Catapult your Flight Department with a Current State Assessment

Author By Steve Brechter
What is a Current State Assessment

How is your business aviation flight department doing? What is the next plateau of operational excellence? What does the organization need to do to get there?

Wouldn’t you like to know — on a totally confidential basis?


An In-Depth Review

More and more, today’s leading Business Aviation leaders are interested in finding out where they stand.

Because they want to stay ahead of the power curve.

Flight department aviation reporting executives expect leadership and that doesn’t mean being reactive.

Today’s business aviation leader must be out in front of the issues and in a proactive stance, never wondering what the heck just happened?

As an aviation director, you must be constantly redefining and shaping the future.

So, where do you start?


Start from your Current Position

The answer is from your current position.

The quest for improvement is why having a Current State Assessment performed periodically is so important.

It’s important to you, professionally, and important to your organization, for their future. And, it’s important to your parent company in order for the aviation organization to create maximum shareholder value.

A Current State Assessment takes an end-to-end look at your aviation organization with respect to business aviation industry standards and best practices. It gives you comprehensive feedback on the specific things you might consider focusing upon to elevate your organization to the next level of operating performance.

A Current State Assessment provides a review of the entire Aviation Department. It covers all aspects of Flight Operations, Scheduling & Dispatch, Maintenance, Business Administration and Finance. It helps you to identify the issues that don’t seem to get fixed and identifies solutions that work.

The Assessment looks at a myriad of topics such as:

  • Performance reports and metrics provided to corporate
  • Review of day-to-day execution within flight and maintenance operations
  • The interface with the Executive Office
  • How the invoices get approved and paid
  • The Maintenance Planning process
  • The Safety Management System
  • Training, Individual Development Planning
  • Succession planning
  • Fuel purchasing
  • Duty and rest practices
  • And much, much more

It takes a broad sweep both across and down into the organization to give you a totally objective and fact-based assessment of ‘how goes it’ from one end of the flight department to the other.

Why have many aviation leaders found the Current State Assessment to be so compelling?

Plain and simple: It provides an external perspective and validation of your efforts.


Another Pair of Eyes

It’s always good to get an outside set of eyes on your organization.

Let’s face it,the world is changing rapidly and not in all cases can you as an Aviation Director stay abreast of all the current developments.

The Current State Assessment is not looking for fault, but rather better or more efficient ways to handle processes that have been proven to work elsewhere.

In this blog post, we shared a well-known biblical passage that says, “no prophet is accepted in his own country.”

There may be instances where you simply need to draw upon outside resources to help make your internal business case.

The unbiased perspective of a Current State Assessment conducted by a respected outside advisor may just be the “tipping point” that helps you validate or justify your objectives and win your internal business case.


3 Reasons to Request a Current State Assessment

1. It’s an Effective Means of Benchmarking

A Current State Assessment compares the performance of your organization against that of your peer group.

The Assessment will help you identify your peer group and meaningful criteria of comparison. Benchmarking introductions can be made to help you establish bench marking partners and protocols that will serve you well for years to come.


2. It Fosters Continuous Improvement through the Leveraging of Best Practices

As good as you may be in supporting the business objectives of your parent Company, a healthy flight department is always looking for ways to do things better. The zeal to improve reflects your overall attitude as the aviation director.

Conducting a Current State Assessment provides the stimulus and incentive for your organization to extend its reach and strive to get even better.


3. It Recalibrates your Organization’s Directional Compass

Despite the best of intentions, the day-to-day demands of managing a flight department often put us in a heads-down mode.

We become focused (and rightfully so) on ‘this trip,’ ‘this passenger manifest,’ ‘this airport,’ ‘this FBO,’ etc., and often lose sight of the big picture.

That is, the strategic direction of the Department.

A Current State Assessment can be effectively utilized to help you, as aviation director, establish refreshed strategic priorities for the department and set the course for the ‘next level’ of operational excellence.


The Bottom Line

A Current State Assessment supports your efforts as aviation director. It is a vital means of staying abreast of the latest industry developments. It shows the executive leadership of your parent company that you are committed to continuous improvement.

You fully control distribution and use of the report.

Most importantly, undergoing an Assessment shows that your flight department is not content to sit on its laurels, but continually strives forever-increasing levels of performance. There is no better way to show executive leadership what your Team is really made of.



Wouldn’t you like to know where you stand?
Join the growing ranks of aviation directors who are taking their flight departments to the next level of performance by requesting a confidential Current State Assessment. You’re invited to watch this 3-minute video or call 865-357-5077 to learn more.