A company that manages its use of on-demand aviation poorly can see its brand and reputation damaged and face unnecessary tax, insurance and legal exposures.

Meeting the requirements for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification is not enough.

FAA certification is a basic risk mitigation strategy that does not address many of the factors involved for assuring safety and proper insurance coverage.

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About Don

  • Managing Director of Consulting Services for The VanAllen Group
  • 25 years with KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) as Captain, Training Captain, Chief Pilot, and Director of Aviation
  • Chairman of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee
  • Chairman of the NBAA’s Professional Development Program Approval Committee
  • Certified IS-BAO auditor
  • 11,000 hours - type-rated in the Falcon 900 and 2000, Learjet 45, Hawker 800


Managing Director • The VanAllen Group
Jan, 2013 — Present
  • Managing Director of Consulting Services
  • Responsible for all of our consulting activities; ranging from the C-Suite to the hangar floor
  • Focus on the operational needs of the customer (the enterprise, stakeholders, and passengers)
Director of Aviation • KeyCorp
1991 — 2012
  • KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY)
  • Managed the transition of the flight department from a senior management tool to a functional department serving the breadth of KeyCorp's operations
  • Broadened Key’s Aviation Department’s role by serving as subject matter expert managing a large business aviation leasing portfolio as well as external clients
  • Chief Pilot - Responsible for all the pilots and operations activities in a two-base flight department with six aircraft
  • Training Captain - Responsible for the standardization of the Hawker 800 fleet and evaluating First Officers and Captains during standardization rides
Chief Pilot • Society Bank
1987 — 1991
  • Responsible for the pilots and operations of the three aircraft for Society Bank's flight department
  • Assisted in the evaluation of two flight departments that were acquired during mergers
  • Society and KeyCorp merged in 1994
Assistant Chief Pilot • Piedmont Aviation
1986 — 1987
  • Responsible for the Winston-Salem base operations 
  • 10 aircraft operating as a commercial carrier serving customers throughout the Southwest US


Weatherhead - Case Western Reserve Univeristy
MBA, Leadership, 2015
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
Business Aviation Leadership, 1996

Licenses & Certifications

IS-BAO Auditor
EMI Small Group Facilitator
EMI Large Group Instructor


  • Past Chairman of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee (2011-2013)
  • Past Chairman of the NBAA’s Professional Development Program Approval Committee (2007-2011)
  • Member, NBAA Professional Development Program Approval Committee (2004-2007)
  • Co-Chair, NBAA Leadership Conference (2006-2009)
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