The Citation Bravo has a long range when compared to other light jets, able to travel 1484 statute miles non-stop, easily flying from New York to Miami for example. The Bravo cruises at average speeds of 459 mph and offers impressive short runway capabilities, allowing it to be chartered in and out of smaller airports closer to your destination. While its costs are similar to the Citation II, it surpasses it significantly in performance, using far less fuel per hour. The heightened performance of the Citation Bravo is largely due to the Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines and the Bravo was the first light jet to be equipped with them. New landing gear also makes landings much smoother than comparable jets, even on uneven pavement.
In terms of comfort, the Citation Bravo is at the top of its class. The engineers designed the Bravo to have a quiet cabin with insulation and isolated interior shell to eliminate engine noise, while a seal on the cabin door eliminates wind noise. The Bravo can accommodate seven passengers with club seating, and has a partial galley as well as a lavatory on board. The cabin measures 15′ 10″ in length, 4′ 9″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The baggage space in the Citation Bravo is generous at 74 cubic feet and can hold several suitcases and gold bags. There is also additional storage in drawers under the seats.
Citation Bravos are well liked among pilots because they are an easy jet to fly and can be flown solo. Pre-flight, service and maintenance procedures were also designed to aid the flight crew, while the cockpit is equipped with systems to relay traffic information, radar to watch the weather and digital maps. Between the unmatched operating costs and passenger comforts, it is easy to see why the Citation Bravo is a passenger and pilot favorite.
In this article, Author Jan Jones discusses the traits executives look for in their executive assistants.
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FlyPrivate: What traits do executives look for in their executive assistants? Does the list change over time or does it remain fairly consistent?
Jan Jones: I’ve noticed that executive assistants are like CEOs in that the list of traits these two groups apparently must have, keeps growing and growing.
The traits that make up the core strengths executive assistants need for the job, don’t exist in isolation. These traits serve as building blocks that go hand-in-hand with each other, resulting in a robust EA professional. As we discuss some of the traits, it will be obvious that they reinforce each other. They’ve withstood the test of time, serving assistants of previous eras well, and they continue to be vital in today’s business environment. An assistant won’t go too far in the role without having at least a handful of these core capabilities, and some are more crucial than others. We’ll discuss the list of characteristics executives emphasize more today, due to the tempo and nature of business, including before and during the current pandemic situation.
Apart from what executives are looking for, I’ll share some traits I see as crucial to the EA’s playbook, that are underestimated or missing in some EAs. Being intangible, they are harder to define and executives don’t always clearly articulate a desire for them.
In The CEO’s Secret Weapon, I devote 3 chapters to the Crucial Characteristics of an Exceptional Executive Assistant, and why they should matter to the CEO. I categorize the traits into “Tangible” and “Intangible” because I’m certain that the Intangibles are what differentiate an exceptional EA from other EAs. Intangibles are hard to quantify. They can’t be taught, but can be developed with practice.
Two characteristics I view as inseparable are Anticipation and Resourcefulness. They are fundamental to the EA’s repertoire and one without the other will make the EA less effective. Since they are vital to the EA’s toolkit, let’s discuss them before going on to the other traits.
Anticipation: Executives, managers and assistants themselves all list anticipation as the most essential skill for an assistant. It’s the top skill cited today and it’s been the most desirable skill that executives have craved from their assistants for decades. They crave it because it gives them a sense of security that someone is watching out for them and they won’t be blindsided, or unpleasantly surprised by events. Ironically, this is also the skill that executives say is the hardest to find in an EA, so let’s give it some attention here and improve the odds of executives finding it in future.
To excel at anticipating requires that you thoroughly understand what your executive and the business are trying to accomplish. Brad Weimert, CEO of PayDirect defines this as “understanding the intent of the mission. Knowing the intent gets you to the end goal,” and plays a key role in your ability to anticipate. Anticipation means the ability to look ahead, so assistants must become adept at identifying what can go wrong, and make sure it doesn’t. It requires you to think forward. Envision scenarios, consider possible outcomes, what are the pros and cons of doing things a certain way? You must constantly be in evaluating mode so you can spot trends, anomalies, disruptions and opportunities.
To excel at anticipation also requires you to look backwards. What helpful insights did you gain from similar situations previously and how can you apply them? What went right? What went wrong and how do you make sure it doesn’t happen again?
Are there situations that are outside of the EA’s control? Sure there are. So the EA’s job is to diminish the likelihood of those situations and make them the exception, ultimately eliminating the majority of them.
