When it comes to hobbies, Texas Attorney Bob Miller has one obvious go-to: flying.  

Bob and his wife Mary have been married for 37 years and have spent much of that time in the air. One of their goals is to visit all 14 presidential libraries, and thanks to the Cirrus life, they are close to the finish line. The couple was recently featured in the March edition of COPA Pilot magazine, where they share a trip they took in their 2016 G5 SR22T. Visiting a new state almost every day, the Millers touched down in Arkansas, Ohio, New York and Tennessee, before heading back home to Big Spring, Texas.

The attorney has owned six aircraft himself, and before that, co-owned three with business partners. He fell in love with flying during his sophomore year of college after taking his first lesson. Miller went on to finish his undergraduate degree, and half of law school when he enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam war.

In the Navy, he worked as a lineman on an aircraft carrier, taking care of F4 fighters. While on the carrier, he spent a lot of time with the pilots and their planes, dreaming of the day when he could lift off in a plane of his own.

After the war, Miller completed law school and moved to Big Spring in 1977 where he ended up co-owning various aircraft. He eventually bought out his share of a Cessna 182 and decided he would remain a sole-owner from that point forward.

Miller came into contact with Lone Mountain Aircraft in 2009 when he looked to upgrade his 2003 Centennial SR22 to a 2007 G3 Turbo. He got in touch with LMA salesman Paul Sallach, who went with him to evaluate the Turbo and ended up quickly helping him acquire it, while simultaneously selling his Centennial.

The experience was the start of a great relationship between the Millers and Lone Mountain. In 2013, Miller once again reached out to Sallach and acquired a 2013 G5 SR22T. He loved the aircraft so much that he couldn’t resist when Cirrus released the 2016, and once again Sallach helped in the selling of his ‘13 and the purchasing of his new bird.

Now, the Millers are anxiously awaiting their July delivery of a new 2019 G6 SR22T.

According to Miller, he continues working with Lone Mountain because he is impressed with the quality of service and the team members.

“Paul knows how to take care of his clients and their aviation desires,” said Miller. “He’s very patient with the whole process and takes the time to listen to exactly what his clients desire in an aircraft purchase. If you have a plane, Lone Mountain is going to sell it. Mark and Paul will work with you whatever your circumstances may be.”

As an attorney, husband, father and grandfather, Miller looks at personal aviation as a way of cutting down on travel time and being more present with his family. It also provides greater independence. In Miller’s opinion, flying himself increases his quality of life and takes the stress out of traveling.

“Mary and I are able to fly to many locations that commercial flights won’t fly to, as well as stay as long as we desire, without having to plan months in advance. When it all comes down to it, I know I can drive or go commercial. But we just like to fly.”

Our team of pilots loves helping other pilots along their personal aviation journey – whether it’s for business or pleasure. Contact us today if you are interested in upgrading your aircraft.

To read more about the Millers’ love for aviation, read the March edition of COPA Pilot.

When Cirrus announced the creation of a single-engine personal jet in 2006, Jay Jolley sent in a deposit check the same day. It took 11 years before the aircraft hit the market, but more than a decade later, Jolley took delivery of the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet and made a historic flight home.

Jolley, a Chattanooga, Tenn. resident, is chairman and part-owner at EMJ Corporation, a general construction services company. Through his role with the company, Jolley travels frequently for business. His father, founder of EMJ Corporation and a pilot himself, was ultimately the reason he got into aviation.

After having a somewhat strained relationship into Jolley’s early teen years, he and his father finally decided what they needed was to work on something together. The two began working on radio control model airplanes to foster a better relationship.

“It gave us a way to share time together, a way to experience problems and solutions and victories and failures,” Jolley said.

The activity bonded them more than either ever expected, and Jolley developed a passion for aviation through the experience. As early as he was able, he began training to fly. He received his pilot’s license in 1977 at the young age of 17.

In 1983, Jolley began working at EMJ Corporation. He achieved his instrument rating in a Bonanza A36 and graduated to twin engines in the Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, both company airplanes. He made his first personal aircraft purchase and began a long tenure with Cirrus in 2003. Over the next 14 years, he would own four Cirrus SR22s, each one a slight upgrade from the last.

That’s how Jolley found Mark Rogers, founder and president of Lone Mountain Aircraft.

“I was introduced to Mark while selling my first SR22. Mark worked very well with me to coordinate the transaction,” said Jolley.

Since then, Jolley has trusted Lone Mountain to sell each of his SR22s.

