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The Ultimate Time Machine

Robert Herjavec owns a Bombardier Challenger 604 and maintains two Magellan Jet Cards that give him access to charter aircraft for his business travels when his own aircraft is down for scheduled maintenance or otherwise not available. When asked why he is so committed to Business Aviation- he related advice given to him many years ago.

Jack Olcott   |   1st December 2013
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Making the most of the one invaluable commodity
Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec called business aircraft ‘the ultimate time machines’ in a recent interview with Jack Olcott.

Robert Herjavec owns a Bombardier Challenger 604 and maintains two Magellan Jet Cards that give him access to charter aircraft for his business travels when his own aircraft is down for scheduled maintenance or otherwise not available. When asked why he is so committed to Business Aviation- he related advice given to him many years ago.

“A friend told me-” responded Herjavec- “that any problem that you have in life that can be solved with money is really not that big.” He continued- “The only thing in life that we have that we cannot get back is time. I think that the [business] aircraft is the ultimate time machine.” A newly released booklet- ‘Top Ten: Ten great leaders from ten great organizations share ten great reasons to use Business Aviation’—carries essentially the same message.

Distributed by the National Business Aviation Association at its 66th annual convention- Top Ten contains quotes from well-known leaders in American enterprise. Each leader offers his or her succinct reason why Business Aviation works for them.

• Arnold Palmer—“Business Aviation has given me an important edge. It has allowed me to be in more places in less time than the competition.” (Golfer Palmer conducts worldwide business from his hometown of Latrobe- PA.)

• Fred Smith—“Business Aviation has been an integral part of FedEx’s success since the day we were founded. [Business aircraft] allow our people to move around the world in a much more efficient and productive fashion that wouldn’t have been the case had we not operated with business aircraft.” (Fred Smith conceived the business model for Federal Express when he was a student at Yale University.)

• Andrew Taylor—“Using business aircraft allows us to visit three and four cities in a single day- and that’s just not possible with any other mode of transportation.” (Mr. Taylor is Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings- owners of Enterprise rental cars.)

• Ellen Kullman—“Business Aviation has been a key to helping the company grow- compete and succeed in an increasingly global marketplace.” (Ms. Kullman is Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont.)

• Louis Chenevert—“Business Aviation affords our busy executives [at United Technologies Corporation] the most efficient means of transportation and provides the secure- collaborative environment they need to be productive while traveling.” (Mr. Chenevert is UTC’s Chairman and CEO.)

• David Cote—“At Honeywell- we understand that Business Aviation is at the forefront of delivering a connected aircraft that enables us to be as productive in the air as we are on the ground.” (Mr. Cote is Honeywell’s Chairman and CEO.)

• Thomas Frist- Jr.—“With Business Aviation we can do more than build a better company; we can better the human condition.” (Dr. Frist served as a USAF flight surgeon and is a founder of HCA- Hospital Corporation of America.)

• Jimmy Hayes—“Business Aviation is an enabling tool that helps managers and employees do their job better. The plane is literally a flying office.” (Mr. Hayes is President and CEO of Cox Enterprises- the media conglomerate based in Atlanta- GA.)

• Clayton Jones—“In today’s highly competitive global environment- building strong relationships is critical to achieving business success…Business Aviation allows us to be there when it matters most.” (Mr. Jones is Chairman of the Rockwell Collins Board of Directors.)

• Thomas Donohue—“Business Aviation is an important transportation tool for small- medium and large organizations all across the United States. It helps companies and communities everywhere connect and compete at the speed of business.” (Mr. Donohue is President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.)

• Warren Buffett—“Berkshire has been better off by my having a plane available to go and do deals. We have done deals we would not have done if we had not had a business aircraft.” (Mr. Buffett is known for making excellent business decisions.)

Common Message
Famous business leaders share Mr. Herjavec’s thoughts about time being irreplaceable. They- too- employ business aircraft to use time efficiently. More significantly- so do thousands of business men and women whose names are not well-known- and whose images do not appear on TV or the covers of news magazines.

Most of Business Aviation is practiced by small to medium-sized companies located throughout the globe. Most of the passengers on U.S. business aircraft are middle managers or technicians and sales personnel—over 77 percent of occupants on business aircraft fall into these categories according to a 2009 survey conducted by Harris Interactive- Inc.

For many firms- the only effective means of travel for developing new markets and servicing existing clients is via business aircraft—the ultimate time machine.

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