Client Profile: Martin Golobic, GreatAmerica Financial Services

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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

Cirrus Offers Industry-Leading Training for Pilots

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If you haven’t heard the news by now, Cirrus Aircraft has gone another step further in providing safety to its aircraft owners – new and pre-owned. As of this summer, the company launched “Cirrus Embark“, a first-of-its-kind program offering up to three days of training to anyone who buys a Cirrus airplane, including used planes purchased through a private transaction.

The program is a branch of Cirrus Approach, a crucial companion-piece to each Cirrus aircraft produced. Cirrus Approach offers its pilots a menu of courses and classes that are fresh and engaging, keeping pilots current and proficient. As an extension, Cirrus Embark addresses the specific needs of pre-owned Cirrus buyers by providing complimentary, Cirrus-specific, standardized differences and transition training for every licensed pilot who purchases a pre-owned Cirrus aircraft.

“It sounds almost too good to be true, but it is invaluable in terms of safety” said Mark Rogers, Lone Mountain President. “Since Cirrus Approach was launched a few years ago, the Cirrus accident rate is among the best in the industry. Cirrus Embark will help continue to increase pilot safety. I’m excited that our clients will now have have this option with any Cirrus aircraft they purchase.”

As part of the new program, every new pre-owned Cirrus owner receives a login to the Cirrus Approach Learning Portal, a complimentary 1-year membership to the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), a copy of the Cirrus FOM and aircraft POH, a redemption code for the iFOM, and one-on-one Cirrus Transition Training with an authorized Cirrus training provider, tailored to the pilot’s previous experience.

“The training options for pilots are more extensive today than ever before,” said Rogers. “Our team at Lone Mountain is always looking for the best ways to complete recurrent training. In addition to Cirrus Embark, I’ve been very impressed with Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training. We are also proud to have two sales team members that own their own training facilities, Daniel Christman and Paul Sallach.”

Christman owns Aero Atlanta Flight Center in Atlanta, Ga. while Sallach owns All In Aviation in Las Vegas, both Cirrus Platinum Training Centers.

Client Profile: Bryan Currier, Advantage Technologies President & Founder

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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.

LM Agent Certified to Fly World’s First Single-Engine Personal Jet

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Our team at Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales is excited to announce that our very own, Daniel Christman, is now a jet pilot for the world’s first-ever single-engine personal jet, the Cirrus Vision SF50. Daniel, a Lone Mountain sales representative in Atlanta, Ga., completed his type rating courses on May 26, fully certifying him to operate what is commonly referred to as “The Vision Jet”.

The SF50 is a single-engine, low-wing, seven-seat, light jet aircraft designed to be flown by the owner. Not requiring a full-time professional pilot or a flight department, the Vision Jet is the first civilian single-engine jet to achieve certification with the Federal Aviation Administration. Certified on Oct. 28, 2016, after a 10-year process, the Vision Jet is a revolution in personal transportation and is equipped with the exclusive Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS™), setting a new standard in jet aircraft safety.

As the owner of Aero Atlanta Flight Center, a Cirrus Platinum Training Center in the Atlanta area, Daniel has been involved with Cirrus since November 2003 when he ordered a Cirrus SR20. After his purchase, he received training to become the first Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot as endorsed by the University of North Dakota. Since then, Daniel has been involved with both new and pre-owned sales for the Cirrus SR2X aircraft, first as a factory direct regional sales manager, then on the pre-owned side with Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales.

“The first time I saw the Cirrus SF50, I knew I wanted this to be the first turbine aircraft I flew,” said Daniel. “It was ‘The Jet’ I had been waiting to fly!”

After completing the first two phases of training, which included online learning modules and a two-day touch-trainer course, Daniel set off for the type rating course in Duluth, Minn. Type training is a 10-day course containing four days of ground work and five days of flight, with one off day.

According to Daniel, by the time the flight training rolled around, he was itching to get into the pilot’s seat.

“I’ll never forget the moment I started the turbine engine for the first time,” said Daniel. “The smile I had on my face the first time I hit the ‘Run’ knob did not come off during the entire training process.”

“Having a Type-Rated Vision Jet Pilot on the team is a distinct advantage for our sales team, especially considering that this aircraft is designed to be owner-flown and sold to pilots,” said Mark Rogers, Lone Mountain President.

Congratulations, Daniel! We are proud to have you as a part of the Lone Mountain team as an official Vision Jet pilot.

Market Update: July 2017

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With the first half of 2017 in the books, it has been an exciting year so far for Lone Mountain Aircraft (LMA). As usual at this time, we are currently busy preparing for the world’s largest aviation event, the EAA Airventure Oshkosh. Kicking off July 23 in Oshkosh, Wis., Lone Mountain will have staff roaming the show grounds all week and will have our usual presence at the Cirrus booth. We hope to see you there!

Here is a quick look at what else is new:    

New Sales Team Member: Gordon Ramsay joined the Lone Mountain team in March of this year and is off to a great start with several sales already. Most recently the Piper Program Manager at Columbia Aircraft Services in Connecticut, Gordon is well-versed in high-performance piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft. As an experienced pilot with over 3,500 hours of flight time and more than 30 years of experience in aircraft sales, he is a great addition to LMA.

New Jet Type Rating: Daniel Christman earned a new jet type rating in June. Go here for more info.

Vision Jet Positions: In addition to continuing to lead the market in SR2X resale, LMA is taking a leadership role in position resale. As we have been predicting for several years, the market for Cirrus Vision Jet positions has matured and become very active now that the type certificate and production certificates have been issued. New Vision Jets are being delivered to customers and many early delivery positions have been sold to eager new owners. We’ve been excited about this new product and even more so now that several of us have time flying it. Give us a call for details on a purchase or sale of a position.

Vision Jet Factory Delivery:
LMA also recently assisted with a factory delivery of a Vision Jet, with our own Mark Stear lending his extensive experience with jet deliveries. We were involved with the delivery of serial #10, and were favorably impressed with the fit, finish and overall quality. New owners are going to love this aircraft! 

Aircraft Financing: Our bank is eager to lend and looking for more aircraft to finance. Lending terms have eased a bit over the last year as banks are competing for deals, and rates are still attractive despite recent moves by the Federal Reserve. Lone Mountain Aircraft Finance has now financed over 100 aircraft since our first aircraft loan in 2013, and we continue to innovate with more unique financing options for our buyers.