With the pilot’s 11-year wait for the Vision Jet finally set for December 29, 2017, Jolley sold his most recent aircraft, a 2013 SR22T, in preparation for his new bird: the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Position 24.

Though the Vision Jet was Jolley’s biggest upgrade yet, it also meant the chance for a 41-year pilot to fly something new, and enhance the way he traveled for business and personal endeavors. Having completed all SF50 training and mentorship before his purchase, he was able to get it off the ground quickly, making history as the very first Vision Jet owner-pilot to solo home.

“That was my most memorable flight,” said Jolley. “When I got in it, it was surreal. To think that I’d spent over a decade waiting for this, and it had actually occurred…I never lost hope in it, but it was a long time to wait.”

Jolley counts the Vision Jet as the best flying experience he’s ever had in a single-pilot operation due to three factors: comfort, speed and safety.

“The pressurization and noise level are superior,” said Jolley. “The speed of the 300-knot aircraft gets me where I want to go quickly. Redundant systems increase the safety factor, and knowing there is a jet engine powering the aircraft multiplies its reliability.”

According to Jolley, there’s not a better aircraft to consider than the Vision Jet.

“It’s a mini-vacation when I’m flying the Vision Jet,” said Jolley. “I can forget everything else and focus on a passion.”

Jolley's Vision Jet, "Miss Grace V"

Jolley’s Vision Jet, “Miss Grace V”

Jolley uses the jet for business and personal travel, often accompanied by some of his most precious cargo: Kelly, his wife of 23 years, and daughter Grace, a junior at Baylor University. Grace is the namesake of not one, but all five of Jolley’s planes. The Vision Jet’s moniker is “Miss Grace V”.

When Jolley isn’t flying airplanes, he’s building them. After completing the build of an AirCam, Jolley recently started in on a Carbon Cub EX2. When he needs a break from airplanes, he heads to the green for a round or two of golf.

After an 11-year wait for the “mini-vacation” that is the Vision Jet, Jolley said he won’t be looking to sell anytime soon.

“When I am ready, the first place I’ll go is to Mark at Lone Mountain,” Jolley said.

Our team of pilots at LMA enjoys helping clients not only buy, but also sell aircraft, handling all the transactions and communications in between. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about the Vision Jet.

For more information on EMJ Corporation, go to EMJCorp.com.

Father and son duo Joe and Luke Slawek make their living adding flavor to almost every food imaginable. Now, they are spicing up the way they do business – using a new Vision Jet.

Founded by Joe in 1987 when Luke was just six years old, FONA International, Inc. uses some of the best flavor scientists in the world to create and produce flavors. It didn’t take long for the business to become recognized as a world-flavor and market solutions leader. Soon, Joe realized they would need a better solution to keep up with client demand. He decided to take FONA to the skies, although aviation was no new venture for the Slawek family.

“I used to wake up dreaming about flying,” said Luke. “At that point in time that both of my parents were glider pilots before I was born. I grew up in the family business but was inclined toward aviation, and started flying gliders when I was 14.”

While Luke was in flight school at Embry-Riddle, Joe’s passion for flying renewed when he realized the ease of a quick father-son hunting trip with a personal aircraft on hand.

“I think that is when we really understood what a time machine it is to have aircraft available,” said Joe.

Joe began considering how to utilize aviation to improve the FONA business model. He realized that unhindered flight could be the most important asset.

Joe and Luke began flying aircraft loaded with samples of FONA’s products around the country to potential clients in a Pilatus PC-12. Today, they estimate they have flown over 30 different airplanes together, falling in love with Cirrus and Beechcraft products.

Lone Mountain has assisted in a few transactions for the Slaweks. It was instrumental in the international selling of a 2012 King Air B350i to a buyer in China before acquiring a new 2017 King Air 350i for the Slaweks.

“Lone Mountain worked hard on our behalf,” said Joe. “Transactions are sometimes extraordinarily complex, especially internationally to China and other places, so we are very grateful and indebted to Mark Rogers and Lone Mountain for that service.”

Aviation turned out to be a beneficial move for the FONA business model. Last year, Joe again enlisted the Lone Mountain team to help negotiate the purchase of a brand-new Cirrus Vision Jet.

“There’s only two groups of people we really care about: one is customers, and the other is employees,” said Joe. “What the King Air and Vision Jet allow us to do for our employees is convert a two-day trip into a one-day trip.”

