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

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.