We are a team of business aviation experts.

The team at VanAllen is comprised of individuals who have devoted their careers to all aspects of the business aviation industry. Collectively, they operate to provide unparalleled insights with integrity.

We are committed to the success of our clients and work to build strong, lasting relationships.

Jeff Agur

Chief Executive Officer

Colby McDowell

Managing Director

Don Henderson

Managing Director

Caycee Bradley

Managing Director

Jim Lichlyter

Director

Peter Zeeb

Consultant

Jena Mattison

Program Manager

Logan West

Project Manager

Pete Agur

Chairman and Founder

Jeff Agur

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Agur

Chief Executive Officer

Along with his leadership role, Jeff Agur spearheads projects such as strategic fleet planning, aircraft selection and acquisitions. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed his Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) at Georgia State University. Jeff served as the Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA), was the Chair of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Access Committee, is currently a member of the NBAA’s Tax Committee, as well as a member of the National Aircraft Finance Association. Prior to joining VanAllen in 2003, Jeff had a successful career in engineering and manufacturing. His analytical, management, and problem-solving skills continue to be the foundation of his work with VanAllen’s clients. He is also a private pilot and guest speaker on many aviation-related topics across the country.

Latest articles from Jeff

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Webinar – Navigating Private Aviation: A Guide to the Industry

In this webinar, hear from Mike Francis, Managing Director and SVB Private’s head of Private Aircraft Finance, and Jeff Agur, CEO of private aircraft advisory firm The VanAllen Group, as they explore the current state of the private aviation marketplace. They discuss non-ownership and ownership options, share best practices to help you avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes, and equip you with the knowledge to make an informed decision about the various solutions available in the marketplace.

58:16 min

VanAllen Insights

Podcast – NBAA Flight Plan

Listen as Jeff Agur, VanAllen CEO and Lori McGee, partner, Jetstream Aviation Law speak with NBAA about important aircraft transaction considerations. With business aircraft inventory at all-time lows, some buyers may feel pressured to cut corners in transactions. Don’t take shortcuts with your pre-purchase inspection, say two experts – that part of the transaction is critical in ensuring no unpleasant surprises await.

20:04 min

Colby McDowell

Managing Director

Colby McDowell

Managing Director

Colby McDowell is primarily responsible for strategic solutions consulting, aircraft selection, contract negotiation, and simplifying the process of aircraft acquisition projects.  Prior to joining VanAllen in 2016, Colby held senior sales roles with fractional providers Flight Options and Citation Shares. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Business Development at FlightWorks, Inc. leading Corporate Charter Sales, Owner Services and Marketing departments. Colby completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation/Airway Management at Auburn University. He is a member of Georgia Business Aviation Association, Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, and National Business Aviation Association. Colby also serves on the National Air Transportation Association’s Aircraft Management working group.

Latest articles from VanAllen

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

Don Henderson

Managing Director

Don Henderson

Managing Director

Don Henderson is responsible for consulting activities ranging from the C-Suite to the hangar floor. As a practitioner, he spent 25 years with KeyCorp; his roles included Captain, Training Captain, Chief Pilot, and the Director of Aviation. He is a former Chairman of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee and  NBAA’s Professional Development Program Approval Committee.  He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Don holds an EMBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, is a former Certified IS-BAO auditor, and teaches interpersonal communication classes. He is also a certified administrator for the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and the Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) assessments with advanced interpretation.

Latest articles from VanAllen

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

Caycee Bradley

Managing Director

Caycee Bradley

Managing Director

Caycee Bradley joined VanAllen in 2014 as Managing Director of Business Services. She is responsible for ensuring operations are conducted efficiently and effectively for our team and our clients. In addition, Caycee supports client projects by offering analytical and human resource expertise. Caycee is a Certified Birkman Consultant and provides insight for Aviation Leadership and team building. Caycee’s extensive background includes human resources, team building, and standard operating procedure design. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree and received her Masters’ degree from Vanderbilt University.

Latest articles from VanAllen

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

Jim Lichlyter

Director

Jim Lichlyter

Director

Jim Lichlyter’s forty years of aviation experience allow him to assist Van Allen’s clients in a variety of ways from aviation department bridge management to aircraft technical support. Jim has worked in Part 125 as a VVIP Large Widebody Aircraft Director of Maintenance and in Part 91 as a Fortune 100 Director of Maintenance. He spent time developing Flight Operations and Maintenance Manuals and has held IS-BAO and ACSF Auditor Accreditations. Jim is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was a founding member of the AW-139 Northeast Users Group and the Global Jet Services Customer Advisory Board. He holds a private pilot’s license, a Flight Engineer Turbojet Certificate and was a 20-year IA holder.

