jets and Charter Operations, LLC. Albert attended University of Southern Maine and is a member of several industry trade organizations including NBAA.
In addition to adding Albert, PJS has added several new faces to the organization. In January, Brian Kratt joined the company as it’s first President. In this role, he is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Operations and works closely with CEO and Founder Greg Raiff in setting the strategic goals and direction for the firm.
Kratt has an extensive foundation in sales, operational delivery and entrepreneurial software creation. A product of Auburn University, Kratt started his career at Bottomline Technologies, where he helped grow the company from less than $1M in revenue to more than $90M in revenue and from a private to a publicly traded company.
Kratt later served as the VP of Sales and Marketing at Black Dragon Software. From 2005 to 2013 Kratt was the CEO of Language Scientific, where he managed all company functions. During his tenure at LS, Kratt conceived of, created feature sets for, and delivered three separate software products including a SaaS patent pending product for the retail pharmacy space.
PJS has also expanded internationally this year. At the end of 2013, PJS welcomed Kuky Salazar aboard as the President – Latin America, Europe and Asia. In this role, Salazar has responsibility for all Sales and Operations activity outside of North America. Additionally, she manages the PJS Fort Lauderdale office, overseeing the Sales and Account Management teams based in Florida.
Salazar has more than two decades of aviation experience, starting her career with Iberia Airlines of Spain. She is a graduate of Rochville University and is a native Spanish and English speaker as well as fluent in Portuguese.
Most recently, Salazar served as Director of Charter at EJM and Senior Vice President of Sales at NetJets for Florida, Caribbean and Latin America. In this role, she developed strategy and identified areas of improvement for the company, and worked closely with clients, developing new relationships and building customer loyalty. Salazar has an extensive foundation in charter sales, operations and trip management.
The Florida office is not the only new office for PJS in 2014. Long-time PJS staff member, Aubin Mandel moved to London, England at the beginning of the year to help the company open it’s first office outside of the US. Mandel’s new European location will help PJS better serve our many clients who are either based there, or who fly to and from the continent.
From the left to right: Monique Albert, Brian Kratt, Kuky Salazar, Aubin Mandel
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Gulfstream’s long-awaited engineering marvel is finally available. The Gulfstream G650 is the fastest, widest, longest-range business jet on the planet. Even Gulfstream’s trademark panoramic windows are larger in the G650, and there are more of them providing the most stunning views in the world.
Every aspect of the Gulfstream 650 has been designed to minimize the strain of ultra-long-range travel, such as New York to Moscow nonstop. Extra-high cabin air pressure to ease jet lag, quiet and efficient engines, cockpit technology allowing pilots to see further and more clearly regardless of conditions, as well as the most comprehensively equipped passenger cabin make this the world’s most desirable jet.
Saab 340 is a fast, versatile turbo prop with leather business-class seating able to accommodate up to 30 passengers. Famous for fuel-efficiency and durability in any climate, the Saab 340 is perfect for regional hops of up to 700 miles, or New York to Chicago non-stop in less than 3 hours.
Technologically advanced efficiency with the exceptional passenger comforts of a roomy cabin, and a smooth, quiet ride make the Saab 340 an excellent choice for several types of passenger groups. All of the luxury and comfort of flying privately including full control of the schedule, courteous flight attendants trained especially for private flights paired with turbo prop practicality make this a highly competitive option.
In the United States, the FAA allots approximately 4,300 inspectors for monitoring more than 2,700 air taxi operators, dozens of commercial airlines, tens of thousands of aircraft, and hundreds of thousands of pilots. Let’s face it, that’s not a lot of scrutiny. Yet somehow, the last 25 years have shown a steady increase in aviation safety. In fact, 2013 finished on trend as the safest year statistically on record.
What is behind the trend and how do we avoid complacency?
With the number of different aircraft sizes and types, as well as varying applications, it is a difficult question to answer. Considering the unsettling ratio of FAA inspectors to aircraft and pilots, PJS decided early in its history to address quality controls ourselves.
Now in our 11th year of business, the PJS safety program remains a proactive and predictive, rather than a reactive, approach. We work continuously to identify potential hazards and weaknesses within our aircraft and pilot approval processes. Not only through collection and analysis of historic and ongoing performance data both from the FAA but also from third-party expert sources, PJS maintains a strict vendor approval program. We also rely on our own evaluations and pooling of internal intel with the goal of recognizing and safely avoiding emerging risks.
It is simply a fact that hazardous characteristics are generally consistent, and usually easy to spot and avoid. PJS examines several different indicators when assessing vendors, both prior to approving them for PJS use but also on a recurring basis once approved.
For example, PJS considers pilot flight time, the amount of experience hours accrued by the pilot, to be an important indicator. Since NTSB research shows accident rates decrease by nearly 50% once a pilot obtains 100 hours, and continues to decrease towards the 1000 hour level, PJS will not use pilots that do not meet our own experience requirements.
The availability of aviation data has to receive some level of credit for increased safety in our industry.
It is hard for us at PJS to imagine confidently navigating aviation in the absence of independent pilot and operator background checks, third-party audit reports, access to pilot flight time data, or accident and incident history.
How we sort through the various indicators can present challenges. Is a blemished operating history simply bad luck? Former NTSB chairman, James Hall said, “We’ve found through 30 years of accident investigation that sometimes the most common link is the attitude of corporate leadership toward safety… The safest carriers have more effectively committed themselves to controlling risks that may arise from mechanical or organizational failures, environmental conditions and human error.”
The point he makes, and we strongly agree with, is that a clean operating history probably doesn’t happen by accident. So the saying goes, diligence is the mother of good luck.
VIP Configurations for Collegiate Sports
With the announcement earlier this year that many 50-seat regional jets would be removed from circulation, teams throughout the collegiate sports world are struggling to find suitable replacements for the 2014-2015 season. Several teams face a stark choice with limited aircraft options: get stuck with unnecessarily large airliners, downgrade to a 30-seat solution, or be left with no aircraft.
PJS helps teams with solutions that meet or exceed their current needs despite the shrinking supply of 50-seat regional jets. In many cases, we leverage our access to VIP-configured airliners to upgrade collegiate teams that fly with PJS, to aircraft with more space and amenities. These VIP airliners are the same planes our professional sports clients use, which is a particular thrill for many young athletes
PJS provides teams with choices, whether the perfect fit is a VIP airliner, a 30 or 50-seat regional jet or something else entirely. For teams still searching for a solution for the upcoming season, we recommend they lock down their preferred aircraft soon. It is possible, teams that wait too long to secure a plane may be left without by the start of the season.