Resourcefulness: From all my time and experience as an executive assistant and as a business owner, I cannot separate anticipation and resourcefulness. They are fast friends and you try to separate them at your peril. Anticipation alerts you to the pitfalls. Resourcefulness shows you how to get around them. Anticipation shows you the opportunities. Resourcefulness shows you how to capitalize on them. Resourcefulness helps you to fix the problem once you identify it. Resourceful EAs use whatever ways and means are available to them to produce results. They see what needs to be done and they make it happen. They are quick on their feet. Publisher Steve Forbes told me his assistant is “always figuring out how to get things done.” That’s what makes a resourceful assistant so valuable.
You ask why executives don’t always list Resourcefulness on their list of must-haves. It’s because they expect their assistant to get the job done. How the assistant gets the job done is of no concern to the executive. If you want a reputation for getting things done, make Resourcefulness your faithful companion.
Let’s look at the executives’ list. We can’t discuss it all, so let’s examine some of the traits executives said were a requirement when surveyed before Covid-19. They include Creativity, Critical Thinking, Curiosity, Communication, Decision-Making, Inter-Personal Skills (EQ), Organizational Skills, Problem-Solving and Time Management.
During this pandemic, executives are particularly appreciating traits such as anticipation, communication, organization, detail-minded and problem-solving, to keep work flowing smoothly and uninterrupted.
With the possible exception of Curiosity, there’s nothing on the executive list that is unique to 2020. Curiosity is about having an inquiring mind, venturing out, asking questions, being interested in the vastness of life. When you are curious, you are flexible and open to alternatives. Your work is a part of your life, so if you are curious about life, you’ll bring that curiosity to your work. If you are creative in your life, you’ll bring that creativity to your work. You are a holistic being. You can’t compartmentalize yourself. Bring all of yourself to work and you’ll start to see results you never imagined.
Decision-Making Ability: If you want to be seen as an executive on your own merits, beyond being a representative of your executive, this is an invaluable skill you must develop. It’s timeless, it’s what separates great EAs from good EAs and it doesn’t come easy. You will have to work for it. It requires patience, dedication, commitment and desire to know the “big picture” perspective about the business and your executive. You must know it so thoroughly that the credibility of your decisions never comes into question, and is not second-guessed by your executive or others. Frequent, meaningful communication with your executive is imperative so you are in no doubt about what they would say and do in a given situation, because that is what you will say and do. Electronic communication has its place. For decision-making certainty, especially at the start of the relationship, in-person communication is superior because you can pick up the nuances that technology can’t deliver.
Critical Thinking: A much-requested topic in my presentations, I’m repeatedly asked about Critical Thinking by EAs, particularly when their executives push them to start thinking critically. I see the need for critical thinking in my business dealings with high-level executives whose assistants exhibit flawed thinking and lack problem-solving ability. It is also evident on social media where I observe minimal analysis. If the topic is popular, if they like the writer, or if the writer offers a smattering of praise for EAs, that’s good enough for assistants to pour on the ‘likes’, no questions asked. That can’t be the criteria for evaluation. To think critically you have to set aside your personal biases, likes and dislikes and focus on the issue. Dissect, analyze, verify, determine its relevance, and draw your conclusion. Develop independent thinking. Verify your sources and question their claims. Broaden your horizons by getting your news and information from a variety of sources so you have a diversity of opinions from which to compare, contrast and draw your conclusions.
To be a genuine Critical Thinker, you must have Courage. You have to look fearlessly at all sides of the argument, even if the thread is taking you away from where you feel mentally safe, away from the familiar ideology that insists you conform. After due consideration of the facts, you must have the courage to call it as you see it. If you can’t do that, you diminish your usefulness to your executive. They need to hear the truth from you. Be careful how you deliver it, but be a trustworthy and reliable source for your executive when they need to know the truth. Practice courage in your daily life and you won’t hesitate to do the same at work.
Organizational Skills: You can’t manage an executive or a team if you can’t manage yourself. The ability to create and keep order is a vital skill for an executive assistant who must be able to put their hands on whatever they need at a moment’s notice. In addition to an orderly workspace, all record-keeping must be up-to-date, the status of all projects must be readily known, work inflow and outflow handled quickly, bottlenecks cleared, outstanding issues followed up and status updated or finalized.
Participation: Adam Fidler, the UK’s preeminent EA trainer shared with me that increasingly his executive clients are telling him they want to see more participation from their assistants. They want their assistants to take part and contribute, instead of sitting passively in the background. Adam says assistants who don’t participate are reinforcing the old ‘secretarial’ stereotypes by not getting involved, showing any interest, or making a contribution. Adam cautions assistants, “If you act like a secretary, you’ll be treated like one.” Speak up, let your voice be heard, share your opinions, your observations and show your ability to problem solve.