With an aircraft on hand, FONA is able to get products into the hands of customers on a very tight turnaround, and then get its employees back much faster. According to Joe, the shorter business trips allow FONA employees to have a steadier home life and pick up another day of productivity back in the office the following day.

Thanks to the purchase of the Vision Jet, Luke has developed a great relationship with the Cirrus team through the delivery and training phases. Joe is currently working on his type-rating for the Vision Jet.

“I have about 20 hours in it, and it is an exciting time,” said Joe.

Not only do the Slawek men use their aircraft to take care of business, but they also make time to mix in pleasure. The aircraft have transported three generations of Slaweks (and their canine companions) to fun-filled destinations like the Grand Cayman Islands.

“I think that families stay together because they have fun together,” said Joe. “It has really become a tool to have fun as a family.”

For more information on FONA International, go to FONA.com

Owner of several companies and working in consulting and private equity, Jay Vierling’s unique approach to business has proven massively effective. With a successful history of advising businesses to rapid growth, Jay quickly found that an aircraft was essential to his mode of operations.

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jay first purchased a 2005 Cirrus SR22 GTS to help free him up to move between meetings, consultations, and home with his family. While the Cirrus was certainly a positive step in the right direction, in 2016 Jay found himself needing even more in order to expand operations with his company, AEV Capital. With overseas meetings and the need for more capacity, Jay started searching for something that could go further, longer, and faster than the Cirrus.

After a great deal of investigating, Lone Mountain Aircraft helped Jay find exactly what he was looking for online in a 2002 King Air C90B. There was only one problem. It was in in Léon, France.

Jay leaned on Lone Mountain President and multi-transatlantic pilot Mark Rogers in order to help make a seemingly difficult transaction a reality. Mark immediately went to work helping Jay get through the red tape and legal minutiae in order to purchase and reimport the US-made aircraft from Europe. Within only 45 days, Jay and Mark were crossing into French borders to inspect the King Air and sign the final documentation.

Once the purchase was complete, Jay began working quickly to get his multi-engine pilot’s license in order to fly the aircraft back from Europe – a daunting task for a pilot used to Cirrus’ single-engine piston. Taking it one step at a time, Jay then began studying the systems on the King Air before employing a Lone Mountain recommended professional with King Air multitransatlantic flight experience to help him get the aircraft home.

Once back in the states, Jay had another feat to tackle – the plane’s aesthetics. “It was an ugly bird,” said Jay. “We added an entire new interior, paint, and an avionics suite. It took some work, but I couldn’t be happier with the state it is in now. It fits my exact specifications.”

With time, he became comfortable with the aircraft through repetition, committing to muscle memory the correct steps with the help of mentor pilots keeping him on track. The mentorship time requirement of 60 hours went quickly according to Jay, who enjoyed the experience flying with a variety of Lone Mountain professional pilots.

Looking back on his wild journey of an international plane purchase, switching from piston to turbine, and time of mentorship, Jay concludes: “It was absolutely worth it. Having somebody lead you through the process that has been there and done it successfully, will not only save a lot of time and money, but will also potentially save you from making a bad decision.”

Jay and his wife Marielou now use the aircraft as a tool for business operations and family life, easily traveling between their two home bases in Ohio and South Carolina. The King Air has allowed Jay to secure significant deals with several clients simply because of the ability to meet with them before competitors.

Even more importantly, it has given Jay and Marielou the ability to be with those they care about most. Jay loves to fill his King Air up with his four grandchildren – or as he calls them, “flight attendants” – taking them to places they’ve never been before.

Our team of pilots at Lone Mountain Aircraft enjoy helping businessmen and women find the aircraft suitable for their day-to-day operations – no matter where it is located. For more information on AEV Capital, go to AEVcapital.com. 

As the Director of Operations at GreatAmerica Financial Services headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, being a pilot offers Martin Golobic a major advantage to running the business. Golobic’s love affair with planes started as a young child on his flights back and forth to Europe, his parents’ birthplace. Invited on the flight deck as a boy, he knew he wanted to one day be a pilot and his dream became a reality 18 years ago when he learned to fly in a Cessna 150. Quickly working his way through a Cessna 172 and Piper Warrior, his family eventually went on to purchase a Cessna 182 in 2003 when he was still a college student.

When Iowa faced a serious flood in 2008, Martin was able to use the aircraft to travel to displaced employees working from all over Eastern Iowa. The plane allowed his father, owner of Great America Financial, to maintain his long-standing tradition of handing out payroll checks in person to his employees. Without the aircraft, they never would have been able to accomplish that in a single day.

