The Regurgitation Problem in Aviation (Part 1)

Back in middle school when I first started learning how to write academic essays, and then later into high school and college when dissertation composition was explored, I was amazed on the amount of unoriginal content presented in a work. Some compositions wouldn’t explore anything new; instead, they would focus on review an already published work. If a new topic was explored, a composition would be limited to the exploration (or introduction) of a unique idea.

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Dylan Grimm
A Look At Integrating Gemco Into a Leaseback Agreement

Leaseback arrangements are one of the most popular ownership structures we encounter here at Gemco. Many flights schools and aircraft owners who are involved with leaseback airplanes want to take advantage of the benefits of Gemco’s programs, but they are not sure if they can integrate our program into their current ownership structure. We are pleased to tell both parties yes you can.

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Risk for Airplanes (Part 1)

Howard Marks, of Oaktree Capital fame, has spent a lot of time writing about how risk is an integral component of portfolio construction. His extrapolation on the use of volatility when measuring risk, especially as it relates to constructing a defined portfolio using Modern Portfolio Theory, has changed the way many people view risk and how to effectively work with it.

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False Economy

If you spend any time reading our website, you'll know that we are strongly in support of operating your aircraft engine beyond TBO. Our Overhaul Savings program gives you the ability, through utilization of the "Fly-On" program, to fly up to 150% of your hourly TBO. Having discussions with both potential and current customers, however, we've noticed some confusion on exactly what we mean about operating beyond TBO, and the implications of doing it.

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Why is Saving for Overhaul Difficult?

On its face, saving for your next overhaul does not seem like a complex task that requires a large amount of thought. Conventional wisdom that we learn when buying our aircraft is to know our TBO, know how much our overhaul costs, and divide the overhaul cost by the hours remaining to TBO. That is the hourly rate you need to save to ensure you have enough money for your next overhaul.

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Enrolling Our GA Fleet in AARP

We had the pleasure of enjoying a full week at Oshkosh this year. And, although we had to spend some of the time we had there at our booth, every Gemco employee had the ability to get out and see the sights of the show. And, although Oshkosh is an exciting event for most people, we can't figure out why.

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Your Ownership Flight Log

You might keep a personal logbook tracking your every flight, right down to the tenth of an hour. Inside those pages might be an entire career of adventures. But, if you're like the majority of pilots, you've given up hour tracking long ago

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Overhauls Go Further Than The Engine

When most aircraft owners think of overhaul, they think about their engine. And, that's a justified train of thought. The two largest engine manufacturers in general aviation make a good deal of fuss concerning their TBO numbers, and many owners have found them to be fairly accurate.

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Helicopters - STOL Performance Isn't Free

There's a new rage in general aviation: Super STOL. Spend some time browsing Youtube and flying forums, and you're bound to come across something that features gigantic tundra tires, extended landing gear suspension, and stall speeds below what the most enhanced airspeed indicator can indicate.

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How Does Gemco Work In Leaseback Arrangements?

Leaseback agreements are becoming more popular for both flight schools, and for charter operators. And rightfully so. Leaseback agreements make aircraft ownership more affordable, and allow operators more access to aircraft with capitalization costs that can exceed what is practically possible based on the maximum possible allowable asset utilization.

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The Overhaul Savings Program

We get a lot of questions here at Gemco, and they range from the factual type that can be answered with 1 word, all the way to more complex questions that require more lengthy explanations. One question that falls in between is this: “why should I enroll my engine on your overhaul program?”

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Your Contract

People who enroll in one of Gemco's programs are usually amazed by the size of our contract. And, no, not how much ink and paper it requires. When we started this company, all of us here at Gemco wanted to give the general aviation community all the tools and techniques the larger operators have at their disposal to effectively operate their aircraft.

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Operate Like the Airlines: Stabilize Your Expenses

Just because you operate a smaller aircraft than large corporate and commercial operators, you don't need exclude yourself from adopting their operating practices. Instead, being a smaller operator allows you the opportunity to adapt the processes and programs of larger operators on a reduced scale.

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Dylan Grimm