Confidence: I heard someone say they’d like to give EAs confidence. Sorry, assistants, confidence is not something someone can bestow on you. It’s something you have to work at every day to acquire. It takes practice. How do you suppose those superstar athletes have the confidence to play their game with such certainty, taking risks and going for the gold? They train hard every day to develop their expertise. After winning the championship they get right back on court and practice some more. Their signature shot, their signature move, they practice until it is second nature. Kobe Bryant in an awards acceptance speech said, “Those times you stay up late and you work hard. Those times when you don’t feel like working. You’re too tired. You don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway.” That’s what you have to do in your job. Push yourself to mastery. As you do, you build your confidence and your credibility. You develop a sense of certainty about yourself and your performance. No one can argue with it and they won’t think of disrespecting you. Confidence is a gift you give yourself. Once you acquire it, no one will be able to take it away from you.
There are numerous other tangible and intangible skills that make up the executive assistant’s arsenal. Passion and enthusiasm for the job are high on that list because without them, the will and energy to do this challenging job would be missing. Detail-oriented, responsible, resilient, trustworthy, diplomatic and a whatever-it-takes approach, along with the other desirable traits I discuss in my book, are the tools of the EA trade that keep the EA and the role vital and alive. It’s what makes this profession the indispensable, but often unsung, champion of global business.
Jan Jones is the author of “The CEO’s Secret Weapon How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness”. The book debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Office Management Category. It has received widespread acclaim from executives and executive assistants worldwide. Jan spent 20 years as an esteemed international executive assistant to well-known business people, including personal development icon and author Tony Robbins. Jan is passionate about the executive assistant role and continues to champion the profession through speaking, mentoring and offering timeless, practical advice that is relevant to the day-to-day role of the executive assistant.
The Gulfstream 550 is a long-range heavy jet and is considered a best-in-value business aircraft. According to the National Aeronautic Association, the G550’s design team was awarded the Collier Trophy for “leading-edge achievement in designing, testing and building an innovative aircraft while incorporating measurable safety enhancements and far-reaching advances in aerospace technology….”
The G550 is an ultra-long-range business jet that can travel non-stop over 7,282 statute miles at a cruise speed of 614 mph, able to travel from New York to Dubai non-stop. The Gulfstream 550 leaves passengers wanting for nothing. Cabin amenities generally include: a full-service galley, Wi-Fi, power outlets, video monitors, telephone/SATCOM, a fax machine, a CD/DVD/Blue-ray player, an Airshow System, noise-canceling headsets, and cabin speakers. This jet offers a fully enclosed lavatory and 169 cubic feet of ample baggage space.
The Gulfstream G550 sets the standard for reliability, comfort and performance. The spacious interior of the G550 is 1669 cubic feet, with a cabin height of 6’2″, width of 7’3″ and length of 50’1″. This heavy jet can seat up to 16 people at max capacity in the large stand-up cabin and berth up to 8. The cabin is made for conducting business and acts as a fully functioning office in the sky. Advanced soundproofing technologies cut outside noise significantly, electric window shades allow easy visibility of electronic devices, and console tables make the perfect work space. To combat fatigue and contribute to passenger comfort, 100% fresh air is circulated around the cabin every two minutes. The 14 signature Gulfstream oval windows also allow for more natural light in the cabin, letting in the view from every angle.
The technological capabilities in the G550’s cockpit are also quite impressive. “Working with avionics partner Honeywell, Gulfstream in 2003 introduced the PlaneView cockpit, making it the most technologically advanced business jet flight system in existence. Since then, the flight deck has continued to evolve and improve, and by design, easily accepts software upgrades. PlaneView uses four liquid crystal displays to present essential flight data in larger, crisper images that make ever-changing flight conditions easier to analyze.” Equipped with an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Head-Up Display (HUD), pilots can easily monitor their surroundings even in low visibility conditions.
Aside from jet aircraft which range from very light jets to heavy jets, there is another significant player in the charter market. Turboprops are aircraft that utilize a gas jet engine to operate a propeller rather than jet thrust typically used on larger aircraft. Most turboprop engines are manufactured Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell, known in the aviation community for their reliability and power. As a predecessor to turboprops, the twin-piston aircraft are also a viable choice. Piston aircraft are typically smaller aircraft, seating up to 6 passengers. The piston aircraft are powered by piston engines (or reciprocating engines), and use heat to produce steam pressure, which in turn is used to generate a rotating motion that powers the engine.