Martin traded his 182 for a Piper Matrix, allowing him to go faster and carry more passengers. It did not take long before he realized he should be flying higher where often you could find smoother air and you could be above the clouds, he traded up to a new 2013 Mirage, which he kept for two years before selling and moving to Atlanta. Longing to return to flight, he rented Aero Atlanta’s Cirrus SR22 for his time in Georgia. Returning to Cedar Rapids in July of 2016, Martin was ready to make the jump into a Meridian.

The Meridian, quickly showed its advantages being a turboprop and provided impressive performance. He took family flights to both coasts and was able to visit customers and feel confident that he could trust his aircraft to perform when he needed it to.

 Less than eight months later, Martin purchased an Embraer Phenom 100 from Lone Mountain with less than 1,000 hours of flying under his belt. Flying is now a significant timesaver for work trips. Martin can easily travel from Cedar Rapids to Savannah, Ga. for a presentation and return home within the same day. He now utilizes the aircraft more for business than any other aircraft he has owned due to its comfort, speed and economy.

According to Martin, working with Lone Mountain’s team allowed him to understand the benefits of maintenance tracking and engine and airframe programs while ensuring he found the aircraft that was perfect for his needs.

“Lone Mountain spent a lot of time with me, working through what would be the right fit based on my budget. We spent a lot of long hours talking through the competitive differences in performance, comfort, cost of operations and maintenance requirements.” said Martin. “They also handled all of the due diligence of jet ownership. I did not even know what an engine program was when I operated the Meridian. After going through the process with Lone Mountain, I do not feel like I could have lined up the right people, put paperwork together, and got an aircraft into inspection by myself.”

As the former Regional Sales Director for Embraer, Lone Mountain Sales Rep Mark Stear utilized his many industry connections and unparalleled product knowledge on the Phenom aircraft.

“Lone Mountain has expertise in a variety of aircraft, and I trusted them completely to help me find the right light jet for my needs,” said Martin. “I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.”

Our team of pilots at Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales loves helping businessmen and women find the aircraft suitable for their day-to-day operations. For more information on GreatAmerica Financial Services, go to GreatAmerica.com

Beginning his business in his parents’ basement, 20-year-old Bryan Currier was dedicated to developing a different type of IT company – one that not only provided exceptional service, but also was highly personalized, understanding clients’ individual business needs. Seventeen years later that dedication remains.

As the President and Founder of Advantage Technologies, headquartered in Chesterfield, Mich., Bryan now leads his team from his home in Franklin, Tenn., in serving more than 600 clients across seven states. While the number of clients has increased and expanded geographically, Bryan’s desire to retain face-to-face connections has stayed consistent, making travel an essential component to hisoperations.

“My job has morphed from doing sales directly with clients to now working with my sales team,” said Bryan. “The aircraft enables to me to be there to assist my team in all of our markets when needed.”

Bryan purchased his first plane in 2001 when he realized his business’ growth required more flexible travel options than airline services provided. Starting with a Grumman Yankee, a light two-seat aircraft, Bryan quickly saw the benefits of owning his own plane. As the business grew, so did Bryan’s model of aircraft. Seven planes later, he currently owns a Piper Malibu Meridian, a turboprop single-engine plane with a total capacity of six people. He also has his eyes on a Citation Mustang, the next step up from the turboprop. 

“The benefits of owning my own aircraft continues to prove itself invaluable,” said Bryan. “For example, Wednesday night I got an email requesting a short notice meeting on Thursday morning in Indiana. Without the airplane, my local consultant would have been on his own and in over his head. Because of the flexibility offered by the aircraft, I was able to fly in to assist him and then make it to Michigan in time for my afternoon meeting.”

According to Bryan, many business owners would benefit from owning an aircraft, and the expenses aren’t as high as expected when considering the implications.

“When you calculate the amount of time spent waiting on commercial airline flights, the lack of flexibility airlines provide which often causes the need to stay overnight, and the amount of time lost with family due to travel, owning an aircraft is a no-brainer to me,” said Bryan. “My productivity is higher and my time is maximized.”

With four children, family time is premium to Bryan. He also enjoys the ability to take his family with him on trips that require traveling for several days.

Our team at Lone Mountain loves seeing our clients grow their business while balancing their home lives. Have you considered the benefits of aircraft ownership? For more information, contact Mark Rogers.

To learn more about Advantage Technologies, go to www.Adv-Tech.com.