Peter Zeeb

Consultant

Peter Zeeb

Consultant

Peter Zeeb’s proven expertise allows him to lead a wide variety of managerial, technical, and operational projects for our clients. Prior to joining VanAllen, Peter managed the maintenance for both Fortune 100 and high net worth individuals’ fleets for 33 years. He served on Gulfstream’s Customer Advisory Board, as well as their Advanced Technology Committee.  He has been a board member for both Dassault and Cessna maintenance committees, and is the former chairman of the AMT Society. Peter currently is the Chairman of the Honeywell Global Customer Committee. Among other accolades, Peter was awarded the AMT of the year for the Eastern Region of the FAA. Peter earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Florida, and holds both an I/A and A&P licenses.

Latest articles from VanAllen

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

Jena Mattison

Program Manager

Jena Mattison

Program Manager

Jena Mattison joined the VanAllen team in 2018 and serves as Program Manager. She coordinates internal projects and events from concept to completion and supports Business Services. Jena also provides Managing Directors with assistance, including Leader Search candidate communications and scheduling. Jena built her career in one of the world’s largest advertising agencies in Chicago and New York. Her prior experience in creative marketing roles gives her a unique perspective on all projects. She earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Advertising from Ferris State University.

Latest articles from VanAllen

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

Logan West

Project Manager

Logan West

Project Manager

Logan West joined VanAllen as a Project Manager and supports the team across Asset and Consulting services. Prior to his experience as a project manager, Logan spent 15 years with the military in Special Forces where he held leadership positions in operations management and project management. After his service, Logan worked in remote and austere locations to set up medical/acute care facilities. He holds a Bachelors in Intelligence Studies from American Military University and numerous leadership course certificates from the military. Logan is also a private pilot and is continuing flight training.

Pete Agur

Chairman and Founder

Pete Agur

Chairman and Founder

Pete Agur founded VanAllen in 1993, following a consulting career at Mescon Group. He found his love of aviation in 1968 as an Army aviator and safety officer during the Vietnam era. Pete’s industry involvement is extensive – served as the Flight Safety Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Committee as Vice-Chairman, a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee and Corporate Aviation Safety Committee, and on the Business Aviation Advisory Board for The Robb Report.  Pete was chairman of NBAA Convention local committee, was instrumental in the start of the Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, and founded the NBAA Leadership Conference.  His articles have been published or cited in several industry and business magazines including FORTUNE, The Wall Street Journal, Business Aviation Management Journal, AeroSafety World, Business Aviation Safety Journal, and Professional Pilot. Pete holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BS in Aeronautical Sciences from Denver’s Metropolitan State College.  In the fall of 2006, Pete received his Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) designation from the National Business Aviation Association.  After retiring from consulting in 2017, Pete became the Expert in Residence at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2018, Pete was honored by NBAA with the John P. “Jack” Doswell award for his history of service in business aviation.

Latest articles from VanAllen

VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

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VanAllen Insights

Flight Attendant Usage

The application and use of Flight Attendants (FAs) or Cabin Safety Attendants (CSAs) is commonly debated in business aviation.  VanAllen ‘s recent LinkedIn poll results highlighted the range of policies associated with flight attendant usage.

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Aircraft Delivery Delays

VanAllen’s most recent poll showed that over 80% of respondents experienced a delay in their most recent new aircraft delivery. Many of those were in flux right up until the final delivery time. So while you may have negotiated the aircraft deal that made financial sense, did you properly consider the risks associated with delivery timing? Most new aircraft purchase agreements include excusable and non-excusable delay provisions that afford the manufacturer a large delivery window without penalty. Delays can create significant costs and frustrations to the buyer. 

<2 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Pilot Staffing

In this VanAllen Insights article, CEO Jeff Agur outlines considerations for pilot staffing and the impact it has on aircraft availability and quality of work life. We polled our LinkedIn followers on how their departments are staffed, per aircraft and we share those results as well.

< 3 mins min

VanAllen Insights

Giving Thanks in 2023

This is a great time to share how grateful we are! In the past, VanAllen has mailed Thanksgiving greetings to share how appreciative we were of our personal and professional relationships. Recently, we have switched to e-communicating our appreciation, and sharing a couple of groups that we support. We hope this helps increase awareness for these organizations, as they work hard to support young people interested in aviation. Please read more about these fantastic groups!

<1 min min

VanAllen Insights

VanAllen presents – The Aircraft Life Cycle

There is a lot to understand about the Aircraft Life Cycle. VanAllen offers a full-service approach when it comes to helping clients work through any and all aspects of private aviation. For over 30 years, our team of top aviation consultants have been supporting organizations through all phases of the Aircraft Life Cycle. We’ve created a short video to help understand some of biggest hurdles of ownership that VanAllen has helped clients overcome. We’re eager to find out more about your specific needs and how we can support your organization and Aviation Team.

1:30 min

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Strategic Fleet Plans Completed

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VanAllen Group is an outstanding resource for our flight department. Their team of experienced professionals is always available to provide us with a wide range of relevant business aviation developments, including the latest market trends. This type of information has greatly helped shape our decision making and allowed us to more efficiently manage our day to day flight operations.”

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