How do turboprops compare to jets? Turboprops are a great solution for trips less than 500 miles (300 miles or less for twin-piston aircraft) and for trips into airports with shorter runways inaccessible to larger jets. Unlike jets, many turboprops can easily land on shorter airstrips and can even land in grass airfields vs. needing a traditional runway. While jets can travel at faster speeds than turboprops, having more options in regards to places to land, enables turboprop passengers to get closer to their destinations, often saving time and money.
Turboprops are generally less expensive to operate than jets. Fuel costs and other expenses like maintenance tend to also be lower for props, making them a great option for shorter trips. Seating varies by aircraft model from 4-8 passengers in most turboprops. While a bit smaller than their jet cousins, many turboprops offer comparable cabin comforts and are equipped for both business and relaxation in the air. Contrary to popular thought, modern day turboprops come equipped with resonance technology that almost entirely cancels out the propeller noise, so they are not generally loud in the cabin. As far as storage, many turboprops have comparable baggage and cabin space as their jet counterparts.
There are several factors to consider when choosing an aircraft for your charter needs. Let us help you decide which will be best for your trip. In the meantime, check out our turboprop and twin-piston charter options below and click to view each aircraft’s specifications.
The Challenger 605 is powered with two General Electric CF34-3B engines that allow it to fly coast-to-coast and to many destinations abroad without a fuel stop. This aircraft has a range of around 4,274 statute miles with 8 passengers on board, at an average speed of 515 mph. The Challenger 605 features the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Avionics System, a larger display, turbulence detection radar, and fewer control panels to improve pilot efficiency, among other features. The 605 has a 200 lb payload improvement over the Challenger 604 due to better fuel economy, as well as improvements in weight distribution. Maintenance procedures have also been streamlined, allowing for a better overall experience for pilots and passengers alike.
The cabin of the Challenger 605 is very spacious with 6′ 1″ of standing height, 28′ 5″ in length, and measures over 8′ 2″ in width, making it the widest stand-up cabin in its class. Like the Challenger 604, cabin space can be configured into a 12-passenger conference space, in a double-club, forward or half club, or divan arrangement. This aircraft will accommodate 10-12 passengers comfortably as well as 2 crew members and a flight attendant. The Challenger 605 also has a generous baggage compartment providing 115 cubic feet of external storage that is accessible during flight.
The cabin improvements consist of 30% more natural lighting due to the larger, higher windows, larger LCD video monitors, improved work tables, more lighting throughout the cabin, new acoustical insulation reducing interior noise and improvements to the cabin electronic system. The galley offers a better ergonomic design and more storage space. The full lavatory has also been upgraded from its predecessor to improve comfort. It is not hard to see why the Challenger 605 (and all the Challenger jets) are a favorite of private fliers.
The Challenger 605 is a fantastic option for travelers seeking a modern heavy jet that offers unmatched comfort, dependability, efficiency and luxury.
To request a Challenger 605 for your next trip, please contact us. We would be pleased to provide you with a flight quote for your next trip.
A favorite in the light jet and Cessna family, the Citation V is modeled after the Citation SII with improved features such as a longer fuselage, more powerful engines and increased cabin and baggage space.
When it comes to light jets, the Citation V is known for its reliability, performance and cabin accommodations. This jet is able to take off and land on shorter runways than most light jets, making it a more spacious alternative to turboprops and very light jets with short runway capabilities.
The Citation V is a popular medium-range business jet for many reasons. The cabin measures 17.4 feet long, 4.8 feet in height and 4.9 feet in length. The engineers used the extra cabin space to offer passengers 360 degree, extra-wide rotating seats and additional baggage space both internal and external. Able to carry several suitcases and golf bags, the Citation V is perfect for short trips. It offers unique passengers comforts for a light jet including: two-zone temperature control and a ventilation system used to eliminate drafts within the cabin. Triple-glazed windows and additional soundproofing make this jet one of the quietest light jets available and ideal for both business and personal trips.
The typical Citation V configuration can fit 7-9 passengers comfortably. This jet also offers an enclosed lavatory and a first-class refreshment center comes standard.
The Citation V is also impressive to both passengers and pilots due to its performance features. The cockpit offers 360 degree visibility. The twin Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines provide an impressive 2,900 lbs. of thrust and can maintain a cruising speed of 457 mph at a range of 1404 statute miles.
The Citation V popularity has also extended to several military operations around the world largely due to the impressive comfort features, safety rating and reliability. The Citation V continues to be one of the most sought after private jets on the market today.