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Pete Agur

Safety, Human Factors, Customer Service

PETER V. AGUR, JR. has been a business aviation consultant since 1985. He has an MBA, BS in Aeronautical Sciences, ATP fixed wing, commercial helicopter, private glider ratings, and is an FAA Gold Seal flight instructor. Pete is the 2018 recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation's Meritorious Service Award. He is widely recognized as a thought leader and author, writing over 100 articles published in FORTUNE and various aviation magazines. During his flying career Pete had five unscheduled off-airport arrivals. Three were induced by projectiles from the ground. He's flown more than 80 different kinds of aircraft as a combat military aviator, instructor, factory demonstration and production test pilot. He's shared the cockpit with thousands of different people; some were professionals… some were not. In these environments he discovered that “You Must Trust Your Gut!” Pete has studied many dozens of corporate flight departments and shares information gleaned from these studies on safety.

A Few Customer Comments

Pete's "Trust your gut" program was very well received by the 1-189th Aviation Battalion. He was both entertaining and relevant to our operations. You could hear a pin drop throughout his entire program. His wide array of experience in the aviation industry and wealth of safety knowledge was paramount to our operations and his speech enhanced the safety culture within our organization. Thanks again to Pete and The Aviation Speaker's Bureau for making our safety program a success!  K. D. Kuntz, CW4, AV, MTARNG

Peter taught, inspired and delivered an excellent presentation for our Chicago Aviation community. His experience is broad, style sincere and message effective on a variety of topics. Marc Pozdol, CABAA Safety Committee

Biography

PETER V. AGUR, JR. has been a business aviation consultant since 1985. He has an MBA, BS in Aeronautical Sciences, ATP fixed wing, commercial helicopter, private glider ratings, and is an FAA Gold Seal flight instructor. Pete is the 2018 recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation's Meritorious Service Award. He is widely recognized as a thought leader and author, writing over 100 articles published in FORTUNE and various aviation magazines. During his flying career Pete had five unscheduled off-airport arrivals. Three were induced by projectiles from the ground. He's flown more than 80 different kinds of aircraft as a combat military aviator, instructor, factory demonstration and production test pilot. He's shared the cockpit with thousands of different people; some were professionals… some were not. In these environments he discovered that “You Must Trust Your Gut!” Pete has studied many dozens of corporate flight departments and shares information gleaned from these studies on safety.

In addition to Pete's “You Must Trust Your Gut!” program are two more popular presentations:

“The Power of Personal Professionalism”  Explore the impact you make by elevating your personal professional integrity.  Entertaining vignettes make the point from different angles.  The presentation is cap stoned by Q&A using technology to promote wide audience participation.

“The Black Mission to Recover Our POWs”  The story of the day-to-day effort to recover our people from the jungles of Southeast Asia as told by a decorated Army helicopter pilot.  The program is highlighted by four events that drive home how small the world really is.

Pete was the Chairman and Founder of The VanAllen Group, a successful business aviation consulting company since 1985. His work history includes:

  • Army aviator and safety officer during the Viet Nam era.

  • Instructor pilot in airline, civil, and military environments (achieving CFI-AIR, Gold Seal)

  • Marketing manager, sales representative and demonstration/production test pilot for four domestic and international airframe manufacturers.
     

Pete accomplishments include:

  • Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University

  • B. S. (summa cum laude) in Aeronautical Sciences —Denver's Metropolitan State University Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) — NBAA designation 

  • Member of the Flight Safety Foundation's Corporate Advisory Committee—three decades

  • Past Vice-Chairman of Flight Safety Foundation's Corporate Advisory Committee

  • Member of NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee and Safety Committee

  • Founding member of NBAA’s Safety Committee

  • Business Aviation Advisory Panel member for The Robb Report

  • 2018  Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award

  • 2018  NBAA’s John  P. “Jack” Doswell Award

 

Additional accomplishments include:

  • Produced and facilitated the first NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference

  • Founded, produced, and facilitated multiple NBAA Leadership Conferences

  • NBAA Convention chairman

  • Co-founded the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager program

  • Founded GSU’s Business Aviation Leadership certification program

  • Organized and facilitated Flight Safety Foundation Business Aviation Safety Seminars

  • Written and presented more than a dozen papers at the Flight Safety Foundation’s BASS

  • Board member of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation

  • President’s Visioning Committee for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s School of Business

 

Pete's 100+ articles have been published in a variety of periodicals, including:

  • AeroSafety World

  • Aircraft International

  • Airways

  • Business & Commercial Aviation

  • Business Aviation Journal

  • Business Aviation Management Journal

  • Business Aviation Safety Journal

  • Business Jet Advisor

  • Business Jet Traveler

  • Flying

  • FORTUNE

  • NBAA Digest

  • Professional Pilot

  • Robb Report

  • Safety Journal

  • World Aircraft Sales