How Learning To Fly Can Make Your Business More Successful
Category : Education
There are as many unique reasons to learn to fly as there are people that fly. Everyone’s story is different – and that’s awesome. Many business owners and entrepreneurs learn to fly to challenge themselves and improve their business.
Here are several benefits that learning to fly can have on your business.
Skip The TSA Hassle
Flying in the last 20 years has really changed. Lines are longer and security is tighter. Not to mention that you have to take out every electronic you bring with you to be scanned individually. And your shoes…
Now, the TSA pre-check has made that significantly easier for many travelers. And business owners are taking advantage of the paid luxury of keeping your shoes on. However, you still have to wait in line to get checked. And if something pops up on their screen then they go to work searching your bags.
Don’t get me wrong, they have a job to do. But wouldn’t your life and even your business get better results if you didn’t have to deal with that hassle? How much more business could you accomplish if you didn’t have to wait in line or be at the airport 2 hours before your flight?
Learning to fly your own plane allows you the flexibility of skipping the TSA for your flights.
We know you can save time by skipping the TSA, but what about other areas where you can save time? How about planning your flight around your day, not your day around your flight!
If you live in New Mexico and need to have a business meeting in Chicago at noon tomorrow what are your options? First you check for direct flights. Then you start looking for the minimum number of hops if you can’t get direct. But you can’t get into Chicago in time for a flight that morning, so you have to leave the night before. Now your either tired during your meeting or you had to sleep in a hotel room.
Learning to fly your own plane can save you time by flying direct. When YOU want to fly, not when the airlines make the schedule.
Can you imagine how efficient your day could be if you wanted to have breakfast in Las Cruces with a client – Then lunch with another client in Roswell – Diner with an investor in Farmington and still be home in Albuquerque for the evening?
Try doing that with your car or the airlines…
The old adage that time is money is relevant here. We’ve already seen how you can save time. But let’s get down to how you can save money.
The simple answer here is reduced travel expenses. You can save on hotels for most of your trips. As well as saving on employee travel costs if you have to bring multiple people. Now, most small aircraft can take 4 – but adding any luggage or business materials and you’d be safer keeping it to 2 or 3. Still, flying commercially requires that you pay for each person.
Flying your own plane the cost actually becomes less. The cost to fly is fairly fixed for your own flight. For example: Flying one of our Cessnas for a 3 hour (flight time) round trip costs about $390. That’s regardless of how many people you have in the plane. Adding more people reduces the cost per person rather than increases it.
Now, let’s go a little more abstract. Let’s say you have a client that is upset and you stand to lose their business. A quick flight out to their location the moment you hear about it can get you there, that day, and save that relationship. Or, you could wait until the airlines have their flights scheduled – be at their location the next day in the afternoon and find out that they’ve already given their business to someone else.
We’ve touched on this one in some of the others points, however, eliminating layovers can significantly reduce the stress of getting to your location. Now, sure, there are some times when you fly yourself that you have to have a pit stop and gas up. But you don’t have to switch gates and hope that the delay of your last plane caused your connecting flight to leave without you.
Also, overnight layovers are few and far between because you schedule your flight for when you want it. (Notice a recurring theme here) If you’re a business owner like many of the other business owners we know, you like to be in control and have things go your way. Learning to fly helps you control the aspect of travel that seems so out of your hands.
Impress Clients and Customers
Ok, we had to throw this one in. Let’s be honest, when you tell your customers you are flying in to meet them they automatically assume that you mean commercially. But you open up a whole new conversation of ‘awe’ when you tell them that you flew the plane there yourself. And what better way to impress your current customers or potential customers than when they are in a state of ‘awe’ because you are a pilot.
Teaches Preparation and Process
Learning to fly is very similar to running a business. Every part of the aircraft has a job to do and your job as the pilot is to ensure that each part does its job together. You are the master of what happens. If one part starts to get out of whack you need to bring it back into ‘normal’ or you can have bigger problems on your hands.
Aircraft and pilots over time have developed checklists to ensure that each part of the plane is operating as it should. Creating checklists for your business processes can help you to catch problems before they start.
The more routine something becomes the more likely you are to ‘forget’ something if you don’t have a way to verify that you did all the steps. This process-oriented way of looking at things helps to streamline many businesses. It also ensures that new people joining the company get up to speed faster.
Comfort In Rapid Change
Business is constantly changing. So is the air and conditions around your aircraft. From weather to instruments, to ATC instructions changes from your initial plan happen every time you take your aircraft up. Learning to fly helps you to recognize problems before they get out of hand.
Pilots are trained to ‘work the problem’ and adapt and overcome the changes. While in a training environment the simulated emergencies and other changes can cause beginning students to experience stress in controlled environments. This style of training allows the development of calmness with the rapidly changing environment. So that when/if there is a real emergency during flight the pilot’s training kicks in and they can calmly make decisions that can be life or death.
What a great skill for any leader – not to mention anyone who deals with changes and potential emergencies in their daily life.
When you are in the middle of flying the only thing that is on your mind is flying safely. This teaches pilots to segment what’s important in the moment and place all their attention on it. During takeoff, there are certain things to pay attention to. That changes during cruise and again during landing. Each portion of flight requires focus and attention to what is going on at that exact moment.
Some business can be significantly improved with a little focus on what matters. Little nagging issues can take away from the main mission but the ability to focus on the goal and what’s important can be the difference between a business that succeeds and one that struggles.
There you go. 8 ways that learning to fly can make your business more successful. Do you fly for your business? Is there a benefit you experienced that we haven’t talked about? Let us know in the comments.