XOJET Pilots Meet to Share Ideas and Reconnect
By Chris DiCara, Assistant Chief Pilot, XOJET
One of the unique aspects of XOJET’s business model is that our private jets aren’t based in any one location—we simply fly them to where our customers need them, which we can do as owner/operators—our pilots can live wherever they choose.
The only downside is that our pilots may not have the chance to meet each other! So, to bring everyone together, XOJET holds a week-long pilot offsite once a year to share company updates and set operational initiatives for the following year. Because this offsite is designed to promote active participation, it’s a great opportunity to connect with the amazing men and women who fly our fleet.
We just completed this year’s pilot offsite at our Sacramento Operations Center (SOC) in McClellan, CA. Pilots had the opportunity to interact directly with XOJET senior leadership, including CEO Blair LaCorte, COO Dave Cox, CFO Mark Long and SVP of Revenue Management and Strategic Planning Ted Botimer.
We also used the meeting as an opportunity to speak one-on-one with each member of the pilot team and perform private individual reviews. In these closed sessions, the pilot has the chance to give and receive feedback, as well as review their career progression with the pilot leadership team.
The week was capped off by a tour of the new facility led by Dave Cox and SOC director Phil Keller. During the tour, pilots had a chance to meet some of the people behind the voices on the other end of the phone line. That night, team members from flight tracking, crew resources, maintenance and customer service joined the pilots for dinner. At XOJET, we think events like the pilot offsite are invaluable for team building and building the sense of camaraderie evident throughout the company.